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July 25, 2007 at 9:20 am
There is just something about these suits. I love them (almost) every time I see them.
July 25, 2007 at 9:34 am
Terrible !!! Je suis jalouse de ces photos à Harlem, Une addict,
July 25, 2007 at 9:35 am
July 25, 2007 at 9:42 am
wow… that’s red!!!
July 25, 2007 at 9:47 am
Cedric the Entertainer?
Never a fan of this style, it’s still easy to appreciate the time it takes to don it.
July 25, 2007 at 9:48 am
Hahaha… is this for real?
July 25, 2007 at 9:50 am
I love how even his shoes match & the boldness of the white tie. Say what you will about the rest of the city (or even the world) but no one has better style than a Harlem man heading out to church on Sunday.
July 25, 2007 at 9:52 am
July 25, 2007 at 9:57 am
Yeah!Now, who said that you have to be a restrained dressed, slim person to be a sartorialist?
July 25, 2007 at 10:11 am
Wow. The red shoes are actually coordinated with the suit. And the stripe design of the hat is coordinated with the suit too. I’m wondering why he did choose a grey hat?
What a great pic! I love the outfit, especially the shoes!
July 25, 2007 at 10:21 am
Fantastic! Love his attitude and his style!!
July 25, 2007 at 10:22 am
Wow-he is really big and the red suit surely doesn´t hide it.Well-if you are big,why hide it.
william d. anderson
July 25, 2007 at 10:42 am
its definitely something. its big. but its not fashionable.
July 25, 2007 at 10:47 am
You know, if you are going to do it, you might as well go all out. I applaud this man.
July 25, 2007 at 10:51 am
He looks terrific!
July 25, 2007 at 10:55 am
oh my goosh im loving it :D he is all man and he knows it!
July 25, 2007 at 12:01 pm
Hell yeah. Sleeves are too long, but I love the attitude. Talk about summer jewels.
July 25, 2007 at 12:42 pm
July 25, 2007 at 1:33 pm
would love a bit longer shirt-sleeve though , but color’s awesome
July 25, 2007 at 1:37 pm
spectacular! the matching shoes are a great touch.
July 25, 2007 at 1:40 pm
YES. Now This man knows what he is doing. Unlike blah bicycle girl from a few days ago, he looks like he made a conscious effort to look good, and I respect that much, much more.
July 25, 2007 at 2:17 pm
Jewel tones and a great hat. I applaud the boldness of it all.
July 25, 2007 at 2:48 pm
This gentleman is macked out from head to toe, can I get an amen?!
July 25, 2007 at 2:49 pm
It’s red…but the jacket does not fit well in the sleeve and he winds up looking like a tomato. Awful.
July 25, 2007 at 3:03 pm
It is wonderful that you keep in mind that style is not something that can be defined by one cultural group, it is something personal. Your Harlem series proves that you can seperate Style from stylish.
July 25, 2007 at 3:09 pm
An entire suit done up of red pinstripe would swamp anyone but this man.
Statement Dressing at it’s finest.
July 25, 2007 at 3:15 pm
Sart… I would love to know where this man gets his suits if you have the information. I’d love to get my sweetie a suit like this!
July 25, 2007 at 3:22 pm
Wow that is amazing. This is a great picture.
July 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm
Great color in the suit. The hat is good too.
A better cut and some contrast in the shirt & shoes and I would have loved it on him.
July 25, 2007 at 3:33 pm
this is very badly fitting, he looks foolish, but very friendly
July 25, 2007 at 4:16 pm
July 25, 2007 at 5:04 pm
That’s what I call a pimp-style outfit.
July 25, 2007 at 5:05 pm
Cool. At first I thought that was Cedric the entertainer. Pretty oversize but I’m a fan of black comedy and find the overall style to be pretty cool.
July 25, 2007 at 5:24 pm
July 25, 2007 at 5:26 pm
Nice colors, but I’m not sure about the hat. It doesn’t seem to belong here.
July 25, 2007 at 5:43 pm
damn, he’s got style. but i think his sleeves need to be fixed.
