Never again do we have to choose between going on safari or attending a polo match. In all seriousness though; cargo shorts will forever remain the bastard son of an Elizabethan man's skirt (the unexplainable slashed pillow thing above his tights). I would rather forget they existed. Great touch of detail in the sleeves though. The rolled cuff strikes a fine balance between neat and scruffy.
Okay, I'm now convinced that cargo shorts can be chic, but then again, I was wearing black silk MC Hammer-style pants last Saturday night, so I understand if my perspective is seen as somewhat suspect…
I like the bagginess of the shorts. he takes that look ('frat boy') and makes it his own in the inimitable Italian way. I think it looks cool. As others have remarked, it is largely about the tighter, shorter cut of the jacket. And, as someone else also said, it's summer! so why not.
Not sure how well the combination works….maybe he is transitioning into the weekend? But the cargo shorts are sexy. Make me think a he could tack a sailboat, drive a Jeep, wouldn't faint if he saw a big spider.
Combined yes, but only in France and/or Italy most likely…even in NY it might just come off as sloppy. But if a man is confident and can carry himself…it just might work. A canvas briefcase of some sort would have pulled it all together.
great picture that sums up the Italian male vanity: the strait-jacket to emphasize the figure, the forced performance of arms and legs tanning, the ankle bracelet (no, I can't stand it!), the rolled sleeves (of jacket!)… at least, tell me that you were in a seaside town!
What a great inspiration for most American men this summer!!!! So tired of the same old bland Kaki bermudas!!! Dress it up with a coordinated linen jacket and you look polished already. Can I forward that picture to all my male friends? ;)
Why does an item of clothing have to belong to the domain of any one group, in this case frat boys? If you think that then it says a lot for A&F marketing. Isn't it more about lifestyle? If you live on the coast it makes perfect sense but perhaps less so if you're from the city. Stereotyping sucks at the best of times and with all things there's cargo shorts and then there's cargo shorts. It's like saying polo shirts are only for upper Eastside tossers.
Its nothing terrible. But it doesn't exactly work. He either needs to take off the jacket and shirt and put on a henley or t shirt; Or else, he needs to take off the jacket and put on some summer slacks or jeans. They just don't go together. I like the shorts, and I like the jacket. But not together. I do like the ankle thing he has going.
Your caption appears to have been shortened Scott, the words "to make the wearer look an utter mess" appear to have be missing. It's fair to say I'm a fan of neither combats (whatever their length/fit) or pushed up coat sleeves on a suit or other semi formal coat.
Good photograph though, held detail throughout the brightness range.
I'm against the cargo shorts look. OK, at the beach, in the country, maybe. I think it's dumbing down men, just like the baseball cap (esp. backwards). I'm tired of men dressing like third graders. I want them to start looking like men again. Put on the long pants, dudes!
Nope. This just doesn't work. Maybe if the shorts were a few inches longer, and the cargo pockets were lower. Or if he had skinnier knees. And that little ankle bracelet just emphasizes the stubbiness of the whole ensemble. A hat could possibly redeem it somewhat….
Perhaps if everything else was a little more rugged looking or had a military style to it. But with everything else, the shorts look out of place in my opinion. The colors all match but that's about it.
Without the cargo pockets this would have worked well in an understated way.
Ummmmm… no. The top half looks ok in and of itself, as does the bottom half (though I'd lose the ankle-watch affectation). But put the two together and the result is what looks like a superannuated frat boy, bless his earth-toned little heart, desperately clinging to his youth.
I don't see why people don't like cargo shorts in general. I think they can look great on a guy. I am also a bit weirded out that people talk like a fashion choice is a sign of intellect or maturity. You can't tell any of that from what a person wears. Some of the smartest people I know dress like crap.
What is everyone's beef with cargo shorts? Its not going away anytime soon and, for men at least, its a staple. Some people even look great in them. This pair of shorts are perfect. Slightly above the knee and with just enough room in the fit so it does not look like a tent. THe color palette works but I wished you shot a frontal to see the rest of the outfit. Not for eveyone but inspiring nonetheless.
I guess I just see too many worn badly and as a “uniform” of sorts – ugly baggy khaki shorts; ugly too big t-shirt untucked; and *UGHHH* flip-flops. People are such sheep with ZERO imagination. I have never understood the approach of wanting – actually – desperately NEEDING to look like everyone else!