I love the J Crew shirt you found, I can totally envision it with a tweedy jacket and some sort of textured scarf. I hate when I get fall fashion lust in the middle of summer. And thank you for buttoning up a little bit more than that guy (although he looks great, don’t get me wrong).
Dear Scott, The J Crew shirt is OK and IÂ´m sure You will look nice in it. But it is not the same !! Not at all. The “Paris man” looks wild and civilised at the same time because of the shirt.It is more of a cowboy shirt – that really makes a difference.
Excellent photo! The shirt on the shaven-headed guy in the first photo looks like a denim shirt to me, not a chambray shirt. What’s the difference, anyway? I always thought chambray was a lighter, softer fabric worn by preppy guys on the weekends. Denim by contrast is a thicker, tougher, harder, more masculine fabric worn by urban hipsters and working class types.
That first shot – hello, he can wear whatever he wants, those eyes are so intense. I am not sure about how far he has the shirt unbuttoned though – a tad too much. Nevertheless I wouldn’t throw him out with the bath water!!
I’ve started wearing shirts buttoned all the way up recently – it gives such a different look. Somehow cleaner, simpler (Jil Sander-esque?) and, as I’m a girl, I think it draws attention upwards to your face and…. earrings, instead of drawing you downwards into the shirt’s open ‘v’.
I saw the editor and fashion director of L’officiel Homme magazine wearing a denim shirt in much the same way – he seems to always be ahead in the style stakes to everyone else so maybe you are both onto something here. its been gone along time -maybe its time to return to it – but NOT in that hideous overly camp D&G or Dsquared way please !! your man and Mr L’officiel make it look manly
Love your stuff, sir. I have to say I’m always surprised, though, when you pull out the ‘guy in chinos with shirt half untucked and no socks, looking like a complete tool’ as iconic of masculinity to a tenth the degree of the other brilliant dressers you photograph.
Don’t mistake me! I love your commentary and keen eye. I find your condemnation of some styles as though there were an objective standard (“this is just wrong”) curious, though — after a lifetime in fashion, haven’t you seen enough to see that fashion is arbitrary?
Leather shoes without socks should be enough to prove that.
Thanks for the reminder to take pieces/inspiration from your photos, rather than to try to decide if each look is a yes or a no. The one thing all your subjects have is style, and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
This Paris man is so incredibly handsome. He’s amazing to look at. As with many of your subjects, I wonder what he does for a living, what his life is like.
Is everyone in Paris and Florence amazingly good looking, stylish, handsome, and photogenic? WOOF!
Regarding that chambray shirt….think twice before you buy it. Collar detail aside, it fits like a sack. Remember when you buy J. Crew, you’re buying some version of prep or some watered down version of a designer style. It has to fit the average American. And let’s face it, Sart, you and your readers are way above the masses…….
Esp. you, SART! You’re a stud!Wear those buttons open. Go ahead dare to be too sexy for you’re shirt. we can take it!
Wow, I didn’t know chambray and denim shirts were out. If that’s really true, I’m glad they’re on the way back in. I love denim shirts on men. My husband has one and my heart flutters a bit every time he wears it. The blues of denim and chambray just seem to have a quality all their own.
In particular, I really love the dark blue of the denim in the first picture. That particular shade/depth of denim seems to compliment everyone. I agree with Anon 9:16 that there’s a cowboyish quality to that shirt and I also agree with LBT (9:16) that it looks tougher, harder, and more masculine.
The chambray from J.Crew is also really nice and I definately prefer it to the more traditional, pale chambray. It’s a little more casual, yet not TOO casual. Still, it doesn’t evoke quite the same emotion as the dark denim.
After 12 years in silicon valley, I don’t think I can ever look at someone wearing a blue shirt with khaki slacks and not immediately think, “marketing dweeb from some dot com”. I doubt anyone in the rest of the country reads it that way, but I first thought “wow, a marketing guy that smokes!” when I saw that photo.
i have an almost exact replica of the chambray shirt you found at j.crew which i got from ralph lauren a loong time ago…..it also has a great rounded cut at the bottom and only buttons half way down the front…it’s one of my faves to throw on sunday afternoon….super comfortable…and has a slighty painters / artist vibe going on….
Wow, the man in the denim shirt (first photo) is undeniably sexy. Not normally a fan of the exposed chest hair, but he makes it work. Love it all – the scarf, the stubble, shaved head, the watch, the bracelet (all but what appears to be a wedding ring – are all the good ones taken??).
