It's amazing how you always seem to take pictures of people and settings that I thought only existed in my dreams. The feeling of your photographs is of a lost era that suddenly appears not so lost. Thank you for giving me that old world feeling every day!
Agreed. That said, there are some (women) on the other end of the scale who buy their outerwear too small. Whether it is for vanity's sake (smaller sizes flatter the ego) or they don't take into account heavier cold-weather fabrics, coats that are a little too snug are never flattering.
This gentleman obviously understands outerwear sizing, and bravo to him.
Couldn't agree with you more Scott, including myself, but I like to think I have started to make a departure from that loose loose style.
But I will say, Americans, paticularly men have a tendency to go loose in an effort to seek comfort of wearing fine clothing….and that is not limited to outerwear …its sports jackets, suit and especially dress shirts.
Thanks as always for these inspirational photos and thought provoking too.
I agree!!! I've always wanted a finely tailored look at all times. But so many people recommend buying outerwear larger than your usual size…I guess it's in anticipation of lots of layers? I've never felt like buying a size above is necessary though. So I stick to my true size, and it's working so far! :)
About the oversized bit, I don't fully agree with you because when you go to Scandinavia…the oversized outwear is totally the thing out there. If you check out the streetwear pictures of Denmark, some girls are wearing gorgeous oversized coats which will make the Swedish girls jealous.
The bottom half – I laugh! My dad wears his pants (wide legged though!) grazing his ankles, and I always thought it was so uncool. But here, they're narrower, folded up, and show off purple socks. Insouciance?! Power to him! I must not be so narrow-minded: boldness & originality (in French, is it "je n' sais qoi"?) is a gift!
Slim fitting cuts are hard to find…. Is beacuse a lot of men are afraid to appear to tailored or do not understand when somethiung isa tailored it can make you look better proportionally than hefting on a sack… For a slim fitting coats with amazing cuts try and get your hands on jackets by Ato Matsumoto. Divine but hard to get hopld of unless you're in Japan.
I love your site Scott, but I don't agree with your theme of 'oversized' outerwear/jackets/pants… when I wear a coat, I (still) like to wrap myself up, despite all you've taught me. Yep he looks great… the architecture helps.
Outerwear fit and size is tricky. Men over, say 40 often wear their outer garments far too large, and I see a lot of younger men and women in too-tight coats. That's especially noticeable in a cold climate, where people bundle up in several layers come winter.
I agree with what some people are saying. A small coat looks waaay worse than an oversized one. That said, This guy's coat looks very good. I'd like to know if he's got a sportcoat under there.
But the goodness all ends at the hemline of his coat….what the hell is up with those super-tight trousers? They could use a bit of elastic at the bottom to go around the bottom of the foot and keep them from riding up!
Emily is correct. We (Americans) usually do buy outerwear too large, but only for the sake of layering. Not sure what the alternative is unless you think we should only wear our skivvies under coats so we can get a slimmer fit.
I agree to some extent about clothing being oversized but I suspect the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Coats are too short and too tight, and is three inches of visible sock really elegant?. Trust me their wearers will wince in 20 years time when they look at the photos. The seventies should have cured us of fashion extremes but apparently not.
Scott, thank you so much for talking about oversized coats. I couldn't agree more.
There's a certain charm to it, when it's intentional, part of proportion-play…but it drives me nuts to see so many people walking around in coats which just don't fit. How many sweaters is one going to wear under there, really?
Apart from the hat this could well be a great outfit for a businessman, too. I am in investment banking and most men just buy clothes too big. lovely pic! it reminds me of a time when it was inmportant to men to dress well.
C'mon, the socks win here. The coat's nice but he should get his hands out of his pockets or he'll stretch them. I often get young men buying women's jackets and coats in my shop and they look simply fantastic! Not at all like they are wearing women's clothing, either.