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September 7, 2008 at 1:02 am
not digging this at all..
September 7, 2008 at 1:17 am
September 7, 2008 at 1:18 am
I mean, besides the obvious, like when you’re in a boat in the middle of a mountain lake, trolling a spinner behind you and waiting for a strike. As footwear? Meh.
September 7, 2008 at 1:25 am
The only way this costume is acceptable is if he worked at: HOT TOPIC! Maybe “Supper Club”;point being it must have been for work. Only logical explaination!– Jr
September 7, 2008 at 1:26 am
A man wearing fishnets? How fresh!
September 7, 2008 at 1:27 am
THAT is fearless fashion
September 7, 2008 at 3:24 am
Oh my. Well. He certainly has the calves for it.
September 7, 2008 at 4:08 am
Out of focus. And his shoes are nice, otherwise worthless.
September 7, 2008 at 4:15 am
men in pantyhose!! sowwiee ..doesn’t do it for me ~~
September 7, 2008 at 4:26 am
Sart, usually I think your eye is spot-on, but this? Seriously? I really like his shirt, but everything from the waist down is a hot mess. It looks like two separate people got cut in half and reattached at the middle. No offense, but the fishnets make it look like he was going for drag but then forgot along the way…
September 7, 2008 at 4:39 am
September 7, 2008 at 4:40 am
daring….. but no. if he looked more androgynous, and had skinnier legs, maybe…
September 7, 2008 at 4:44 am
He’s masculine enough to almost pull it off. Almost.
September 7, 2008 at 4:49 am
i’m sorry, this is just a bit too pretentious for me.
September 7, 2008 at 5:04 am
They look good from afar, but up close, not so much. I think he’d have a better effect if he’d worn regular hose.
September 7, 2008 at 6:17 am
maybe it’s safe to say that fishnets are only for women…
September 7, 2008 at 6:23 am
Oh come on!
What a daring venture…
I am speechless. What happened?Is that a foto montage or …two people in one shot… I dont´t get it.The upper part of the outfit, including his face and hair is – at least in my point of view- completely different from the lower part.Looking at the fish net stockings, shoes and trousers, I´d expect something like a white shirt, collar, may be bow tie, may be a topper hat! (stereotype, yes.)But surprise… I see a desert-safari-shirt !
I guess he´s an artist who left his rehearsals for lunchtime.
September 7, 2008 at 7:08 am
He looks AMAZING!!!!!! -Little Miss JJ
September 7, 2008 at 7:29 am
he’s a good-looking man.. but i feel the fishnets do nothing for him.. atleast not with this ensemble.. perhaps a more tailored shirt..?
September 7, 2008 at 7:30 am
um, yeah, hmm, yeah I just dont think its working…fishnets on anyone (except drag queens) is bad, especially a man.
September 7, 2008 at 7:56 am
Love this site, love your photos. It’s great to see people dressing with a very individual and unique sense of themselves and style. But, having said that, I just want to ask this guy “why?”
September 7, 2008 at 8:09 am
the concept’s worth working on…the top half’s all wrong. He needs to talk to Fay – she’d set on the right path.
September 7, 2008 at 8:34 am
Ahhhh! Not really… ut brave, very brave indeed.
September 7, 2008 at 8:51 am
Fun! Fashion doesn’t have to be glamorous.
September 7, 2008 at 8:55 am
Fabulous ! To live in New York City is one of my dreams! You don’t meet people looking like this in Paris. At least I don’t.
September 7, 2008 at 9:16 am
I find this aesthetically disturbing
September 7, 2008 at 9:49 am
disastrous… the pants aren’t bad. looking good has nothing to do with being brave. if he just tried to be different… !
Dan in Richmond
September 7, 2008 at 9:56 am
My immediate response was that he had a sense of humor, wearing fishnets for the rain, but he’s not laughing. Making fishnet anything look good on a man would be quite a challenge- it’s even tricky for women to wear them without looking either cheap or a chiche- though it could probably be done. Not here though. Still, a fearless move and credit for that! And it did rain, didn’t it? I thought of you yesterday as Hannah dumped rain on us and wondered if it was hindering your work. Hope it didn’t too much.
September 7, 2008 at 10:24 am
Not on a man….!!!!
