Monday, November 6, 2006

FBM Goes Casual

People who have read The Sartorialist for a while will recognize FBM as one of my favorite subjects , he always looks great even for a casual Friday.


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  1. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 8:47 am

    If FBM ever wears a cape it will be the end of civilization as we know it. Great pic.

  2. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 9:17 am

    Looks fabulous with the exception of the scarves hanging out the bottom of jacket…throws the whole thing off imho. Beth

  3. Lit

    November 6, 2006 at 9:31 am

    Impeccable. This man makes me believe that everyone can look stylish, just look how easy it is. Of course it’s not that easy, but he makes it look effortless. Just really simple pieces, the perfect-fit jacket, lovely shoes and a splsh with the scarf (which as a slight crit, I think should be wrapped differently, instead of packed in), bring together a wonderful, easy look.

  4. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 10:03 am

    I think his jacket looks too tight..looks like he couldn’t possibly button the second button. Perhaps he need a larger size if he is going to have several layers. Cuff exposure and shoes are perfect, though.

  5. Broady

    November 6, 2006 at 10:35 am

    Great look. The jacket is a little tight, however, most likely from the scarves and sweaters underneath.

  6. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 11:13 am

    I’m with Broady: my first impression was “overstuffed”. The combination of snug closed jacket, broad chest, and scarf inside makes it looks like there’s just too much fabric there. I bet that jacket fits great with just a shirt under it, but sometimes you need jackets fitted for sweaters.

    With a better fit in the jacket, though, excellent (although I’m not sure I really like the scarf inside the jacket).

  7. ambika

    November 6, 2006 at 11:30 am

    Wonderful look & great photo. I love the scard and the jacket. It looks to be cordouroy, which is unexpected & so fall.

  8. Laurent

    November 6, 2006 at 11:47 am

    This gentleman always looks great, even in casual attire… and he’s hot. It’s an example and inspiration for all of us weight challenged out there.

  9. Alice Olive

    November 6, 2006 at 11:54 am

    I love that scarf, especially against the blue of his shirt and the brown jacket.

  10. positive_negative

    November 6, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    Normally bigger men use their stature as an excuse for not dressing well or having many options to choose from. So I was excited to see FBM look dashing (did I just use that word?) and everything is cut to fit him well.

    Since I began visiting this site, I’ve also begun to take things to a tailor in my neighborhood to get items fitted. Trust me, it’s money well spent.

  11. positive_negative

    November 6, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    after reading some of the comments, i don’t know if i agree that the jacket is too tight or that he looks “overstuffed.”

    you mostly see this with women’s fashions, but i’ve bought blazers that fit me well under the arm and in the waist but would appear tight if i buttoned them all the way up. BUT it’s not my intention to wear a blazer completely buttoned up because i only wear it casually. it’s a style i see more men my age (28) doing more now, where we’re at the crusp of our impending adulthood that is the 30s while still retaining some sense of youth.

  12. CSH

    November 6, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    I’m with Pos-Neg, the great thing about FBM is that he does not hide behind his physique, he is what he is and, yes, he’s dashing.

    Maybe the scarf could have been tied differently, but the great thing about this look is that it seems he really did throw it together and head out. No preening or excessive examination – there he is, out on the street, take it or leave it. We’ll take it.

  13. Max

    November 6, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    The sweater inside the jacket is a must for a larger guy. It reinforces the “V” shape created by the jacket lapels and draws the eye away from the waist and toward the face.

    Wrapping it around the shoulders would destroy that all-important neckline.

    I have to disagree with the people saying the jacket looks overstuffed. It’s not wrinkling through the torso or pulling at the button. It’s perfect.

    Well played.

  14. Monsieur

    November 6, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    The cut/length of the jacket is OK because the style silhouette he’s shooting for is vintage/retro. But I think the fit/style looks better for the slimmer man but it’s not really too bad on him. Very opulent and sophisticated look and a perfect shot with the cafe behind him.

  15. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 1:54 pm


  16. Butch

    November 6, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    Like it, like it. But the dangling scarf undermines the balance established by the rest, I think…

  17. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    when will we get to see a photo of you, sartorialist?

  18. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Hell yeah, fat man can look great!
    This Gentleman really gives me some hope for myself when I grow older, even if I have hair.

    Btw: I always wondered how tall he is. Sartorialist?

  19. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    I love FBM. What a sexy guy. Thanks for another great photo of him.

