Saturday, July 26, 2008

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  1. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Hum, perhaps at the beach but in the city it looks completely out of place. It reminds me of a diaper. :(

  2. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 9:57 am

    All week I had been thrilled by the well accessorized men you were featuring; this disappoints me. . . . he looks like a big baby! I think this could have worked out, because I do like the Indian style pantaloons, but the shoe choice is terrible!!

  3. carrot

    July 26, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Interesting, however, this might be too fashion forward for most men, who may feel like they are wearing an adult diaper.

  4. Mr. Badami

    July 26, 2008 at 10:30 am

    ascetics (and beggars) in India wear that sort of bottom….it’s interesting how clothing is diffused cross-culturally.

  5. Arpi

    July 26, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Quite daring, but I think the various aesthetics come together cohesively.

  6. Andrew xx

    July 26, 2008 at 10:34 am

    It would be nice to be able to walk round like this and not get laughed at (where I live). weirdly, this look looks like it was made for him. he really suits it.

  7. Sharanya Manivannan

    July 26, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Goodness! Our very own South Indian “lungi” makes it on The Sartorialist! :)

  8. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Nice! He is not confined by silly notions of gender, yet he still seems very masculine and serious to me. This does not come across as transgressive as much as comfortable.

  9. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 11:03 am

    this is an amazing photograph the contrast of the outfit with its surroundings is really remarkable.

  10. Torben

    July 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Look, those flip-flops call it what you will are NOT it…not this year, not last year, not next year.

  11. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Looks like what my grandfather used to wear. But on him it looks silly.

  12. MInervus

    July 26, 2008 at 11:33 am

    This looks like Burmese longyi.

  13. chanbong

    July 26, 2008 at 11:35 am

    this is just plain awesome. love the bag, love the lungi, love the birkenstocks. and the harmony of the colors. excellent.

  14. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 11:36 am

    He looks like an alien that’s trying to dress like a human – he did all the research but doesn’t understand who wears what, where.

    He’s on the deck of the mothership, ready to embark on his earth journey.

    (p.s. I like it – a lot.)

  15. K.B.

    July 26, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Hmmm… an ethnic garment taken completely out of context isn’t doing anything for me.

  16. Anna

    July 26, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I love the look.

  17. Gabriela

    July 26, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I love the color and texture of that pareo, but as the first commenter says, not for the city: it would be beautiful for somewhere more whild -the beach- and worn with a basic t-shirt or, even better, with nothing else than sandals, a straw hat and a straw bag!

  18. s

    July 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    i wish it was more toga style and would reach the floor, to cover his furry white legs.

  19. Sheena

    July 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    the urban wanderer, it’s a fitting look on him and each element of the outfit is clean and harmonious. brave and refreshing i think.

  20. Mandu

    July 26, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Fantastic. The altogether outfit works very well and the photograph is outstanding. A sartorialist classic…

    It’s time men wear lungi – it’s just so much more comfortable in the humidity…

  21. Maeva

    July 26, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Here is finally the good new idea, that knocks down the codes. Nevertheless I do not find it shocking, nor moved. I find the fluid and well-trained silhouette.

  22. anyimage

    July 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    he looks like a wayward tourist

  23. amyonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    hate the shirt, hate the shoes. the “pants” would be great with a white t-shirt, no collar. and the sandals would be really great if they were the same as the man below (the guy with the jingly belt).

    didn’t really get it together very well.

  24. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    At the risk of sounding silly, I think this says a lot about clothing in general and how over time it changes our aesthetic perceptions. The simple and archaic drapery from the waste down contrasts with the form-fitting modern shirt.

  25. chrliechaz

    July 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    A shout out to individual style. No different than a kilt really. And we LOVE men in kilts.

  26. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    The color in his outfit are fantastic, and look especially good against his pale skin. I wish folks could be more open minded about the way men dressed.

  27. Jon

    July 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    this whole site is like a public service, in that it intoduces new ideas and breaks preconceived barriers that limit otherwise small-minded people …keep it up

  28. materfamilias

    July 26, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Fashion aside, I love the simple geometric play in this photograph and the restrained colour palette within which that play takes place — the checks in the fabric echo the industrial gridwork behind; the circles of the earring loops, the hoop in the bagstrap, and the curves of the large background pipes contrast the straight lines nicely; and both the industrial background and the clothes of the guy in the foreground work with greys and blues — very effective.