September 7, 2008 at 10:31 am
There is little to learn and much to unlearn here.
September 7, 2008 at 10:44 am
interesting. very VERY interesting…
September 7, 2008 at 10:53 am
why??! you mean why NOT? part of the fun of this site, at least for me, is wondering about the subject…where he was going, what he does for a living, etc. if everyone dressed the same, it wouldn’t be any fun, now would it?
so now, let the speculation commence.
ps. i doubt it’s full-leg pantyhose, probably knee highs from a random nyc sex shop.
September 7, 2008 at 11:21 am
That just looks too odd, like he is on his way to dance class.
September 7, 2008 at 11:30 am
see, this is why it DOES work.
if you provoke with fashion, even if it doesn’t technically or aesthetically work, fashion lives.
we should all be thankful people like this exist. even if we don’t want to copy them.
September 7, 2008 at 11:33 am
unless you are in drag,NOOOOO FISHNETS!!!!!
September 7, 2008 at 11:42 am
yack !! no
September 7, 2008 at 11:47 am
The best comments so far are the ones that are searching for a context for this fantastic foto!
September 7, 2008 at 12:00 pm
his outfit is a mess. I don’t want to say fishnets should never be on a man,because they kind of look good on his legs w/ the cropped pants, but the rest of his clothes needs overhaul. I’d start with a less dressier shoe for starters
September 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm
i cant believe i like this. i think he’s mixed fabrics/textures well.
contrived, maybe. successfully pulled off? ghhuhhhh! yes.
September 7, 2008 at 12:20 pm
Shame everyone is hating on this, because although it’s not for everyone, it’s really a very strong look.
If you look past the “big guy in safari shirt and fishnets” you’ll see his proportions are spot-on. The jumbo fishnets are a great accessory: in perfect contrast with the formal chalk stripe on his pants, and just-so with the (dancer’s?) shoes. The phone and umbrella give it a businesslike touch. Maybe the shirt could have been white – but then that wouldn’t work quite so well with his coloring. All in all, I think he pulls it off very well.
Kudos to you, sir! Big Thanks to Sartorialist for bringing you here.
September 7, 2008 at 12:33 pm
September 7, 2008 at 12:35 pm
really?? is this news??….there is a gentleman who has been doing this for years in painfully conservative Lancaster, PA…
September 7, 2008 at 12:45 pm
On a woman, this outfit would be very chic and hot (maybe if either the pants or top were more tailored). On a man, though, I’m completely thrown. I hope this doesn’t catch on as a trend.
September 7, 2008 at 12:52 pm
While you go down this outfit it gets worse and worse: shirt: I love it!!!, pants, not my cup of tea, but they have an interesting dandy touch, then fishnets, on a man? I hate the idea. The shoes are OK, but paired with those fish nets… I can’t even look at them twice! Sorry to say it this way.
September 7, 2008 at 1:17 pm
I expected to see more positive comments; I’m surprised. (What’s happened to New York!!?)
The look itself is surprising because it doesn’t seem expected from this guy. I find it interesting that he pairs the stockings with kind of cloddish, distinctly masculine shoes.
It’s only after you see the stockings that you realize his shorts have some style to them too.
I think it’s a fresh, shocking, intelligent comment–aggressive, almost sexy, repulsive-attractive, a little scary. It directly reflects an interesting, daring, questioning mind.
I laughed at the word ‘unhinged’ that one of your commenters used. Good word. Yes, there’s definitely that, too. But it’s done with such awareness, grooming, and all the right accessories, so that one can tell he’s actually not.
I’d also disagree that fishnets for men only look good on drag queens. With drag queens, the look is so over-the-top and expected. It’s appealing, I guess, but no longer fresh. It’s establishment now.
I’m not saying I’d want my boyfriend wearing fishnets–well, maybe ONCE–but SOMEONE’s got to shake things up and make us think new thoughts about gender and style, no?
As a woman, I myself–and my friends–don’t like to wear fishnets with heels AND short dress AND makeup AND ‘hair’, because you end up looking tacky–or like a transvestite! We always add something ‘down’, or undo something, to make it say something more cool.
On that note, I think one of the reasons that Tim Curry was so wildly popular as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show was that he brought such unabashed macho masculinity to the drag queen role. It was this unexpected juxtaposition that made him so sexy.
