2 thoughts… first. tom browne would be proud of this older gent. that is a remarkable style, nostalgic or not. second. dressing progressive simply expressive that you are a progressive thinker, which i feel is vital. nostalgia in fashion, music, architecture…might imply a feeling that you’re either afraid of the future, insecure about your place in it, or that your best days are clearly behind you. if you like an element of nostalgia…more power to you. but if you believe the way you dress expresses something about yourself…best to keep it in moderation.
Progressive dressing implies progressive thinking? puh-LEEEEZE! if that’s correct, why do and did some of the most progressive thinkers of our time dress like slobs? if an item of dress, be it vintage or state-of-the-art-fashionable, suits you, makes you happy, feels comfortable, suits the occasion (ideally, it will do all of these) – wear it!
This is splendid, not dated at all. I wish my own coloring were different so I could wear it as well as this gentleman. When I think of Gatsby, I always picture him in spring and summer dress, with light sandy colors like this. What did men with darker complexions and colors wear during the summer, during this period?
I don’t know about the above comments, he just looks good. Healthy, happy, smiling, but most of all happy. I just love looking at beautiful things, and he’s one of them. It’s such a treat to see all the variety of style and beauty out there. I also get inspired by someone on the “street” who looks this good because I believe he must feel good. My experience is that when you try to present yourself in a clean and well-dressed way you feel better. I come to Sartorialist just for that reason. Thanks!
The Chrysler Building has been standing for over seventy years. And still there is no building in gotham built since that comes anywhere near its splendour and perfection. The Ghery building by the Chelsea Piers just recently popped up(like a polyp).
While the Ghery building is certainly progressive, it looks about as permanent and pleasing as an crushed empty milk gallon.
Classic style never ages, but endures and gains strength. Pop artifice and need for innovation had led to flacid ideas, flacid lines, and flacid times. Nostalgic?
In an effort to keep this lighthearted (fails to mutate?) – he looks awesome, he looks like he’s enjoying his day and his life. Sometimes, clothes are just clothes and you can enjoy them and have fun with them, as in this guy’s case, or you can examine them on a hoity-toity pyscho-social level, but that takes so much more energy.
You know what’s really interesting about this photo? It took me a minute to realize he was an older gentleman; if dressed in the usual cargo shorts, running shoes and lousy tshirt, I would have been able to tell this right away. Something about this outfit makes him look….young!
Robert Bryan ALWAYS looks this stylish…it’s not a matter of vintage clothes but how you wear it, and he has a great eye for putting together great looks with his vintage clothes. I’d say that from experience, vintage menswear is usually better constructed and cut in a more flattering than any of the either potato-sack or shrunken-fit suits available now. Perhaps some people just prefer and are comfortable enough in their clothes to go to a picnic and dance in style, and not in a t-shirt and shorts? maria, i don’t quite understand your logic. Great Gatsby is but a speck in the annals of culture from the early 20th Century, and as an unillustrated book, it really couldn’t be paying homage to their style. Besides that, the Great Gatsby as a film in the 70s was costumed by Ralph Lauren, and were a caracature (sp?) of 1920s clothing and detested (clothing-wise) by anyone in the know. I’ve found that people that wear vintage clothes (including myself)value the quality of the craftsmanship from a time before the corner-cutting of the last few years. I personally enjoy wearing them because they, almost like designer pieces,are rare (like a one-off), and can only really be spotted by a few discerning connoisseurs(unless it’s designer stuff with loads of gaudy labels). Sartorialist, the color and fabric combinations that you chose look great- whether or not it is vintage! Keep it up!
I guess in theory I like what he is trying to do. But, he looks like he should be selling Good Humor ice cream out the back of his truck. The look is too affected for a man living in NYC. If he was south of the Mason-Dixon line then OK. But he’s a Yankee to the core, not the real ambassador.
The whole Roaring 20′s coterie looks incredible! Impossibly festive and crisp. The roomy, light-colored men’s pants are knocking me out. They must look fantastic on the dance floor. How are 80-year old white pants so perfectly preserved?
The questions raised by the comments above seem to break down along the fashion vs. style divide. This is nothing very fashionable about this man’s dress, but it is quite stylish (if you ask me). Give me stylish over fashionable every single time.
He looks phenomenal. From far away, I couldn’t tell he was old. He has a great smile and seemingly good skin for a guy his age. He is dressed impeccably well and has perfected this look. Bravo! It doesn’t feel costume-y on him. I imagine this is what he dressed like when he was younger. Truly an inspiration. I love this.
This look is really never “wrong”. Ralph Lauren got this fact some time ago, and has succeeded mightily from it. Just a small “tweak” here and there and it moves forward in a timeless way through the years.
Mr. Rover – big faux-pas there – if you were in the know as you say, you would know that the film Great Gatsby’s costumes were designed by Theoni Vachlioti Aldredge and she got an Oscar for them. The movie is revered for the costumes, not detested for them.
he looks amazing! he’s what a real gentleman, so rare these days, should be and dress. it’s not vintage nor an homage but just good taste. i’ve always appreciated his genuine knowledge and style. he doesn’t try to be anything but graceful and sexy!
The Occupy Wall Streeters would have been more credible were they better dressed. Today’s enforced casualness is as stifling as yesterday’s rules of proper dress. Where’s this guy’s coat? Where’s his hat? He’s walking around half-undressed and gets criticized for being too formal! Egad!