Wednesday, July 26, 2006

At The Collective – Green Seersucker Suit

First of all, great cut and great fit on this suit – pant length just about perfect

This is this gentleman’s second time on The Sartorialist (I also featured him during Fashion Week back in Feb, he was wearing a great bowtie then also) I love that his style is just this side of Dandy. The cut and shape and quality are all very respectable but he makes this look outstanding by choosing a reasonable shade of green and then pairing it with high-quality, serious accessories.
In the wrong hands this could have gone clownish but he really pulls it off.

He has also created a signature for himself with his elegant bowtie. if you think about it most guys with great style have something that is their signature, (a color or brand or an accessory) it may be subtle but it is always there. Do you know what your sartorial signature is? Mine is always having a camera stuck to my hand!

He really could have messed up the whole look with the pocket square choice but instead of going outlandish he went subtle and choose an edging that complimented the tone of the green and even compliments the tone of his shoe color.
Very Well Done – and a nice way to advance seersucker past just blues and tans.


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  1. yougogirl

    July 26, 2006 at 9:44 am

    Wow.I never thought a seersucker suit would look that classy on a guy.

    Im serious.

  2. Alice Olive

    July 26, 2006 at 9:53 am

    You’re right. He gets away with it and it could so easily have gone the wrong way. (Mind you, if he was a redhead, there’s no way he could have done it.) If you’d said he was on set for filming, I would have believed it. As part of his ‘regular scheduled program’, that’s amazing – have to applaud him for that!

  3. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 9:58 am

    dear scott schuman,
    you put me in such a good mood with your observations!
    you remind me daily how beautiful the world can be, and how everyone can contribute a little to our collective joy of living by caring about the minutiae of dress. i really think it’s an optimistic ethic that you are subtly promoting here, a positive approach to life.
    thank you for this.
    a reader

  4. The Sartorialist

    July 26, 2006 at 10:00 am

    thank you very very much


  5. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 10:57 am

    living in washington you will see outfits like this one, conservatively put together but with a hint of something different, in this case the green seersucker.this being a town full of lawyers, this man looks like a gentlemanly southern lawyer circa 1955. the bowtie in washington is something the younger conservative men have adopted as a way of differentiating themselves from the rest of the “guys”, rather like a badge of honor.

  6. editrixiaGomez

    July 26, 2006 at 11:01 am

    that is a beautiful photograph.

  7. R. Javier Che

    July 26, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    Excellent look. Nothing more splendid then a well executed bowtie.

  8. Martin

    July 26, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    I am not a fan of bowties myself, I have always thought they look clownish; but this gentleman can really pull it off. Love the set up for the pocket square, so non-chalant.
    Mr. Schuman, I love your work and I hope one day you’ll take my picture.

  9. Gidget Bananas

    July 26, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    Your subject is wearing the most perfect and beautiful white shirt I’ve ever seen.

  10. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    he looks so great.
    your eye for people amaze me.

  11. ClaireMarie

    July 26, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    this look is amazing – i wonder what he does for a living?? you are right; it is not clownish at all on him, but refined and elegant.

  12. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    A pair of well crafted black shoes would be a much better match!

  13. Broady

    July 26, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Beautifully done. Being a southern gal, I adore seersucker, but have seen it come a little too close to cliche at times. This gent certainly revamps the whole seersucker look and knocks it out of the park!

  14. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    If I ever saw that suit in a store, I wouldn’t have even thought twice. But you found a great example of how it can be turned into something classy and stylish. It’s awesome.

  15. The Sartorialist

    July 26, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    black shoes?
    no way they would be to heavy for this suit

  16. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    Another great picture.

    I agree, black shoes would be wrong. That said, there are better brown shoes out there to complement the suit.


  17. iopine

    July 26, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve never seen green seersucker. I love it. And just to bring it up again, I like the jaunty quality of the wad-it-up-and-cram-it-in-the-pocket method of pocket square presentation, balanced by the understated style of the square itself.

