The bespokesman - in praise of vests

Every year from the first of November to the end of May I wear a cellular cotton vest under my shirt for warmth. As my dad wears exactly the same model there’s no point pretending that there isn’t something ageing about wearing a vest, which is clearly something that pre-occupies Silvio Berlusconi.

Just before he was hit in the face last month he opened his shirt to show the Milanese crowd that he wasn’t wearing a vest; proof, he said, that he is “still young and on form”. Of course, Berlusconi’s dislike of vests only reinforces my admiration for them. Meanwhile, their chief attraction, from a style perspective, is that, unlike a T-shirt, you can wear one under an open-collared shirt without it being visible. £18, www.sunspel.com

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Mansel Fletcher