Misinformed stereotypes aside, the UK’s three most northerly cities have each met the benchmark set by their southerly compatriots. From the art school-chic of Glasgow, to tweedy-traditional Edinburgh and the snappy-tailoring of Newcastle, each city put forth a unique take on contemporary British style.
The eighth and final day of the best-dressed tour saw the team hit the streets of the Toon. Known for its impressive art gallery and a penchant for swooping architecture, (not forgetting girls able to take on a blizzard in a bra and a belt) Newcastle surprised with its breadth of individual looks.
From a bow-tie sporting art lecturer to a menswear buyer who championed the deconstructed look, there was plenty for the team to work with - a relief, considering our fleeting timescale. Thanks to a glut of independent men’s boutiques - including Cruise and End Hunting Co - selling innovative garments from a range of designers, Newcastle University’s infamous pink shirt brigade gained no ground.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting the results of our trip - alongside the entries still flooding into the office - for your collective scrutiny. Although we’re no longer on the road, keep your eyes glued to Esquire.co.uk, as well as Twitter and Facebook, as we’ll soon be posting some behind the scenes footage of what the team got up to on tour.