Wednesday, February 11, 2009

On the Street……Outerwear/Jacket Hybrid, Florence

When I was in Florence for Pitti Uomo I kept seeing this outerwear/jacket hybrid. Cut small like a sportcoat and maybe just slightly shorter than the actual sportcoat, this combo has the potential to creates a great visual mix of patterns and textures.


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  1. hc

    February 11, 2009 at 10:01 am

    plaid scarves have been overused and abused…the no belt look is appropriate has a couple months left

  2. Smnokey

    February 11, 2009 at 10:02 am

    On the first picture I am not quite sure about the combination. Something about the colors makes it seem more out of haste then taste.

    From what I can see in the second gentleman it seems to be a better fit colorwise… also little details like the purple socks make it seem more put together in the disheveled way fashion calls for.

    Seems like a gutsy move, but if you can pull it off it would offer a lot more options.

  3. Julicious Fashionicious

    February 11, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I like your grey trousers and even these bright purple socks are looking nice with beige shoes.
    But in first men look,The tie looks superfluous,because he has nice scarf.

  4. stylethread

    February 11, 2009 at 10:24 am

    very cool. it reminds me of when I wear jackets over my dresses where just a bit of hem pops out. or vented jacket sleeves where a frilly cuff is exposed.


  5. Anonymous

    February 11, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I love the purple socks!

    Thank you Sart

  6. Anastasya

    February 11, 2009 at 10:31 am

    socks are impressive with these shoes and grey colour of trousers:)

  7. The Louche

    February 11, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Fantastic. When will we get to see the piece on Anderson & Shepard?

  8. Anonymous

    February 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

    LOVELY! Love the purple socks peeking out!

  9. Jack Daniel

    February 11, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I’ve never been a fan of those elbow thingy’s!
    But the overall look of his coat looks very good!

  10. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    February 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I think the fewer horizontal lines between waist and hips, the better. I agree that it offers additional possibilities, like in the first example of a plaid underneath a solid, but I would limit this look to the very very slim. Does it work for the cold weather? I would rather wear a longer thinner coat that protected all my “vitals” from the wind. Great clothes on these gents, though. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  11. Shadan Saber

    February 11, 2009 at 11:17 am

    i love the red shoes on the right side!

    oh, and of course those purple socks are “love at first sight”!


  12. XAVS

    February 11, 2009 at 11:28 am

    You are so right! They use those jackets all the time and I’ve seen a couple of them in NY too, but the owners were italians… seriously, they are superconfortable and you feel really warm inside… Smart people, those italians!

  13. lintmag

    February 11, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Not keen on the jackets so much, but the socks and shoes are great, as well as the shoes to the side of him. I say accessories are the key to the best looks.

  14. cherryjunkie

    February 11, 2009 at 11:53 am

    This man is so Ralph Lauren, whether he realises it or not — I mean that as a compliment. I love the elbow patch jacket. I have an obsession for them and it’s a shame they rarely make nice ones for women. I like the deliberate contrast between the yellow pants and the purple socks. *oooh*

  15. John Rowbie

    February 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I would agree with Mr Palm Beach – the dual jacket would only be suitable for very slim people. I like the patches on the jacket as they add an interesting contrast to the jacket. I’ve noticed that in the past 3 years, elbow patches have become more common, even extending to jumpers. I see this more in Florence, but a lessor extent in London, Rome and Milan. There is no doubt that the Florentine men are the best dressed men in Italy and proabably the rest of Europe.

  16. Sui Generis - Me

    February 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    a man is not a man until he buys his first pink shirt… or in this case his first pair of purple socks!

  17. monique

    February 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I like the layered flap jackets and am fine with it becoming a “thing”. I don’t even mind the elbow patches.

    I’m not into the “thing” of the short, narrow pant leg high enough to show sock. It’s just not very masculine. I shudder when I see men over 25 doing it.

    That the color combo in the bottom – beige shoe, purple sock, and gray pant – is fantastic.

  18. cras4

    February 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I love coats designed after riding ones with elbow pads

  19. Deka

    February 11, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    kind of jcrew-ish
    i love elbow patches!

  20. Kay

    February 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I totally agree with you.
    There are so many different colours and textures going on in the outfit but the obvious fashion slant presented by the jacket layering makes it work I think. Plus his expression!

  21. Anonymous

    February 11, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Not sure about this look – it always annoys me when my jacket just sticks out from under my Barbour. A couple of inches longer, please!

  22. myslak

    February 11, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    On the third picture we can see outstanding performance of colours – blue jacket and intentionally visible purple socks (purple and blue is such a great combo) and between them grey trousers (very very nice one) and at the end – great bright shoes – bravo, bravo!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Paul - london

    February 11, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    These “over” jackets are popular scooter wear – often wind and waterproof over your sportscoat. Becoming popular in London amongst Italians and mainland european scooterpeople

    Noticing more and more trouser turn-ups in Italy. IS this the new trend?


    February 11, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    i feel it
    quite lovely


  25. green lantern

    February 11, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I think a Hybrid jacket should be worn like a reversible item. It can be this or can be that. I don’t like it being worn as outerwear and it doesn’t look good. IMHO layering should flow and not look ambiguous or jumbled.

  26. wide open spaces

    February 11, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    love the elbow patches. love the purple socks.

  27. DEYN

    February 11, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Love that purple patches and the shoes love that shoes

  28. Anonymous

    February 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    everyone’s being distracted by the clothing – its the face in the second shot that is worthy of a thousand ships ; )

  29. Anonymous

    February 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Ever since I found your blog, I’ve consciously chosen my outfit so that, if by some miracle we ran into each other on the street, you’d take my picture.

