Sunday, March 16, 2008

On the Street….Layering, New Delhi


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  1. Jen

    March 16, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Love it! I wish I felt as cool as that guy looks.

  2. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Cute! I love that bit of reddish string/cloth he’s wearing on his wrist.

  3. farah

    March 16, 2008 at 1:15 am

    if only the sandal + socks combo wasn’t in view, i would love this. i love the layering and colors, but the socks just kind of ruin it for me.

    • Rak

      May 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      I don’t know why! But sandal-socks are biiig in India! When I first landed in the UK 3 odd years ago, I walked into uni with a pair of sandals and socks (not very different from the ones in this picture), till my French housemate made me realise how disgusting they are. It took me a few weeks to see the light but I’ve stopped wearing them ever since. Now that I’m back in India, I see it all the time. But it doesn’t look as out of place here, somehow. I think people wear the sandals cos it’s too hot for closed shoes, and they wear the socks cos it’s too dusty to go without. Or cos your feet will get bizarrely tanned! #HotCountryProblems

  4. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 1:25 am

    this is just like a picture i have of my uncle in Bangalore on his moto. same old yellow shirt. thank you for showing India to the world!

  5. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 2:41 am

    sart-thinking about my past experiences in india, i can imagine how hard this project must be for you. thanks for your effort. i really love these pictures because, not in spite, of the fact that they are different from your usual.

  6. Monica

    March 16, 2008 at 3:55 am

    His style and attitude remind me of Ray from X-Factor, haha. Sort of an old-time feel.

  7. Indira

    March 16, 2008 at 4:49 am

    This one is awesome, and though I also mentioned a lot about “colour bla bla” in a previous post; this actually is what I love about Indian fashion. Guys like him belabour over their looks more than a lot of women.

    I do’t much care about the black dress girl, just not at all as interesting as that guy with that killer smile.

  8. steffmeister

    March 16, 2008 at 6:29 am

    i have to agree with farah, white tennis socks and sandals… no go.

    ps. the string is usually worn by hindus with the belief that the wearer would be safe from all evil and good fortune would come their way.

  9. Gabriela

    March 16, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Really like the colour and fabric of those pants!

  10. maja m.miusow

    March 16, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I agree with farah,if only he left white socks at home,would be great. shirt has nice colour, it matches his skin

  11. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for confirming what The Sartorialist do best and that is capturing peoples’ sartorial interpretations. Proving this is democratic and is not just limited to Northern Europe and the East Coast.
    He looks superb!
    Oh, you should go to Iran!!!!

  12. smplysavge

    March 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

    linen pants? linen shirt ? cotton t shirt? (from what i can see)..coool ensemble and nice colors. he envokes a retro feel..heeeyyyy fonze!

  13. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 10:07 am

    He makes socks and sandals, a staple in India, look cool. Americans associate this with tourists and bad taste. Perhaps you should think beyond your small world and realize that people appropriate what is popular in their region and make it their own; isn’t this what style is all about? For such forward thinking fashionistas, this comment board can be remarkably provincial. Go! See! Do! Then comment, lol.

  14. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 10:26 am

    im not digging the sock / sandal combo

  15. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 10:40 am

    love the way his tabbed sleeve pushes up on the brown tee. It is all so nice with his skin and so rich against all the metal of teh cars/bikes.

  16. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 10:55 am

    ” Proving this is democratic and is not just limited to Northern Europe and the East Coast. “

    Wait, Italy isn’t in Northern Europe! ;-)

    btw, my uncle lived in Iran. :-)

  17. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    All I can think of is That 70′s Show when looking at him! Ha!

  18. miss milki

    March 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Love it! Love the whole recent series of India photos, brings back memories from when I visited there a few years ago. This guy is so cool, love the yellow and black shirt.

  19. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    He is one of the few people that could wear socks and Velcro sandals,and still look THAT cool. sheesh…..

  20. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    the thing with this guy is – probably – he has style without having a whole lot of money – so there aren’t 50 outfits to coordinate, and 20 options with the shoes. it’s a lot more make-do – which is why its fresh. and the sandals – which match the wristband – are likely to be accidental, which make the look more exciting.

    i grew up relatively wealthy in india, and at that time it was very normal to have one pair of sneakers, one pair of formal shoes and a pair flip-flops and wear them out entirely before replacing them.

    it’s the source of ‘le style nĂ©gligĂ©’ which I have come to love.

    great shot, sart.

  21. elise.moran

    March 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    theres something horribly awesome about his outfit and the tevas with the socks.

  22. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Oh…I have such a crush on him!

  23. candid cool

    March 16, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    i love the button on the sleeves of his shirt & how he’s layered it.

  24. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    orange button shirt w/ his skin tone looks awesome. makes me want to try it out.
    the bigger collar looks great too

  25. a woman

    March 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    he is just beautiful. orange shirt, nice.

  26. janejane

    March 16, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Haha. So adorable. He is fantastic.

  27. Claire

    March 16, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Ignoring the shoes and the socks, love the outfit – i.e. the buttons on the orange shirt. Killer smile, too :)

  28. Kent

    March 16, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Have you found anyone in India who is wearing dark colours – I mean only dark colours, like all black?

  29. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I was going to say that this kind of style seems effortless; but read one of the other comments, which said that guys spend more time on their looks than girls! is that true? either way, he looks great. Look forward to seeing more.

