Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On the Street……Rue Bachaumont, Paris

Sure, everyone will notice the socks but what is more subtle and interesting is the very long shirt collar and the “French” placement of the pants pockets.



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  1. Natasha Fatah

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    You scroll down this picture, and you see a playful gentleman, in a dignified, if slightly sombre navy suit, and then BOOM! There is that playfulness matched in his smile – those fantastic purple socks. Very sweet!


  2. Tinacious.Me

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    love the purple sock! eye catching!

  3. WOWS

    March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Really “coooool” gentleman! Really surprised with socks and shoes.


  4. Joshua

    March 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    “Sure, everyone will notice the socks but what is more subtle and interesting is the very long shirt collar and the “French” placement of the pants pockets.”, but what about the laces?

  5. Simbarashe

    March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    The old-school pockets are where it’s at, especially for rounder figures. Still, let’s go ahead and focus on the socks and shoes complimenting that brilliant blue.

  6. Elisa Eymery

    March 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Well yes I was gonna comment on the socks, but I see what you mean with the french placement of the pockets, it does look very cool.

    Elisa Eymery

    Wandering Minds


  7. sandro

    March 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    what a cute old man


  8. Gaby Lang

    March 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Funny Post! Purple socks, they don’t fit at all but he seems to be aware of that.

    Gaby Lang

  9. gigi icecream

    March 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I notice this watch strap which looks like its almost the same colour as his skin.

    melted icecream

  10. Leonor

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I instantly noticed the french pockets!! love details like this!


  11. Daniel J.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    What about the shoes??

  12. Mark Miller

    March 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    like it all….though the shoe laces got to go…

  13. Desiree Choo

    March 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    That shoe/socks combination is too cute!


  14. Blackwhitetaffy

    March 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    The Purple Socks is just adorable on him!!!


  15. thefashionalists

    March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Ow Nice!!!! details details details..

    I said something about you. Take a look. ;)


  16. Elena

    March 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Elegant and funny!


  17. Boong

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    i really like the deep blue color of the entire suit. very special collar indeed.

  18. Aurélie & Angelo

    March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Love the placement of the pockets! The blue socks and chocolate shoes give the classic monochrome suit a modern edge!


  19. Alice

    March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm


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  20. Grey Fox

    March 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    How to look stylish in a suit that doesn’t fit – I like it. And the shoelaces add some interest too.

    I’ve just written about coloured socks like these as well!

    Grey Fox – a man searching for style in middle age.

  21. Matthew Smith

    March 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    love the suede brogues!

  22. Ines_Cruz

    March 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Those are some killer socks!!

    I love men with a sense of humour


  23. Kate

    March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

  24. Wayde

    March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Yes, those pockets… very traditional in a way. I wish a designer would bring back these pants just not so high waisted. The socks and shoes make for an interesting contrast against the suit, a very sharp and bold move!

  25. K

    March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    but this is not a gentleman! this is dandy! old is also not proper designation…

  26. Danny Turnbull

    March 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Shoes are very snazzy.


  27. monkeyshines

    March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  28. Charlotte Wilder

    March 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Oh, but the socks are pretty good. Totally love the pockets, too. And his grin. That might be the best accessory of all, no?

  29. Stylefootprints

    March 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Sweet picture, playful but subtle. I didn’t notice the collar until I zoomed in but the pockets caught my eye too.


  30. irene

    March 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

  31. Becky Bedbug

    March 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, he looks so smart! I love the matching three piece. So sophisticated!



  32. Dominika

    March 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm



  33. linda wright

    March 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Well, this gentleman, knows exactly what he is doing. For those of you who do not GET the shoes and laces, I do believe he was inspired by Fred Astaire, a notable fashion dandy if ever there was one. So, yes, I do believe he knows why he does what he does. Nothing is by chance. The socks are his fashion statement. He is serious about those socks, and he knows they are perfect!!! His suit impeccably tailored by Anderson and Sheppard from London, tailor to the world’s best dress men, including stars and royalty. He is a made to measure man from head to toe. Cute is not a word I would employ. Elegant and knowledgeable is more the term. I do believe there are some lessons to be learned here.

  34. Kimberly

    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Actually reminds me of a picture of Matisse, less rotund, but Matisse all the same!

  35. Alison

    March 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Very stylish. I love the purple socks!


  36. Charlotte

    March 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    So chic, love the shoes and socks!


  37. GiulIA

    March 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I love the purple socks details..


  38. Lindsey

    March 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    But you have to admit…you love the socks. :)

    Et tu, tutu?

  39. Lucinha

    March 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm


  40. Jenny Kozlow

    March 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    His cheeky smile is what makes the whole look even more stylish

  41. Zoe

    March 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I love how you attend to the most minute details of everyday life. Always such an inspiration!


  42. Lauren@Styleseer

    March 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    All are interesting details. Love his Cheshire Cat grin.


  43. Huliganjetta style

    March 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Socks are the best!

  44. Supal {chevrons and éclairs}

    March 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    AH! How adorable! His purple socks!!


  45. Gloria Quiroga

    March 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    ohhh in love. Being cool has no age!

  46. Alessandra Frega

    March 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Purple socks and brown shoes…perfect combination!!!

  47. Lu

    March 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    cool dude.

  48. Kerry

    March 21, 2012 at 12:21 am

    That impish grin! Maurice Chevallier meets Pee Wee Herman!

  49. martine

    March 21, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Call me simple, but I love the socks. Well, and the guy in general. Dig the sly smile he has there.

