Tuesday, August 5, 2008

On the Street…Casual Formality, Milan

I like the idea of the sporty cotton jacket and white jeans with a French-cuffed shirt.

Even when the Milanese try to be sporty it always comes up with just a touch of formality.


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  1. Dan

    August 5, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I like the jacket and the French cuffs. Very nice jeans, a little on the tight side. I’m not crazy about the way the tie is knotted, although it the most casually done detail here. The coordinating helmet is a great accessory! As always, I’d like to see the shoes.

  2. Gabriela

    August 5, 2008 at 8:47 am

    It’s true, he looks quite formal. I love the jacket and the white hankie paired with the white shirt, and the tie is also pretty. What I don’t like is when the pants are soo tight that you can even see the pocket’s lining…

    And this looks more like an outfit for the early fall, not middsummer, but if he’s fesh enough and works for him, or if goes to places with air conditioning (sometimes they get freezing!) there’s no problem.

  3. sromeo

    August 5, 2008 at 9:02 am

    To me, the colors of the pieces make this outfit. The blue of the jacket and contrasts of the stark white of the shirt and the off white of the pants are more visually pleasing than, say, a regular navy jacket and a khaki pant.

  4. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    August 5, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Oh, but what a cotton jacket: the pickstitching on the lapels, the working cuff buttons, and the shoulder construction are all a far cry from my Cremieux version from Dillards!!! I dont normally like contrast stitching on light jeans, but the fit of his overrides all. Bella figura is what they say? Jorge from W Palm Beach

  5. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Great detail, I love the stitching on the jacket and the overall interpretation of the classic white shirt, khakis and blue blazer.

  6. olivia

    August 5, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Miscalculation in the size of the pants, they look really awkward & distracting.

  7. j'taimee

    August 5, 2008 at 9:38 am

    …in another era those glasses in his hand could have been a riding crop, or something – but it doesn’t look too costumy.

  8. jeff

    August 5, 2008 at 9:40 am

    hummina hummina hummina!

  9. tj

    August 5, 2008 at 9:42 am

    The shirt is white, the jeans are not.
    I like most of the components, but I don’t think that they work together.
    Swap the tight jeans for some lightweight wool slacks in the same color and the outfit would be a success.
    Or, exchange the shirt, tie and pocket square for a graphic t shirt and you get a great, casual look.
    I’m keeping the jacket in both options, because I think that jacket is great. Love the stitching on the lapels and the pockets, the patch-style pockets and the working buttons on the sleeves.

  10. :Fashion Frenzy:

    August 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Great look. But the jeans are WAY too tight. :)

  11. XAVS

    August 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I love the jacket, and the tight jeans – perhaps too tight,half a size more would be perfect -. The shirt is ok, but i’d add some colour with a light pink one perhaps? Otherwise I’d use a taxi-driver tie rather than a common one..
    What about his shoes…where they nice?

  12. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 10:16 am

    i agree with olivia- i looked straight down before I even looked at the amazing jacket. He is dapper though- very cute. :-)

  13. Marianna

    August 5, 2008 at 10:26 am

    YES! Oh my goodness, you found the perfect words to describe that je-ne-sais-quoi (or should rather that cosa misteriosa) that Milanese (and maybe other Italians too) have: FORMALITY! I always saw it as a natural elegance and classyness no matter how dressed down they try to be! That is what I love about them!

  14. Lucy

    August 5, 2008 at 10:38 am

    great inspiration here I’d say

    but they are the tightest jeans I have ever seen on a guy wearing a wedding ring

  15. GAi

    August 5, 2008 at 10:38 am

    great jacket,with nicely tapered sleeves.The lenght of the coat is also super,very aggressive and milanese.
    Love the tight jeans,i wonder though how does it feel at the end of the day..

    Great look,even the skinny tie of which i am not a fan,works.

    Gai @ Astor and Black

  16. Jingoist

    August 5, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I really love that shades of blue other than straight, dark Navy are making their way into the latest(and upcoming) seasons’ fashions. Even a mild color variation on a casual Navy sport coat such as this lighter shade are much more pleasing to the eye.

