I am a very traditional dresser Luciano Barbera is the quintessential well dressed man in my opinion having that said there is something about this style that I like very much and while I would never wear it and I am honestly surprised by the use of the ankle socks the fit is fantastic and the shorter lengths on the sleeves and trousers are while maybe a bit extreme here attractive on men with a long lean body type
i agree & disagree with the thombrowne phenom. i'm 6'3" and slim-when i tried on one of his suits a couple of seasons back i felt like an idiot and looked like a clown. i was sure that thombrowne would soon be discovered as a fraud in an 'emperor has no clothes' unmasking. however, what thombrowne has done brilliantly is make designers and consumers think differently about fit. everyone from bananarepublic to dior is offering slimmer fits, smaller arm-holes, shorter inseams; and men and men's fashion are much better as a result. it's simple and severe, which perhaps is fitting in these economic times. so, while i won't be wearing thombrowne, i am reaping the benefits of his experimentations in a more subtle, 'grown-up' way.
I appreciate the influence that Thom Browne has had on men’s fashion, but I agree…. the look is so far from chic at this point. I’m sure that you will soon enough find Browne inspired trends at Target. It was great while it lasted, but it is time for something new.
This man has made “a look”, “his look”. Brilliantly!!! I think it may be time to consider something new, you can own whatever style you can stand for owning. Not trendy but the power of malleable style. Well Done.
Nice that he’s different but I still find a well fitted suit to my taste. Of course not everyone needs to look like what I think they should so I do applaud his difference! By the way are those gym socks?
The look is certainly debatable. There’s something about it I do like though, which I can’t pin point, but either way if I were to wear my pants like that, it would be strictly during the peak of summer, and not with a suit.
Here we have a great example of why “high style” doesn’t necessarily mean “good style”. This is a very unattractive look IMO. However, if you’re young and not worried about all that “looking like a grown MAN” business, this might be the suit for you.
i personally love this look. its hilarious and ridiculous, which i sometimes think is missing from menswear. its much more subtle than someone like jeremy scott or someone, and Browne finds a way to put that humor into the classic, traditional suit. also, he looks like a nerd. a well dressed nerd. hilarious. well done.
The style is so too much a caricature– it’s a shame, because Thom Browne really is a truly amazing tailor. This is the perfect case of the fashion victim shouting to everyone: “But it’s Thom Browne! It’s Margiela! It’s Comme!… Just because one’s wearing the cool designer, doesn’t make the wearer any more stylish or any more an individual.
On a positive note, your eye is so playful Sir: The way the briefcase perfectly divides the seemingly conservative top half from the idiosyncratic bottom half is just such an ingenious perspective– almost surreal.
Because this style of suit is so specific, the hard briefcase and the ankle socks take away from the suit. The shoes may work better with no-show peds, otherwise there are more refined shoes out there. Let the suit shine on it’s own.
Actually, I really like the thom browne look. I think the silhouette is very flattering if you have the right body type. I see the proportions as questioning conventional definitions of masculinity. When I worked at an investment bank this summer, some managing directors, who had the requisite seniority (and balls), wore thom browne in an ultra-conservative work environment. I thought it was very refreshing to see the short, fitted suit where boxiness and wide hermes ties are ubiquitous.
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
Basically, we say, “I know that this is really ugly, but we have a few months where we can do this style, and it’s totally OK”
We’re reaching an era of post-fashion. This blog has often captured the newly re-discovered philosophy of individual style, as opposed to “fashion”.
Your clothing plays with symmetry and contrast to create an silhouette and an image. The goal is individual. It can be beauty (however you define it), or it can be iconoclasm.
I’m not impressed by every person who throws on the latest gladiator heels, or short dress pants. For this guy, the pants are completely out-of-sync with the rest of him. From his knees up, he says “serious!”. The short socks say that he really wants to show his ankles, but hates to go sock-less. How poseur is that?
Switch his shoes for some brown wingtips. Switch his socks for an interesting argyle. Switch out his pocket square and tie for something brighter and warmer, and switch his shirt to something a little more fun, say tattersall. Voila! (or just wear properly lenghted pants)
I think he looks great in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. I’m sure he can do the “traditional” tailored suit if he wanted to. That’s not what he’s he’s going for here–or so I think! I think this is geek chic at it’s finest. With that being said, this look is nothing original or innovative.
As for the “painful” look on his face…it looks as though the sun is shining in his eyes. Give the guy a break!
after a while “well tailored”, “classical” suits look boring and all the same. this on the other hand is playful and fun. this is the guy i would talk to at a party for sure, not one of the guys dressed like undertakers.
As a portrait, I like this a lot. It’s beautiful in that it’s possible to feel (or imagine?) his grim sense of determination, the knowingness that Monday is going to suck, but he has to “do it” anyway. And the brief case is so mysterious! Maybe the most subversive thing this guy gets do most days is wear his pants 3″ shorter than most folks; maybe it’s his way of sticking it to the man :) I love how much fashion can suggest and confuse and provoke! Stephanie
Regardless of how you like the look: 1) he IS wearing socks 2) Thom Browne wears a dark athletic sock with his suit. Thom Browne has made a large impact on men’s clothing, and he isn’t going away as easily as many trends.