  29. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I feel like he could have made a better choice in footwear, maybe more of a slide

  30. TheRealSlimAdie

    July 26, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    I think this a blatant attempt at being fashion-forward that has been poorly executed. Perhaps if he ditched the Birkenstocks and wore a nicer, open Roman sandal he would look more hip and less like a pregnant hippy.

  31. hockley

    July 26, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    excellent – comfortable + confident = style

  32. Gypmar

    July 26, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Hmm…I think this fellow could take a lesson from your recent features on silhouettes that flatter. I find the asymmetrical “hemline” and the thick band of his sandals are making him look unnecessarily knock-kneed and thick-ankled.

    I do like (as materfamilias also noted) how his ear and nose hoops are echoed in his bag hoop.

  33. Dunford

    July 26, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    This took a few hours to grow on me. However, it’s finally settled in. As a whole, the mix of colours is really satisfying.

    Somehow, though, I wish that the skirt/pants (lungi) was draped a little looser.

  34. Natalie

    July 26, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    It was hot in Oakland today. The men around here would’ve done themselves well to throw this on. Despite my logical impulses to say no, I like the look – great colors for him. I don’t know if I’d feel the same if he didn’t have the beard, though. Those shoes on the other hand have got to go. I have yet to see someone wear those things and pull them off.

    And actually, that’s what I want to do. Pull them off of him.

  35. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    this man wears a longyi like i have never seen before in my life. it’s amazingly creative! i love it completely, thank you sart!

  36. Nadia

    July 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    He looks absolutely amazing. Solid as a stone. Invincible.

    Just amazing.


    I can’t imagine this being an everyday sort of thing to wear.

    This is a fashion statement….but only for a still photograph.

  37. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I adore men with bold ear jewelry.

  38. Artemis

    July 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Gosh… I love the pants. I wish he didn’t wear a polo. It feels mismatched. Maybe… if he wore a black linen shirt (with no collar), that would have been better. Other than that.. pants = gorge

  39. Ong

    July 26, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Well if you look closely at the big picture. He’s wearing 2 big hoops on his ears. One ring on his nose and one big ring on his shoulder bag. That makes sense no?

    I do like his style. It only works on some certain venues but it still works.

  40. Cellar Door

    July 26, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    He sort of looks like he’s waiting for us to judge him harshly.

  41. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 12:51 am

    had he gone off and wear something orient-inspired, than occident-inspired top (polo shirt), he’d be much better off.

    right now, it’s diaper.
    love the bag and choice of footwear, though. it fits the lovely bohemian look he’s after.

    this reminds me of gwen’s appropriation of the harajuku culture: silly.

  42. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I like this. I’m too much of a coward to wear it myself, but I do like it when people dress how they like and ignore the “rules” that others like to throw around. Give the man a staff and a bowl and he is the Urban Monk. :)

  43. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 2:46 am

    A handsome face and a fantastic picture. This could be a picture out of a film like “Blade runner”. I think men should dare more but reading some of the previous comments I understand why they don’t !

  44. Kathryn

    July 27, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Bold. But not noisy.

  45. Dlayiga

    July 27, 2008 at 5:36 am

    I’ve often tried to wear a dhoti or veshti around LA, especially in the summer, when it’s the only thing comfortable enough to wear, but the looks people give me always ruin the experience. you think in a city as cosmopolitan as this, i could wear whatever i wanted. sadly, not the case.

  46. John Christopher

    July 27, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Well it’s amusing.

  47. Honolulu Daily Photo

    July 27, 2008 at 6:10 am

    I love the blue. The style would not work for just anyone.

  48. Dan

    July 27, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I like it for it’s audacity and I love the fact that this very outre look includes a polo shirt (more preppiness turned on its’ head- seems to be a theme lately). Would not have considered wearing it without getting some color on those legs first, though. Nice industrial chic background.

  49. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 11:11 am

    The burst of color is great, but this style, resembles an inverted picnic table cloth – it’s dreadful. This is not fashion or style forward. It looks awkward, diaperish, and smacks of trying too hard to do not much of anything. It has hippster fashion sagging all over it. The humanity.


  50. do you like my tight sweater

    July 27, 2008 at 11:36 am

    cool and funny in 1.
    thank you for your beatiful photos again, i am watching the archives on your blog for hours :)

  51. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Americans, let’s clarify the birkenstock thing: those sandals have a different reputation in Europe than in America. The fashion community wears birkenstock. It may be silly, but I bet every fashion editor owns a pair.

