Thursday, July 12, 2007

On the Street…….Chambray Shirts, Paris


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  1. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Think I got what you are saying, keep on doing this Sart, this is what we love you for.
    P.S. My husband loves Chambray Shirts, he will be so pleased about this post.

  2. Carlene

    July 12, 2007 at 9:14 am

    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).

  3. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Dear Scott,
    The J Crew shirt is OK and I´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.

  4. Laguna Beach Trad

    July 12, 2007 at 9:16 am

    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.

  5. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Ramble away. It’s nice to see your work but it’s often nicer to hear from you, Sart.


  6. Alice Olive

    July 12, 2007 at 9:31 am

    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’.

    Okay, now I’m rambling too.

  7. Iheartfashion

    July 12, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Love a man with a shaved head!
    And that denim shirt is the perfect slim cut.

  8. Brett

    July 12, 2007 at 9:55 am

    giveses us a picture of this completed outfit! It sounds great, but I can’t visualize it.

  9. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 10:32 am

    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

  10. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Wrangler cowboy shirt in chambray!mmmm snaps…

  11. Kelly

    July 12, 2007 at 10:51 am

    . . . chambray is on its way back . . .

  12. Jennifer

    July 12, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I’ve been looking for girlie version of this shirt with little success. Anyone have any suggestions on where to look?

  13. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 11:19 am

    speaking of j crew i got a great dark blue linen shirt exactly like they guy in the pictures..its a great shirt and it was like 30 bucks.

  14. Tooluser

    July 12, 2007 at 11:23 am

    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.

    Anyway, keep up the fun work.

  15. Sam (aka McTickle)

    July 12, 2007 at 11:41 am

    I tried that shirt on the other day. I dig it too! However, I have something similar already so I chose to not buy it. We’ll see what happens when they put it on sale.

  16. Shoe lover

    July 12, 2007 at 11:48 am

    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.

    Thanks, Sart.

  17. atheniangirl

    July 12, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    The guy at the Watanabe show looks just fabulous. The epitome of masculinity, style and manly charm. A guy to dream about!

  18. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    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!

  19. serahgeorge

    July 12, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    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.

  20. lewehrman

    July 12, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    I have been a big big fan of the worn chambray and thinner denim shirt for a long time and this first gentleman looks so sexy, save the open button. The scarf is great, too.

    Alice, I agree, wouldn’t throw out that baby!

    To me, as a straight woman, men in well worn (as in aging, fit and styling) denim/chambray shirts are very very sexy, whoever they are wishing to dress for.

    Vintage stores usually have great options. The “western” styles look great and a tailor can make that puppy fit well for not much money.

    NYC peeps: Rivington Tailor on LES is my personal fave.

  21. Butch

    July 12, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    It’s gotta be summer in Paris, non? So I’m sweating just looking at the guy with his neck wrap…and, factoring in the decolletage, getting an oddly split-level message.


    Agree with another poster in re the shirt, which DOES look like denim. Like you, haven’t worn a chambray shirt in years–and, as ever, everything old is new again. For a little while, at least.

  22. Nigerian Woman in Norway

    July 12, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    be still my beating heart. the first guy is gorgeous. yummy!

  23. The Sartorialist

    July 12, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    trust me it was unseasonable cool that day
    Giovanna shot with the sweater and jacket was also shot that day


  24. jet

    July 12, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    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.

  25. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Keep rambling so that I can keep learning. What damn fun this is! My favorite blog.

  26. rollergirl

    July 12, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    It’s nice to read your opinions as well as look at your photos…I agree, the chambray shirt looks lovely. Is it time for he denim jacket to reappear as well?

  27. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    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… 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….

  28. Jingoist

    July 12, 2007 at 2:39 pm


    Herein lies the essence of a blog- if you ask me, this post is your best one yet, simply because it shows your thought process in an entirely raw way- your reactive self within your employ of choice.

    Obviously you’ve chosen a line of work you are passionate about and this really captures your love of that work, but more importantly how it is more a part of you than just a job.

    In context, it’s almost like the picture of you taking a picture of Dries in Milan- it peels back a layer and makes real that which very few others here get to see.

    And I think that’s how a blog should work- instinctively.

    Am I rambling?

  29. aly

    July 12, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    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??).

  30. positively the same dame

    July 12, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    visual greed is good.

  31. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    I work at J Crew, and this is one of my favorite mens shirts from the collection! I’m glad you liked it too!

  32. positively the same dame

    July 12, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    i wish he’d give me a split-level massage.

  33. summer

    July 12, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    love the rambles… they are absolutely readable, and speak to my way of thinking.

    the chambray shirt reminds me so much of pilfering my father’s wardrobe for vintage treasures. i think he had one almost exactly the same as the man in the photo. ahhhh where is it now?

  34. Damselfly

    July 12, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Do you think a woman can do a chambray shirt? How?

    My grandmother…who was my style guru…used to wear them with slacks to …get this…garden and let me say, she looked classier gardening than most people these days look to go out to dinner.

    Anyway….any thoughts?

  35. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    the guy in the first pic wears it so well. I like that jean shirt, very fitted.
    The one you show(From J. Crew) does not have hte same vibe, but it´s a nice shirt anyway.

