Sir: Roger Tredre's observation that the English don't like showing off in lurid clothes is historically sound ('Why fur coats are an on- off thing', 22 January). Dr Watson remarked (in A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle) of the King of Bohemia: 'His dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked upon as akin to bad taste.' That was in 1892 (see the Strand). Mr Brummell had set that standard in the early years of the century.
JOHN GILLARD WATSON