Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On the Street…Italian Khakis, Florence

Italian khakis are the best!

I love American khakis, but American brands add so much fabric to the back upper-thigh panel and butt that it always visually adds 10 pounds to any guy’s backside.

This gentleman’s khakis fit almost like jeans, and that’s why they look so cool.


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  1. Eli

    June 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I wish my dad dressed like this, wow

  2. Jennie Nhi Nguyen

    June 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    old man got style! :]


  3. Nadine2point0

    June 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    The cuts are definitely different. The back pockets in American khakis are not as deep as European styles…so wallets and linings sit up higher = bigger booty.

    You're right – this guy looks VERY cool.

  4. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Can't say I like the shirt though.

  5. The Jam

    June 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Those khakis look so worn-in and comfortable. Nicely done, Sir.

  6. zincink

    June 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm


  7. Modesty is Pretty

    June 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I like that he's not wearing socks, he looks so young with this outfit,totally suits him.

  8. befashionlike

    June 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    A other older man with great style !! you still young

  9. BlumeBloom

    June 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Oh, it is not the khakis…

  10. SabinePsynopsis

    June 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Totally agree. Actually, these are the kind of khakis I would want to wear as a girl, too.

  11. Cara

    June 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I like his shoes

  12. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    any leads on good italian brands with a good cut?

  13. Djordy

    June 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    what can I say, simply perfect from shoes to hair. great execution.


  14. Sugar Kane

    June 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I would like to have a pair of pants like thses. They're so perfec in their simplicity. And khakis is a very chic color, classic and casua.

  15. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Does anyone know some brands/locations to get some khakis like these. I have the same issue with american Khakis as Scott.

  16. Marquis de Lannes

    June 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm


  17. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    That's a great point. Where can you find a well cut khaki in the US? I'm wearing American Eagle, which is about the slimmest I can find, but still too baggy. Banana Republic has a slim one, but they always are cut way to short for some reason.

  18. rich

    June 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    These are actually british khakis by Folk. completely agree with the style though!

  19. ZombieLace

    June 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    He does look cool, I also think it's the ankles!

  20. Dancing Branflake

    June 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    So true! American Khakis are only for the incredibly slim, even for women.

  21. To Vogue or Bust

    June 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Totally true about the backside…I noticed it the other day on my boyfriend's pair, they don't make them in the most flattering styles here.

    Looks like we have to go to Italy now…

  22. Sarah J

    June 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    His lack of socks, and rolled trousers make me think of 1930s/40s swing dancing. love it!

  23. corkgrips

    June 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    save khakis: the best chinos there are!

  24. Mat

    June 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    perfect fit, i have some similar

  25. Jeannie

    June 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    rag&bone make good slim cut khakis.

  26. Ha Ha Nice!!!


    June 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I wish my dad dressed like this, wow (2)

  28. TaxiShoes

    June 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Love these soft summerish colours. Seems so comfortable!

  29. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Uniqlo vintage khakis are cut like this. I think they're only available in the US Store.

  30. AlexB

    June 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    ive always wondered how people pull of dress shoes sans socks without sweating and being uncomfortable…ill have to look into that.
    such a great look

  31. wallace

    June 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    liking the cool rolled up pants – w

  32. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Brunello Cucinelli does fantastic Khakis.

  33. Francesca

    June 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    i completely agree! they look great this way- i think they are flattering on all men too–skinny or plump

    F <– Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  34. Anabelle

    June 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    The fit of them is so perfect; they're perfectly tight and the length and overall fit are just right. I want to see men wear pieces that fit THIS well daily.

  35. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I like these, especially rolled up. Not sure about the shirt, I like a denim shirt with khakis. Is this a blue dress shirt?

  36. Kat

    June 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    You are making me wish I was back in Florence SO BADLY! I need to get back there soon!

  37. Thomas

    June 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I'm tellin' ya – left handers got it…

  38. Valentine

    June 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Italian men… they know!!!
    -the diary of a belgian stylist-

  39. a Broad

    June 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Mmmmm, khakis and a blue shirt .. in Italy .. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture :)

    *It also reminds me a bit of summer here in Buenos Aires…

  40. elamphere

    June 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I love this guy.

  41. Andre Gorr

    June 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    4:31 PM

    Jennie Nhi Nguyen said…
    old man got style! :]

    who said this guy is OLD?????

    he looks like late 30s, or earlier 40s!
    and one gal called him OLD?? – shame on you!
    and anybody over 50 will be called "ruins" after that????

  42. Abigail

    June 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I love this guys hair and sideburns! Stylish!
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  43. brightlightsbigcity

    June 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    The pants… so classic and I love those beautiful Italian leather shoes. Cool picture!