  50. Nastya Said

    March 21, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I am crazy about the idea of vivid socks! this is so elegant if a person knows how to show it


  51. RJT

    March 21, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I find his ensemble utterly charming

  52. Mimi

    March 21, 2012 at 3:03 am

    First thing I noticed was his shoe laces! :-)

  53. la_sartasantina

    March 21, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Dear Mr. Satorialist,

    Could you please indulge us with many more comments such as the one which contextualizes this photo. I find them so insightful and applicable. Thank you for sharing your delightful discoveries.


  54. bonnie, clyde and marni

    March 21, 2012 at 4:37 am

  55. StreetLounge

    March 21, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Ho ho, unexpected ending with this shoes & socks, when I scroll down the picture :) Thumbs up!


  56. Johnny

    March 21, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I prefer smaller collars on shirt…Italian 403 is my absolute favorite. But this man can certainly pull this look!

  57. La Vie Quotidienne by Sartorialist

    March 21, 2012 at 4:57 am

    The SOCKS are the best of OUTFIT…Lovely old man in PARIS =)

    You can check my Alexander McQUENN outfit in:


    XOXO from Munich

    La Vie Quotidienne


  58. Serdane

    March 21, 2012 at 5:30 am

    So class ! The tie is very thin and discreet ! I love the detail of the socket here.


  59. KP

    March 21, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Oh love it. A face that speaks a thousand words.

  60. peter

    March 21, 2012 at 7:08 am

    the shoes, laces and socks are great, what a cool guy

    check out more on men’s style here

  61. Bohemian Style

    March 21, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The socks are fun!


  62. Ingrid // Pretty Harbor

    March 21, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Great the shoes!!!

    Pretty Harbor // Jewellery

  63. Stylosophism

    March 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

  64. Monsieur Marcel

    March 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The shirt collar is called Italian. As the gentleman demonstrates, it works well with a three-piece suit.

  65. proletarian Great Gatsby

    March 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Elegance is precisely in the subtle details.

  66. michael

    March 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Really like the brown suede wingtips with the navy suit: gives the whole look a casual flair.

  67. koolphoto

    March 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

    He wears a really funny shocks!…

  68. kitchen afternoon

    March 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    The subtle tank watch and suede shoes, and of course the smile.

  69. anonymous

    March 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I love the fact that style knows no boundaries when it comes to age. He is very stylish, and very cool.

  70. Sally

    March 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Pockets, absolutely — but I would not have noticed the shirt collar, thanks for pointing it out!


  71. IS THIS IT? models review

    March 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Perfect – and the socks are a welcome and playful touch I liked a lot.


  72. sabine

    March 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing this one! You have such a good eye for details!


  73. ela

    March 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm


  74. mat

    March 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    nice bit of inspiration, great suit

  75. Alexandra

    March 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Sweet smile, funny socks! :)

  76. Tao

    March 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Now i know what kind socks work well with blue.

  77. une chatte grise

    March 22, 2012 at 2:02 am

    And most interesting of all is that smile!

  78. Gio&MC

    March 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

    nice socks…!

  79. Pierre

    March 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    This is just “elegance ” ….Proportions are fantastic , shorter jacket with soft construction , bigger shoulder , pants is short and slim at bottom .This is the beauty of true made to measure suits ( like the shirt and the shoes ) , certainly made by Caraceni . What is great is to see how this gentleman is making his suit according to his body and his attitude . That’s also very clean and focus , not bling-bling and over the top with stupide details like too many mens does .Probably the most elegant men in Paris .

  80. Jane Alisa

    March 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    What a elegant ensemble. You do not get chicer than a gentleman in a well tailored suit.

  81. cheap engagement rings

    March 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’m not a fan of this look.

  82. S.S.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I really like all your shots of elder gentlemen, they’re so classy and inspiring! Plus, suits are awesome.

  83. Amber Sweet

    March 23, 2012 at 1:14 am

    He was really playing with fire sporting those purple socks, love them though. They pop!

  84. Anodyne Birdbrain

    March 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I believe you about the collar, but on my not-great-but-decent display (13″ plastic Macbook), there is not enough highlight contrast for me to see the length of the collar. FWIW.

  85. Keira

    March 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

    It’s true about the socks being the first to be noticed, and love his insouciance, with the hands in pockets (very early sixties pocket style) and mischievous expression. The collar edge is hard to distinguish (on my monitor anyway).

  86. Tim

    March 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    People seem to forget that the purpose of formal dress, namely the suit, is to bring attention to and to highlight the face and its features. You’re efforts are wasted if onlookers’ eyes are drawn immediately to your socks. After all, you talk to people to their face, not their feet.

  87. Vasco Bettencourt

    March 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    The good taste has no age, well shooted.

  88. AFJ

    March 26, 2012 at 1:40 am

    The socks are perfect!

  89. cat

    May 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Louis de Funès?

  90. ilu

    May 19, 2012 at 3:41 am

    just like

  91. Eddy Vortex

    June 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Wow, those pockets are just like my “snazzy” Beatles Pants that I bought circa 1964….shoulda kept ‘em :)

  92. initials AO

    June 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Love the details! At last a real man in France who knows what the Italians master for decades (since Gianni Agnelli, from Fiat):

    the art of SPREZZATURA

    initials AO tells you more about it via Mr Agnelli’s example here:

    Hope one day the French (like us) will be more comfortable to play with style and take more risks at a larger scale.

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