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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!