Wednesday, February 2, 2011

UPDATE On the Street….Outerwear Sleeve Length, New York, Florence

Not to beat a dead horse, but this outerwear sleeve length isssue is really something to consider. It’s not something I’m just making up.

Actually, the first time I noticed it was when I was watching the Cary Grant movie The Awful Truth. There’s a fantastic scene with Ralph Bellamy dressed in formalwear for a night out on the town. There was something so chic about that half-inch of white shirt cuff peeking out from his perfectly slim fitting overcoat; it was the only thing I could look at for the entire scene. I’d never seen anything like it before.

It was one of those images I put in my memory bank. On those rare occasions where I still see it in person today, it rings so refined.

I mentioned in the post originally that maybe this was more sporty. As you can see in the photograph above, it does still look great in the most formal situation.

I was surprised by how dogmatic the response was to the original post – “A coat is supposed to keep you warm! You’ll never be warm with an exposed wrist.” Come on. I’m not suggesting you wear this all the time. If it’s freezing, wear a different coat. You can tell the guys in the pictures below are not freezing – it was maybe 40 degrees when these were taken.

What I am suggesting is…don’t hide behind “form follows function.” What I’m trying to do is not create a rule but share options that I’ve seen.

Last thing: Let’s take a special notice of just how perfectly Ralph Bellamy’s coat fits in this photograph. Another victory for the slim fit coat!

Not only do I think we wear our outerwear too big but I also think we wear the sleeve length too long.

As you see these two very elegant gentlemen wear a shorter sleeve length with a healthy amount of shirt cuff showing. Notice they are also wearing this look with a knit and not a suit. Maybe this sleeve length is a bit sportier?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On the Street…Young Parisian, Paris

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

On the Street and In The Cafe, Milan

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

On the Street….via Lodovico Settala, Milan

Monday, January 31, 2011

On the Street….Corso Concordia, Milan

Friday, January 28, 2011

On the Street….Ah, Cool!, Florence

Friday, January 28, 2011

On the Street….Via A. De Tocqueville, Milano

Thursday, January 27, 2011

On the Street….Broadway, New York City

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This Mornings Coffee Run, New York City (iPhone)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On the Street….Milan V., Milan