People think bow ties are very formal attire, this gentleman wears his with confidence and a not-so-formal suit. I love the sneakers, although I would have matched the socks to the trousers. The rule that I like on this is: match socks to pants, you dont want to look like you are wearing booties (unless, of course, you are). I am still trying to figure out how you get the subjects lit so well when the background is so dar. Great pic! Jorge from WPB
I am fairly new to this site but have gone through all the archives and viewed every single photo. I have enjoyed them all. But it is this photo which compelled me to write. There are no words to describe how much I love it. So, I’ll just say thank you. Thank you Sir.
Can a French man get away with this, where a woman could not? I just remember how Europeans used to mock New York women for wearing running shoes with office wear on the street… He looks impeccable in any case.
NO NO NO. This man is tremendously well-attired from the ankle up. There is absolutely no excuse for pairing otherwise great sports pumps with a more formal-wear orientated look. It seems contrived rather than stylishly creative. Great photo though, and an otherwise charming-looking chap.
In response to Anonymous 10:19, I think the difference between running shoes in America and those worn in Europe, especially France, is that in France, with casual clothes, they tend to wear fine plimsolls, of a neat, streamlined, classic shape, so they look good with any kind of ensemble. Whereas hi-tech, chunky running shoes should only ever by worn when one is actually out for a run! This rule should apply on both sides of the Atlantic :-)
I’ve often been nonplussed when people knock those wearing sneakers in the city, saying that sneakers ruin the outfit. As a start, they can be good for your feet when you trod a lot of concrete – so, I’m enjoying a photo, great photo, showing a person wearing the sneakers well. I also don’t mind the white socks, agreeing with the recent poster who said they balance with the shirt.
If I had the power–and I mean this in the most complimentary way–I’d turn this man to stone and seat him in my courtyard. Feeling blue or lonely or in need of a good giggle, I’d join him to share stories, secrets, a bottle of Sprite.
it’s odd how much we can (or think we can) infer from a single expression or item of clothing. I’m getting a mischievous sense of humor =) also it’s really, really nice to see a different kind of shot on your blog.
Go with what works for you. Personally, if I was going to the trouble of picking a pocket square, tieing a bow tie, and wearing a tab collar (it looks like a tab collar to me) then I’d go the extra mile and pick a pair of matching socks and a proper pair of shoes. But, if this is the way that he feels best, then rock on.
Don’t you love when a single outfit can speak volumes about the person wearing it? I particularly like JFK Jean’s comment about this man wearing what he likes–yet still maintaining impeccable style–and daring someone to question him. I love the personality in this.
I second JFK Jean that if he was going to have fun down there, his feet I mean, a wow sock color would have had more impact. Think Van Johnson and his red or was it pink? socks. I personally don’t like the white sneakery shoes, but oh, well. He’s really appealing in every other way.
absolutly fantastic!!! Such a beautiful man with a great sense of styling. He is looking fresh, young and classical. I totally love it. I would like to wear it, too. One of the best styles i saw at your Blog. Vraiment!
Isnt it interessting??? He is wearing white socks… Didnt i said it last year?!?
Fantastic look and quite intimate picture. The total character has been captured. I like the balance of color from the socks to the pocket chief and shirt. I have seen a brand that matches ties with the socks which works really well. Award winning photography…congratulations!
I bet this gentleman is all about the finer things in life! He looks as though he is a man in the arts, maybe â€“ a writer / a poet or maybe even a shoe repairman? You know those old school people that admire quality rather than quantity when it comes to everything. He has perfectly combined the classic suit which her wears so well â€“ very French! And added a touch of modern â€“ a little NYC! Also, at the first glimpse of this photograph I naturally assumed that he was holding a cigarette in his hand â€“ it was his pose, his attitude the whole look â€“ very French! And yet again we as the viewer are pleasantly surprised by the little green bottle on the table! Perfection!
As a regular bow tie wearer I am not surprised about seeing it. But it is the tie, the sneakers, and the suit taken together that speak volumes about this man’s confidence and sense of knowing himself. Very inspiring. And Scott nailed the photograph, yet again, by capturing his impish grin. If you want a visual interpretation of the French phrase “joie d’vivre”, well. this is it. Well done.
This guy illustrates how it takes a real man to wear a bow tie. Any sissy can wear a regular tie or no tie at all, but I can tell you from personal experience, when you walk into a garage full of grease-monkeys in coveralls and you’re wearing a bow tie, everybody in the place knows who the boss is! The sneakers and white socks look great too.
Yes dark socks. But if that doesn’t fly you can try no socks.
Why? Because i don’t usually like pulling attention to the socks. Second when he stands, the hem of the trouser will crumple ontop of the sneaker because those are like pumps they aren’t flat or thin enough for the trouser to fall over them seamlessly. Which is why i keep obsessing about chuck taylors.
Doesn’t matter what we say though, because the most remarkable thing is he pulls it off in a very dashing and effortless manner. But my imagination keeps seeing dark socks and chuck taylors!
And you know what his smiling about? Jacques: ‘Yes, you’re welcome to put my picture on the internet for discussion.’
I think I’m going to have to be the bad guy here… I like the sneakers-with-a-suit look, and I do agree that it probably means he’s cool and has a fun personality, but as for the outfit itself, it just seems a little too contrived to me. It looks like he stood in front of his closet and thought for a long time trying to piece together a delightfully ironic outfit. If I found that he had a bunch of different suit-sneaker ensembles or that this was his daily uniform, I might feel differently, but…
I think sneakers with a suit can look good, but the bow tie is what is throwing me off. I think a regular tie or no tie would have been better.
However, it’s his confidence in the scene that is charming (and maybe even a little intimidating). You can see he’s completely at ease being well-dressed and surrounded by what looks like more casually-dressed people.
It is the photo that makes us want to know this man. The white socks and the Sprite make me think he is not French. He appears so comfortable in his skin that you want to listen in to whatever he is talking about. The photographer’s eye, not just the clothes made the man. Wonderful shot.
I love this photo because it is so alive and fresh. I could almost feel the cold, but fresh air. It shows that he’s truly smiling, from the little wrinkles, but this man inspired me that every age has a beauty.
Wonderful informal shot i have always loved the bow tie (papillon in french) I like the fact that he has the lightness and humour to wear these trainers but feel its just a little too overworked and knowing would have prefered a soft suede loafer or a sebago classic ox blood. But from the ankle up cant knock it..thats just the image you envisage sitting on the table next to you when you are taking your cafe creme non? Sexy beast!
a rule for colour of socks is redicules, and thats why i love the attitude of young people today and their attitudes about fashion – no rules, only yours ! this man have white socks it works for this look so why all theese narrow minded rules.. ?