July 25, 2007 at 6:04 pm
This picture reminds me to ask, why don’t men wear bright colors anymore?
July 25, 2007 at 6:22 pm
Must be someone from Styleforum
July 25, 2007 at 6:23 pm
I love to see your inclusion of this stylish larger man. I’d love to see you include some plus-size women. Trust me, it’s not easy to find good looking, well-made, affordable clothes when only a fraction of clothing stores carry your size.
July 25, 2007 at 6:42 pm
I love it! If someone had described it to me withouta picture I would cringe but for some reason he seems to pull it off. Evene the too long sleaves seem to work here – they add to the larger than life aesthetic
July 25, 2007 at 7:17 pm
the question is: can you dig it? and the answer, of course, is: yes I can! I like to think that this gent has a red pin-striped hat in his closet, but he restrained himself and went for the gray to complete the look.
thanks for the variation on the theme, Sart.
July 25, 2007 at 7:27 pm
this is disgustingly terrible and a sad statement to the stylish elegance that once represented harlemites
as a second generation african american harlemite im appalled that this imagery has come to be associated with the sleek urban forward thinking style that we once manifested
in laymans terms: this is some corny junk! sart ur the man w/fashion but you seem to lose your way where black style is concerned! this guy is off the mark! BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
July 25, 2007 at 7:49 pm
Yes, let us not condescend by applying adjusted standards of dress in cases in which we feel, for whatever reasons, that to do otherwise would be…disrespectful.
July 25, 2007 at 8:49 pm
For me, a not svelte white person, its not that he’s black, but that he’s making an asset of his assets. I’m not sure I generally love shiny red illfitting pinstripe suits either, but he demonstrates well that style and confidence have an intimate relationship. Maybe I will go buy that red linen dress I’ve been ogling…This blog is becoming an evening addiction.
July 25, 2007 at 8:50 pm
As Glamour Girly quotes Gore Vidal on her blog, “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
This is a fantastic photo of a man who knows who he is, what he wants to say, and not giving a damn about conventional fashion. Bravo.
Not my shade of red, but I’d love for burgundy blazers to come back.
July 25, 2007 at 9:20 pm
I love it, he made me smile and he is very stylish, I think the pants should be un-cuffed to match the longer sleeves, but, I am loving his look, it is so bold! You have an eye for red in mens clothes, I have seen a lot of men in red in the last few months.
July 25, 2007 at 9:41 pm
oh, i LOVE the rich color and the pinstripes. i SO wish more men would wear a bit more color and pattern, like this. i just want to shorten the armlength a bit, and PULL OUT that wedgie! though i do understand and appreciate that finding clothing that fits non-”standard” body shapes is extremely challenging in this world of standardized production.
In Durham, NC, there’s an elderly (and most definitely NOT large) man who has the most amazing collection of suits in every color you can imagine, usually with hat and cane to boot. I haven’t seen him in a while, but he used to take the bus to Chapel Hill every day and just walk around and greet everyone, I guess. He’s amazing! I just spent more time than I should admit to on google, looking for him…does anyone happen to know who I’m talking about?
July 26, 2007 at 3:12 am
Love the colour of his suit! But the fit could be better. Too long jacket and the fit of the trousers are not good at all.But still, he looks great! /mia the patternmaker
July 26, 2007 at 11:53 am
He’s certainly ascribing to a very established style (I wouldn’t risk naming it), but is he doing it well? From a fit standpoint, no. The suit is appallingly tailored and it makes him look like a clown. If you’re going to take risks, if you’re going to make bold statements, then do so. Just make sure you do it well.
