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August 10, 2009 at 5:42 pm
It only starte to bother me once I read your caption….lol
August 10, 2009 at 5:45 pm
belt and shoes work because the belt just blends in with the outfit. the suede shoes are great, even though i generally prefer to leave suede for winter
Yea, it's unmatched, but still.. I believe that the only thing i have to say if i met him on the street is:
August 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Not that choking…trying to imagine him with a matching belt, it would have been probably too much; specially with what I think is a colorful scarf.Very nice indeed…
A subdued look – involving plaid no less – owing to a lack of contrast. I like it, and the print scarf especially.
August 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm
This looks superior to thee the Anglos wear their plaid suits.
I want him~! He can handle the belt and the shoes and make it real.
August 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm
What is the coloured bit around his neck? I like it! Great shot :)
Jesus Christ, I want those shoes.
August 10, 2009 at 5:59 pm
what? i dont see anything wrong. love the shoes. is that considered nubuck?
August 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm
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August 10, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Love the rich colours within the plaid suit! The shoes are beautiful!!
August 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm
I think ironclad rules for fashion are silly, like ironclad rules for grammar ("When I split an infinitive," Raymond Chandler wrote his editor, "I mean for it to stay split."). Something either works or it doesn't. The black belt here essentially disappears, a brown belt would be more "visible." To each their own.
August 10, 2009 at 6:14 pm
First accessory I looked at, was the pocket square – so I don't care much about the 'belt/shoe-issue' too…
August 10, 2009 at 6:16 pm
The shoes blend so nicely into the ground, I didn't notice…
Really enjoy the suit, although the pants could go a size up, in my opinion.
Very nice touches with the handkerchief and the inner trim of the shirt. That trim, to me, is just ravishing.
I like his hair and face.
August 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm
THis is such a hot suit!
August 10, 2009 at 6:18 pm
I had a black belt and brown shoe's on one day and it bugged me the entire time… no one noticed. I always notice little touches like that…I really only dress for me anyway..
I love the length of those pants, and that plaid is fantastic! It's pretty subtle, and the navy is perfect.
Esther Maria Swaty
August 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm
This is a little off topic- but is their a way to link your top bar to the home page? Because it seems like it used to.. and now it doesn't.
August 10, 2009 at 6:24 pm
The Glamorous Housewife
August 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm
Wait- is that the Most Interesting Man In The World?
Thanks doll,The Glamorous Housewife
August 10, 2009 at 6:34 pm
i like it. i am totally into mismatching accessories right now. better in 3s perhaps: it confuses the people with the rules a little more and they are less likely to say anything. he could have had a pink pocket square or pair of green sunglasses???
August 10, 2009 at 6:35 pm
Highland dancing or the disco?
Yes, I notice the belt thing. God is in the details.
August 10, 2009 at 6:43 pm
Am I the only person in this world who doesn't get the "no socks" thing? It's been a trend for a while and all I can think is how nasty your feet must smell after a few wearings. Are men's ankles a new erotic zone? Is it that much cooler (temp wise?)
I'd rather he swapped the belt for some socks. The belt's the only thing on him that is uninteresting.
August 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm
on the contrary, i think the belt matches the necktie, hankie and suit. its the shoes that make a statement, and brilliantly. besides, i think the shoes co-ordinate wonderfully with his skin…voila. loveit & what a spunk to boot!! kekeke
'slowjack' hit the nail better than me though!!
August 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm
the unmatching belt and shoes to me shows that he does not really follow the rules of style to the letter. he wants to look stylish but not take it too seriously and i must say he does it quite well.
August 10, 2009 at 7:11 pm
Need some suede shoes.
August 10, 2009 at 7:12 pm
I think that if he were wearing black shoes the whole outfit would be too black/ blue, and if he were wearing a brown belt it would stand out too much and almost break up the fluidity of the whole look.
The guys in Florence definitely seem to be amongst the most stylish in Italy!
August 10, 2009 at 7:38 pm
I never thought that I´d gonna say this, but his pants are a tad to tight for this.
