63 comments

  1. madameshawshank

    February 26, 2007 at 2:22 am

    am wondering if he considered any other colour :-) Oh I doooooooo love red…there’s something about it..the wondrous engergy of red methinks

  2. Nicolas

    February 26, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Hey, that’s also my “signature” ! :-)
    And it is also M. Balladur’s one (a former french Prime Minister).

  3. Blue Floppy Hat

    February 26, 2007 at 5:38 am

    Lovely sock colour. Especialy with the brown oxfords.

  4. Gustav

    February 26, 2007 at 6:15 am

    It went very very well with his shoes i dare say.

  5. ZERBO

    February 26, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Beppe Modenese was the first to wear red cashmere socks which he buys from a shop in Roma which sells to the cardinals.

  6. Candid Cool

    February 26, 2007 at 7:24 am

    that coat and that beautiful blue of his suit and tie is magnificent. and those red socks…are just the perfect touch.

  7. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Seriously cool. I think the chalkstripe works so well because of the hair and skin tones.

  8. zara

    February 26, 2007 at 7:54 am

    ooh god how i love those socks! isn’t it lovely, how a tiny piece of colourful fabric can turn the whole outfite inside out? chapeau bas monsieur

  9. il capocanoniere

    February 26, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Overall, a classic look. My only slight aesthetic quibbles are that trousers with a slender leg should not have turn-ups and that the shoes look slightly too heavy for the slim outline of the suit.

    The shoes are a beautiful shade and the red socks add that burst of colour. Wonderful.

  10. sandman_gr

    February 26, 2007 at 7:59 am

    He has great style! I love vibrant colored socks peeping out from serious menswear!

  11. Andrea

    February 26, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Hidden treasures, that rocks! I like it!

  12. blackbird

    February 26, 2007 at 9:16 am

    that makes me smile…

  13. Jack Daniel

    February 26, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Many people tell me that red & brown don’t go together…well…**** them!! Red & Brown = stylissimo!

  14. Flint

    February 26, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Totally subversive. Love it!

  15. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 9:23 am

    I love the length of the pants. Perfect.

  16. Butch

    February 26, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Totally sharp. Like the streamlined pants, and of course the red sox. There’s something wonderful about subtle moments of flair in dress….

  17. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 9:46 am

    LOVE

  18. iopine

    February 26, 2007 at 9:46 am

    oh boy, that is great, red socks and brown shoes.

  19. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 9:49 am

    love it! just a little something to make you feel mischievious.

  20. Elle.

    February 26, 2007 at 9:50 am

    haha, very nice. =)
    good eye.

  21. Audrey21

    February 26, 2007 at 9:51 am

    I’m seeing a lot of this sock fashion lately. A guy on a plane sitting next to me was wearing a pin stripe suit, pale pink cashmere v-neck sweater and crazy thin-striped socks in primary colours. Loved it!

  22. Butch

    February 26, 2007 at 9:52 am

    PS, here we see what T. Browne hath wrought: short(er) pants and a generally slimmer line.

    This quy’s dress is absolutely “correct”–then we look a bit more closely…and….

  23. kiarella

    February 26, 2007 at 10:20 am

    I like it, a personal, private touch that stimulates my curiosity about this guy’s personality

  24. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 10:42 am

    snooze

  25. jeff

    February 26, 2007 at 10:57 am

    everything about him is perfect…

    the fit of the suit, the jacket.

    the monochromatic outfit with the unexpected pop of color on the socks.

    not to mention, the fact that he is gorgeous and that beautiful grey hair doesn’t hurt!

  26. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 11:49 am

    The socks are great color and whimsical but they really show off the wonderful shoes…I like the straight leg pant and the excellent wing tips. The socks just bring your attention to the shoes. Must be english.

  27. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    love the pegged trousers–how does he get that big red foot through that tiny opening?

  28. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    I Looovvveee the socks. So hard to get away with that in stodgy ol’ Toronto without getting sidelong looks or comments about one’s bravery. It’s nice to be validated. (isn’t that why many of us visit this sight?) Best Blog Ever.

  29. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    A true modernist with his red socks and brogues

  30. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    The shoes look clunky. A more fitting last would be a perfect design with the cordovan leather.

  31. Elena

    February 26, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    My father-in-law did this always. When he died my mother-in-law gave away all his red socks and we all wore them to his funeral.

  32. lintmag

    February 26, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Love love love that little surprise of color with all the rest somber tones – I think it makes you wonder what the man himself is like. No boring businessman, he.

  33. 4 Chair

    February 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Oh yea…He knows it works.

  34. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    I have a friend from Hungary who is always jokingly pointing out his red socks. He keeps saying that’s how you know he’s European.

    I don’t know if it’s the lighting, but that shade of red goes beautifully with that shade of brown on the shoes.

