1. Irish Eyes

    August 10, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    Okay, he looks a wee bit like a gangster out of an Indiana Jones film… but he still looks nifty!

  2. tartanscot

    August 10, 2006 at 8:05 pm

    I love this guy . . . and, crap, I think I own those shoes . . .
    where are they ? ? ? . . . need to go to the closet and dig . . . lol . . . .

  3. Anonymous

    August 10, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    Holy excessive pocket square Batman!

  4. Anonymous

    August 10, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    My calender says 2006 not 1931.
    I dig vintage, but doing it head to toe is costume not style.

  5. samuraibunny

    August 10, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    ack! the round sunnies make him look like a pimp =_=

  6. Anonymous

    August 10, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    This guy totally looks like something out of a Thin Man flick.

    Where are Nick, Nora and Asta?

    He’s cool tho, a legit throw back.

  7. I Dressed Myself

    August 11, 2006 at 1:31 am

    That’s an interesting looking suit coat. It has two pocket flaps on one side and only one on the other. I like the color of his tie.

  8. bryan @ shotgunfreude

    August 11, 2006 at 2:35 am

    look out! that pocket square is on a rampage! it’s practically got more square footage than the tie. and his shades are straight from the Matrix.

    perfect cuff margins though.

  9. Elessa

    August 11, 2006 at 3:03 am

    Adoro questo ragazzo, è stile e romanticismo…meraviglioso!!

  10. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 3:58 am

    He looks like a fifties yakuza, if such a thing ever existed. The glasses really give the feeling that he has things to hide

  11. Lucas

    August 11, 2006 at 4:15 am

    STREET FASHION! It’s more trendy, wayyy cool and the best part, you don’t have to embrace an eating disorder to look this good.


    Why haven’t I stumbled onto this blog before?? I love this blog so much, it’s sickening.

  12. PJS

    August 11, 2006 at 8:50 am

    If one MUST wear a double-breasted suit, I suppose this is the way to do it. If one MUST. But MUST one?

  13. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 8:54 am

    I love those shoes. They are excellent. I wouldn’t have put them with a grey suit, but I think it works.

  14. A Novelist

    August 11, 2006 at 9:37 am

    Very interesting…and debonair!

    I LOVE your blog! It is fabulous! :)

  15. JA Firebrand

    August 11, 2006 at 10:12 am

    Adorable, I love it.

  16. jeff

    August 11, 2006 at 11:31 am

    Double breasted suits are usually recommended for portly gentlemen as a way to slim the figure. I’ve never bought into that. I always found that they hung better on those with slimmer builds. This gentleman for instance.

    Brown and grey go great together. And I love those shoes.

    -Jeff S

  17. Laura

    August 11, 2006 at 11:34 am

    I love this look. I don’t think it’s too costume-y at all. I wish we could get past the “pimp/gangster” stereotype of a double-breasted suit and two-tone shoes. He looks snazzy!

  18. oldog/oldtrix

    August 11, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    Those of us who believe that men’s attire achieved near perfection in the 1930s, and assemble our wardrobes accordingly, must be careful to avoid appearing costumed rather than well dressed when we want to be taken seriously. As others have opined, I think this gentleman is on the costume side of that line. Every element of his combination is excellent (too much of the handkerchief showing, but nothing wrong with the item itself); it’s just too perfectly 1937. And it would be simple to fix. Exchanging the spectators for a sleek black cap toe or, better yet, a dressy black slip-on, would negate the dated look. Or keeping the spectators and substituting a two button, shaped single breasted suit would also bring him right up to date.

    Still, I would wear exactly what he has on for fun. I’d even show a lot of handkerchief, just not in such a stiff fold, but rather with all four points draped helter-skelter over the pocket welt. And I’d certainly add a soft straw fedora, whether with this version or an updated one.

  19. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    A miss that’s a good as a…well, you know. The problem? The jacket doesn’t fit. It’s over-scaled and too long, even for a meant-to-be roomy double-breasted model. Pant fullness doesn’t provide balance so much as it emphasizes the jacket’s over-amplitude….

  20. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    The last anonymous is onto something. I like everything the man is wearing in the abstract, and I also, unlike other commentators, don’t mind the combination. The suit actually fits him is well. The problem is that he has chosen a cut that does not look good on him and is somehow very static and dull. As much as I like 6×2 DB suits, perhaps he should try 6×1 or 4×1. Another possibility is to add more fullness in the chest and do something to either slim the hips or at least move the center of gravity above them.