Regarding Tooluser’s comment about leather shoes and no socks. Isn’t everyone doing that for summer? It’s so carefree and takes the dressy edge off the shoes. Plus you can find low-cut socks that give the look without having your bare feet against the leather if that’s a problem for some men. Though I have to say I’m less a fan of the high-water trousers, a la Thom Brown and his ilk.
Ride ‘em cowboy! The shirt in the first picture reminds me of those worn by cowboys…it’s the snaps.
My Grandpa and three of his sons are Nebraska farmers. That J Crew shirt is exactly the style they wear (well, in my Grandpa’s case wore). I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them in another type of work shirt. However, I’ve never seen them were them with tweed.
Oh lord, cowboys and farmers…getting a little homesick here.
Gorgeous, I think his shirt is unbuttoned just enough, wouldn’t work on everyone though. I know what you mean about taking small thoughts from different peoples looks and combining to make your own. Such as with this shirt. Sounds like your not trying to recreate his look, but the denim shirt has given you a thought to follow. We’d love to see the result!
I like your concept of abstract inspiration, I like to think that I think of things the same way. It’s just a bunch of mish mosh of what my senses (eyes, ears, etc…) collect and some how mold together to inspire me.
oh bald man with beautiful eyes and confident smirk and a perfectly justified amount of buttons *not-buttoned*, you are my dream and I want to say I love you.
But I think it’s fair to say that his shirt is a true denim shirt, readily available in most thrift stores where the average and even fashion forward might not be able to pull off the cowboy western look (yet keep it sultry, Ă la mode, and most especially classy).
And yes this is where there might be a fine line between manly and gay, which of course is not a problem unless you fear assumptions and the possible awkward situation that could arise.
Chambray and denim are not interchangable and the first photo is not a chambray shirt as someone pointed out. I believe the distinction is that denim is a twill weave of thicker cotton, all the same color. Chambray is a cross weave of blue going one way and white going the other- giving it different tonal qualities depending on the direction it is looked at. While the first guy gets the denim shirt right, let’s not all get romantic about denim tops.. 9 times out of 10 they are done wrong- usually worn with denim bottoms that don’t match or worse- do match.
Chambray never really left…maybe just slid back in the closet for a break…but slim is good…unbutton mid-torso takes some confidence and a certain Burt Reynolds psyche…khakies/monk-strap shoes, rolled sleeves thats the look
I love the rolled-up sleeves on all these guys (or on anyone at all, really . . ). Yum. Hot denim guy has some fantastic accessorising going on, and chest hair too, why on earth not? I can’t believe how good those scruffed-up pocket-flaps look; normally that would set my teeth on edge and make me hanker for an iron :-D
I love the way the Parisian accessorized his denim shirt it really does have a touch of the wild and sophisticated. I really love the scarf and his defecate leather bracelet. I feel like even now I want a denim shirt too. Also, I want to say that I love the images that depict traditional American styles from various perspectives. It really does make me reflect on my wardrobe and surroundings more.
You have great taste, but please don’t give JCREW credit for a tasteful chambray workshirt. It is a rip off of POLO/RRL a year ago, and out of all the companies they seem to never have thy’re own point of view. Just pieces of eveyone elses point of view.
THAT MAN in the top photo is supreme hot. He looks smoldering, and leave that shirt open. It’s not normally what my eyes would gravitate towards, but he seems to wear it well without looking like a cheese ball or pervy 70s porno guy.
Not been on the blog for a while and just catching up. Notice that the J Crew shirt is almost the same as your cover picture for The Grapes of Wrath. Plus ce la change… I am an old geezer who has never given up on denim or chambray shirts. Now that I am silver haired they seem to look even better!
I love the chambray shirt on this man! What effortless style! Few grown men can carry off chambray shirts so well. (It helps of course, that he’s gorgeous!) On most men, chambray shirts tend to look as if the man has been wearing the same clothes since high school and simply never learned how to dress himself properly. Also I love the last guy! He looks like one of those effortlessly stylish French laborers that designers so often unsucsessfuly try to emulate.
I think the last time chambray shirts were in style, the early 90′s, they were full cut and worn with tweed. The worst look is when you combine a chambray shirt with blue jeans. If they found a way to make them lighter and more body conscious, they might come back.