  44. Liz S

    June 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Yes, a pretty good cut but just a bit too below the bottom saggy for me. Love the rest of his look but the photo itself is spoilt by all those jogger with trouser/jeans wearers in the background.

  45. Shannen Norman Photography

    June 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    so true! american khakis never look this good and that's why "khakis" get such a bad wrap here. Bring these sweet things over and we can change the khakis reputation forever ;)

  46. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    come on, they look very bad. the proportions are wrong. the rolled pants and heavy shoes are derivative.
    people like cuccinelli, incotex and many other euro brands make pants that fit very
    snugly and can be hemmed or rolled to any length. this look is so early 2000's– clean it up

  47. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    The whole casual put together thing really work for this guy. I think your right Scott, it's the fit of the kaks. Check out America's own Grown & Sewn, either on the web or at their New York shop on Duane Street. Great khaki trousers, perfect jean type fit, great fabric and construction. A total American hit!

    Uncle Teddy

  48. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Maybe because American men are 10 pounds or more fatter in general.

  49. crystalbeard

    June 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I definitely have a very similar outfit to this, but do find the khakis to be rather chunky, thereby throwing off the overall look. This is especially unfortunate, because it just looks like displaced chub, given I myself of am a slimmer body type.

    Are you aware of any North American alternatives, that have a similar fit? Preferably Canadian alternatives.

  50. Ayumi Christol

    June 16, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Good point-

    The lighter density completes the chill yet put together vibe of the look.

    Imagine him with American khaki's…

    He'd look awkwardly business casual.

  51. laundrygirl

    June 16, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I love his look! I wouldn't call him old. He just has grey hair! He looks great.

  52. the nickel fit

    June 16, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    i like that there's some excess fabric on the butt. see so many excessively tight butt huggers lately. comfort will always be king.

  53. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I can't focus on the pants, who cares.. This men makes me think sex!.. J'aime!

  54. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Absolutely nothing stylish or sexy about this dude's duds. For God's sake, get him to a good barber; his hair, beard and moustache are an uncoordinated mess. The watch band is obviously too large for his wrist. The khakis sit way too low on his waist giving him a slouchy flabby ass. The rear pocket is too deep. The shoes without socks will reek of ghastly foot odor very quickly. Ugh!

  55. SubtleandBold

    June 17, 2010 at 1:30 am

    the only thing that's good about this is that the photo is good- and the only thing that's good about the photo is how obviously everyone in the background is dressed like this guy. this guy is clearly not uniquely stylish. or whatever.

  56. Lisa Petrarca

    June 17, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Very cool! I see what you mean about the difference in American khakis…maybe a designer will read this & take a hint!

  57. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 1:39 am

    i rally like this look. my dad wears the same trousers and they fit him perfectly. love the shirt and the watch. all in all perfect look . !

  58. Dita Grauda

    June 17, 2010 at 2:50 am

    This summer favorite colors! Looks, that they really are the best :)

  59. Middleseason

    June 17, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Maybe I didn't caught the irony in some comment I've read.
    But this man is not old: he has only grey hair!

  60. Jack Daniel

    June 17, 2010 at 3:00 am

    I like his whole outfit, actually.

  61. Philipp

    June 17, 2010 at 3:23 am

    H&M has some khakis similar to these…

  62. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Oowee, he's awesome, but look at the three other pairs within two meters!

  63. MELISSA Z.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I love the way he wear those pants! wow!

  64. Italian Cooking Adventures

    June 17, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Italian khakis(AND ITALIAN MEN) are the best!:)
    Thank for sharing these beautiful photos!

  65. Pär

    June 17, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Italian style khakis. Scandinavian style sleeve roll-up.


    June 17, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Yesterday we met at Pitti in Florence and we talked a little then we shot all the photos …
    garance you and you're really number one

  67. Elena

    June 17, 2010 at 4:38 am

    these khaki's make me want to put my hands in his back pockets…

  68. carofashionews

    June 17, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I noticed that many men now wear trousers rolled. New trend?!

  69. ilessthan3dogs

    June 17, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I love that 3 other gents in the background are wearing essentially the same outfit!

  70. sanmiguelense

    June 17, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I bought some khakis with a similar cut at the Gap, "The Cadet". High rise, deep pockets, button fly. they were on sale for $14.99. they are the most excellent khakis!

  71. greybreaks

    June 17, 2010 at 6:17 am

    i've been looking for a pair of khakis like these. shirt's nice as well.

  72. Jason laucht

    June 17, 2010 at 6:38 am

    he is not an old man people
    1 he is a hot daddy! lol

  73. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Have you noticed that three men in this picture wear their watches on the right hand? is that a new trend ,or are they all lefthanded, or is this picture mirrored? Any clue?

