Monday, September 17, 2007

On The Street……..Crisp White Suit, Manhattan

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  1. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 8:43 am

    C’mon now, this does not look good at all. This is not aperson with a sense of style. It’s like a parody Thom Browne. And the way he bottoned the jacket is complete wrong (the top two or just the middle one is the correct way). Are ypu getting blind from those spectacles youre shooting for Vogue?

  2. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 8:50 am

    He doesn’t look like he’s having much fun, because if you’re going to wear a fashionable outfit like that, you might as well enjoy it.

    As for the look itself? Well, the shrunken & skinny look has influenced my wardrobe for sure, and has gotten me safely away from the potato sack suit, but something about this picture has given me pause.

    Fashion is cyclical, but ephemeral. Will this look hold up 5 years from now? I don’t think so. He will look like the kid who used the camp laundry and had his clothes returned several sizes too small. On the other hand, maybe this is the look of the future, just as waistcoasts, knickers and tails evolved into the modern blazer. Who knows?

    For the rest of us otherwise-impressionable men, better to invest in a timeless outfit with modern influences.

  3. The Sartorialist

    September 17, 2007 at 9:03 am

    For Anon 8:43
    untight much?

    for anon 8:50
    New York wouldn’t be New York if everyone was safe & timeless

  4. Iheartfashion

    September 17, 2007 at 9:45 am

    I think he does the shrunken suit brilliantly! I’d much rather see this than a baggy, ill-fitting suit. Hooray for fashion risktakers.

  5. Butch

    September 17, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Here’s an example of the truism that not all fashions work for all bodies–that is, if you’re tall and skinny, think twice about shorter trousers/shorter sleeves.

    Putting aside the “rule” that one should NEVER button all three buttons of a suit jacket (at least a traditional one), the guy, having done that here, further emphasizes long-and-lean, and not to his advantage.

    Ditto the effect of the skinny tie.

    The point is, the clothes call attention to themselves in a not-happy way.

  6. Lucy

    September 17, 2007 at 9:58 am

    ha ha ha – that first comment is too much – of all the things to comment on in the photo “the jacket is not buttoned properly” is an interesting choice.

    In terms of the photo, not necessarily my cup of tea, but so glad that guys feel up to making this kind of courageous choice! Good for him…

  7. Darling Moon

    September 17, 2007 at 11:10 am

    While it is a gorgeous suit, it’s not so gorgeous on him. I’d be less troubled if he were wearing socks; either something bright to contrast, or something that matched to make his ankles less scary.

  8. shoe lover

    September 17, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    My first thought was “Ah ha!” Finally I see how this short-pants trend is supposed to be! I think he looks great. He has the perfect build for this look. If he’d only stand up straight, he’d have it down.

  9. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    if i hear one more discussion/dissection of how many buttons should be buttoned on a suit, i’m gonna puke.

    i thought the first rule of fashion was that there are no rules.

  10. Laguna Beach Trad

    September 17, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    I understand what this guy is trying to do, but I just don’t like it. Brooks Brothers on acid. I abhor 3-button jackets as a rule, even more so when all 3 buttons are buttoned! Short cuffs? Not a good look, in my book.

  11. Adam Osgood

    September 17, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I have to agree with anon, anon, and butch. The proportion is just wrong. I love that he took a chance, but it comes off more as an ill-fitting suit than cropped pants.

  12. Derek

    September 17, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Holy skinny ankles, Batman!

    Somebody get that man a burger.

  13. iopine

    September 17, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Are we buttoning the bottom button now?

  14. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Reminiscent of John Malkovich. What a hotty-hot-hotty. Both him and this guy!

    mltt

  15. Stylesalvage Steve

    September 17, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    As a fan of shrunken & skinny tailoring I’m surprised that I don’t like this more than I do. That said I applaud his experimentation. I see far too many men wearing a suit that is atleast one size too big. I think the look here would have been complemented with some variation within the styling, a little to much tall and skinny going on here, either there needs to be less cuff or more trouser.

  16. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    This would be a good look on another body type. It just over-emphasizes his slender frame. Having style also involves knowing what suits your body.

  17. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Wouldn’t want to drop me buss pass and have to pick it up in this geddup . Ouch ! I agree with anon number 2 – cheer up mate !!!!

  18. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Once again-someone without socks! Looks like he has put on a suit which was the right size when he was years younger and shorter.Perhaps he liked it a lot and saved it .Today this suit on him doesn´t look good at all. Wish he would give it away to charity.

  19. Modediktator

    September 17, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Hm, some of the greatest musicians of all times is wearing his pants like this guy….

    It’s Close To Midnight And Something Evil’s Lurking In The Dark
    Under The Moonlight You See A Sight That Almost Stops Your Heart
    You Try To Scream But Terror Takes The Sound Before You Make It
    You Start To Freeze As Horror Looks You Right Between The Eyes,
    You’re Paralyzed

    Cause This Is Thriller, Thriller Night
    And No One’s Gonna Save You From The Beast About
    Strike
    You Know It’s Thriller, Thriller Night
    You’re Fighting For Your Life Inside A Killer, Thriller
    Tonight

  20. herringbonekid

    September 17, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    i think the top half is fine. yes, even the short jacket sleeves, and ALL buttons done up (i’ve never subscribed to that stupid rule anyway). but i think he would benefit from a fuller and longer trouser leg. the Thom Browne length works better on a smaller man. why ? because it actually makes you look lankier (psychologically:like you’ve outgrown your trousers). on an already lanky person it merely overemphasizes your lankiness.