  20. positively the same dame

    November 6, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    love his feet, his glasses, his stance, his attitude, and this picture.

  21. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    Isn’t he married to Marjorie Gubelmann? Looks exactly like him

  22. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    great look

    doubt he ever wears flip-flops ,,, or a cape !!!

  23. Kathleen

    November 6, 2006 at 5:02 pm

    I’m with Alice – that is a great scarf. My hat is off to a man who has the self-confidence to wear such a beautiful and unusual piece.

  24. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    love the browns

  25. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    How do people feel about scarves falling below the belt when your jacket is buttoned? I always think that looks a little strange, but I guess people don’t mind?

  26. Maria

    November 6, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    I find a very strong connection between his image and the coffee sign on the left corner.

  27. lord sessa

    November 6, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    What a charming fellow!And the scarf-inside-the-jacket is very idiosyncratic…and it works on him.

  28. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    Speaking of trouser cuffs…

    I don’t usually wear them, but they look good here.

    Anyone have any thoughts on the right height for the cuff itself?

    Does 2 inches sound right? There’s nothing worse than too narrow a cuff…

  29. D. Kay

    November 6, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Okay. I can’t say whether or not the jacket’s a bit tight, but it sure looks that way. His jacket can fit well without being too small. Maybe wearing his correct size, but in a different cut may help? This appears to be the correct cut, however. Don’t get me wrong, I would wear every single article of clothing that this young man has on myself. Maybe it’s the layers. Maybe tying the scarf in a slip-knot will allow for some breathing room under the jacket.

  30. D. Kay

    November 6, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Anonymous 6:14pm
    Cuffs shouldn’t be more than an inch and a half.

  31. Anonymous

    November 7, 2006 at 2:18 am

    yay! FBM is back! i missed him.

  32. Solomon Animashaun

    November 7, 2006 at 4:05 am

    Standard cuff size should be 1.5 inches but I have a propensity to go for 2.5 inches which is also acceptable as long as you can pull it off!

    With regards to the FBM…..very stylish guy who has an excellent knack of hiding all his imperfections. The cut of this jacket is a perfect example… makes him look slim because of the way it has been cut (the shoulders etc..). To me it suggests that the guy knows exactly how a jacket should look and fit…..or he has a good tailor who does! Definately a worthy ‘Sartorialist’

  33. Irish Eyes Still Punching

    November 7, 2006 at 7:02 am

    Seriously, this man is everything this excellent Blog by Scott is – for my money – all about. FBM is far from perfect in many ways physically speaking – but By God, he’s human. And he turns himself out with a splash of panache every time. In these days of sameness, or whacky out-thereness in fashion – this chap throws together his gear with total style. Everything everyone says here is right – a little less of this, more of that, shorter the former, longer the latter etc etc. But you know what? I wouldn’t change a damn thing. FBM enjoys himself getting ready in the morning to face the ups and downs of his day – and he projects some foibles and humanity and quicky stuff along the way… what more can you ask? And hell, he looks like the sort of guy we’d all want to share a Whisky with sometime. I reckon he’s owed a virtual round of applause and I nominate him for The Sart’s First Annual ‘We Love Him’Award!

  34. Butch

    November 7, 2006 at 7:59 am

    Aother word about cuff depth (hmmmm: say that quickly ten times!)–it depends on one’s height.

    Rule of thumb: the taller you are, the wider your cuff, though not by a great deal. Cuffs for those under 5′ 10″ should be about 1 1/2 inches; for those over, an extra quarter inch makes a small but telling difference.

    Of course, cuff width also depends on the style of the pant–some sportier, tweedier models do well with a narrower cuff, so one doesn’t look like one is packing material at one’s ankles. Also, fashion will have its (his? her?) say….

  35. positive_negative

    November 7, 2006 at 10:47 am

    I know I’m late in asking, but who exactly is FBM? Thanks in advance.

  36. Max

    November 7, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    FBM=Fat Bald Man

  37. Anonymous

    November 7, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    This site is sometimes too rich to resist letting out a good-natured laugh. Sartorialist, FBM, commentors – I love you all!

  38. Anonymous

    November 7, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    i really think the scarf is too long

  39. JA Firebrand

    November 8, 2006 at 11:50 am

    So excellent to see him again!

  40. nifor

    December 7, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    well done FBM! i think i love you.. he really enjoys his outfit!

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