I’m not saying that this guy brings anything nearing that magnetism, panache, or star power to this outfit, but it’s somewhere along the same lines.
For my part, I’m relieved to see someone daring enough to do this in these times.
September 7, 2008 at 1:47 pm
Brave&avantgarde,like a everyday kilt;)
September 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm
September 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm
Women in Fishnets, tackyMen in Fishnets, too hard to swallow.
September 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm
September 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm
i find the idea fresh and intriguing. i deem it bizarre that in fashion women are allowed to play with masculine clothing items (without any taboo it seems) whereas men are not – see comments above. i do not appreciate the way the man in the photo wears the fishnets either, but the idea certainly is clever.
September 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm
wow!Fishnets and a masculine body/face.Fishnets and négligéCreativity and transgression…This guy is a must
September 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm
September 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Who on earth wears fishnets without high heels?
September 7, 2008 at 3:39 pm
NO NO NO and just in case that wasn’t clear, NO.
September 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm
This guy must have seen you coming! (Looks like he didn’t even have time to tie his shoelaces..)
September 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm
If the shirt were black and he was wearing a top hat, this would definitely work. But, the earth tone button up contrasts too much with the modern bottom half.
September 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm
So fishnets bad, bowtie dickie good.
Oh brother. Since when did fashion have rules? How about a hip hip hurrah for experimentation?
Not everything has to look like a photo from some lawn party in the 40′s.
September 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm
Have to say that from the point of pure aesthetics it makes sense to me. I am not ok with men, wearing fishnets. But if ever you should wear them it would be like this.
September 7, 2008 at 5:57 pm
Anticipation? Try focus…
September 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm
Fishnets and plus-fours – what a hoot! t.x
September 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm
Sart – I can see you chose this because it was an attempt at being directional, and in the right context it might work on a guy (I can’t imagine how, but maybe in a matador or period punk inspired getup?) but here it is absolutely not working to the point of it being horrifying. Maybe if it was cold…?
btw I saw you on Mulberry Street recently but it took a while for me to register it was you, so if you saw someone shady staring at you, its because I thought maybe I knew you from somewhere (sorry).
ps kudos to the guy for the attempt, tho
September 7, 2008 at 7:06 pm
I hope he doesn’t have any of his leg-hair poking through the fishnet holes.
September 7, 2008 at 7:24 pm
EW!! What is up with the knickers and the fishnets with those galloshes?
September 7, 2008 at 7:47 pm
Men in skirts – yesmen in fishnets – not yet.
September 7, 2008 at 7:55 pm
Rocky Horror meets David Blaine
September 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm
I don’t understand the odd juxtaposition. As a style statement it’s not cohesive enough. However it’s interesting in a slightly crazed kind of way. If you’re going to cross dress or be a bit more androgynous why not push it more?
September 7, 2008 at 8:24 pm
His nonchalance makes it fashionable
September 7, 2008 at 9:45 pm
I’ve decided it’s the shoes that really make this statement serious, rather than whacky. This isn’t a bit humorous. He may have succeeded in de-psychologizing the fishnet thing thing for himself… I can too, kinda. But that’s only because I wore knickers “breeches”—(brit) while climbing in the mountains for years up until the mid ’80s. They ARE coming back, though. I’ve heard it going ’round.
September 7, 2008 at 9:55 pm
I am not opposed with men experimenting with fishnets but the way I see it, the problem lies in his choice of shirt. Had he chosen a more fitted blouse the look would have been a little easier on the eyes. This combination, however is just awful.
September 7, 2008 at 10:29 pm
A bit surprising to see this here. Eek.
James hit it with his “unhinged” comments.
September 7, 2008 at 10:47 pm
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September 8, 2008 at 1:07 am
I personally like it. It’s a complete novel idea, a casual shirt a la weekend linen, non-casual shoes meet with the bizarre stockings. It wouldn’t be the same without each and every piece.
September 8, 2008 at 1:10 am
September 8, 2008 at 1:29 am
I’m very open-minded and honstly, bravo to anyone who will defy what we accept as normal and go for something new; I’m all for that. But to me, this particular man’s outfit doesn’t work because he seems so heavy! Heavy in size and demeanour. It needs a certain amount of candour, humour and lightness to work, and I don’t think he has that. Put this on a different guy and who knows, it might just work.
