1. Steve A

    May 19, 2006 at 8:36 am

    The narrow part of his tie’s longer than the front bit?

  2. Kelly

    May 19, 2006 at 8:46 am

    Mini-dot tie? Shades of brown divine? Cary Grant hand-in-pocket stance?

  3. argos

    May 19, 2006 at 8:53 am

    outside of his handsome looks, beautiful hair, my guess would be the great knotting of the tie.

  4. argos

    May 19, 2006 at 8:58 am

    er…wait the knot is good but isn’t the tie a tad short?

  5. Tom

    May 19, 2006 at 9:20 am

    Man bag? Showing the thin end of his tie?

  6. Helen

    May 19, 2006 at 9:20 am

    I think it’s something to do with the strangely wide breast pocket – is the suit hand made?

  7. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 9:24 am

    tie length is perfect. just above the belt buckle.

  8. Karl

    May 19, 2006 at 9:28 am

    Yup, the thin end of the tie is peeking out from under.

  9. Katie

    May 19, 2006 at 9:34 am

    I agree with ex isle- it could be that tie or his modelish pose (or was that just for being photographed?).

  10. FishrCutB8

    May 19, 2006 at 9:35 am

    argos: I think the tie is bottom of the buckle…perfect.

    My guess: Nice cuff.

  11. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 9:44 am

    you are hott!!

  12. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 9:58 am

    Why is the pocket on his jacket so low and baggy?

  13. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 10:11 am


  14. positive_negative

    May 19, 2006 at 10:24 am

    I thought about what the cue would be and for the longest couldn’t think of one. Even though the suit fits well on this gentleman and the color is perfect, there really isn’t anything else that pops out. He is simply well groomed, nothing spectacular nor dull about it.

    But then it occured to me why you would assume he wasn’t a New Yorker, the pleats and cut of his suit which comes off as traditional, american tailoring when all of New York seems to be fascinated with European cuts.

    I would simply compliment him on his suit, like I’m sure you have, and take his picture. In this situation, I don’t think there is anything else you can tell him without boring an innocent bystander with fashion talk.

  15. polarbear

    May 19, 2006 at 10:25 am

    he’s showing the perfect amount of cuff.

  16. Solomon Animashaun

    May 19, 2006 at 10:49 am

    The tie!

  17. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 11:17 am

    He is wearing pleated pants?

  18. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 11:33 am

    It’s gotta be the wide tie and possibly the pleated trousers

  19. jenn

    May 19, 2006 at 11:34 am

    Is this a question or a quiz? I mean, how did you break the ice? I think the tie would be a safe bet (always) and is his shirt subtly patterned? If so, you could talk about how he mixed his shirt & tie patterns…

  20. The Queen Is Dead

    May 19, 2006 at 11:58 am

    Hmmm…the jacket pocket seems unusual or it could be the shadow playing tricks?

  21. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    Looks European

  22. The Sartorialist

    May 19, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    Some of you have found the cue but no one has said how that would help me approach him.

  23. Iris Nobile

    May 19, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    you can take a subtly/noticeable double take and say, “oh!” and make eye contact with him. Then say, ‘i love your tie (if he is italian say, “mi piace la sua cravata”) then he’ll nod or say thank you proudly, then you can say, “and I love that knot. forgive me, but would you mind if I snapped a photo of you?” then he will say, probably heavily-accented and in barely discernable english, “but of course you may, but hurry for I am late for a meeting/plane/espresso” Then you will snap, shake hands, perhaps exchange business cards, then walk off in opposite directions, the sun shining on both your faces.

  24. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    It’s definitely the pleated pant. Especially that big open pleat right there. That, in and of itself, demands an approach somewhat like this, “Dear Sir, you are not only flaunting a fabulous suit but you are proudly displaying double pleated pants and in today’s world – nobody wears pleated pants, especially pleated pants that are as old-world as yours.”

  25. verdiales

    May 19, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    “I’m sorry but I can’t help noticing that your suit’s breast pocket is rather wide. By any chance, was it made to hold a camera?”

    Is that the opening?

    Other than showing the thin end of his tie, this young man is very well-dressed. What shade of blue is that shirt? That suit could well support a light warm blue.

  26. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    he has a strong balkan look.

  27. SwanDiamondRose

    May 19, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    um the narrow part of the tie is longer, as many have mentioned.

    and HOW that helped to approach him- when he wasn’t looking you grabbed it, pulled him towards you, and told him you would let him go ONLY if he let you take a photo?