August 10, 2009 at 7:45 pm
One distinction that COULD be made here, is there is a common rule to match you shoes and belt when dealing with brown and black yes, but it is often widely accepted that this is a part of a bigger rule to match all your leather items in brown or black. This may not be the best example because suede is just a softer leather, but I would be curious to see if it is easier to have those items clash is they are different materials, if that makes any sense. Hardly noticeable here though, as commonly noted, props to this guystylish rule breaker= REBEL
August 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm
I like the summer plaid, but the shoes aren't very summer. The platform shoes in the picture before are better.
August 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm
I didn't know that was a rule. I think it would be too matchy-matchy, as the phrase goes. I think it is a dashing look.
August 10, 2009 at 8:19 pm
a suede or brown belt wold cut him in half and distract form the total look. the answer? no belt.
August 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm
is it fall already? summer in Italy is hot, too hot for this look with any color belt.
August 10, 2009 at 8:44 pm
Well , i know that here we are talking about some sort of timeless style rules, but from where i come from (romania) all fashion magazines (besides gq, of course, which doesn t actually have a definite point of view on this) advise not to match things anymore, especially not shoes and belt. It is considered tacky and obsolete. It is probably a trend which stems into the female revolution in matching-> (big no-no to math shoes and bag). So , my questions is, what should i believe?
August 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm
I support slowjack's remark at 6:12pm. This obviously works! fashion standards are not set in stone, they're just guidelines (as if rules aren't meant to be broken :-O but all jokes aside, I may have mentioned this on here already but style is innate, fashion changes with years or season. The man in question here has his own style, his trademark! and beautifully done. I would've not liked this with a matching belt, something else would've had to come into play to balance everything out then. Just my take
August 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm
Not a super stickler on the belt shoe on others if it works. The belt fades into the pattern of the suit, so no biggie on this one.
Now I'll be a stickler: While I love plaid, this outfit seems a bit cheap-looking to me. It might be cuz the pants are so tailored yet the blazer, especially the arms, seems to not be. Plus strange that it's a 3 button with those baddass pegged pants. I adamantly say NO to pegged with cuffs. Still I give him props for doing it and basically pulling it off. His tan works great with it all
August 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm
Hey! I found your blog via A Cup Of Jo and am really loving it. I read up a little bit on your book. I ordered it right off the bat. I can not wait to get into it. It is such an amazing photography project. I hope and pray that one day I can be as good of a photographer as you are.
Forest City Fashionista
August 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm
I love his whole look–the cut of the suit, the plaid, the pocket square, the shoes, everything. Why do the only men who dress like this live on another continent???
August 10, 2009 at 9:59 pm
I'm with tearole, I just don't get the no socks thing. It's incomplete, uncomfortable, and bad for your shoes.
Rafe New York
August 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm
I think this was definitely deliberate. I like to match my belts or at least wear something tonal but beause the suit is so dark it works. The tan suede shoes are like an exclamation point to this sartorial sentence.
August 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm
Is that a scarf hiding in his collar?
Anyway, this dude is unbelievably handsome and smart looking. The informality — especially the no socks and high pant cuffs — is strikingly offset by that crisp pocket square.
Wow. If I saw him somewhere, I'd try to figure out how to meet him.
August 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm
it is perfect, within it's imperfection. matching the belt AND the shoes would be too obvious. and i am loving the no sock look with the suede. arresting in a surprisingly subtle way!
August 10, 2009 at 10:47 pm
Yes, the pants can go a little more relaxed.Belt is a solid choice for the suit. Shoe color is the bold thing in the ensemble. Sock issue I agree with tcarole.The last time short hems were so popular was in the early '90s. Especially with the Japanese fashion. Interesting coincidence is that that's the time the Japanese real estate backed credit bubble broke.Do suit pant hemline correlate to the state of the economy?