September 8, 2008 at 1:59 am
he doesn’t have the legs it for it but just because he’s a man doesn’t mean he can’t wear fishnets and i give him credit for doing something out of the usual
September 8, 2008 at 2:03 am
Makes me want to do the Time Warp again.
September 8, 2008 at 2:11 am
There’s a thin line between brave and insane. Just didn’t know that that line is fishnet stockings. But hey, everyone’s deserves a little crazy sometimes. Kudos to those who aren’t afraid of it.
Or maybe he was just coming from last night’s work, as a woman… but I’m just speculating.
To me, this is a fun photo, so thanks, Scott!
September 8, 2008 at 2:29 am
This is slightly disturbing.
September 8, 2008 at 3:15 am
As a rule when I look at your blog, I’m most interested in those of your subjects who manage to dress a la mode but are not slaves to fashion, or those who are highly individual without being outre. With this image and the one of matching shorts-and-tats, I’m fascinated by the difference in response. Shorts-and-tats was quite widely admired; fishnets guy is mostly reprehended. To me, they are both splendid. I wonder why people find fishnets outre? Personally, I think he looks grand and I love his defenders: “why not?” indeed – how sad not to applaud others’ playfulness and invention. So much more appealing than the litany of “where can I get that dress/those shoes/ that necklace.”
September 8, 2008 at 3:28 am
Why?? Is he doing this for a dare?
September 8, 2008 at 4:13 am
Fishnets ?Yeah, why not?Some cover their legs with tatoos -some with fishnets.What´s the difference ?In principle ?
September 8, 2008 at 5:05 am
Something just does not look right about his legs. Shoes? The colour/ something more pointed/ higher heels. Or the proportion of his top?
His legs look quite swollen to me. I used a paper to cover his shoes and his legs don’t look that swollen
September 8, 2008 at 5:14 am
September 8, 2008 at 5:36 am
I don’t think there is any good way for men to wear fishnet stockings. Its a daring move, but still too costume-y
September 8, 2008 at 7:43 am
September 8, 2008 at 7:54 am
Certainly provocative, but the shirt ruins the aesthetic created by the pants/fishnets/shoes – it just fits him terribly. Your outfit can’t try to make 5 statements at once.
Jorge from W Palm Beach
September 8, 2008 at 8:08 am
Cheers for his brave soul! Jorge from W Palm Beach
September 8, 2008 at 9:06 am
It’s fashion week in New York, people! Open your eyes, open your minds, embrace your sense of adventure and sense of humour! Burn your ill-fitting blue jeans, faded T’s and sneakers. Thank you fishnet dude for being so thought-provoking, Thank you Sart for seeing and sharing, Thank you landis smithers, ephidrina and Jorge from WPB for getting it and being positive!(ok, rant over, i was just so disappointed to see so many negative comments…)
September 8, 2008 at 10:12 am
Seriously – takes both guts and imagination! I love it!
September 8, 2008 at 10:23 am
Is this a new gansta look?
September 8, 2008 at 11:43 am
I admire his individuality, but this look (on a man or a woman) really rubs me the wrong way.
September 8, 2008 at 11:46 am
Interesting. Some commentators think that a more light-hearted man(ner) could pull it off better, but I think it would be too close to drag/camp to really pull it off. As some others have noted, details such as grooming and accessories make it more masculine, and are anti-drag.
Also, are they really fishnets, or just sheer patterned knee-highs? Between his skin color and having the focus plane about 3-4 feet behind the subject, it’s hard to tell.
I know the Sart almost never answers questions about technique, but I’ll ask anyway; why did you put focal plane where you did? I have a guess.
September 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm
How refreshing to see fishnet pushed in a casual direction!
Fishnets have always seemed like special occasion wear to me, so this image challenged my thinking a bit.
I know fishnet shows up in lots of goth and punk-influenced styles–but those looks always seem dressy to me because so much care goes into creating those looks.
Also, kudos for this gentleman for ignoring silly ideas about gender and clothes.
September 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Finally…a look nobody on here likes!! I’ve been waiting for this!
