Tuesday, July 8, 2008

On the Street…. Just About Perfect, Florence

The flower in the breast pocket is brilliant.


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  1. t does wool

    July 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I would agree…just about perfect!

  2. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 10:31 am

    It reminds me just my style.

    I would have say “perfect”,if I could see the shoes…

  3. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    July 8, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Si perfetto!

  4. TeMo

    July 8, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Si, perfecto! Grazie.

  5. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 10:49 am

    One word: sharp.

  6. Sophie

    July 8, 2008 at 11:04 am

    the suit and buttonhole are lovely but the mustache scares me

  7. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Very sharp. I’d imagine that this gent has just come from a party where a girl spontaneously tucked the flower (gardenia/rose?) into his pocket; for some reason this happens to me all the time! The off-white flower against white hanky against grey is great though. But leaving the flower aside this is a seriously well-cut suit. It’s strange though Sart, that rather a fetish is made now of the clearly hand-sewn when a few (30?/40?/50?) years ago the object of expert workmanship was to efface itself as much as possible. I wonder when a reverse luxury aesthetic such as unfinished seams will really take hold in menswear as it has in women’s.

  8. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 11:10 am

    It looks like he has his tie tucked into his pants, is that right?

  9. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 11:13 am

    LOVE the hair

  10. An Aesthete's Lament

    July 8, 2008 at 11:14 am

    The flower tucked in the breast pocket may be brilliant, but the tie just barely breaking the waistband is not. It should end below the waistband’s seam.

  11. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Signore Sartoriale,

    Please forgive me if this an inappropriate question but are you contractually prohibited/limited by Style.com from posting the photos you take when on assignment for them on your own blog? It would be great to see them here both as a record and because I don’t always look at style.com or know that you are posting there. Just a thought…

    I appreciate this man’s style and joie de vivre. I wonder if wears a flower regularly or if there is a particular reason he is wearing one on this day. The world would be a better place if more men wore a boutonnière on a daily basis…

  12. Dapper Kid

    July 8, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Love the colours and the flower in the breast pocket is wonderful!

  13. K.B.

    July 8, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Yes, just about. The suit is well-cut, an absolute necessity for such a close-fitting suit. The tie is, for my tastes, a bit too long if it’s long enough to tuck in the waistband.

    The only thing I would like to see is just a spot of a bright color. Just a small dab to bring the cool blue/gray combo to life.

  14. suzanne nelson

    July 8, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    i agree with you, Sart, the flower in the breast pocket IS brilliant, and witty too. the suit is superbly cut; i love the high waist and i love the high shirt collar too. What i am not loving is his tie – i would prefer a patterned silk tie with a V end, but maybe that’s because i’m a girl…

  15. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I love the inch or half-inch of shirt cuff showing. Why is it so hard to convince most tailors this is a great look?

  16. devyn

    July 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    this guy absolutely defines effortless style. his face actually reminds me of a 1930s-era james gleason.

  17. designerman

    July 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    So many good things about this guy. I LOVE the length of his jacket sleeve and shirt cuff. Nothing looks worse than the sleeves below the wrist and not seeing any shirt. Makes me nuts. Screams ‘Men’s Warehouse.’

    Also love the high waist pant with the solid tie tucked in. And the wide lapel of the jacket – it says he’s beyond trends.

  18. Robin

    July 8, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    It’s perfect. And the flower is so sweet

  19. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    A handsome, well-made suit should last at least two generations. I’ll bet his father wore this in the 1970s. It still looks perfect. I love the wide tie tucked into the beltless trouser, a sumptuous ploy best left in the hands of the Italians. And is that a vintage three-button chronograph lurking beneath the shirt cuff? Have mercy!

  20. no more assumptions!

    July 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    the gardenia is perfect; i love him

  21. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Perfect is right… You notice the handsome man– not the fashion.


  22. Dan

    July 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Bravo for the flower! I intend to do my part, locally, to repopularize the bouttoniere. Why did it go away? The pocket square is back, I say bring back the bouttoniere!

  23. Scott P.

    July 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    It may be perfect, but it’s a little boring for my taste.

  24. Ms Hyper Superficiality

    July 8, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I may be a complete ignoramus, but why is the buttonhole not in the buttonhole?

    And do I see some serious puckering in the Collar?

    But the tie is ok. Very hard to see, but the tip just touches the seam of the waistband.

    I love, love, love it that the flower has had florist treatment and has NOT been added on the spur of the moment.

  25. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Although I would generally feel that a flower is a bit much, this gentleman’s treatment of the leaves is masterful. They become a framing device that reminds me of art nouveau’s flora themes.