August 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm
nice fit!! http://taevonpalmer.com
August 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm
i love plaid! i started school today and practically everyone was wearing it ;/ that ruins a trend for me-when you cant be credited for wearing it 1st
August 10, 2009 at 11:01 pm
DON´T MATTER. LOVE THE LOOK
August 10, 2009 at 11:29 pm
Even with your heads up about the belt/shoe thing, my focus was still on the suit and pocket square. He did this very well. Cheers mate.
August 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm
I think the fact that this man is wearing a matching plaid blazer and trousers (suit) shows he is quite capable of coordinating, and whether the non-matching belt/shoe combo was intended or not, he's pulling it off which is what really matters. Coming from one of those slightly compulsive belt/shoe matchers, I actually don't mind this look. =)
August 10, 2009 at 11:40 pm
I don't mind the belt/shoes combo…but I just can't get past the skinny plaid pants.
August 10, 2009 at 11:53 pm
in our recent summer temps around 27-30C, its really feels cool when you go sockless… i cant wear flip-flops at work (business type), but linen shirt, jacket and pants, braided/woven loafers sockless let you feel like wearing nothing… wash your "dogs" everyday, and them wont stink at all…. believe me… PS – guy has a style! but i'd wear black or dark brown shoes…. the rest is perfect
August 10, 2009 at 11:54 pm
i agree with jason. if you want do multiple plaids, don't just wear 2, wear 3 or 4 of them. if you want to do blue and black, wear only those colors and in the darkest shads you can muster. if you don't want to match your belt to your shoes, fine, but it better be the ritziest thing on the block. to break the rules with class, you have to shatter them.
August 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm
I'm no fashionista (I would like to think I am, but the truth is I am not) but…..for me, this look works. no? Those shoes aretadiefor.
August 11, 2009 at 12:17 am
He does look a little like George Clooney :)
August 11, 2009 at 12:21 am
haha. its great
August 11, 2009 at 12:22 am
haha its great
August 11, 2009 at 12:31 am
I honestly hate when people match their shoes to their belts!
I always love to match my belt to my bag or another item in my outfit. Shoes should be something that pop and stand on their own!
August 11, 2009 at 12:50 am
Now that you point it out it is annoying that the shoes and belt don't match. He looks great though.
The Purple Boot
August 11, 2009 at 12:58 am
I really enjoy the whole look for a number of reasons. The plaid and scarf (or really tie in my opinion. Anything that skinny is not substantial enough to be a scarf, but I digress) really show a creativity and ease with himself. It's like saying; 'I know these things don't match. I don't care. Why should you?'
As for the belt and shoe issue. I think the shoe is a wonderful touch. It's like the pop-of-color idea, only taking it a more mature level. Great scouting!
August 11, 2009 at 1:55 am
well, that's the latest style in Italy – although beeing perfect about their style ususally, they combine a certain relaxation when they do not have the proper accessory handy. This guy shows so much self concience that it totally looks like he intended to not match shoes and belt
August 11, 2009 at 2:26 am
I don't understand why brown and black really don't match. I liked when it was a trend this past fall and I think it works if you just look at them both as neutrals. This man is so awesome because of his assertive stare, light shirt underneath a beautiful plaid and the much-buzzed-about scarf.
Bright Light Warrior Nika
August 11, 2009 at 2:46 am
dOESN'T bother me. He looks very handsome and more.
August 11, 2009 at 3:09 am
I actually like those shoes!
August 11, 2009 at 3:12 am
No socks, double ring belt, pocket hank.
Proper pick & mix.
Which should apply to rules too.
August 11, 2009 at 3:35 am
a brown belt especially one the colour of the shoes would have stood out even more than the black belt. the closest colours to it were black and blue. It actually help keep the look seamless. I would love to know who made the suit.
personally I can't stand the shoes without socks thing. maybe Italian men can pull it off but not this fellow.
NIGEL NO TRENDS
August 11, 2009 at 4:22 am
Shoes with no socks equals tinea. The pant has a great cut.
August 11, 2009 at 4:35 am
that's totally cool!
