I've never found the "I'm going to purposely buy pants too short to show off my ankles" look appealing. Never at all; I don't understand it. The first man looks quite dashing, and I like the serious look on the polka dot fellow; it's ironically charming! A bit like a sad clown, but a cute boy version :D
Agree on the ugliness of too-short pants and lace-up dress shoes with no socks–and how comfortable can it be, especially in hot weather in the city?! But bear feet would look better than those goofy low-cut socks that further ruin any sense of grace or proportion. These legs look like they belong to nerds in high-waters. Why would men want to do this to themselves?
That first image is amazing. The tie really seems to pull the whole outfit together, even though all the pieces are just wonderful. That second picture is interesting, a look I would find hard to pull off, but one that they all seem to do much justice to.
The polka dots seem a little ott for me though, but not horrid either.
YES. They're wearing socks! I saw an interview with Jason Bateman where he talked about doing a photoshoot for some fashion mag. They had him take off his socks because it's "in style" but since Jason Bateman is a normal person, he wears socks all the time. They had to put makeup on his ankles.
Always glad to see some more guys with common sense on the matter
The second picture of the pants is amazing! Especially for me because of my obsession over the bottom of the pants and how they look in contrast with my shoes of the day. It is safe to say I am extremely picky with my pants! The polka dots…super creative and attention getter! I like it anyway because of its uniqueness! I like the first shot of the man with the suit because the suit looks like it's been shrunken! check out my trendy blog! http://thetrendydwarf.blogspot.com/
that is what always bothered me about some of the Thom Browne people I see occasionally around town the ankle socks. If you are going to go through all of the trouble to have pants that show your ankle why where socks that cover half of them.
It just looks tacky.
Either wear socks that go up cover your leg when the pants ride up or don't wear any.
i think thom brown is sort of a one trick pony. i mean, you can put polka dots and sequins and mermaids all over everything, but its still just shrunken suits season after season. i know its a lot more difficult to be creative and experimental with men's looks, but i don't know, it just feels… gimmicky.
I like Thom Brown as a fashion stylist, as a showman, or as a creator but honestly I don't see my self wearing his clothes… dont take me wrong, I love it… and I wear thing similar, ones in a while but that's what is fashion about… get some ideas and make it your own…! By the way Scott, I didn't find your book in Spain… and I want it deeply!
Sorry to rain on anyone's parade but anyone who thinks these Pee Wee Herman outfits are remotely stylish or flattering needs to re-check their value system……In 20years time they are going to be up there with bell bottoms and playsuits.
note to self…roll up fancy trousers for the non-chalant look of incredibly attractive european men…..also repeatedly follow your blog on an hourly basis as to not miss on commenting on all the amazing previous posts!
I've been covering Fashion Week Spring 2010 in New York City (shooting video) and just about every editor I've interviewed has given a thumbs down to the capri style, ankle/shin showing pants for men. Also, not seeing much of this look at all at the shows. Most of the men attending, all of whom are trying to look great, have not been going with this style. Perhaps this is a flash in the pan?
This show was perfection. It puts a smile on my face. You know the people who are "too cool" to smile? They were smiling at this show too. They weren't laughing – they were smiles of admiration and appreciation. The men wanted the clothes. The women wanted the men's clothes. This is what fashion SHOULD be. Fun. Thank you Thom Browne.
I just don't get the hype. Thom Brownes suits look like they have been washed in hot water and thrown in the dryer to shrink.If you really understand proportion, fit, and ultimately good taste, Thom Browne suits will seem ridiculous.
Thom Browne reminds me of one thing, and one thing only – the emperor's new clothes. He's a sharp looking guy and I respect his style, but I just don't get all the fashion lemmings drooling over his clothes.
The only problem I have with the Thom Browne silhouette is how it doesn't change, like someone else said. I think he will not be satisfied with this cropped everything silhouette until half the men in Manhattan are spotting it – and by the way, he doesn't have very long to go; a testament to the undeniable influence he has had.
That jacket is way way to FAB!!! I have been very outspoken fan and have been sporting T.B. for years but this jacket is the best thing in years… Well done my son you just keep doing it year after year.
Is it just me, or are DotGuy's sleeves different lengths?
Also–if he's already wearing a jacket, what could that extra garment in his hand possibly be? Is he carrying the matching half of his suit in case of emergency? Were some guys trading clothes backstage? I'm curious now.
One thing about the look that I don't get – with all the wrist provided by the short sleeves, I feel it's the perfect place to accent with a fantastic watch, but none of the men at the table are wearing one. I love great watches, and most of the time with a standard-length suit sleeve it just goes to waste hidden beneath your cuff, but the short sleeve is perfect for showing it off. Also, I have to imagine the short pant is a summer look only, akin to the capri? I couldn't imagine walking around NY in the winter with pants that short, nor the ankle socks… Besides slim, what differentiates a thom browne winter-weight suit?
with all the criticism of preen about women's bodies, it's curious how you don't extend the same commentary to thom brown. so ruffles around the butt is ugly but polka dotted dress pants are okay? Both are awesome but neither is really "wearable."
With you on that, dcinDC. Guys either look as if (1) they haven’t a clue about how to buy clothes that fit or (2) they can’t bear to give up the stuff they were wearing in high school. Blech in either case.