    I can’t quite explain why, but as much as I like and wear myself every thing I see in this picture, somehow the overall effect is blah. Or maybe it is just the camera angle.

  21. Jeanne-Athenee

    August 11, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    What I like about this guy and his fabulous suit is his posture

  22. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    I agree with a bunch of you, it’s a tad costumy, but I guess double-breasted is in these days.

  23. Anonymous

    August 12, 2006 at 3:55 am

    Double breasted is the way to go! It’s unfortunate to see such comments as “If one MUST wear a double-breasted suit, I suppose this is the way to do it. If one MUST. But MUST one?”. Comments like these are just from people too focused on fashion and silly trends. It’s a classic look that isn’t done often enough. A double breasted suit can look great, if not better than a SB suit, on many, many people. I will admit that this gentleman’s suit is a tad bit off. His hanky is too stiff- if it were a little more relaxed it would look nicer.
    In response to the anonymous comment above, I think a 4×2 jacket that had a higher button stance and was cut shorter and slimmer in the waist and hips would suit this gentleman much more.


  24. Flaneur

    August 12, 2006 at 9:37 am

    Anonymous, above, regarding the arcana of 6×2 DB versus 6×1 or 4×1 suits, can you kindly explain? I’m all agog, eager to know…


  25. Anonymous

    August 12, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    Not the original anonymous, but:

    6×2 = six buttons with a two button closure

    4×1 = four buttons with a one button closure


    I can’t say I’ve seen a 6×1 that I like. 6×2 seems to be the best double breasted to my eye for a suit. 4×2 and 4×1 works for a blazer or sportcoat. Just a personal preference.

  26. Anonymous

    August 13, 2006 at 8:47 am

    Thanks for the info, Anymous II…


  27. Kyle

    August 14, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    Shoes make the outfit, saddles never really go out of style!

  28. Anonymous

    August 14, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    Great summer look. His shoes look like my RL spectators (brown ww/white buck)?

  29. J. Franklin

    August 14, 2006 at 10:41 pm

    Love the shoe combination with the suit but the suit’s fit is lacking and the pocket square could use a little attention.

  30. Kathleen

    August 15, 2006 at 12:48 am

    The other day on my bus a gentleman “of a certain age” was wearing:

    * a pinstriped suit
    * a spotted business shirt
    * a floral bow tie
    * a trench-coat
    * dark bug-eye sunglasses
    * a black felt fedora tipped at such a rakish angle I couldn’t believe it was still attached to his head

    This was truly the most hideous mental combination of fabrics, prints, everything.

    He was also one of the most dapper and stylish individuals I have ever seen on a bus to Dulwich Hill, Sydney, Australia. Sometimes things that don’t work on paper (I’m going to dress head-to-toe gangster, for example) are absolutely fabulous in reality.

  31. alexandre

    August 15, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    Matsuda! first thing I thought..(no, that’s not him)

  32. PJS

    August 22, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    I just saw this same man, weeks later, at 57th and Broadway around 5:30PM tonight. Wearing, I believe the same suit, but with a pale sherbety-green pocket square.

    It was like watching a blog character spring to life.

  33. Steve-o

    August 23, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    Is he carrying a gun?

  34. Liz

    August 24, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    Love the spectactors. They need to come back, seriously!

  35. Anonymous

    December 1, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    If many believe that the apex of style was in the 1930′s which I certainly do, than what is it wrong looking like your from 1937. It doesn’t look a tad like a costume to me but as if he has dabbled in the satorial classics that transpire time. The 1930s was a much more evoled time period in mens dress wear than now. for instance you had an array of styles for any size or frame focused on cut and line, much more than you have today. The fashion indusrty focused more about the aesthetic purpose of fashion than that of mass produced lackluster suits and little tends just too keep up with an obsessed consumer base society that knows nothing about fashion. For the most part The industries only purpose is to maximize profits with no regards to the art it created. That is why we dont see double breated suits, single breasted suits with peak lapels and double breasted waistcoats,spectators, and pure beaver wide brimmed teardrop fedoras, becuase for the simple reason, they are not cost efficent.

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