  35. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    ohhh damn

  36. e. fiction

    February 26, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    This man epitomizes the look I want to attain in thirty years.

    Hell, I wouldn’t mind dressing like him now.

  37. Sempre Libera

    February 26, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Love it! And the contrast between the sharp color and the fuzzy pinstripes is really special. Something about him just says mischief…

  38. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    love the clunky shoes with the slim suit

  39. Janvangogh

    February 26, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    What a fun surprise.

  40. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Do the Milanese have a sort of “one off” fashion sense? What I mean is do they generally add a little something different to each outfit just to try it? Maybe they’ll incorporate it or maybe they won’t. I ask because most of your photos from Milan feature people with at least one item that I consider somehow off kilter or not right for the ensemble. Sometimes even a little sloppy.

    This man’s choice of socks, for instance. I don’t understand it. I don’t know if it’s a statement, a mistake, or carelessness. I don’t like it and if he were my father I’d ask him to change.

  41. Matilda

    February 26, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Aw, that’s amazing!

  42. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    wow. perfect colour!

  43. NYC Fashionista

    February 26, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Now you got me wondering what color and type of underware he’s wearing!!!

    I vote for a leopard print thong. :-)

  44. Lorena V.

    February 26, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    ma che bello!
    I love the use of bright color in little surpring doses…

  45. sk

    February 26, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    omg this is absolutely perfect!

  46. Chris

    February 27, 2007 at 3:28 am

    I too share this man’s love for red socks paired with almost anything.

  47. Anonymous

    February 27, 2007 at 8:41 am

    Awesome! As a lady sartorialist I always wear bright socks with my loafers. My professor asked if it was a political statement…hehe!

  48. Anonymous

    February 27, 2007 at 11:13 am

    The Devil wears Red Socks! I want to know more about this guy . . .

  49. Anonymous

    February 27, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    wow did you know his was wearing red socks? if yes, you have the eye of a fly!!!

  50. Anonymous

    February 27, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Wearing 360 degree welted, brown wingtip bluchers with a grey striped city suit is certainly an, ahem, interesting choice.

    His suit jacket does not fit at all. It is simply too tight – notice the pulling at the middle button.

  51. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, do you really all see those socks as red ?
    I would say dark orange, or orange red, but certainly not the classical cardinal red.

    In french, trousers of such length are called “feu de plancher” (floor fire ?), wich means they are slightly or not so slightly too short. Please let’s not import in civilized Europe a rather debatable american custom.

    For me,contrasted color socks should be hardly visible when you walk, only to be fully revealed when legs are crossed. But this is only an opinion and the guy in the picture is nevertheless really good-looking.

    Paristrash

  52. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, do you really all see those socks as red ?
    I would say dark orange, or orange red, but certainly not the classical cardinal red.

    In french, trousers of such length are called “feu de plancher” (floor fire ?), wich means they are slightly or not so slightly too short. Please let’s not import in civilized Europe a rather debatable american custom.

    For me,contrasted color socks should be hardly visible when you walk, only to be fully revealed when legs are crossed. But this is only an opinion and the guy in the picture is nevertheless really good-looking.

    Paristrash

  53. Anonymous

    March 1, 2007 at 1:58 am

    He is really good looking.

    The socks look orange on my monitor.

  54. daniqueconijn

    March 1, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    ohhh pretty!

  55. Anonymous

    March 3, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Wonderful! I have to say I have found the ensembles of the men in Milan to be more appealing than the women’s so far. This one shows that he’s got a playful side – and it’s fun!

  56. Anonymous

    March 6, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    I really like this guys look as he must be closer to 50 than 40 and he can still pull off the close fitting suit with rather narrow and short trousers, the socks (of course) and the heavy brogues. Another great detail is the hankie in the breast pocket of the crombie. Many thanks for the Sartorialist once again.

  57. Anonymous

    March 11, 2007 at 8:02 am

    I’m looking for a more feminine version of those shoes at an affordable price… Because they’re sexy.

  58. Gemstone

    March 18, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    He looks distinguished and elegant and then, a little secret surprise of whimsicality. The socks look orange on my screen, which makes more sense with blue. The shoes may be a bit heavy for this look, but they look broken in and comfortable.

  59. Anonymous

    March 28, 2007 at 6:46 am

    Haha, i’ve adopted that thing, only my socks are black with orange stripes.

  60. Gerard

    April 20, 2007 at 2:39 am

    He cuts a mighty fine silhouette!

  61. Anonymous

    September 1, 2008 at 12:04 am

    beautiful and brilliant!

  62. Anonymous

    May 6, 2010 at 5:17 am

    I <3 it

  63. ben

    May 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    That’s not so original, it’s a tradition unherited from christian church’ cardinals.

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