  18. Mr Seattle

    July 26, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    This is one of those regional looks that works better on gents from the East Coast and the Southern States. It would be very difficult for a guy to pull off a Seerseeker in the Northwest without looking like a costume. Too bad, because a man who can wear a Seersucker with the kind of sophistication that this gentleman shows, is a man to be admired.

  19. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    I am crazy about this. It’s exceptional. Success is in the narrowness of the cut for me.

    And I agree with the comment about your positive outlook. You are doing a good thing, Sartorialist.

  20. Little Red

    July 26, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    WOW!!! He totally rocks the look and I LOVE the green bowtie. But I think a better pair of shoes for this suit are out there but not black.

    p.s. I love your blog.

  21. quigley

    July 26, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    I’d wear white bucks with it.

    Those lapels are fairly narrow.

  22. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    As refreshing as a dish of lime sorbet.

  23. Kathleen

    July 26, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    Seersucker is also such a sensible choice for summer. It allows him to be all covered up without dying of heat exhaustion. (And I do prefer most men covered up, I have to say.)

  24. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    He can’t be real… he looks lite a man from a film or something!

  25. Fnarf

    July 27, 2006 at 2:55 am

    Oh, god that’s good. I HATE bow ties, precisely because they loudly proclaim “I’m a cunservitive, but still hep and fun, no really, guys” (Tucker Carlson), which annoys me, because I have a drawer full of them I can’t wear. And this guy pulls it off. Genius. I wake up in the middle of the night dreaming of seersucker.

  26. OrganicVogue

    July 27, 2006 at 3:05 am

    Oh how I love seersucker… and once you said something Jack Purcells with seersucker, I would def agree.

  27. Anonymous

    July 27, 2006 at 9:51 am

    I have seen this gent at several fashion events, always looking pretty darn swell. We should probably be able to figure out who he is, as I believe he is a well-known designer of costumes.For the moment we can call him “Cecil Beaton 2006″!

  28. Charles Geiger

    July 27, 2006 at 10:35 am

    Yes, but you left off the most important part: Where do I get one of these?

  29. Anonymous

    July 27, 2006 at 11:07 am

    Crisp, clean, and very well fitted. I think summer suits are always more difficult. This one works, as opposed to some of the crumpled, slept-in, poorly fitted cotton suits that we’ve seen.

  30. Anonymous

    July 28, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    Sartorialist, are you having a bowtie fetish these days?

  31. The Sartorialist

    July 28, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    I don’t have a bowtie fetish but I am a seer sucker!

  32. EffingB

    August 7, 2006 at 9:18 am

    Hands up who saw that one coming (no pun intended, of course…)

    I love the outfit, but I have to make one tiny remark about your comments: accessories complement an outfit, you compliment someone on their taste.

  33. chrisuk

    November 8, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Just seen this and agree the pocket square is just right – the perfect accessory. I always find it quite difficult when wearing one to get the look just right – any help would be gratefully received!

  34. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Some posters have picked this guy apart, but I feel they are wrong. Sure, some don’t like seersucker, but then I don’t like t-shirts and jeans, especially with advertising emblazoned boldly. He does this look well.

    While unusual these days, it meshes better than I would ever have dreamt. He’s sharp. Well done.

  35. Anonymous

    February 8, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Isn't he David Zyla? I think so, and if so he even published a book about picking the right colors lately… I like this photo a lot. Dandy is the right word for it, it doesn't seem without effort, though.

  36. Coinneach McClarence

    October 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Love. It.

  37. Matteo

    December 13, 2014 at 2:39 am

    I find three problems in this outfit: 1) the sleeves of the jacket are a little bit too long 2) the colour of the pocket square it too similar of all the rest, making a dull effect (red or dark green would be perfect) 3) the trousers have no turn ups: that’s a big mistake for a casual suit. To be overwhelmingly critic I could add that under a suit, loafer shoes are weak (the colour is perfect but I would prefer a derby) and there is an unbearable inch between the shirt collar and the knot of the bow tie. Sorry, but I am inflexible like this even with myself. :-)

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