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April 18, 2006 at 5:26 pm
What kind of dog is he walking?
April 18, 2006 at 6:16 pm
All buttons closed, i don’t agree about the correctness.
April 18, 2006 at 6:18 pm
What’s interesting is that it appears his jacket was cut to have all the buttons closed, which is rather unusual.
April 18, 2006 at 6:19 pm
On the jacketEither the top twoOr the middle oneBut never all threeButtoned!
April 18, 2006 at 6:35 pm
is there a reason why all three of his coat buttons are buttoned?
April 18, 2006 at 6:53 pm
That is a beautiful tweed jacket!
April 18, 2006 at 7:54 pm
To answer your question…
Gosh, another marvelous photo too.
April 18, 2006 at 8:00 pm
Ok, so he buttoned all three, but I LOVE that jacket! The hacking pockets, the high gorge, the jacket is classic style. The hat looks good on this guy too.
April 18, 2006 at 8:11 pm
If Giovanni Agnelli could leave his buttondown collars unbuttoned and be considered stylish, why can’t this guy button all three buttons and be considered the same? It’s not the number of buttons, it’s how you pull it off. And, he’s pulling just fine….
April 18, 2006 at 8:51 pm
This may be the nerdiest I can get about clothes but, the idea that you never button the bottom button is almost always true with 99% of the jackets you will see today. However, certain English houses will cut a jacket that is meant to be buttoned all the way. The Duke himself had a few and there are a number of famous photos of him with a fully closed jacket.
What gives this man’s jacket away is the fact the the bottom button is aligned with the top of his hacking pockets.
April 18, 2006 at 8:57 pm
This is amazing. Quite literally one of the ONLY times I’ve ever seen three buttons on a jacket fastened and not “tut-tutted”.
A strange phenomenon. But an ever-so stylish one.
April 18, 2006 at 11:23 pm
This guy looks outstanding, and you people are arguing about the “correctness” of his buttoning.
I guess some people will just never get it. Oh well…
April 19, 2006 at 4:06 am
i never knew that to button all your jacket buttons was unusual. and the answer is no i don’t think there are stylish men to replace this man in the future, that is what makes me so sad.
April 19, 2006 at 9:22 am
He looks wonderful, regardless of whether all of his buttons are closed or not. And I am afraid that there aren’t any stylish young men to take his place!
April 19, 2006 at 9:45 am
Don’t you think he knows about the buttons? The guy obviously knows what’s he doing.
April 19, 2006 at 11:59 am
It’s unfashionable and small minded to cite fashion faux pas
April 19, 2006 at 12:00 pm
If you’re 80 and I want your clothes as a 19 year old, you automatically rule.
April 19, 2006 at 12:04 pm
I suspect he might have buttoned all three because there was a chill in the air.
April 19, 2006 at 1:11 pm
Agreed. He knows what he’s doing.
If there are men around who will take his place in 20 years, they will be a very small tribe.
April 19, 2006 at 3:01 pm
I certainly hope so.
April 19, 2006 at 3:48 pm
Funny, I consider being judgmental rather unfashionable.
April 19, 2006 at 4:48 pm
ha, I am the phoenix from the smoldering sartorial ash of my generation! Take heed, ye bloggers! Joe is my name.
April 19, 2006 at 4:58 pm
To answer your question: no. Everyone today is too busy being ironic, and I don’t imagine that will change in 20 years.
April 19, 2006 at 6:30 pm
What he is wearing is a Hacking jacket, which is cut for equestrian riding.
April 19, 2006 at 10:26 pm
First of all, he looks great. In regards to the button rule: looks like he is wearing it more as a coat rather than a suit or sports jacket. He looks ready for the chill and the way he is put together expresses that (i.e. the way the scarf is worn). He is perfectly styled. Thanks Sartorialist for seeing the truth behind the “rules”
April 20, 2006 at 12:47 am
I can’t believe we’re arguing about whether or not the fact that this man’s 3 buttons are ALL fastened negates his right to be stylish.
Stamp collecting. Maybe stamp collecting is the answer! Something that takes up alot of time, and requires one to be detail-oriented to the point of farce…
April 20, 2006 at 6:21 pm
I too want to know what kind of dog he had.
I think he looks great.
April 24, 2006 at 7:01 pm
Here’s a man who wears an ascot and all anyone can see is the jacket.
April 25, 2006 at 11:57 am
Yes! I will take his place. I’m already pushing the envelope about as far as I can, but without grey hair and a weathered face, I can’t quite pull it off as well.
Olay should make an aging cream so young guys can try to have such great “old man style.”
April 25, 2006 at 5:22 pm
He is truly stylish and my definition of stylish is epitomized by breaking all the rules and still looking great. This is one of the sharpest-looking English gents whether or not his lowest button should be closed.
Even though he has all three buttons closed, I don’t think he is violating the central tenet of male dress. The jacket is not a sport coat it is either an English equestrian or hunting jacket. Those jackets frequently have four buttons–all which can be button quite properly.
June 29, 2006 at 8:38 pm
God, I hope we are still making men like that. I would feel stylish just by walking next to him and absorbing his atmosphere. This may reveal too much about my psychology: but I would love to take his arm.
South London boy
December 9, 2007 at 4:01 pm
English-looking? As soon as I saw this photograph, it screamed “French aristo”. Not sure that’s a hacking jacket, either. Hacking jackets are cut much higher with a distinct waist and skirt.
August 11, 2009 at 5:17 am
i love the fabric, i love the old man, i love the red leash.
January 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Answer: probably not, but people will try. That kind of sartorial crispness or elegance was from a period before fashion entered stage left, or right. I wish money wasn't the arbiter of dress.