July 26, 2007 at 12:41 pm
hehe, that is just outrageous! I’m not sure the style if very flattering but it sure as h**l grabs attention…
July 26, 2007 at 2:16 pm
only in harlem … not a fan i’m afraid
July 26, 2007 at 3:13 pm
YES! Sartorialist celebrates people who are true to their own style and not afraid to WORK IT for all its worth! I think one of the reasons I’m so not judgmental or fussy about this fellow is that we’re so different (I’m a middleaged white lady lawyer living in Seattle) that I just don’t feel at all threatened by his loud style. even though I could never pull it off myself. (Whereas the middlaged white lady in Paris with the see-through skirt? Totally freaked me out. It was like, “If THAT’S style, then there’s no room for me among the fashionable.”)
Maybe I need to read Sartorialist less as a fahsion amg (“dos and don’ts”) and more as a celebration of the real style that real people are making work for them.
July 26, 2007 at 5:26 pm
mac daddy fine.
July 26, 2007 at 10:14 pm
The grey hat really makes this work for me– that, and he loves the way he looks.
July 27, 2007 at 5:14 am
July 28, 2007 at 1:12 pm
I Personally would never wear something like that, but he wears it well with his own personal style. Bravo!
July 28, 2007 at 9:14 pm
Praise to a gentleman who follows his own style, especially in the land of t-shirts and jeans.
July 29, 2007 at 11:51 am
Oh no. If this man were not black, this would be hands-down GARISH. But because urban style has nurtured such unfortunate trends like XXXXXL streetwear, candy colors, and gratutious jewelry, people think this man is some sort sartorial revelation. But there is a difference between dressing bold and sharply, and trying to look like a pimp. He could learn a thing or two from Ferre.
July 29, 2007 at 8:06 pm
This gentleman looks terrific… he has soul & style.
July 29, 2007 at 9:11 pm
The problem here is all with fit. The celebration of this gentleman’s taste and style is deserved. However, turning a blind eye to the terribly oversized jacket and unsavory tightness in the crotch is not a celebration of sartorial acumen, but rather an injustice to it. “Sunday best 2, Harlem” is a perfect example of looking great (i.e., fit), and look how great his pinned collar is. This man (in red) needs a good tailor and then he deserves a pic on this blog.
July 30, 2007 at 10:05 am
Being a native New Yorker I’ve seeing varitions of this look all my life. When I look back at it I applaud the looks as over-the-top-tacky-fun. But whenever I see the latest in this hideous show of polyester peacockery it makes want to hide behing a mailbox and cringe…
But you know what? It makes for one beatiful photo! Keep it up!!!
July 31, 2007 at 3:37 pm
love it…equal oppurtunity style
August 5, 2007 at 10:29 pm
Now THIS is STYLE!!!! Bravo!!
August 9, 2007 at 8:04 am
I can see why someone would want to photograph this gentleman – he is certainly eye catching.
August 21, 2007 at 3:24 pm
oh yeah!!! is that the kool aid man?
September 2, 2007 at 2:30 am
Not an easy style for complimenting,we all know. We have seen the monochromatic manic to many of times, the grey accent saves him from overkill.But had it been a man with a slim build would we have considered him innovative? I give this man heds’up for not being inside the box. Amongst his stylistic peers he is probably a pioneer…..
September 16, 2007 at 2:11 am
uhh negative in my opinion. lol but i love his confidence
January 18, 2008 at 8:12 am
Oh man, that is just true gangsta. Nowhere else but Harlem…
I might try that next month when I go to hong kong and see how it works out.
July 18, 2008 at 11:49 pm
I think he took the time to dress,to coordinate everything.He is going to church ,and that is very important to him.
November 23, 2009 at 3:50 am
He looks great! Some of you don't get the culture of "Church on Sunday" clothing so you think its terrible, but same can be said abou the hipster culture. The sunday best's are more about how you wear it! He's flossin!
April 24, 2012 at 6:19 am
At any rate, fashion is art. Yeah, sure, some of it is garish and a visceral betrayal but fashion remains an expression much like music, poetry and of the like. Any person willing to shout out to the world who they and not shroud behind societies stark, insipid acceptances is aces in my book.
October 15, 2012 at 10:59 am
Never been a fan of clothes that ‘SHOUT!!!!!’……………….and this shot only confirms and strengthens my opinion.
Just looks like a gaudy costume to me