This look! It’s timeless. We have seen the denim underneath the top coat for the longest time. However how does it not get bulky? My boyfriend has tried it but said the denim sleeves wont get under without looking bulky! Oh well, Spring is coming anyway
I wrote to Scott about this in a previous denim post, but it may be back-dated.
I find that Jean jackets are generally cut very generously, partially due to the style and also with regard to the era. Levis LVC and most trucker jackets are boxy in keeping with the original cut. But for shorter guys bigger in the shoulders or overall, its a tough look to carry.
I actually take almost all my denim jackets into my tailor to slim the sleeves, taper the body and do a nip-and-tuck. The Levis trucker Ryan Gosling wore in Drive got tons of fan appreciation, but was not off-the-rack or even vintage off-the rack. Rather it’s a hybrid. It was a 50′s trucker that was slimmed in sleeve and body.
Get your guy to tailor his sleeves and I guarantee he’ll get no bulk under his topcoats. I’ve been wearing my denims under my Camel, my Barbour and my Navy Pea coats all winter without feeling any tightness at all.
I count four (four!) layers, if you include the turtleneck. This should come off as pure affectation, but somehow this gentleman has managed to make it work. My money’s on the peacoat covering that entirely superfluous sportcoat. The wonderful plain turtleneck comes in a close second for holding this look together.
This has me really thinking about why people make certain choices. This guy would have looked fantastic in the turtleneck and peacoat–why add the extra layers? I can’t accept comfort as an option–layering often has an inverse relationship to comfort (with a peacoat over a blazer over a jean jacket, I guarantee this guy has less than normal range of motion). So what other reason to make this choice?
We do layer when it’s cold. But would a scarf or heavier sweater have been too plain or functional? Again, why *four* layers? That’s a conscious choice. There could be a lot of interesting and “acceptable” reasons for making that choice, but as I said before, I don’t think comfort is one of them.
Well Rosie, he has that Belgian ‘je ne sais quoi’, since he’s Belgian. It’s Geert Bruloot, the founder of the famous shoe store Coccodrillo in Antwerp supporting and selling the shoe collections of Belgian designers since the 80′s
Thank you for this information, Stijn! I know Coccodrillo and have visited the story many times. It’s nice to know the face behind it. And based on this picture I am not suprised it has such a good collection.
I love this! All the different layers just add a ‘je ne said quod’ feeling that for some reason only the French can pull off. The navy blue denim looks great with the black coat and gives this outfit just a raw edge. Great picture mr. Schuman, as always.
I love the layering of four items, a turtleneck sweater a denim jacket a checked jacket and a peacoat , he is full of extracts and all without seeming awkward. “Sportivo” with charm!. Very smart photo.
A perfectly cut peacoat. He could lose either the denim jacket or the sportcoat(?), though, too many layers. Although somehow, it doesn’t look bulky. Dude is probably just really skinny or he cut off the sleeves of the two inner jackets, ha.