1. -h of candid cool

    March 31, 2008 at 8:17 am

    blue & black are my favorite combination. and im lovin the dark blue velvet blazer he’s doing here

  2. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I love just about everything this guy has got going for him: the haircut, the frames, especially how he accentuates his leanness with superfitted clothes. Those jeans kick ass–and the sad thing is, they’re probably just Levi’s. Levi’s cuts are completely different in the EU; I bought two pairs in France this summer, and they fit like nothing you can find in the States–and there seems to be no way to buy them online and ship them over. A source of immense frustration.

    I know you were there, Sart, and maybe it’s the way the beauiful backlight hits the shoulders on the velvet jacket, but the coat looks like a deep navy to me, and the jeans a super-saturated indigo. Or it could be my screen.

  3. thesearchforchic

    March 31, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Perfect. He looks very APC for some reason…everything is in harmy, the reason it works is that the jeans are slightly faded, making the look more rustic.

  4. john

    March 31, 2008 at 8:53 am

    there was a rule that blue and black didn’t go together… oops

  5. Nelson vH

    March 31, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Is this a velevt coat? If so..real nice!

    Jeans and sportscoat is a tricky thing tho… ;)

    For my taste, with legs that slim he should wear pants that are not too tight! A cotton belt would be nice … However, he seems to be at home with these clothes.

    The boots are real nice.

    AND – I REALLY LIKE THE BAG! It´s the masculine bag that I´ve been asking for in a previous post.

  6. marchingbandemporium

    March 31, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Great pic, love his louche pixie ethic. I have never understood this “rule” about black and blue. Mind you, it has to be dark navy and black, but the combo has always been a killer one in my eyes.

  7. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 9:08 am

    i’m a loser.. i’ve often combined black and blue.. don’t think that they don’t fit together ;)

  8. Rachelle

    March 31, 2008 at 9:15 am

    It’s Geek very Chic. :)

  9. Paul Pincus

    March 31, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I like this, especially the velvet!…I, too, have never understood this rule regarding black and navy. I think the combination can be very mysterious…mystery is good!

  10. Ruby

    March 31, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Incredibly attractive.

  11. JRenee

    March 31, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I would venture to say this image also banishes the rule that brown and black shouldn’t be mixed. I love the bag with this look. Not to mention his blazer fits him so well, I first thought it was a cardigan. This man knows how to dres himself.

  12. ama

    March 31, 2008 at 10:16 am

    It has always worked for me, blue+black. One of the best combinations ever.

  13. Min

    March 31, 2008 at 10:24 am

    so cute! i for one love a good black and blue combo.

  14. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I think the “rule” applied mainly to black and navy. This combo works well.

  15. Diana

    March 31, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I think there is nothing wrong with this combination.
    This guy reminds me somehow of the young Yves Saint Laurent.
    Am I wrong?

  16. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 10:53 am

    why does it “have to be” dark navy and black – and if so, would not this picture, of a man wearing light blue and grey and black, be totally incongruent with your statement?
    with any of those combinations (black/brown, blue/black, grey/brown) you just have to establish which is your “color’ and which is your neutral.
    The rule probably arose because navy is commonly worn as a neutral base in peacoats and pants and the like.
    P.S. I just came from a costumes class where it was righteously declared that the blue rules have fallen forever. hilarious coincidence, sart.

  17. TresChic

    March 31, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Rules were made to be broken, Sart. Except for the one about Crocs – those things should be band from public use.

  18. Ms. Anna Mack

    March 31, 2008 at 11:14 am

    oh my god, I’m in love.

  19. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Very cool. And, yes, I love the bag.

  20. wesleyrowell

    March 31, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    there is no such thing as colors that don’t ‘go together’.

  21. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Even though the black jeans here look smashing, I cannot separate them from the image of a few washes later when the black fades and suddenly I see my mom’s worn, black-gray jeans from the 90s.

  22. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Black and blue are often great together. Midnight blue velvet on a man is delicious. But he looks so tightly wound up with his deliberately chosen glasses, fully buttoned shirt, and tiny-leg pants! It would be interesting to see him live and note whether his personality is as tight as his look, or more freewheeling.

  23. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Black and blue are often great together. Midnight blue velvet on a man is delicious. But he looks so tightly wound up with his deliberately chosen glasses, fully buttoned shirt, and tiny-leg pants! It would be interesting to see him live and note whether his personality is as tight as his look, or more freewheeling.

  24. Dolphe

    March 31, 2008 at 2:19 pm


  25. tomassocroccante

    March 31, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    You mean the black jeans we wore in the late 80s?

    To me, blue and black are the two colors of night – they belong together, but can be confusing. Black can make any color look too “pure” unless a counterpoint is added. Maybe that’s the role of this mahogany colored briefcase in the color composition.

