Monday, October 30, 2006

On The Street…..Perfect, Midtown

I am inspired by a lot of looks I see on the street but I rarely see an entire look that I would want for myself – this is one of the few.

I love the colors, the pattern, the fit, the accessories – Well played sir!


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  1. dds

    October 30, 2006 at 8:27 am

    Love the pattern in the jacket. Is that a tie bar?? I wish the pants were cuffed though.

  2. luvsunflowers

    October 30, 2006 at 8:34 am

    Love the pocket square with the sunglass touch! Brown with gray is a color combo I have always liked. Bravo!

  3. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 8:44 am

    this is eric from BGM.

    also, an old 6th floor SFA guy.

    I’d buy a suit from this bloke anyday…

  4. Bayo

    October 30, 2006 at 8:50 am

    Ironic. When I think of the name, “The Sartorialist”, this look is exactly the image that is conjured in my mind.

  5. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 8:52 am

    I really agree with you!! Love this style, so clean and not to overworked

  6. Solomon Animashaun

    October 30, 2006 at 9:08 am

    Certainly qualitfies as a Sartorialist! As far as business casual is concerned, his look is simply flawless!!!

  7. Butch

    October 30, 2006 at 9:11 am

    Very nice–especially the jacket; and perfect pants length (though I’d prefer cuffs….)

  8. Sito

    October 30, 2006 at 9:17 am

    Only a few guys may wear this kind of rings… A cool aristocratic touch.

    I´d also wear doble cuffed pants…

  9. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 9:31 am

    I Love Your Site!!! It is now part of my morning routine. I yearn to personally see such elegance on the streets of NYC. I’m going out for a long walk today….

  10. Lit

    October 30, 2006 at 9:31 am

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think I like this at all- a litle too old world for my liking. The only thing that lends to modernity is the scarf, which is nicely wrapped by the way. But what kills it for me are the shoes! Brown suede?! Say it isn’t so Sart!

  11. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 9:43 am

    He looks very elegant…….but get rid of the tie clip.

    If all he is wearing would be a half a size larger,he would not look so restrained,a little bit more comfortable for a bit of movement to the look.

    But he certainly made the effort to “looking good” which is wonderful!

  12. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 9:52 am

    He’s perfect . . . but the jewelry makes the look just a bit too perfect for me.

  13. whyioughtta

    October 30, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Awesome jacket. Love the use of sunglasses as pocketsquare accessory. Like the pants as they are…cuffs would be less funky. IMO, though, the scarf is a little much…but then again, it’s very NYC…

  14. Jen

    October 30, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Love Love Love.

    The outfit is nice too.

  15. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 10:12 am

    Glenplaid is great when it has more than “one color” running through it.

  16. jyl

    October 30, 2006 at 10:51 am

    this comment is not specifically for this picture but for the blog as a whole. I stumbled upon your site and I think it is amazing. I’ve never heard of your site before this(probably because I live in Malaysia) but I think you really capture the wonderful styles of the people all around you. New Yorkers are so colorful and stylish and they have character.

  17. The Sartorialist

    October 30, 2006 at 11:07 am

    for Lit
    Why does one need to dress in a modern way?

    What is wrong with Old-World elegance?

  18. Just an Observation

    October 30, 2006 at 11:37 am

    I Love this look…..suede shoes and I think suede gloves played against various classic earth tones.
    I’m sure the weather there lends itself to dress this way …with the scarf n all……that look is not happening here in Dallas…not without packing an icepak.

    GRAZIE SARTOTIALIST GRAZIE

  19. hoi polloi

    October 30, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    You like brown suede shoes I take it?

  20. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    Did you even need THREE pics?! This guy would be well dressed in the raw (sorry). But really, his structure is such that I’m sure it’s rare for him to ever look NOT well dressed.

    mltt

  21. Victor

    October 30, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    Elegant !
    Classy !
    Cool !

    I am not a big fan of tie bars but hey, no one’s perfect !

  22. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    love the shoes–anyone know where are they from?

  23. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    Dear Sart,

    Forgive me, because the gentleman does look nice, but he also looks really studied, and in my view like a dandy. My question to you/others: At what point does concentrating on the outer appearance become unattractive because it becomes all about vanity? I don’t know this man, so he could be full of depth and could care for plenty other things than clothing. . . But, still, that’s my question in a nutshell.