August 11, 2009 at 4:39 am
Everything the gentlemen is wearing is according to the suit etiquette; the pocket-square, the openend sleeve buttons, the shorter pants with fold and especially the sleeve length of the jacket, showing just a little bit of shirt. So why not match the shoes with the belt? Did he forget just as we did when we looked at his outfit?
Ugh…tastemakers dont follow the rules of fashion. So what if his shoes don't match his belt, he's not in a board meeting! The man's wearing the hell outa that outfit! Stylin!!!!
August 11, 2009 at 4:59 am
the no socks thing, indeed.
mocassins are good for no socks & summer.
these here shoes ain't. believe you me!
they are mid-season suede monkstraps, meant to be worn with socks (I can guarantee you, your feet will boil after two hours in Florence in summer walking in those shoes, and the sweat will eat through the inner sole, unless there are socks to do some serious absorbing here)
so, bottom line is: the man does have an interesting look, but he's trying too hard to impress here.
trying so hard it makes me sweat.
August 11, 2009 at 5:27 am
The shoes don't match his outfit sure, but they match him, so it works. The colours in that plaid are beautiful.http://fashionpearlsofwisdom.blogspot.com/2009/08/cirque-de-chanel.html
August 11, 2009 at 6:09 am
The colours are so perfectly blended here, I don't think that it matters at all that the shoes are brown whilst the belt is black. If he had chosen leather shoes, then perhaps it would have looked worse, but I personally love to mix black and brown all the time (albeit with no other colours)
Great blog, Scott.
August 11, 2009 at 6:41 am
The black belt adds sleekness of the look. A brown one would have added girth. Optimally, he should have gone beltless with this look.
Very nice plaid by the way. Navy/dark gray is such a beautiful combination.
August 11, 2009 at 6:56 am
Oh MY! Braveheart resurrected in 2009. All we need is a swathe of woad across the forehead and he would be a modern day warrior who could traipse across the heather with me. Only trouble is those wretched pale little ankles poking out from those ever so slightly too short trewsers.
August 11, 2009 at 7:05 am
I would mug him for his shoes although I would then have to spend some bucks at the cobbler to get them polished nicely. No, actually I wouldn't mug him for his shoes as his bare feet are becoming his shoes via osmosis.
The suit is gorgeous and the pants would have worked very well even with a bit more length to the legs. SIngle pleats on the pants would have been the go.
The fact his belt doesn't match the shoes in colour is his interpretation of sprezzatura.
Well done, I say.
August 11, 2009 at 7:14 am
Such a nice suit, I like that the plaid isn't too drastic. Also like blue and brown together.
August 11, 2009 at 7:16 am
This man is simply envoutant….I love the look, the pose.tellement viril et stylé!
August 11, 2009 at 7:41 am
This is a great look, I really hope that the plaid suit comes back especially if it is done as well as this is. As far as the shoes and belt if you didn't notice Scott then I don't think it's that big a deal. I have to admit I didn't notice until you pointed it out too.
August 11, 2009 at 8:05 am
breaking the rules… (in a smart way)
August 11, 2009 at 8:11 am
I don't care at all about the belt. This guy is hot and can probably wear anything and look good. thanks for the morning inspiration.
August 11, 2009 at 8:14 am
I don't really care if it's matching or not. Just like you've mentioned…if it's not distracting…it works!The belt matches the colour of his suit though. :) And the shoes matches with the background. So it's actually a perfect picture.
August 11, 2009 at 8:15 am
Has he got small socks? Here in Spain they are called "pikys", what´s the word in English?
August 11, 2009 at 8:36 am
Confident handsome man wearing interesting suit and beautiful shoes. For me though, it's an autumn look needing socks. Or, same shoes bare ankles and a lighter tone suit. I'm feeling too hot (temperature-wise) looking at it.
Haven't you anti-ankle people discovered invisibly lowcut socks yet? What is the fuss?
August 11, 2009 at 8:44 am
I didn't notice the belt and shoes were mismatched until I read your comment. I don't mind it. I think I would have preferred he wore black shoes. However, black and brown are both neutrals so they work together.