  30. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    He is one of those street kids in India who live with the abandon and air as if they rule the place. And they really do. Regardless of how wealthy or not they are, they are the kings of their world. And while this kid is definitely stylish, what leaves me amazed is his confidence and the happiness he exudes. Stylish and no doubt incredibly cool.

  31. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    This is a bad look. And if you saw it in New York or Paris you would think it looked cheap – not in a money sense, but in a quality sense – so why is it ok in India?

  32. AnastasiaC

    March 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    i love this photo !! his personality is shining through…great shot Sart!!!

  33. Avinash

    March 17, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Yes, a fantastic photo indeed, from the color of his shirt to the texture of his pants to the beautiful splash of red on his wrist, the epitome of Indian youth and cool. He is seems sweer and yet cheeky.

    HOWEVER, though this picture truly is beautiful and visually evocative I would not consider it a fashion shot more like one of the photos Mr. Sartorialist Guy(That is what I call him) took of the man getting a shave i.e., a picture of India but not of Indian fashion. The reasons being:-

    The Shirt-It comes pre layered(the wearer puts no effort into selecting the colors) and is EXTREMELY common among all Asian youth as the are considered “Western” fashion (it used to be a major trend some years ago in the west, but things come trickling down slowly to Asia)

    The Pants-They were definitely custom stitched and not bought. In India it is rather rare to buy pants (formal pants). They are mostly always stitched. They are of extremely cheap quality, they may come across as worn/distressed/rugged/kaki/cool/Banana republicish to people who are not aware of such fabric but, trust me he is hardly proud of them.

    The String- The red string as previously said is religious. Though among today’s Indians it has become rather trendy as Indian parents absolutely discourage decoration or jewelry of any kind that is not gold or silver so, teens wear it as a stylish embellishment that is accepted by their parents (I wonder if the parents know of this).

    The Sandals and Socks- GET OVER YOUR SELVES PEOPLE! it is done more so out of necessity than lack of fashion sense, they are worn that way so that he does not injure his toes (Indian streets are filled with tiny pieces of rock and glass that can very easily cut you) and because it is a lot easier to keep your feet clean (Indian streets also dusty turn your feet black with dirt even if you wear sandals therefore socks are needed {it is also important to keep your feet clean because, they are barefoot at home}). He may not even own a pair of shoes and sandals and socks are the closest thing to them.

    The Hair- Pushed to the centre as very commonly done so by Indian stars kind of like a mini Mohawk. Very “In the times”.

    Although I have totally diminished the fashion aspect of the photograph, it is still a fabulous still depicting the lives of Indians at their best. It only goes to show that one can become accidentally fashionable. He has worked with what he has got. A beautiful photograph! Thanks Mr. Sartorialist guy!!!

  34. Anonymous

    March 17, 2008 at 10:04 am

    this is why i LOVE indian guys

    oh, and isn’t the red string is worn by those of the hindu faith

  35. Anonymous

    March 17, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    i just love the fabric of his pants. and his bracelets. just everything about this man is irresistibly charming.

  36. Anonymous

    March 17, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Wee bit of 50s vibe in here but I feel sorry for the footwear.


  37. Anonymous

    March 17, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Yuck TEVAs are terrible. Just can’t get by them.

  38. Anonymous

    March 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    @anon 9:53: If you think style is about the quality (and hence, the expense) of your clothing then you are on the wrong blog.

    I love this guy — he looks very mischievious, and I like the color mixing he’s done here too.

  39. londondog

    March 17, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I am absolutely enchanted with the India photos. Clothes never exist on their own, they need a context, a background, a story and you have such an eye for ‘a scene’ – loving it.

    More pics please!

  40. Anonymous

    March 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    @anon 6:14 – if you think quality is the same thing as expense, I think you are on the wrong blog. there are plenty of examples of clothing that is not expensive but good quality. this is not one.

    (You have to have some aesthetic standard by which to judge clothes – and this standard does not vary depending on how developed or undeveloped the country of origin is.)

  41. Anonymous

    March 19, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    SO fly…from the ankles up!!

  42. Mary

    March 20, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    avinash – i disagree w. you. just because the fauxhawk, the red bracelet, the pants are “common”, it does not negate the fashion aspect of this photo. this guy obviously thought about how to assemble his “look” and he’s done a great job – he’s a doll. i think it’s important for people to wear what they like, what feels comfortable, whether it’s mainstream or avant-garde etc. it’s still an expression of ones self.

  43. venu

    March 23, 2008 at 6:16 am

    yaar! dont think its a bracelet on his wrist. Many Indians tie these “holy threads” of their favourite gods on their wrists.

  44. sydney

    March 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with avinash in the bits about the technicalities, like the pre-layered shirt (yes pre-layered is actually a big thing because we don’t wear two layers in these parts of Asia- too hot!) and the pants, especially about the sandals and socks (i think this is bad fashion-wise, but yes, practical indeed).

    However, it works for him. It’s an awesome look, and the more i look at it the nicer it gets.

    The setup of the shot is also very effortlessly cool, and that smile he’s got on is amazing. Loving the hair as well. It’s like he’s taken what’s normal and made it somehow special.

  45. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Who cares about you guys not liking socks and Floaters…When in India, do as the Indian do…loving it!!

  46. Rocky Mantle

    December 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    He reminds me of so many young guys I would see walking down Sixth Avenue in about 1980.

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