  52. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I’m more interested in those ducts behind him…

  53. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    He should’ve tanned his legs first.

  54. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    A little too hippy dippy for urban wear. His facial hair is very manicured but his legs are too fuzzy. Needs some manscaping.

  55. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    What’s with the Birkenstock hate?, I own more than ten pairs of them and wouldn’t wear anything else, ever. I’m yet to find people telling me that “I’m not working them” or calling me “hippie” on the streets.
    You’ll adore silver wedge sneakers, but pooh-pooh Birkenstock shoes?, hmmm…

    On the subject at hand, I love everything, especially the earrings; you’ve got to have cojones to make such fashion statements and if he is cool and confortable, even better!.

  56. Javier

    July 27, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    great choice,
    great photo natural lightning

  57. monique

    July 27, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Well, in Venice Beach he’d be fine. I like that he’s bold enough to wear it even though it is unflattering in every way humanly possible, the Birks notwithstanding. I love Birks.

    My opa (Dutch for grandpa) is 1/2 Indian and I did see him rocking something like this a few times but he’s very dark and it looked organic and he smoked a cigar which added a certain old-world masculinity to it. And I’m sure he wasn’t wearing a Polo shirt, manbag and earrings. And I won’t even mention the nose ring.– oops, I mentioned it.

    The question of who would go out with this guy is even more interesting to me. I want to see his lova!

  58. gregory_fb

    July 27, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I suppose cultural appropriation always strikes some people as funny/weird/offensive/confusing. Remember the picture of George Bush holding hands with the Saudi sheik? Whether it’s this or, say, a kilt, men in skirts remains a bridge too far for most.

  59. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Some of these posts are spot-on funny; not in a clever and witty sort of way– but in how close-minded and fashion-fascist they are: Like he should tan or trim the hair on his legs (!).

    I think he’s awesome: very “gentlemanly traveler” and ethereal, and truly multicultural without looking synthetic or superficial, despite the obvious fashion environment. And the beautiful environment only enforces a transcendent vibe to this gentleman’s presence. Love it.


  60. teti

    July 27, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    i like it so much.

  61. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 1:07 am

    personally, i love this. if i saw this guy walking down the street, i’d give him a second look before i gave the guy in the picture below him a second look. confidence makes the look.

  62. citizen

    July 28, 2008 at 2:43 am

    It certainly looks interesting, but I feel that the bottom half of his outfit would have truly worked if he had chosen a beautiful pattern for that fabric. This reminds me a bit of Indonesia, where many men wear sarongs on a daily basis combined with Western tops. For some reason – maybe because it was clearly their own tradition – they looked better whilst doing it.

  63. omonstro

    July 28, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Actually, I don’t like this look. The color is great, but the shape makes him look like he has no waist line. And that choice of footwear…I don’t think so.

  64. k-a-t-e

    July 28, 2008 at 6:29 am

    I love the Birkenstocks… I then they’ve gone in a few cycles, as fashion does, and are in again.

  65. CarolinaDivina

    July 28, 2008 at 9:45 am

    this is a great look – i love how he incorporated the skirt with the bag and the hoops – his legs are even alright – i could talk to this man seriously and become lost in his overall essence enough to forget the details of the ensemble – this is what a look is all about – the ability to pull it together well enough that your real personality comes through regardless of the trimmings

  66. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    this reminds me of a secne in the movie pulp fiction. Jules tells Vincent that he is going to quit the business and just walk the earth. Vincent thinks a moment and replys that Jules wants to become a bum:sleep on benches and beg for change on the streets, then Vincent gets up and goes to the WC. Sometimes ower minds/ideas trick ourselfs, bad idea!! Men should want to look like men!!

  67. Miguel

    July 28, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I wouldn’t dare.

  68. vavavinny

    July 29, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Quite daring! Props go out to this man who pulls of such an edgy look. It is minimalist but also very statement-making. I just LOVE the wrapped skirt! Beachwear in the city!

  69. hubertcumberdale

    August 4, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    oh my gosh! he’s our very own tailor teacher at ied fashion institute! never saw him pulling off this draped skirt look before =D he looks amazingly innovative.

  70. Gene

    August 10, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I didn’t see this in the CNC SS 2009 show (as published online – I wasn’t there). Whose is this? Luca Minora’s?

  71. debiparna c

    January 27, 2013 at 11:58 am


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