Overall it's a great look. He looks great in that plaid!
August 11, 2009 at 9:03 am
I think he rocks his entire syle
August 11, 2009 at 10:04 am
I love love this mix-navy blue and brown
August 11, 2009 at 10:52 am
I never match my shoes to my belt/bag. I think it's dorky, but I am a woman. Is it different with men?
August 11, 2009 at 10:58 am
I think had the belt matched, it would have chopped the outfit in half. I like that the belt blends in and does not detract from the plaid.
Love this look. Very cool.
August 11, 2009 at 11:14 am
Right. There are (very) low cut sockie thingees that you can wear to achieve the "no sock" look while avoiding the smelly shoes that would normally come with it. Vans makes some called "no show ped socks" for their classic low cut sneakers and I imagine other companies do too. i'd recommend them if you're into the no sock look.
August 11, 2009 at 11:26 am
I'm against belt/shoe coordination. This works for me.
August 11, 2009 at 11:32 am
I want to look like this guy when I get older. Thanks for the shot!
August 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm
i think it all depends on the execution. this guy has obviously done it really well, but it could also look really bad if done wrong.
August 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm
matching would perhaps be better
but the belt is thin and sort of invisible
I think he didn't want a lighter belt that would take away from the glory of the trousers and their contrast with the light shirt
August 11, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Yes, I would match the shoes with the belt.
August 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm
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August 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm
The belt/shoes doesn't matter.What matters is that the pants look 2 sizes smaller than the jacket and shirt. The proportion is just wrong.
August 11, 2009 at 10:30 pm
DAMN that's a great fit on those pants
August 12, 2009 at 1:17 am
always admired monk straps. well done!
August 12, 2009 at 2:32 am
yeah, Mehrasax, but a belt that matched his shoes would have said: "Look, this is how far off the ground my arse is." And sometimes you just don't want people to know.
This way the look is more homogeneous, it gels and resonates positively with the universe AND the planets.
August 12, 2009 at 5:45 am
It really doesn't bother me if someone has a black belt with brown shoes or vice versa. I think so long as it's subtle, then you can get away with almost anything. Confidence prevails.
August 12, 2009 at 6:54 am
aam an 'Anglo' and,you know, i cant remember the last time I saw any guy in a plaid suit!!!!!!!Is your conception a bit like the idea that French men always wear stripey sweaters and berets,the Germans always wear lederhosen, or the Dutch always wear clogs (although admittedly I did once see a gorgeous jong heer wearing jeans turned up about 6 inches, with old wooden klompen, at Leiden centraal station – better than in sounds, believe me.
August 12, 2009 at 6:56 am
My previous comment was made in replyto Anonymous's comment!
August 12, 2009 at 8:56 am
I too sport the sockless look, and for the most part have grown accustomed to the inherent discomfort. The suede however, brings this to a whole new dimension, and even I would think his feet are begging to be set free!
August 12, 2009 at 8:57 am
i wish i had enough confidence to pull off the slacks without socks look. this guy is doing a fantastic job!
August 12, 2009 at 10:28 am
all can sport the sockless look-though mild discomfort is a problem. usually i just wear tiny little socks that were made just for that problem
August 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm
that's a great suit!!!
August 12, 2009 at 1:14 pm
Something about the suede shoes with no socks just rubs me the wrong way. Otherwise he's fine. Seriously, do belts have to match shoes? I hope we don't go back to the days of matching white shoes & belt from the '60s that carried over way too far into the'70s with some folks. They permanently ruined turtlenecks for a lot of people.
August 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm
This suit is killer. Wow! Matching your accessories seems like a very dated concept that last mattered in the 80's.
August 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm
I'd also have agree with some others that suede shoes are better left for winter. They look too heavy with the cottony plaid suit in my opinion.
August 12, 2009 at 3:46 pm
With so much good going on (love the plaid), one hates to nit-pick, but…could the pocket square be a little more prominent? the pants are too tight and too short, especially for a suit, and especially for someone not in his 20's. and suede shoes in summer with no sox? if he toned these elements down he'd be doing himself a favor.
