Nice combination, excellent. In fact I am actually wearing a similar combo today (my pants are of a ligther colored, more kakhi), but no tie. In the photo I actually love the tie… nice and clourful. Amid the socks, I always wear socks… don’t leave home without them!
It doesn’t clash as the stripe is small enough to read essentially as a solid. The problem I have is that there doesn’t seem to be enough blue anywhere else for the shirt to make sense. A pocket square with the shirt and tie colors would have pulled it all together nicely.
I always think it’s a bit sad to see Asian men dress so resolutely Western and so decidedly trendy as to smother any sense of Eastern originality or heritage.
The Italians have their ties and shoes, the English have their suits and knots, the French have their adventure, the Germans have their austerity, the Americans have their jeans and t-shirt, and the Asians – well we have our cropped pants and sockless shoes – oh wait that’s trendy too.
I’m a fashionable Asian man and when I look through vintage photographs of Korean or Chinese aristocracy (before royal families were banned by Western powers), I always get a sense of formality but with a distinct Asian spirit. Asian men – step your game up and start being original.
Awesome photo, Sart. I love this look, especially the shoes, madras tie, and bare ankles. Perhaps Prep Style will continue to survive in the Far East, once everyone in the US and Europe is reduced to wearing hoodies and baggy jeans?
(Far) East Coast Prep. Were your subject black or Hispanic or Chicano or Russian, would you emphasize that in your byline?
I think this is pointing out something that’s a bit unnecessary. Who cares if he’s Asian. Why emphasize his ethnicity? Maybe he’s not even nationally tied to the “Far East,” perhaps he’s been living in Italy for many years now?
Some of the comments remarked on his being Japanese. What if he’s not? Is that just an assumption now?
Truly elegant. He has a terrific color sense. I love the tie, but I would hat it if it weren’t chased by the blue pinstripe. And I love the sockless shoes with such an elegant outfit. I think its a very sexy detail in the summer.
“with smaller lapels, this would be absolutely perfect.”- listless runt
With smaller lapels, this would be a different look. The roped shoulders and wider lapels works very harmoniously. Beautifully cut with nice, tight armholes. Love the deep cuffs in the trousers, too. The entire ensemble is not distracting from the man wearing it. The collar choice and contrasting tie collar complement him composition, drawing the viewer to his face (it may just be the expert composition of the photographer). Beautiful pieces in their own right, even greater working together as an ensemble. All this wool is making me itch for Fall!
Love, love, LOVE the colours. The browns are deliciously tangy, kind of orangey-yellow and summery. That kind of brown is so difficult to pull off, especially as an Asian. The blue shirt is genius, as it cools the warm tones just enough, as does his pants (which are a ‘cooler’ colour than his jacket). Truly fantastic, I think this is one of my favorite men’s photos here ever.
personally, i don’t see anything offensive about the title of this post. it’s just a play on words. “east coast prep” as in the U.S east coast/new england. i have seen countless posts with subjects of Asian descent and his titles were solely a brief description of the clothes and location. case in the point, the asian medical student in France ” On the Street….Ecole de Medecine, Paris” perhaps it is another example of people projecting their own pre-conceived notions of where Asians live. it’s not just the U.S. and their home countries! people of different ethnicities can be found all over the world. i just saw an interesting news piece on a russian model living in korea on KBS and she spoke excellent korean.
anyways, i guess my point is, Sartorialist, i’m glad you didn’t change the title of your post.
3:16 PM Anon: Oh, please. There is absolutely nothing racist about the title. The wonderful play on words was probably meant to describe a distinct style of Ivy/Prep that does exist in Japan. Just go to Tokyo and see for yourself.