There is a definite shift in your attention..recent images (save for the pink suit) have reflected a real “depression era” working man kind of visual which I am enjoying, thanks!..I really want to widen the legs of this guy’s pant..sigh
I like how his plaid shirt barely peeks from under the army shirt. Yes the jean legs could be a bit wider to keep the proportions between upper and lower body, but it looks more rebellious this way,, which I think is the point. The army shirt has some stains, I guess those of us that buy vintage have to decide what we can/can’t live with. His skin and hair are obviously well taken care of, and that’s what keeps him from looking like a common bum. Fun outfit. Jorge from W Palm Beach
I agree with Simone 7.13am there’s certainly a theme to many of your recent posts. A lot of jeans, dark indigo, deep cuffs and men who look like they work wih their hands, be they artists, craftsmen or builders. Is this the trend in nyc at the moment or is it what you find your eye drawn to? I love this guy’s hair, beard, sunglasses, the red pin and shirt tails; like he’s thought about it, but not too hard.
I’m really enjoying this bearded blue collar look. The man from Soho had a similar thing going. Has old school biker finally come back in style?
I remember this look as a kid in the ’70s. A lot of the college students in my town were emulating the look they saw in the back woods around here. A need to identify with the working class. But there seems to be more to it this time around. A cleaner line to the clothing and bodyâ€”more of a statement about personal style than about politics.
i think the ubiquitous focus on working man’s gear is a return to a pragmatism which always bubbles to the surface during economic hard times. self-indulgence seems at best rude and disconnected at worst during uncertain times.(the fashion equivalent of the fundamentals of economy are strong)i found myself letting my hair and beard grow more(comfort beards are awesome) this year than i have in probably 5 or 6 years. i think it’s something akin to people wanting to stand shoulder to shoulder with the working man. that’s how i see it, anyways. love the look, by the way. those wool military field shirts from the fifties serve the same function as this top.
dude! i see him on the L train ALL TEH TIME. he’s badass.
and yes, suzanne nelson, there is in fact a big artist/craftsman/builder movement going on. sort of a ‘return to authenticity’, hand-crafted, men-being-men thing. i’m starting a distillery in BK, ie. that’s what the rolled-up work jeans signify.
i’d like to point out the faded outline left by the iphone. my husband laments that this happens to all his jeans, but my guess is that this will become an intentional achievement, like the perfect knee rip was in the mid- to late-’80s. and when today’s jeans become tomorrow’s vintage finds, that perfect iphone fade will be as coveted as an original big “e” levi’s tag.
The widening of the pant leg and rise of the waistline was inevitable after years of skinny jeans. Of all people, Andre 3000 saw the coming of the Depression-era trend with his new line. But the new style is really all about fabrics and classic manufacturers. Yeah for wool!! Macinaw jackets and Woolrich shirts!! I’m most curious to see how it translates to high fashion. Will we see the return of generously cut double breasted wool suits with peak lapels? I suspect yes. Take a look at the Little Rascals and copy.
Okay, I know we’ve seen him before and he’s stuck with his look–which is what ‘they’ usually say to do–find a look and stick with it. But do we really need a second image of him? I don’t think it’s all that interesting, just a typical downtown, dime a dozen, still grunged, wear whatever is on the floor look.
Good photo. Is it really style? Maybe so, but I sure don’t like it. To me it’s such a phony “working class” look. I don’t know what these people do, but I doubt that their working-class clothes ever get dirty from real work.
I should take a picture of my husband and submit it as the epitome of style. But his jeans are just rolled up until he puts on his boots to go out and clean stalls. Then they’re folded down. If it’s cold, his flannel shirt is tucked in to keep him warmer.
Guess I could go on and on, but I’ll just add that a beard like that wouldn’t be an asset as it just collects icicles when it’s cold and you really work outside.