August 13, 2009 at 5:16 am
Stunning. that shade of blue and the suit fabric is reflective, and to die for! The shoes dress it down, a little, which I think is appropriate. nice work.
August 13, 2009 at 10:56 am
I like the fit and length of the pants.
August 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm
This guy needs spats; blue, to match his shirt.
August 13, 2009 at 3:46 pm
ah! I would never have noticed the problematic belt/shoe coordination had you not mentioned it. It's so irksome, and unfortunately, all I can see.
August 13, 2009 at 9:31 pm
at least the shoes match the ground!!! hehehe!
August 13, 2009 at 10:23 pm
omg the shoes are amazing! i reckon he wanted them to be centre of attention, hence the dark belt.and anyway i hate when shoes and belt match in a smart-casual outfit – so good on mr plaid!
August 13, 2009 at 10:27 pm
I looked at this photo at least three times before I even really noticed the non-matching belt and shoes. There's no need for them to match at all, this just works. The pants might be a little too tight, but the over all look is great.
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August 14, 2009 at 6:12 am
i think they work better unmatched for the entire look.
August 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm
I'm not really a huge fan of this look, actually. I think I like all the concepts – the skinny dark summer plaid suit, the suede shoes, and the belt/shoe thing doesn't really bother me – but there's kind of a foppish quality about it that I find unappealing. it almost feels…sleazy, in a way, or pimpish.
August 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm
it depends. i would be willing to bet that he is wearing a brown and silver watch, and if so, all is right in the universe of unwritten outfit matching rules.
August 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm
Summer Plaid ! With all due respect, Mr. Schuman, the only sign of summer on this gentelman is his tan suede shoes . Winter Plaid is more like it.
August 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm
August 21, 2009 at 11:42 am
Hey, y'all! You may not remember him, but this gent has already made quite the style hit (or miss, depending on your view) on these pages, here:
Street Color Trim: Florence
I had well remembered him from the first photo, for his fabulous no-socks/shorter pants length/tan skin/silver accessories look (not to mention, I LOVED his sand suede with orange trim shoes – as I do these brown suede ones) . . . he is a most excellent example of style indeed!
Tony Post No Bills from Washington DC
August 21, 2009 at 3:16 pm
I love that the plaid suit is making the comeback. I'm a big fan of the brown suede monk strap shoes + showing some cuff. Preferably I would've chosen a lighter tone pocket square but being that this is plaid it works. I'm not a fan of a white shirt, that would be cool too. It almost seems like a common theme in Florence is a move away from the basic white shirt to the blue collar blue solid shirt. This is what style is about. You also have to appreciate the chain. I see the hoopla about the belt alot but from a stance appreciating the play on tones I commend the choice.-Tony Post No Bills
August 25, 2009 at 6:20 am
This is a phenomenal outfit.
Oh plaid, I'm in love with you.
August 26, 2009 at 4:31 am
I didn't recognize the belt-shoes problem till you mentioned, so I think they can work well. Love his outfit.
September 11, 2009 at 9:30 am
I love his style…
November 17, 2009 at 2:05 pm
He is very chic. Personally I don't really believe in matching but I'm sure it can be done with taste
December 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm
love the shoes
May 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm
The pants: It’s a very slim leg, so I don’t think they are too small. Also, guys have bloaty days now and then too. Can’t go altering pants every time we’re a little puffy.
The belt: The “rule” is to wear black if you can’t match your shoes exactly. I find that one hard to live with myself, and this especially bothers me here. Maybe with his jacket just hanging and less of the belt showing…
The shoes: I think they’re suede, so aren’t going to polish up as someone suggested. Also, they just don’t work for me. Maybe if the belt had, in fact, been brown as well. Think my preference would be black, or maybe even some kind of casual tennis shoe. Maybe it’s just that the sockless look doesn’t work here… Can’t quite put my finger on it.
August 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm
amazing shoes. always love blue plaid suits