  24. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    -perfect jacket length
    -perfect pant length
    -perfectly tied scarf
    -perfect shoes
    perfect perfect perfect

  25. positively the same dame

    October 30, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    the fit is great. he’s also groomed to within an inch of his life, which is essential to his overall look. love it –very urbane american.

  26. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    Truly scrumptious…to me this look echoes the 1960s–not the style of James Bond exactly but the person whose clothes create a micro-environment in which everthing has a place. An epitome (there are many) of cool.

  27. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 3:50 pm

    What jewelry is everyone talking about? The only jewelry he has on is his watch.

  28. Lambchop

    October 30, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    Old-world elegance is actually the only thing everybody can agree on.
    cqfd !

  29. Zaydoun

    October 30, 2006 at 4:29 pm

    Perfect outfit

    Sometimes I wonder if this blog became even more popular and everyone in NYC started following it, it would make more New Yorkers dress up more often on the off chance they might be spotted by your camera.

    God knows I got all dressed up every day on my last visit for exactly that reason, but alas….

    ;-)

  30. The Sartorialist

    October 30, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    To Anon 2:48
    It is a fair question and easy answer.

    If you have put your wardrobe together well then a Sartorialist really doesn’t need to spend much time worrying about what to wear each day.

    Look at todays outfit if bought correctly to start with then it is a no-brainer

    cuffs need cuff links
    jacket needs a pocket square
    tie needs a clip
    eyes need glasses
    wrist needs watch
    Cold needs a scarf and gloves

    Since he was careful when he chose these items the actual use of them is very easy

    techies say garbage in, garbage out
    I think it is a similar case here.

    this is also made easier if your wardrobe is smaller and everything all works together.
    Maybe that is why I don’t wear much brown – it doesn’t mix into my color scheme very easily.

    Eric’s use of brown here is very close to how I would do it.

  31. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    It’s a nice look. Nice mix of textures and colors. The shoes are the only thing a little bit off. They are a tad too bulbous for me. I like a nice angular cut on the shoes. Especially near the arch. Otherwise great. Thankfully no cuffs on the pants. I clearly disagree with others here. What is the obsession with cuffs on the pants? It’s a messy look that kills the drape of the pants.

  32. Butch

    October 30, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    If I may also address Anon 2:48, the point at which dress becomes studied or “vain” is when the wearer has tried an effect that calls attention to itself in a nonharmonious way. It is, in other words, sartorial self-consciousness.

    Also, dressing like a dandy is not per se an undesirable thing; quite the opposite. Few people can, however, pull of that kind of heightening, shall we call it, without…well, see my first paragraph.

  33. Style Scout

    October 30, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    I worked with Eric over ten years ago at SFA and as well as being a stylish dresser he drove a very stylish old Jag in very good condition. Most unusual and very grovie for someone living on the upper westside. Last time I bumped into him I learned he now has kids and after we parted wondered if he managed to hold onto the car. I hope he did…

  34. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    A Cuff A Cuff My Kingdom Four A Cuff…..

  35. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    The most stylish people are those who appear effortlessly put together, rather than self-consciously so. Dandy man, for my taste, looks way too studied. An earlier comment asks at what point someone’s apparent obsession with the outer appearance becomes unattractive. I’m not sure exactly, but that point certainly does exist for me.

  36. Tamberk

    October 30, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    PERFECTION! PERFECTION! PERFECTION!
    OH MY!!!

  37. a.

    October 30, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    when i saw this pic, my first thought was that this guy reads sart and was hoping to have his picture taken. in the best possible way. i totally agree, the entire outfit is the most wonderful mix of colors, textures, shapes… perfection.

    i just have a couple of questions/comments for some of the other commenters:

    - what’s wrong with the brown suede shoes? perhaps it’s not “standard” (i don’t know exactly, i’m a woman commenting on men’s fashion here) but when combined with the glen plaid, the soft scarf, and the flannel-y looking pants, i think it adds to the whole sort of “soft warm cozy fall” feel of the outfit. that’s also why i think the rounded toe works for me as opposed to a sharper more “angular” one.