  17. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 10:45 am


  18. Miguel

    August 5, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I love the photo.
    In order to understand fashion, you must to understand people, cities, cultures, everyday life. That´s why I love this blogger. This is a great example of how different could be Milan, from Rome, or NYC… its just the way of living. Love the formality of a cotton jacket, with sexy tight jeans, the helmet and the confident smile… just a little question… Who´s this handsome guy?

  19. Artemisia

    August 5, 2008 at 11:06 am

    European men (and may I also say South American men) tend to wear their pants much more fitted to the body ( rather slimm) and thank God they do!!

    I absolutely despise the slouchy North American cut of the chino pants or heavne forbid the pleated pant!!

    So, I see absolutely NO problem with his pant. Very stylish!

  20. Keesean

    August 5, 2008 at 11:13 am

    this guy is sooo chic. His clothes fit him perfectly. A quarter inch smaller he would have the worst camel hump, a quarter inch looser it’d be droopy. Fabulous. Euro tailoring and fit at its best. Kudos

  21. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 11:34 am

    corrr, loving those tight pants. i wouldn’t look twice at this guy in a jeans and t-shirt, but i’d trail after him in this. sexy

  22. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 11:39 am

    the pants are a bit tight for me, but the jacket is cut well and the whole look is casual but formal in a way where he would fit into a nice ristorante that might require a jacket and tie. Do the Italians even bother with that kind of formality in their eating establishments? I can well understand with the situation here in the States (people go to church in Tshirts). I think dressing and grooming well projects what a person is truly about.

  23. 5andra

    August 5, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Where does this man get off by being so dashing?

  24. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I love this look, except… once I scanned down to the pants… man, this guy needs to get it in a size a little bit bigger.

  25. Jake

    August 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    The whole upper body ensemble is great, but those white jeans are too tight. Slim fit is one thing, but these aren’t really slim, and they detract from an overall nice outfit.

  26. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Is that really decorative stitching on the jacket? To me it just looks like the way the seams of cotton garments get ripply after you launder them.

  27. ML

    August 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    It’s almost right but I really think his pants could use to be just the tiniest bit looser. It would be much more attractive that way, in my humble opinion.

  28. TinTin

    August 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Not a fan of those jeans. Makes me think 1985 skin tight Jordache. The fit is really not flattering and frankly I find it distracting from an otherwise solid look.

  29. Allen - East Hampton

    August 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Could those pants be any tighter? Great jacket; was looking for something like it recently and came up with zip. Any ideas where I could buy one next spring?

  30. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Well for once the tight pants don’t allow you to tell whether or not the guy is circumsised which we too often can tell in my opinion and is indeed slightly distracting. However some will tell that we can testify that his pockets are indeed lined which is not too good either.

  31. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    He’s handsome.

  32. bDub512

    August 5, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I would shorten the jacket and bring it it before I would loosen the jeans. Loose jeans look juevenile. However, these particular jeans bring to mind the John Waters movie, Serial Mom and the pants worn by the band being portrayed by L7… or that song by Fanny Pack.

  33. Richard

    August 5, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    One of the better outfits on here in a little bit.

    The proportions are spot on, at least in my eyes.

    The tie and pocket square round off this nice ensemble.

  34. Linda

    August 5, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Too bad he’s not single. ;)

  35. Nadia

    August 5, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    he makes me think of mad men…in the twenty-first century


    and i LOVE that uplifting of the lips

    what a smug look

    and the helmet just makes it perfect

  36. Francophile

    August 5, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    He is handsome and would probably look good in anything… European men do have such style.

  37. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Marco Polli, who works for Mood Magazine in Milan. Always a snapper dresser and nice guy.

  38. K.B.

    August 5, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Hard to go wrong with dark blue against a crisp white shirt. The cream tint of the trousers is better than stark white would have been. Interesting detailing on the jacket. I wouldn’t have guessed it was deep indigo denim until I looked at the details.

