I love this guy. I love the hat. I love that he’s not hiding behind his sunglasses when the Sartorialist pays him the compliment of taking his picture. I love the crispness of the white shirt and the simplicity of a classic polka dot tie. What is the white line leading to his breast pocket? This whole picture gives me lots of pleasure.
There’s not really any point writing much more asBill Kuhn has written my thoughts – more eloquently! The beautiful suit will always be second to such a smile but I love the echo of the 1930s/40s style of men’s suit.
Except that the suit doesn’t fit him. The shoulders are too small, and it looks like he can barely take a breath. I think it was made for a smaller man, and he is borrowing it or something. The jacket sleeves are far too short. Weird. Its a terrible fit, but it is so over coordinated, you would think he would have done somethign about it.
Maria, this is yet another frustrated and misguided remark from you. Could you kindly please educate yourself before making any further embarrassing comments that highlight your lack of sartorial knowledge. Sartorialist please moderate.
I can agree that this fellow has a charming smile — and because it seems so warm and genuine, one can forgive him a lot. Let’s begin at the top: I’ll forgive him the hat — it is a clown’s hat, but all right, it seems worn for fun, not elegance — and so just adds to his charm. No comment on the shirt — it fits, is clean, looks good. The “spotted” tie is a classic, its color goes well with the suit, it is a bit narrow for my taste, but he’s handling it the Italian iGent way, separating the blades to make it “bloom” — fine, doesn’t seem too forced, more charm, OK. Plain white handkerchief, stuffed in breast pocket with adequate sprezzatura, charming. And then, oh Heavens, he falls right down on his charming face: the suit coat’s fit is terrible: too tight, gapping at collar and button point; stance and waist too high; sleeves too short; skirt too short; we can even see the corners of the rear vents from in front. The lapels look machined, not hand sewn, but we’ll say the charm cancels them out. Oh, and the chain (?) running from the breast pocket ACROSS the lapel is definitely forced, a deliberate attempt to raise questions, and thus to be deprecated. In sum, his smile will win him many friends, but he should sack his tailor.
Mr. or Ms. Refusal: I believe I am my own toughest critic when it comes to matters sartorial (and in some other departments as well), and I stand up to my own snark quite well. Unless you belong to the group of Scott’s readers who seem to think that the purpose of the comments section is to provide virtual air kisses in every direction (every one of Scott’s subjects is gorgeous, all of their looks are fierce, all of their styles are effortless, etc.), then yes, this is the place where, having subjected Scott’s work and his subjects to “intense scrutiny,” we are invited to provide our judgments, otherwise known as opinions, and to give and take pleasure in doing so. Do you have an opinion about the fellow in the blue suit? Or shall I take your name to mean you refuse to provide it? Do you wish to deny me the opportunity to deconstruct this gent’s look? My comments here are intended to amuse (myself and others), and (secondarily) to educate. I tried to be balanced — there is much to admire in this charming gent’s style, and I hope I conveyed that. But apparently most of Scott’s readers think the smiling gent is wearing a suit that “fits him like a glove” — and so I think those of us who know something about tailoring may be providing a (minor) public service if we disagree and try to explain what goes into a fine fit for a fine suit. Criticism can always seem destructive (perhaps it always is, in some way), but if you really care about beauty and seeking the best (aristos, arete), I think one can only seek to achieve it through training in discernment — i.e., by developing judgment. And finally, to answer your question, thanks to excellent tailoring, yes, whenever I go out and about, I stand up to intense scrutiny and judgment because I look simply MAHVELOUS!
I think this gent is a little too muscular for this suit but otherwise a very nice look. His smile and the color of his suit makes this a standout portrait. Oh yeah, and love the hat…every good look should have an element of fun and whimsy.
Utterly perfect. That suit fits him like a glove. The hat, an interesting fedora/cowboy combo, wouldn’t work on everyone but it does on him and gives his classic suit a unexpected, fun twist. Very well done.