    - regarding the line between well-dressed and dandyishness: this is going to sound extreme but i feel the need to say it – i think fear of looking like a “dandy” is partially responsible for the sometimes slovenly state of dress so many men seem to think is standard nowadays. as a woman, i’m quite sick of it. dressing well and putting care into one’s appearance shows care/respect for OTHER people too (if you’re going to work, meeting with friends, etc). to me, this guy’s look communicates a seriousness of purpose – “i mean business” – in a good way. that he thinks through the details of his look to me suggests that in all aspects of his life, he’s detail-oriented, which is only a good thing… etc. etc. etc.

    i also think that the way a person carries themselves communicates whether they’re dressing out of vanity or not. if in person this guy was constantly fidgeting, making sure his outfit was just so, smoothing his hair etc – that would certainly suggest a level of vanity. if however, he were comfortable in his own skin, and HE came through, and what he was wearing became the background, well then that would convey a… well, a non-dandy-ness i suppose.

    i’m reminded of a (college-aged) guy i met once (long ago, when backpacking through the mediterranean) who was wearing a pair of jeans that were ripped and shredded beyond belief (remember those days? perhaps they’re not gone, i don’t know what the state of youth fashion is now). the rest of his outfit was similarly torn to pieces, which i thought was the result of travel wear-and-tear, which would be understandable… but it turns out (he took the trouble of explaining to me) that his jeans were some particular brand made just to look that way (as was much of the rest of his outfit). furthermore his whole body language/demeanor communicated “i’m obsessed with how i look”. yet he was wearing clothes which were supposed to look unstudied… i found him so profoundly irritating!

    his look was all about an overstudied/vain slovenliness, i suppose, which i think is in fact WORSE than an overstudied/vain neatness, because it’s in fact trying to appear to be exactly what it’s not. and i guess i’m getting all worked up about this, and slightly veering off-topic as well, because i think more and more men exhibit the former look rather than the latter, at least where i am (west coast). does that make any sense? anyone else care to comment? i know similar topics have been discussed on this site before so apologies if this is old news.

  38. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    He looks amazing and classy,love the whole outfit.

  39. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    Vanity is his favorite sin. He looks so perfect, that it is not working. He is almost a mannequin. Have said the negatives… i love his perfect pant length. His shoes are just like mine., weathered down. This is why i hate wearing new clothes. I try to mask my new clothes with the old ones so i do not get noticed. i want to be noticed by just the right amount of people.

  40. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    anon 5:29
    i have a similar pair of shoes which i purchased about 10 years ago. He are out of shape to the viewer but fit like a glove on me. I am not going to discard these beauties. I recently got them resoled.

  41. Anonymous

    October 30, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    youre right. his getup is perfect.

  42. vintagent

    October 31, 2006 at 2:10 am

    Fascinating how much discussion a claim of ‘perfection’ can evoke! As noted, the fellow works in fashion retail, and it’s literally his job to look Just So…
    I agree 100% with Sart about the quality of what’s in your closet. If it’s all really good stuff, you’ll keep it longer and in better condition. Buy less but buy better.
    And I applaud the movement to oust the slouchers, the baggies, the dry land surfers, the backward cappers, and all those who wear shorts or jeans to the opera.

  43. Anonymous

    October 31, 2006 at 4:48 am

    Is he, or is he not wearing a wedding ring? He is positively dashing and I would love to be on his arm!

  44. Anonymous

    October 31, 2006 at 9:48 am

    Let us all hope that we get to see this gent once again on the blog,but then in a more “relaxed” look!!

  45. Anonymous

    October 31, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    I do not agree: this is not perfect: I think the jacket is a bit too short (it should entirely cover the bottom), and the pants are a bit too short too…
    But this is perfect because this is not perfect, that is the point!
    (comment from the old world)

  46. CSH

    October 31, 2006 at 1:20 pm

    A fantastic outfit, love it. It’s classic but not stodgy at all. The brown suede shoes are perfect and are absolutely appropriate. I had my own rant about this issue on my blog. As for cuffs/no cuffs, it can go either way in this case; as they are, the pants look clean and modern, with cuffs they’d have a more classic feel.

    Either way, a great look – especially the glasses behind the pocket square.