    But here’s something quirky: about 25 years ago I was looking for a black cardigan vest and stopped in at Brooks Brothers, thinking such a standard, old-school item would be in stock. Nope. I was told they didn’t do black. Other than formalwear and leather accessories, nothing, or that’s what I was told. On the other hand they did have the deepest, darkest navy blue you could ask for. (I got the sweater – needed for a play I was doing – at Paul Stuart.)

  26. Thomas

    March 31, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve been looking for such a blazer for a long time, and the bag is beautiful. I was not aware of that rule; if it exists I love the way he flaunts it.

  27. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    where do you find a good bag/briefcase like this for a young man – first job in nyc?

  28. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 3:29 pm


  29. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    this combo works so well bc he mix black and light blue (matching with his eyes btw) oh, and i love the bag!

    yay! for the boys is paris!

  30. Gina Marie

    March 31, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    What rule?

    —-* the rules.

    *insert gratuitous f word here*

  31. Mattias

    March 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Word Sart! But what about black and brown?

  32. Nick Couch

    March 31, 2008 at 4:50 pm


  33. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Oh my, this looks like the man of my dreams!

  34. suzanne

    March 31, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    We all know it’s only working so perfectly because he’s French he has all the little details spot on like the velvet jacket, the turned back cuff, the hair just so, the chustnut brown bag, those boots, those needlecords and the specs, the pecs…..shall i go on??

  35. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I def agree and I’ve always combined the two. As long as you can rock it, you’ve got it.

  36. daxson

    March 31, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    anyone know what bag that is? or where to find bags like that? its amazing. iv been looking for one like that for months.

  37. Kiss Kiss Beauty

    April 1, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Pretty darn hip. I’ve heard of this rule about blue and black not going together, in the context of not wearing black shoes with a blue ensemble, but never quite understood why. To my plebian eye it looks nice.

    Also, to an earlier comment about black jeans fading after multiple washes – it’s best to dry clean them! Or I’ve heard tell of a laundry detergent specifically for black clothing. An Italian brand?

    On an unrelated note, to The Sartorialist himself: Have you ever thought of visiting Shanghai? (I’m sure you get that question all the time, but please humor me. :) It is soon to be my home, and when I visited last summer the everyday fashion was creative and awesome. Your camera would have a good time there.

  38. Irides

    April 1, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Is it just me… or do his buttons darken as they go down his blouse?

    If they do…

    That’s so awesome.

  39. Amelia

    April 1, 2008 at 1:24 am

    I love the textures! The shirt and the bag are pretty darn awesome.

  40. kagitsune

    April 1, 2008 at 2:11 am

    I love this man’s outfit… nice jeans, structured/slim yet casual bags and shoes, that lovely jacket that ties it all together… but that shirt has got to go. Yes, the color and fabric pattern is beautiful, but that cut hardly does anything for him.


  41. j'taimee

    April 1, 2008 at 2:41 am

    I love the subtle sheen of the messenger satchel against blue and black.

  42. Mylinh

    April 1, 2008 at 6:55 am

    “Blue and black should never be seen, without a colour in between…” so goes the saying, but hell, I broke this rule a long time ago. I personally like the combo, and Sart, you have have shown this velvety combo before in one of my fave outfits ever, the one of the blonde haired woman with the lovely silhouette of a bubble skirt and plain tight high neck top… a couple of posts ago, the one I thought looked like Sienna Miller. Anyway, long live blue and black. I also love the very fresh combo of pink and orange.

  43. allie wu lin

    April 1, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I love how the nerdy look has become attractive.

    This definitely does it for me. :]

  44. 'kay

    April 1, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    hmmm…I think what really links everything togeter is the velvety vest. It gives a nice blueish glow.

  45. Keisha Kornbread

    April 2, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I want him!!!

    He looks amazing in a casual way. Everything works superbly together.

  46. J. Jurrjens

    April 3, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Wonderful… Scholarly and chic, without pretension. I’m all for blue and black, as long as the undertones in the black match. Love the bag; you could happily carry it for a lifetime.

  47. Anonymous

    April 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    he looks like a smoldering literary rockstar in the making

  48. Ethan M.

    August 4, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve never understood that rule at all. I’ll often combine black and blue. It’s also great for popping out a light colour and making it shine, wear a light-yellow scarf with a black-and blue velvet and jeans. The light-yellow scarf will scream silently.

  49. eloise in berlin

    January 24, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Oh me too, it’s one of my all time favourite colour combinations!!! Let it live on and on…

  50. Francis

    June 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Black and Blue? That'll Do!

  51. cheap promotional items

    September 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I have never seen such a fantastic combination of blue and black colors. I really appreciate this…

  52. John Sebastian Eldridge

    December 23, 2009 at 11:06 am

    and black and brown obviously!

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