  74. Elena Vasilieva

    June 17, 2010 at 7:19 am

    great snap, the mood is definitely there

  75. pixie

    June 17, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Love this guy and his khaki's. First of all he is hardly "old". I know there are a lot of young readers of this blog… but I thought (hoped?) that we have gotten to the point now where we don't consider anything over 40 as "old".

    I always wondered why I hated khaki's on men and it IS the fit. I've noticed that a lot of men's casual pants are big… and make their butt's look wide and droopy. Not a good look.

    This entire look is great and he is very attractive.

  76. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 7:28 am

    The two-tone shirt looks interesting. Makes the whole look edgier. Reminds me of an older Beckham without the arm tattoo.

  77. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

    love the hair

  78. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 8:23 am

    UNIS at NYC in the Nolita neighborhood has created a pair of slimmer, modern rendition of a pair of khakis

  79. Román Iglesias

    June 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

    hahah yesterday i was like him hahah
    obviously i love it


    June 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

    This guy's got it.
    No question.

  81. vbd

    June 17, 2010 at 8:35 am

    AlexB said…
    ive always wondered how people pull of dress shoes sans socks without sweating and being uncomfortable…ill have to look into that

    there's a thing called low-cut socks, or as they call them over here (portugal) 'save-feet', that you wear to appear sockless and in reality prevent your feet from sweating.

  82. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I love his look, and agree that some/most American khakis can make men look either dumpy, or flat in the rear, depending on their anatomy…there's a brand called Bonobos that I saw featured on Eyewitness news awhile ago, that are cut more fitted in the seat. I bought a pair for my husband, and they look great & he loves them!
    As always, your site is lovely and inspirational, a minnie vacation each day! Keep up the fabulous work!

  83. Jeremy

    June 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Levi's makes a 511 khaki that fits wonderfully. If you like the jean-emulating fit, the 511 are exceptional. I haven't worn my gap khakis since.

  84. Archibald

    June 17, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I actually bought a pair of Dockers Slim Fit (in Sweden though), cut pretty much like those in the picture above. A lovely pair of trousers!

    Maybe they are only for the european market?

  85. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I echo the earlier comment about the new men's company, bonobos. These guys are out to change the business model for selling men's apparel and are on a crusade to end "khaki diaper butt." Do check them out ~

  86. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 am

    These khakis are great. However I have to disagree that they are the best, you can easily find "American" khakis that fit like this. Just look for ones called 5 pocket khakis and they will fit like jeans. Banana Republic has them as well and my favorite Levis 511.

  87. David Guzman

    June 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I see selvedge on the double cuff roll up. I am travelling to Italy soon, any ideas where something like this can be picked up??, Piombo, I believe, was mentioned a while back. Any information would be appreciated.

  88. Douwe

    June 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I think i'm going to look like him in about 25 years. Or at least i hope so! The little beard, the hair very nice.

    Greets from Tilburg, The Netherlands

  89. Juan Manuel Trejo Sánchez

    June 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I'm confused, I've always been told khakis (american style) are a DON'T.

    I wouldn't call these "khakis".

    And I don't know if I could wear those shoes without socks, not because of the look, but how they may feel, I don't think those are comfortable at all.

    Well just my thoughts. I think this guy would look much better in a suit.

  90. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

    old? how young are you folks. this guy is probably 40. equating gray with old is just, well, sad.

    all that withstanding, he needs to get rid of the wallet and pull the pants.

  91. miss anna katie scott.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

    ha i love the rolled up trousers showing the bare ankle.. it just somehow perfects it.

  92. belen torregrosa

    June 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I know him!! He works for a super brand named Preventi! Second coincidence in 2 days! The first one was to see Garance and you life at the Pitti yesterday… ;)

  93. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I agree that most brands here in the USA are cut way to wide and short in general (not just khackis but also shirts and even polos) but there are plenty of option in every price range if you favor the long and lean cut/fit. Most pieces at Zara, diesel or HM have an european cut like this, also Club Monaco has plenty of very well tailored basics. Even BR and CK's cheap line have usually "slim" models of everything, and the good thing is they usually go straight to the sale rack. If you want to go high end or Designers then there are even more options.

  94. medinaGreen

    June 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    This picture is one of my favorite pics in a long time. I like them all, but this guy gets it ALL right. my favorite look hes casual yet chic. from the dark brown shoes, to the slightly rolled khakis, rumpled perfect-shade-of- blue button up with a little peek of white T underneath, and the BEST part of all his long greying hair pulled back into a pony tail. PERFECTION.

  95. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    this look makes me to want to grow my hair long…. in my 50s i still have a full head of curly hair, but keep them short – as considered "appropriate to my age"
    Maybe, we better bend the "rules" – life is too short for this bullsh*t???? and wear what suits anyone(and myself) most?