  26. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    One of the best yet – as near to perfect as it gets. Love the fit, cloth and especially the higher rise on the trouser.

  27. Joliemaman

    July 8, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Lovely,but…The rise on those pants seems terribly high to me.

  28. Isa

    July 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Love the flowers and also the tie in the pants. The costume seems to be very well cut ! Perfect for me too !

  29. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Love this, but he does seem to be channeling Fred Mertz with the tucked in tie.

  30. SMII

    July 8, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    This gent has magnificent style.

  31. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Tie is actually where it should be and is square ended knit. Suit clearly looks bespoke but im wondering if it was made for him or maybe another family member? Lapels look 70′s era wide although the roll on them is amazing you can see the button hole where the third button would be even though it rolls down to the second, nice touch!

  32. Laguna Beach Trad

    July 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Nice suit. Love the combination of suit, shirt, sunglasses, and tie. But the cut of the jacket looks a bit off, to me.

  33. Raquel

    July 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    The flower tucked in the breast pocket here in Spain is associated to an old-fashioned look, and it is just used in ceremonies. But this georgeus man changes the style!!

  34. Stitches & Threads

    July 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Wow he looks smoothe!

  35. Anonymous

    July 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I’d applaud him even if the flower were fake


  36. An Upstart

    July 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Mr. Dalloway said he would tuck in a flower to his breast pocket himself. =)

  37. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that the sunglasses seem to have two hinges on each arm? This is something I have never seen before

  38. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Dapper, but that tie is too wide, and the color is a bit dull overall. The flower is the best part, a symbol of esprit.

  39. Dai

    July 9, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I agree.
    (I think it’s a jasmine)

  40. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 10:03 pm



  41. Giuseppe

    July 10, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I get the feeling this suit is a glorious piece of custom work from the 1970′s. Its the lapels. They’re wide, and his pants have ahigh waist, but all of it in just the right way.

    This outfit has all the earmarks of how rich men used to dress, how poor men aspired to dress, and how all men ought to dress.

  42. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 3:23 am

    As, so this is what Dr Phil would look like thin!

  43. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 4:02 am

    The sunglasses with 2 hinges on each arm are Ray Ban Wayfarers ‘folding edition’… I don’t know what the model name is or anything, but when they are completely assembled they look normal. You can hardly even see the hinge on the bridge. When completely folded they are as big as one lens.

    Quite impressive, but I think he should just have the normal, classic pair.

  44. Cim von Arenstorff

    July 10, 2008 at 4:30 am

    what a great combination !

  45. connie

    July 10, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    if i came across a man with flowers in his pocket it’d make me smile all day. now if only more of us wore flowers on an everyday basis.

  46. embrace

    July 11, 2008 at 11:58 am

    looks perfect, but why tuck your tie into your pants? That’s a practice I never heard off. But hey, maybe he’s a trendsetter. It just takes a little getting used to :)

  47. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Drastically elegant. The total absence of color gives a solemn touch. Perfect… Every now and then!
    Xavier Benoit

  48. mike Finelli

    July 12, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I agree: the flower in the breast pocket is very smart for florance. And the puckering around the lapels leads me to infer that we are looking at a very nice hand-made garment. But there goes that jacket length again! Some of my coworkers tell me that such a fit is clasical for Italy. I tend to be more hesitant, as I feel that a jacket like this makes a man look short.

  49. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I just love this so much, I’m speechless. If only we came across men looking like this every day. The flower alone would make my day.

  50. spanishgent

    July 13, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Mr. Rover, glad to know there are people who agree with me. Style is timeless and has nothing to do with fashion. Style sets trends not follows them! Style is effortless not affected! I applaud this gentleman’s brilliant use of the flower in the pocket, what a modern twist to a classic habit!

  51. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I fnd this guy oddly intimidating because he looks so perfect. I can’t help wonder what heights of grooming a woman would have to achieve to be his match.

  52. Bayo

    July 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    These Italians – what can I say? The flower as a pocket square is tight.

  53. YUME

    July 21, 2008 at 9:57 am

    wow! What a look! There is always a certain strength in a business man’s attire that screams, POWER! This is perfect (I’m sure his shoes are dope!) A great suit and the flower, which adds a certain softness to his strong features. Distinguished, Debonair, Perfect! KUDOS


  54. Anonymous

    September 15, 2008 at 10:38 am

    This guy thought about more than the look. He definitely smelled gorgeous with a gardenia in his pocket.

  55. Daniel Heard

    February 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Just noticed that preview image isn’t included in the post. Shame because I wanted to see what perfect looks like.

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