His style contrasts vertically: Clean haircut with great shades one, scruffy beard. Army color jacket with pins on them. Raw denim, WORN. Cuffed jeans, canvas sneakers. The whole thing is interesting, even though he probably didn’t think about it the way I did.
anon@11:52 i appreciate your comments on this matter. sometimes i find myself torn on this matter. my positive take on it(which i stated earlier) is that pop culture has rallied around the working man. the backbone of industry is in dire straits and it seems like up and coming american and japanese designers are romanticizing the lunchpail guy. from engineered garments to rogues gallery, these designers have made it cool to walk around with a rugged, lived-in aesthetic that is far from the youth worship that is usually inherent in most fashion.
on the flipside, another part of me wants to label these downtown, iphone toting, $300 jean wearing, hard labor neophytes as poseurs(of which i am one of). i grew up in a family where most everyone drove rigs and i was mentioning to my brother last week that i love the fact that flannels came back in such a big way because it makes me feel a certain kinship with my uncles. i’m sitting at my cushy deskjob in downtown dc in a flannel shirt, rugged cords and combat boots. however, the outfit costs what one of those truck drivers take two weeks to make so the question is does that make me a sympathizer to our working class-for whom i really do have a soft spot for- or does it make me a poseur just tweaking my look a bit?
“Is it style”? Must you ask? Is it fashion? is another question. And at this point I’d say yes to both.
I love functional clothes. I love when they’re not fine or precious. What I don’t love is when these items are from a “designer”. IMO it’s being a victim (or just plain crazy) to pay in the hundreds for stuff you can get at The Gap or the Levi Store or your local thrift shop. Yeah, designers might use better fabrics and have an extra detail here or there but the overall look isn’t any better, and paying that much undermines the poetic qualities of it and in fact make it posey, to me.
He looks good from the knees up. Honestly I think the proportions of the jeans aren’t flattering. They might look good without the cuff (I don’t dislike cuffs, just this particular one)…. but maybe it’s the angle of the shot..
Hi, you should specify that is because the beard, if not, people thinks that he is well dressed, and we know you could find all that clothes in HM two or three years ago. But is so right that he is wearing an “premium” BEARD!
…the beard could probably be a little bit better trimmed…I’m mainly saying this though cause for a moment, I seriously thought that the wire trailing down from under the beard was a really long little braid! Haha! that’d be something! Other than that, I really like the color of the shades in comparison to his amazing hair color.
very, very interesting. he's got quite a look going on….personally i don't like the beard; however, I think everything works well together in spite of that. the red building in the middle ground, red glasses, & belt unify the color scheme…so subtle. love that!
First, I love the rich colors on the jeans and shirts; they go quite nicely with his reddish brown hair and skin tone, but… sigh. If he is even remotely attractive, he sure is doing a nice job disguising it under that beard. I can appreciate his clothes in an “abstract inspiration” sort of way (I love that sort of dark, rich color in my clothes, and my own coloring is similar to his), absolutely, but just imagine how hot this outfit would look on a guy with a better looking hairstyle and a clean shave, or even just a beard that didn’t remind me of an ancient creepy dude.
Also, the slicked back hairstyle not only conflicts with the utter unruliness of the beard, but is unflattering to the guy’s head and hairline, I suspect. From the nose up, he looks like Ben Stiller…
I agree with those tiring of “american workwear revivalism;” when I go out dancing on indie night, the dancefloor is a veritable sea of plaid and jeans. It’s not a huge issue to me or anything, but it would be nice to see something new.
That said, the guy who Lieutenant Glahn (7:56 AM) linked to looks amazing. AMAZING.
i agree. zeitgeist. stylish/but unstyled or is it the other way around? i was just at an army navy story and picked up an adorable cargo purse that will probably hold up longer than anything from h & m or those precious skins from gucci. people are less frivolous these days. you have to be more creative. which means it's back to cutting one's own hair…part artistic exercise and part straight up pragmatism. i think would be interesting if you did a little photo story on that. i actually used one of your photos as inspiration. people thought i spent a fortune.