    I think wearing a fitted denim shirt with casual pants can be very cool in a grown up serious kind of guy.

  36. Nichka

    July 12, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    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.

  37. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    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.

  38. Kat

    July 12, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    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!

  39. Isle Dance

    July 12, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I know nothing of fashion, but I think your Blog captures humans – and it’s beautiful.

  40. Blaise

    July 12, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Rambling post as it is but we get your point.. You’re doing a pretty nice work there, Sart!

    And by the way, that’s a really nice chambray shirt you got there.. I like the shade of the blue against the white buttons, they look so comfy.. Almost classic..

  41. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    I wish that hot shaved guy was gay and that ring signifies his gay marriage with his man of equal hotness.

  42. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    There is nothing wrong with the J Crew shirt.Just where in Europe can you buy them.

  43. Candid Cool

    July 12, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    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.

    And that 1st man, a stud

  44. winst

    July 12, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    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, à 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.

  45. Anonymous

    July 12, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    I totally totally agree with jingoist. This is one of your best posts yet! A great, refreshing, and healthy way to look at clothing and fashion. Ramble on, Sart, ramble on!

  46. Anthony

    July 13, 2007 at 1:06 am

    I think Ive still got mine somewhere in my closet… Looks like its time to fish it out!

    He looks hot!!!

  47. anyimage

    July 13, 2007 at 1:57 am

    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.

  48. Alex. J

    July 13, 2007 at 7:11 am

    I think the gentlemen’s top is made right with the snap buttons instead of the normal buttons used everwhere.

    Will be waiting for the visions of your own interpretation! :)

  49. The Sartorialist

    July 13, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Regarding denim vs chambray

    I was inspired by the denim shirt but for myself I chose chambray. Denim is more stiff and will make me look more stocky.

    Chambray on the other hand is a little more drapey (even though I hate to use the word “drapey”) and will work better for my build

  50. Berkelycole

    July 13, 2007 at 8:40 am

    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

  51. Marie

    July 13, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Love your “case in point”. Too true, too true.

  52. Downtown Dude

    July 13, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Sadly enough, I think I saw a denim shirt similar to the first one at Lucky this week. I know, reminds me of the Sharon Stone and her Gap / Armani combo.

    Anyway, glad to see people are wearing it, I won’t feel so odd about pulling mine out in a month or so when New York cools down some!!

  53. Nadine

    July 13, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    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

  54. Alexzandra

    July 13, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    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.

  55. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    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.

  56. chip=Cool+Hip

    July 13, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    H.O.T.!!! First guy is a Wow-er. Too bad he’s probably gay and I’m married. Thanks for Eye Candy, Sart.

  57. jeff

    July 14, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    i saw almost the exact shirt at h&m, snap mother of pearl buttons, etc.

    the problem, they didn’t have any in my size (small) and it’s from last season.

    has anyone seen this shirt elsewhere? if the hunk comes with it, that’s fine with me!

  58. sandman_gr

    July 16, 2007 at 7:29 am

    This guy (top) looks amazing! Not many guys can pull off an open neck shirt like this. Great outfit for an evening out in a greek island.

  59. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 8:17 am

    it’s not the shirt in fact, it’s him. we don’t care of the shirt. god. he’s beautiful.

  60. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 10:50 am

    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.

  61. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 11:29 am

    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!

  62. Pandora

    July 16, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    The gorgeous Paris man with the intense gaze is sooo familiar. Have I seen him in a French film? Or just in my dreams. Is he an aging rock star?

    Does anyone know who he is?

  63. Asian Models Blogger

    July 16, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Perfectly fitted shirt in the first photo. And you are right, it is so refreshing to see something old back again. Is this retro-chic??

  64. Anonymous

    July 17, 2007 at 11:30 am

    i picked up the cowboy version of the jcrew chambray shirt this weekend; it fits much better than i thought and looks great!

  65. daniel

    July 17, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    RRL by Ralph Lauren does a great Chambray, year-round. I have a few that look like the J. Crew one you see. In fact, it’s denim all day, every day.

  66. jeff

    July 17, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    found the h&m chambray with mother of pearl snap buttons in small.

    it was just plain blue, so i distressed some of the edges with scissors; took sandpaper to it; and washed it in some bleach.

    it looks awesome and fits like a glove!

    it looks like he’s wearing the shirt with black jeans? right?

  67. hannah

    July 18, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    this whole post is wonderful! i love it when you sound things out here.

  68. redblues

    July 19, 2007 at 11:05 am

    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.

  69. Andrew

    July 21, 2007 at 9:59 am

    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.

  70. Anonymous

    September 28, 2008 at 2:17 am

    if i could come home to the bald man in the black scarf every night…

  71. faBIO

    September 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    This guy lives in Bologna. Called Andrea and works in an amazing men's clothing store. Barrow – Via S.Felice, Bologna – Italy


    (Sorry for my english) :-/

  72. Anonymous

    February 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Sorry Fabio,almost right!
    The guy is Simone,not Andrea, and yes, he works at Barrow men'swear,Via San Felice Bologna.

  73. lindayoga

    August 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I just feel in love!

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