    Thank you for teaching me how to dress myself with style, grace, and confidence.

  30. Michael Rex

    February 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I am sorry, I aint no Sart. but these people look a hot mess! What happened to STYLE?! People are confused.

  31. Carl Hult

    February 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Elbow patches is a little too common nowadays, but the scarf is nice.

  32. diane

    February 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm


  33. anonwomen

    February 11, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    the purple socks are genius

  34. Brigadeiro

    February 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I love the concept and look of that jacket! Looks great from the back, wasn’t too sure about the tie/scarf/jacket combination though…

  35. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    February 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Like the jacket and love the purple socks!! Great one!

  36. Anonymous

    February 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Not only do I love the gray pants but I believe I have a pair – appear to be a cool Cuccinelli pant with a side leg pocket and zip back pockets. The key is the length and purple sock accent.

  37. CasualEncountersBlog

    February 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Face in picture two is my HEART, girl. He my HEART.

  38. Elizabeth

    February 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Oh.. I’ve been inspired! the first picture, I like! I really like how the jacket/coat fits on him, opening at the sides, hugging at the waist and then sitting nicely on his lower back, and then showing a bit of the jacket underneath. That gives me the idea for this winter, as I need to wear layers. I’m thinking with tight jeans and long boots. My behind its a bit fuller than the man there :) so the layer would rest nicely… oh gosh, the perfect excuse to go shopping soon.

  39. Lex

    February 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    les chausettes violets!!! ;)

  40. Singapore Sling

    February 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I would personally try this combi (when I move to a temperate setting from super hot Singapore), the main task is to get a coat that is really cut to the body. My worry is that it would increase the overall bulk of the look (and make me look fat!). But yeah, an inspiration, this one.

  41. Anonymous

    February 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    The young Paul McCartney?

  42. Lucid Libertine

    February 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    love the purple touch

  43. travelbug

    February 11, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    The double jacket bit is beginning to look like a one-season folly.

    But nice purple socks.

  44. Anonymous

    February 11, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    He looks like a naughty boy. ;) Reminds me of Dudley Moore’s character in “Arthur”.

  45. Lauren J.

    February 11, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    i want those socks!!

  46. Mira Maulia

    February 11, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    yeah, but I heart the patch effect on his arms.

  47. Alexander

    February 12, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Who makes the jacket?

  48. Shadjihar

    February 12, 2009 at 12:32 am

    the mustard pants is yummy.

  49. thestyleadvisor

    February 12, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Not the biggest fan of the jacket. However the complimentary colors and textures are great. Very Ivy League.

  50. Sarah

    February 12, 2009 at 5:10 am

    ahah lovely elbows, and I love his tie
    the socks of the third one are great, too


    February 12, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Love the royal blue jacket with the purple socks. color rocks!!

  52. Fashion Gossips

    February 12, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Nice shocks! I love purple!

    xo xo

  53. Douwe

    February 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

    i like the jolly roger print on the tie on the second picture

  54. J.A.F.

    February 12, 2009 at 7:32 am

    So Smart…they think of everything.

  55. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 7:40 am

    He is totally a funny and charming guy! Love his purple socks and his childish warm smile! No belt in man’s waist sometimes works! :)

  56. Mad Hatter

    February 12, 2009 at 8:23 am

    looks great, great colors, where do you get purple socks?

  57. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I think that’s the thing about Italian fashion – they are Europe’s America. If Paris produces the rawest of fashion, Italy takes its ideas and incorporates them into realistic clothing so that one looks good all the time in fewer pieces. The Italian signature is that tailoring. We saw this subtlety last season when you put up that picture of the man who wore the back end or the ‘tail’ of his tie side by side with the front of it. Always about changing fashion subtly.

  58. allison

    February 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    love the purple socks

  59. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    purple socks. so rad.

  60. Quill

    February 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Love the purple socks peeking out from behind the neutral tones. Hello!

  61. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I love this. I’m inspired to work these looks into my wardrobe in a feminine way (female wardrobe.)

  62. Le Raconteur

    February 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Wow! What beautifully colorful socks! What a gem, Scott.

  63. Anonymous

    February 14, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Monique said: “I’m not into the “thing” of the short, narrow pant leg high enough to show sock. It’s just not very masculine. I shudder when I see men over 25 doing it.”

    I on the other hand see this and think it looks super hot and could not put my finger on it until I read that comment.

    I love all the foot-centered stuff going on in the last picture (and the narrow cuffed trousers).

  64. Anonymous

    February 14, 2009 at 3:16 am

    seriously? the guy in the grey suit… fantastic purple socks, great shoes, but that shorter sport coat looks ridiculous. Just because the sartorialist took a pic, doesn’t mean it’s fantastic. The blue coat not only looks too small but make a choise…it’s either Grey suit or grey pants with blue sport coat. No need for a melange. In both cases, it’s Italy, it’s not cold, no one there needs a scarf much less a second coat that is too small to fit over the nice coat that you may be wearing…`
    And the first guy, while the combination of textures colours is great had they been done with a longer, proper coat…this just looks silly.
    I do love the site.. excellent photos, great style…stop this before it begins.

  65. Mz. Paulzen

    February 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I’m gonna go sock shopping now!

    Like the red shoes next door too. This picture makes me happy :)

  66. McCall

    February 15, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Awww. He’s a cute little guy. I love that he looks hap-hazard but somehow it looks fashionable and I love it.

  67. justin

    February 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I love the purple socks….I never wear socks but these socks are perfect!

  68. Huxley.

    February 16, 2009 at 6:55 am

    The grey slacks, purple socks combo is spot on. Not sure about the shoes in this ensemble, despite liking them in their own right!

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