  28. rubbing

    May 19, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    My guess that he looks like a refined UPS driver.

  29. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    I think there were two style cues that inspired you.

    The first is obviously the tie – the narrow part peeking out.

    Which then highlights and emphasizes the second, and less of a deliberate cue, but one of equal magnitude, the double-pleated pants.

    Together, the style is very old skool Italian, very Godfather.

    I think you approached him by saying, “You look like Michael Corleone. I want to take a picture of you. But don’t kill me.”

  30. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    if it’s not the tie (and i have no idea how you’d approach someone on that one) i would think that you could tell this person he pulls off the sack suit very youthfully. (at least i *think* it’s a sack…it’s sort of hard to tell from this angle)


  31. Anonymous

    May 19, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    It had to be the suit-

    Is this the male version of the female bonding ritual of “I adore those shoes! Where did you get them?” One makes all sorts of new friends that way…

  32. TJT

    May 19, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    It’s the pleats in his pant. Pleats have been “uncool” for quite some time, but he pulls them off excellently.

  33. jon

    May 19, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I would simply ask him if the he intended the thin end of the tie to be longer than the front – maybe it isn’t from the continual tightening (over the course of a day, my Hermes and Gamo ties end up this way as I continually snug them up) but actually his own personal “style”

  34. argos

    May 19, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    Though I guessed earlier that it was the great tie knot, (not the fact that it is tied short, this is not an acceptable reason to approach someone IMHO, for I believe it is tied one inch to short, not the top of the buckle but the bottom of the buckle is correct) So…

    There is something rather unique and unusual about the suit you are wearing sir, including the color. Would you mind terrribly if I snapped a picture as I have a wonderful internet weblog dedicated to showing well dressed men and women found on the streets of NYC.

  35. invisible girl

    May 19, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Maybe it’s the tie! The bottom is longer than the top. Of course, after reading the post about the first gentleman with the pink tie, I think I got a hint!

  36. dutronc

    May 19, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    Don’t see any style clue besides the thin end of the tie, which I wouldn’t consider stylish. He looks Spanish though.

  37. db

    May 20, 2006 at 2:16 am

    he’s gorgeous, uneven tie and all.


  38. positive_negative

    May 20, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    “I’m sorry to bother you sir, but I noticed that you’re wearing a very well tailored pleated suit and not many men here in New York are sporting those these days. Are you from New York? Do you mind if I take your picture for an internet fashion blog that I write for? I promise that this is legitimate and you won’t be exploited in any way. Thanks.”

  39. Anonymous

    May 21, 2006 at 3:08 am

    …”Joo look likah E-Spanish Cadeee Grant een joorah 40s clothing. The women, they die like flies for joo. Ees okay I take yourah photo, ¿Sí?”


  40. Anonymous

    May 21, 2006 at 3:50 am

    I would make eye contact, smile, say hello that he looks wonderful. (I am confident he would not mind.) I would then say I am a fan of style and ask how he would describe his own style.

  41. wanderlust junkie

    May 21, 2006 at 5:25 am

    i love that tie

  42. Anonymous

    May 22, 2006 at 12:59 am

    what’s the answer, TS? :-)

  43. The Sartorialist

    May 22, 2006 at 8:31 am

    the answer is in “Style Cue – Part 2 Scusi”

  44. pw

    May 22, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    brooks brothers?

  45. Anonymous

    May 22, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    easy – he isn’t wearing any shoes

  46. Anonymous

    June 5, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Tie…. and proud of his pleats. Both very in tune with European details.
    Quirky but subtle.

  47. Anonymous

    June 5, 2007 at 8:36 am


  48. michaelkragh92

    April 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    it's the high placed pocket, isn't it?

  49. tronface

    September 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Dear Scott, I have been a reader of your blog for ~18 months and own/appreciate your book. I have been going through your archives and as I read through these comments I knew the cue and how it would afford you with a method to approach him. I scrolled down the list with anticipation, only to see that you finally revealed the answer (although it seems the subsequent posters didn't get it). Keep up your work-you are for many the most important voice in the world of clothing and style.

  50. Name*

    April 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    How do you even know hes not a New Yorker?

  51. guido

    November 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm


    he looks italian all the way (except maybe that his hair isn’t a bit longer in the back). :)

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