  39. kls

    August 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    love the idea of jeans and a pocket square – so elegantly casual, so italian! and I bet he looks dashing on his scooter

  40. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I want to be able to criticize the size of the pants, but really this is just sexy. I love the dressiness of the top half of the outfit. And the colours are sublime. Points for this guy!

  41. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 12:35 am

    a man who dresses to the right.

  42. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 3:55 am

    The tight pants just make it that I can´t help imagining riding boots in his feet – they would also be practical on a scooter, no?

  43. diederik

    August 6, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Don’t get overexcited guys. The jacket, I am 98% sure, is a off-the-peg number from Boglioli

    • Nikolai

      July 17, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      I can see similarities but I am not convinced it’s a RTW Boglioli. I have one but the proportions are different: my unadulterated Boglioli has less pick-stitching and is shorter (much to my chagrin!)

  44. Paris Bijou

    August 6, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Thats my understanding of Milano Lifestyle. Amazing!

  45. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Only a man in a jacket and tie and a charming smile can get away with jeans that tight.

    Don’t you love the way that for the Milanese, ‘summer informal’ means unbuttoning your jacket cuffs a little!

  46. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 9:38 am

    i like the jeans with the coat and french cuff, but these jeans are just too tight. makes him look too dandy and loses the effect.

  47. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 10:56 am

    While I appreciate the look he was going for, he needs to loosen up on the pants…they look incredibly uncomfortable (and unflateringly emasculating).

  48. Zelmarific

    August 6, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    nice trousers!

  49. Miguel

    August 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Lie the jeans. Goes very well with the color of the jacet although I’m not so hot about the jacet material… Nice shot. also!

  50. Kris

    August 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Fantastic, makes me reconsider the role of suitably fitting white jeans for my wardrobe (even if it’s already August).

  51. dalia

    August 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    for all the complaints that the jeans are too tight: the man is european for heaven’s sake! clearly a different esthetic from north american ideals, and frankly, i prefer it over the saggy, baggy, crotch-dropped versions worn by men here. i’m sure no one looked at him in milan and thought, “basta! è troppo stretto!”

  52. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    agreed on the saggy, baggy look not good. but i still say his are too tight. european or not. just an opinion. he’s hot though.

  53. john

    August 7, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Good above the belt; pants are just too tight; they don’t even look comfortable.

  54. Emily

    August 7, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    i love the fact that there is a complete and total disconnect between the look face and the snug fit if his pants. it is at once irrevrant and arrogant. he’s totally pulling it off.

  55. Candida

    August 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    he’s very cool. Love the tight trousers.

  56. Steve

    August 13, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I like the look but I think he should lose the tie. The jeans are also a little too tight and do not match the comfortable-fit look of the jacket.

  57. Anonymous

    August 14, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Nice thighs and I love the sublety of the package. Delicioso!

  58. Edward

    August 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Love the look!! He looks AMAZING!! Great jacket and pants are not too tight!!

  59. Priscilla

    August 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Che bello ragazzo!!!

  60. Anonymous

    August 22, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    does anyone notice that he’s wearing english riding apparel?

  61. Anonymous

    August 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    This would be a nice way of fronting up to a dressage competition if you imagine he’s carrying a riding helmet. Can’t help wondering if he’s wearing long riding boots …or jodphur ankle-length ones. Enfin, like a lot of things, if he moves as if he means it, I think he gets away with the look.

  62. Francesca

    September 3, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    that’s it! sometimes I think it is a real pity that Italians always end up being formal…that it is so difficult for them to be just fresh and casual and free like Americans can be for example.

  63. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    beautiful guy…thank god for old guys like that.

  64. Stela

    August 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Great PIC!!
    I love the new “Style”

  65. AFJ

    April 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    not white, khaki

  66. dcinDC

    June 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Olivia: Do you think your breasts are ever “distracting” to men, or do you dress like a nun all the time? News flash: Women have breasts and men have penises – sometimes these things are apparent in the clothes we wear. Sigh… Women get to dress sexy, why not us guys?

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