  21. Benjamin

    September 17, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Anon, I didn’t know why at first, but your comment about the “correct” way to button really irked me. I think I’ve figured it out. I think “correctness” in fashion really goes against the spirit of this blog. You haven’t accounted for personal style. And, given the way this suit is fitted, I think the full three buttons keeps the look tight and clean. I’m all for classic looks, but I also think that this guy seems to “own” this look. It’s right for him. That said, I can’t stand the highwater/sockless thing that seems so prevalent right now.

  22. daniqueconijn

    September 17, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    statement

  23. fawn

    September 17, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    I think he looks great! why shouldn’t he want to accentuate his slim physique, anyway? if you’re already tall and skinny, why not take the plunge and dress to seem even taller and skinnier!

    lighten up, it’s just fashion!

  24. Kevin

    September 17, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Is that Richard Belzer?

  25. Brett

    September 17, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    This man obviously knows what he is (and is not) doing. Thank you, sir, for wearing something that makes think and i get a kick out of looking at.

  26. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    This is fantastic.
    I bet he is really interesting.
    He looks like he dropped into this scene from his own world.

  27. pat_bright

    September 17, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    The proportion seems to be correct due to how the man’s trousers are short. So, if you just look at the suit, it looks great, however when you look at the man in the suit, it looks a little too small for him. I’m all for what Thom Browne is doing, but this is Thom Browne to the extreme, which doesn’t look as great.

    I noticed that some cheaper companies have tried to make skinnier, slim suits with shrunken jackets (ie, H&M), however due to button placement, this effect is lost. The buttons are placed too low. However, Thom Browne places his buttons in a normal position which makes the proportion look correct, which can also be seen in the suit this man is wearing.

  28. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    It seems that any statements of discontent towards this gentleman’s garments have to do with the fact he simply doesn’t fit in with any of his detractor’s “rules of fashion.”

    Fashion is whatever you make of it. Let’s just be glad there’s men out there making it for themselves.

  29. Blaise

    September 17, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Paging Thom Browne..

  30. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    “They’re coming to take me away!”

    – desertwind

  31. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    If he wears this partly to provoke some reactions, he has succeeded. I don’t think this proportion works for him. I envy anyone who can afford to spend money on a suit that will invariably look dated in just a few years.

  32. Anonymous

    September 17, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    i dream of pee wee? i think this cut of suit (and button mistake) will not be viewed well in hindsight…adventurous? sure – but that doesn’t mean it ‘works’

  33. Cut of cloth

    September 18, 2007 at 4:50 am

    Mr Coburn
    1960′s – 2007
    REBORN
    THIS IS A LACONIC LOOK
    Tall languid ultra nonchalant
    A new white suit story…….

  34. Anonymous

    September 18, 2007 at 7:18 am

    I think this is geeky fun. I like it, a sort of WASP gone wild look.

  35. Anonymous

    September 18, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    I agree with you, KEVIN, I think it is Richard Belzer!

  36. riz

    September 18, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    GREAT!! this guy looks like he might have jumped out of Interpol if the band did an emotional/sartorial 180.

  37. giusepe timore

    September 19, 2007 at 9:03 am

    so i think many of us can agree that “rules” are made to be broken, but white cotton with no socks in late september is a bit past it for me.

    as for the whole thom browne thing. i’m pretty sure in the early 1960′s most american men wore thier stuff narrow and short, but this stuff here simply looks too small. there is a difference. narrow and short can be sharp and fashionable, but this guy looks like he’s wearing a suit that his mother bought him before his final growth spurt.

    sorry, thumbs down.

  38. Anonymous

    September 19, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    it just doesnt work for him. the buttons all done up? oy vey! look sliek he WANTS you think he borrowed his little brothers suit for a date

  39. AL

    September 20, 2007 at 3:43 am

    This looks strange and weird… and i like weird and strange.

  40. EveryWoman

    September 20, 2007 at 10:10 am

    I love this look, especially on him. I might have added socks, though, but everything else works for me perfectly. He’s clothing sends to me a message of an interesting personality, one who isn’t too concerned about what other peole might think of him, something that is sadly rare especially among men – let alone those men who wear suits!

    If I was single, I would be running down the streets right about now trying to locate him and test whether I got the right signal about his personality. This is what I love about fashion – all you respecters of the Rules go join the army or something.

  41. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    white lines on the street echo the geometry of the truck in tne background and accentuate the black glasses, black tie, black buttons, black shoes. sublime.

  42. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 11:40 am

    this thom browne look.
    Its not attractive. really now.
    when is somebody in fashion going to say it?
    went to look at his black fleece stuff in brooks brothers last weekend…hideous.

  43. Michael

    March 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

    He is being courageous and adventurous and he gets kudos for daring to emphasize his lankiness but he ain’t gettin laid in a suit like this.

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