  96. Anna

    June 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    For this style of pants – look for Swedish brands Acne or Whyred (Acne more easy to find). They are slim and comes in many colours.

  97. Eilish

    June 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm

  98. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Dockers Slim Fit…absolutely perfect. Hard to find in the US, but stocked in the likes of Oipolloi, End Hunting, etc.

  99. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    So I'm in Italy (Rome though not Milan or Florence) – where to go to find this stuff? Also I agree that this is not an "old man" and I'm in my early 20s. Maybe some confusion with the real "old men" in the background? (Any other good stores in Rome I should check out before leaving?)

  100. Jason Riley

    June 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    To be honest, the way this gentleman is wearing his pants does not look good. It looks like "pants on the ground" to me. The slim, modern fit is right on, though. Americans can make the chino just as well. Check out Unis or Save Khaki brands based in New York. The model in the blog below is wearing the khaki well-tailored.


  101. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Dr Denim (a Swedish brand) make great khakis… my partner just bought some amazing light blue ones but they do the regular colour as well… fit like jeans around the butt (and he's got a great butt :D)

    love the rolled up with no socks look as well
    totally stylish

  102. Anonymous

    June 18, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I grow old…I grow old…
    I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
    J. Alfred Prufrock

  103. men's t-shirts

    June 18, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Not seen that type of shoe with this combo before!

  104. Green Been

    June 18, 2010 at 8:35 am

    omg u r right…about the pants! he is lovely…i am asuming a candid shot?? i would give him a spontaneous kiss!!!

  105. Yoshi

    June 18, 2010 at 8:49 am

    guy put on cool darby shoe. great



    June 18, 2010 at 9:46 am

    You cannot compare anything from the US to the Italian style. Italian fashion is the best in the world. You will never encounter the class and elegance anywhere in the world the same way that you see on the Italian streets.

    A bit strong, I know, but I firmly believe it.

  107. leyla a.

    June 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Love everything about him. Down to his sockless foot.

  108. Anonymous

    June 18, 2010 at 11:28 am

    i really hope hair isn't pulled into a mini ponytail, and those pants – which do fit well – are too short.

  109. Adrian

    June 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

    this is great style!

  110. Anonymous

    June 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    He's a perfect example of how touches of personal style and attitude–the stance, the hair, the expression on his face, the sleeves, the heavy shoe-bare ankle combo–can make an otherwise ordinary outfit sing.

    And those eyes… oh my.

    Incidentally, the "word verification" letters for this post are "hotmen." No joke! That has to be the funniest computer-generated coincidence I've seen yet. :)

  111. Stephen

    June 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Topman do fantastic slimmer fitting chinos. And I also think American Apparel's chino fit is a lot more 'European' than the US.


  112. juan

    June 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm

  113. KatyE

    June 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Where is this- Heaven?

  114. Cary Randolph

    June 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    It's the hair.

  115. Nathalie

    June 20, 2010 at 1:33 am

    This is the man of my dreams… and I am only 25 yrs old. Yummmmy. I hope I run into him one day. x

  116. Anonymous

    June 21, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I first saw this mans picture in garance dore's blog, and all i can think of is "EYE candy! sooo HOT!, Sexy, manly.. delicious" and i recognized him again here ! its the very same side look !
    grey hair suits him and the beard.. not so sure of hair but it still looks like a lions mane :)
    i like how he neatly rolled up is pants .. something i admire about european style in men is that it looks so effortless .. but soo chic !
    wish i was at pitti huomo !

  117. Anonymous

    June 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    sart, plenty of american labels sell chinos that fit this trim: rag & bone and UNIS, to name two.

  118. Anonymous

    June 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    the pants – yes. with those shoes + no socks? no.


  119. Don Richman

    June 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Another American label that was founded based on better fitting chinos – Bonobos (

  120. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 2:11 am

    First off, this man is tall and well-proportioned, and has an interesting, incredibly attractive face. With that foundation, everything about him works even though it sounds like a nightmare — cropped rolled-up pants, no socks, gray ponytail, shiny oxfords. Also, this outfit would look trite on a 20-something hipster. But on a man who looks like he has a little life behind him, some substance, and a world of je ne sais quois in his eyes, the items look grounded, classic, and classy even as they're tweaked and modernized. He is breathtaking and inspiring, and makes almost every other man I've ever seen seem contrived and overdone.

  121. Anonymous

    July 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Ah, I love when people show some abkle, and show it well. It really makes a unique kind of outfit, yet subtle.

  122. Strabik

    July 29, 2010 at 7:58 am

    awesome trouser (and his has got 2 others frineds with the same in the background … ;-) )

  123. C of SWE

    August 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    You should try NN07´s khakis…slimmer fit for slimmer legs!

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