More power to him indeed. I don’t like this look, but it is true that the tailored Italian suits are somewhat boring. The picture, by the way, is superb. It reminds one of a profile pic for a Tom Hanks movie. Awesome.
the jacket is just a regular fit, which therefore makes the pants look silly. i think for it to work the jacket needs to be cut more in keeping with the idea of the pants. also the shoes are too clunky.
I don’t think the photo is current. If you double click the photo, first of all you will see that he is wearing wing tip shoes and secondly –is that a date in the upper left corner on your browser window? If so the photo is from October and there are green leaves on the trees in the background.
This is amazing. His cowlick matches his little ankle socks perfectly. And I love the grumpy expression on his face. It says: “I woke up this morning to find my bike was stolen and now I have to walk to work.” I’ve been there.
Not everyone could get away with wearing this to work, but the guy is great-looking, and the jacket fits his body spectacularly! And why *shouldn’t* men have the option of wearing cropped pants if they feel like it? Women do it all the time…
I do agree w/ Anon. above that a pair of argyle socks would be perfect here — though for the people complaining about the *lack* of socks, I think he *is* wearing super-short socks!
And Mr. Sart, love the “Magritte-y” feel of the shot… (-:
While I am not going to run around tearing hair from my head in horror like some of the other posters, I must say that this cropped look does not work for me.
Shorts suit – controversial for some but still, it is a well-rounded look.
By comparison the Thom Browne shortish trouser leg is simply neither here nor there, accidental and not particularly stylish or flattering – this is why it just looks a bit wrong for me every time I see it.
If one really wants to go for that shortish look then I’d go for a skinny leg trews, turned up a tad, with say, a grey ribbed sock or something in a contrasting colour and a nice brogue. Or a Chelsea boot.
Otherwise – the suit is lovely, like the shot and the hair.
I’m one of the last people on earth to wear stuff like this, however, I think I can put aside my opinions on how ridiculous I think a Thom Browne suit looks and appreciate that it was not once intended for conservative types to wear in the boardroom. There are far more ridiculous articles of “fashion” clothing out there, but they aren’t a play on such traditional attire (the suit) as Thom Browne’s fashion is. Therefore you have tons of critics coming out saying that everything is too short, without analysis from the proper perspective.
he looks very uncomfortable to me. This is not season appropriate at all. His sleeves do not fit him well, and for me it makes the rest of the outfit look messy. Thom Browne is one of my favorites. The masses have now adopted his method of tailoring, and while some are successful, there is always a reminder, such as this, that fashion should be reflective of you as an individual, not personifying the ‘cool’
I was reading a previous post, and it was stated this man works for Thom Browne. For the right hand man of Thom Browne, his suit, and tailoring look horrible. Compare him to the way Thom fits in his own suits. There is such an excess of fabric around the wrist. To me, it looks like a self-interpretation of Thom Browne suit, that failed with vital detail.
Everyone is commenting on the length of the pants but if you are going to do the short pants at least go sockless. There is no place for those kinds of socks when it comes to wearing suits. Save them for the gym.
There seems to be a lot of conflict on this board. Most people seem to not like the Thom Browne look, while some do. Personally, I think it’s silly, but then again so is a lot of “fashion”. Style is what you make of it. But here’s the BIG question – what do YOU think of the Thom Browne look, Mr. Sartorialist?
I honestly love to see a little bit of ankle with a suit. This guy looks on the hunt for a job in the only suit that he could find at the thrift store. The one with the short pants. Nice fit on the jacket and all, but I’m not digging that much leg.
I’m moved by the picture, especially when I put the whole Thom Browne/tailoring/what it cost thing out of my head. What it conjures for me is a Depression era Life cover of a door-to-door salesman with a hang-dog expression as painted by Norman Rockwell. He does not seem to be of this time, though I think in 50 years people will look at this picture as emblematic of this era in a way we just can’t see yet.
The Thom Browne look is risky to say the least. I am an avid fan of a traditional “perfectly” tailored suit. I think the look borders on trendy and can be quite a pricey investment for such a here today gone tomorrow fashion statement
I agree, Thom Browne has had a huge impact on the cut of mens clothes. You can see it in all price points in mens fashion. I think the young man in the photo looks fantastic. The suit is actually hand tailored and is supposed to look back at the styles of the 1950′s. Thom Browne is an idiosyncratic designer with a superb eye for design in all aspects and I greatly respect his interest in vintage design. And, actually, Thom Browne clothes are worn by men from all walks of life, the clothes are just twicked to the clients preference. The clothes are incredibly made with the best fabrics.
I saw this man in the recent issue of GQ, not your sartorial article, in the Thom Browne, Designer of the year article! With Thom Browne! Im sure of it, he’s behind Thom, second to the left with the brief case!
I honestly enjoy the quirkiness of this look, my parents would kill me if I cut mine this short though ha.