September 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm
this image reminds me of the joker from batman
September 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm
Man in fishnets aside, the fit of the shirt and pants is making him look dumpy. Which moves the look from potentially edgy (though not my cup of tea) to a little bit sad.
September 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm
I must applaud his individuality and bravado!!! Mostly everybody criticises this fellow, however I have seen much worse outfits in this site, typical of mere fashion victims, which most people praise but that others might consider tacky, vulgar, tasteless or simply très nouveau rich. One must always remember that one’s idea of chic/stylish is not necessarily the others’ and that fashion nowadays is generally about finding new ways, no matter how tasteless they might seem to some. It is a matter of evolution I think. One might wish to have the good sense of tailoring fashions to one’s taste and style, instead of just blindly following them, however, this is not something one sees very often though.
September 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm
I really don’t know how else you would pull off knickers in this kind of weather. Wool high socks would be great, but it’s too warm for them. Perhaps this is a fall preview.
As far as the cankles go: LESS CARBS and MORE CARDIO!
September 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm
Not your usual eye.
September 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm
On top of all of it..the picture is out of focus.
September 8, 2008 at 5:35 pm
yes! work manase!
September 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm
yikes. tell me please that he’s coming home from tap dancing rehearsals and he threw his sandals in his locker.
September 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm
This is a big NO! for me or any other man, unless you’re a drag queen or host a cabaret
mickey aka verciki
September 9, 2008 at 7:15 am
oh my god. that man is…..well i’m out of words.
September 9, 2008 at 8:12 am
Disturbing in a Silence of the Lambs kind of way. Fishnets could be part of a silly/humorous/ironic look. It doesn’t have to be drag queen-extreme, but just…something…color? Fun patterns? An oversized bowtie? The fishnets make me thing lighthearted-humor. But then my eyes move upwards and reach the expression on the guy’s face and my skin starts to crawl.
September 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm
I am not sure which is more disturbing: the fishnets or the fact that at first glance the umbrella looks like a hook-hand.
Shock for the sake of shock is trite and boring.
September 9, 2008 at 1:07 pm
I just wonder if this gentleman had been carrying a designer purse instead of a cheap umbrella, would he have received more acceptance? Karl Lagerfeld and his fan have something of the same air. A good catch for a foto, as usual.
September 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm
this is sloppy sloppy.
September 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm
Great experimental look. So new and fun.
Mens designer clothing
September 9, 2008 at 3:29 pm
The tights look silly. I have not seen something this bad for a long time.
September 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm
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September 9, 2008 at 11:20 pm
manse you are such a dreamboat!
September 10, 2008 at 1:38 am
To me, the only real difficulty with this outfit is the proportions. The “pouf” factor of the pants (lovely in its own right) combined with the length of the untucked shirt makes his legs look very short. That being said, although I am never a fan of fishnets (on women or otherwise), I really, really like the way they look with the mens dress shoes. I think the whole thing works very well from the knees down surprisingly enough. I also, really appreciate having been surprised and actually required to question my fashion assumptions. Yay for fasion week! :)
September 10, 2008 at 12:36 pm
I see what he’d be trying but his calves are too thick for it
September 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm
A perfect way for a thousand-yard-stare serial killer to hide his weapon of choice. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome “The Fishnet Strangler”…
September 10, 2008 at 11:23 pm
i think i’m one of the few that actually like this! power to him! i think fashion shouldn’t be taken so seriously all the time!
September 13, 2008 at 7:16 am
ha! every time i glance at this picture i see his umbrella handle as a hook, as if he’s in costume for a pirate. In that context, this outfit makes sense
September 14, 2008 at 12:59 pm
i got the same umbrella (from stockholm) – but not the fishnets…
September 15, 2008 at 12:16 am
September 21, 2008 at 8:30 am
if the rest of the outfit was more hard core then it would be a look of the futur. By hard core i mean dirtier , darker, thicker.
September 23, 2008 at 2:08 am
This is great. Sloppy kind of sexuality, playful but with a nice grounded masculinity.
September 28, 2008 at 8:09 pm
thats a statement….
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October 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Mmm.. if he were wearing a nice white top with a tailored blazer i would actually love it. But something is just wrong with that oversized safari shirt.