He looks fantastic. I don’t understand why Americans think that the Italian length is “too short.” Who set the standard? We look to Milan for style, and then say that they don’t do it right? Please. . .
Going sockless with a suit and tie is very dashing and elegant. He’s probably wearing “no show” socks. They give you the look, without the wear and tear on your shoes. Though, perhaps it would be better to follow the new American custom and just wear flip-flops with everything.
What with the several comments on Mr. Barberaâ€™s trousers, I feel the urge to join in. He is wearing his trousers at his natural waist, which is never wrong and which I think is the appropriate choice for dress pants most of the time. Full cut, pleated trousers, especially those intended to be worn with suspenders, look best, in my opinion, worn even higher than the natural waist. And jeans and other slim cut casual pants can look good worn just below the waist, say on or just above the upper point of the hip bones. Lower than that not only makes the wearer look ill-proportioned but also leaves no room for carrying packages and so is uncomfortable. As to length, Mr. Barbera has it just right for the trousers he is wearing and the sockless look he is after. His trousers are not too full above the knee, taper so that they are close to the ankle at the bottom, and end at or just above his shoe tops with no break. A fine summertime look with sleek dress slip ons such as he is sporting.
12:17 anonymous– pants look better longer because they make your legs, and your whole body, look longer. Short pants cut off the nice line of a nice suit. That’s why a pant length down to just the right point on your shoe is the standard. Shorter lengths are just style statements. Unless of course you’re going to go digging for clams.
here’s a direct quote from luciano barbera as far as trousers.
There are many schools on trouser length. In America they are often worn so that the pant leg tumbles over the shoes. Many Europeans now wear them quite short. You even show a little sock. What can I say? Perhaps we Europeans are secretly afraid of flash floods. The picture at right shows, quite literally, where I stand. I call this the Mid-Atlantic Solution since it is halfway between Europe and America. The pants just breaking lightly on the shoe. I do not want to see your socks, but I do want to see your shoes.
hey everyone . . now I feel like I need to join the discussion . . . As i understand it, the best way to describe personal style is “knowing the rules and tennets of fashion . . . and ignoring them when they don’t suit your needs” . . . lol . . this guy looks AMAZING . . . not in spite of his disregard for the “rules” . . but because of it.
and its 8 billion degrees outside . . WHO is wearing socks right now . . . lol . . .
I live in the midwest so you may not see this quirk in NYC but, one thing I notice on men that is quirky to me, is wearing shorts with a tucked in shirt and a dress belt. And, since most men are clueless about what footwear goes with shorts, they choose these chunky brown sandals or the flip flops. Combined, the whole look is quirky to me…and silly. I don’t know, is this an American thing?
Can I mention a a bad one? What’s with the ‘gauchos’ (think that’s the correct term) that every woman of every age and figure type is wearing these days?
They really don’t flatter ANYONE. The jersey material clings to the derriere most unattractively! Do these women not own mirrors?
It’s like some designer in the basement of Best & Less (an Australian discount department store) had leftover tracksuit material, made a million of these disgusting skirt/pants ‘gauchos’ and then published a photo of old Ashlee Simpson (insert any other similar starlet-wannabe) so other women would buy them.
Sometimes it’s okay to cast something away – like disgusting unflattering fabrics.
Americans have a obsession with comfort which borders on mania. This means we have to look at men on planes, in restaurants, and the theatre, in t-shirts and running shorts, their unkempt,ham-like feet shoved into flip-flops. Not that women are any better.
I don’t understand the strange fascination so many Americans have with men not wearing socks, describing it as dirty, gross, etc,. especially women who think nothing of putting their own good shoes on their bare feet rather than deal with pantyhose.
For the uninitiated, you can buy socks that don’t show at all (even in a blown up picture Sarto). That is what men that want to keep their shoes in good condition, but want the bare ankle look, wear.
Style is personal. There are rules, but the most stylish people often break those rules. Perhaps those in the mid-west should consider trying to learn something and expand their horizons, rather than stating that the scion of one of the most important fashion houses in Europe doesn’t know what he’s doing because no one in Iowa dresses that way.
Agreed , especially in the lower classes where fashion changes every day …… In fact , most of the “on the edge , retro , street ” stuff doesn’t come from the stuffy ateliers but from the “hood” just shows you what a bunch of bores , snobs and windbags we are !!!
my apologies it looks like ankle socks from my view but since you have the original that you can enlarge i admit i am wrong. anyway i own several pairs of ankle socks i purchased last year in florence at la Rinascente.
i agree with ec10009. if you wear real leather shoes your feet will not stink but if you wear those shoes made of synthetic materials then your feet will definitely stink. these non-leather do not breathe and even if you wear socks with them your feet will stink. wearing leather shoes you still need to scrub your feet and between toes every day.
I have passed this photo at least a dozen times…and this is the first time I realize that Mr. Barbera is leaning on a table with a grass top. There appear to be potted herbs, basil, rosemary and the like. Green apples, lemons…My goodness Scott, the things you must have seen on your trip (literally and figuratively).
I’m usually a lurker. But I could’nt resist commenting on what Alice Olive mention regarding the Gaucho’s. I had said the same thing to my wife last month. I thought Gaucho’s were the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen, and I also thought the were unflattering to almost any body type. However, she wore a pair of Goucho’s a couple of weeks ago that sort of hugged her figure up top and became baggy at the bottom. She’s worn these Gaucho’s before, I dont know if they shrunk or she gained weight, either way they looked great on her. I thought it was the sexiest thing she had worn in a while.
I think the no socks look looks great with a suit and I sport it all the time. Men can now by no show socks for dress shoes at many stores. Nordstrom, Macys, Johnston and Murphy Shoe Stores, to name a few all now carry no show socks made mens for dress shoes. There is nothing wrong with men not wearing socks especially since women seem to feel there is no need to wear nylons anymore. Be sockless guys!
I often go sockless with dress shoes spring through early fall. As with the current trend of women forgoing panty hose with heels, it works best if your legs and feet are tanned. The key to doing this with comfort is to sprinkle and distribute just the smallest amount of baby powder into your shoes. Great style, no sweat.
There is no such thing as “style for everyone”. Everyone should have their own style – of course, there are guidelines that may (and, in many cases, should) be followed, but personal touches make the style look…well, like a style, instead of fashion.
That man, also, wears a very well cut suit. Usually, especially here in Finland (and, as I’ve seen, same epidemic is present in USA as well), men tend to wear too big suits with too long trousers and sleeves.