  47. Kathleen

    October 31, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    Just to add my five cents’ worth:

    Is it vanity to care how you represent yourself to the world? Whether we like it or not, we’re judged by our outward appearance (look at the judgements – positive and negative – we’re casting in this gentleman’s direction). I kind of like the idea that my outward appearance can be a reflection of my inner character: who I am, what I like, what I value.

    To me, the vanity kicks in when the individualism phases out. You’re trying to craft something that you don’t actually possess.

  48. quelputaindeblog!!

    October 31, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    as always bitches trying to bring down a perfect cup…
    the gent in reference is perfect because it’s obvious he knows his profession, attention to quality is what makes this look stand out, this man is a relic from a bygone era, before sweetshops dressed the masses…..bravo for him, and i hope he makes a lot of babies, the world needs more aesthetes like you sir….

  49. btw

    October 31, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    Not only is he so immaculately dressed, but he’s handsome to boot!

    Any rings on the hand? :)

  50. Four-in-hand Fred

    November 1, 2006 at 12:02 am

    Great color and pattern coordination. The scarf has me wowed.

  51. Tina Wiklund

    November 1, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    Ring or no ring i will take him any day any where. This is who Jerry Hall should be looking for:

    Dress my man like this and I would be eating out of his hand!!!! hmm hmm hmm

  52. d. kelley

    November 1, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    Cuffs?? He is just fine without. The combo is timeless. Maybe dark brown lace-ups over the suede. But that’s just me….

  53. Anonymous

    November 4, 2006 at 3:34 am

    Is it just me, but isn’t the jacked about a half inch to an inch too short?
    Otherwise, carefully elegant

  54. verdiales

    November 5, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    The tie clip has roughly the same width as the sunglasses and has the same texture. Placed near each other, they balance each other. With no clip, the sunglasses would have stuck out. Now they’re harmonized.

    Sharp.

  55. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    Glasses in the pocket–a very elegant touch.

  56. Anonymous

    November 14, 2006 at 8:17 am

    very classic and colors are great!

  57. Anonymous

    November 16, 2006 at 3:01 pm

    God! There need to be more dandies. They’re a dying breed.

  58. Anonymous

    November 26, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    God is in the details, but the devil’s there too. This guy is TOO well put together, to the point that he just looks precious. You wanna take his lunch money and shove him in some mud.

  59. Anonymous

    November 28, 2006 at 6:56 am

    a nice look, especialli i like the pow check jacket and the trousers with no turnups. lovely shoes too.

  60. Anonymous

    December 12, 2006 at 4:03 am

    regarding vanity, it really depends on the degree. a little vanity is fine.

  61. Anonymous

    June 17, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    I was browsing through your sidebar sections and I stumbled upon this picture.

    This man is beautiful — handsome and elegant.

    Love the colors, the scarf, the overall look! He looks well-studied and comfortable in what he wears.

  62. -jsk

    August 10, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Not sure about wearing the scarf over the tie.

    If a scarf is to be worn with a tie, it should be left to hang loose.

  63. biglakestyle

    March 4, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Again some spirited commenting above. “a” at 8:17 nails it in my view. Nowadays there are very few firm fashion rules. It’s the image you wish to project. “a”‘s comment about the pre-ripped jeans is a perfect example. Subliminal fashion message from ripped jeans wearers: “I really don’t want you to know that a few years ago I wore Wranglers my mom bought me; I’ve been cool since age 7″. On the other end, gentlemen like this wish to project a different image: “I live in a white glove doorman building on Park; I’m old money”. I think the 1st Amendment lets us do this. So who are we to criticize the manner in which someone wishes to present themselves, whther they are a pre-ripped jeans wearer who actually lives in a suburban track house in Jersey or a swell gentleman who actually lives in a walk up on the UWS;it provides us the street theater we should all be enjoying.And perhaps it gets them through life.

  64. Anonymous

    March 9, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    where can you get pants like that from? I’ve been trying for ages to find some!

  65. Jazzbuff630

    August 6, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Very nice. Very Paul Stuart meets “Sunday in New York”

  66. Anonymous

    March 27, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Not those shoes, please!!

  67. Pamela

    October 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    This fellow is quite good looking, and I wonder what influence that might have had in some of the questioning here. If he had a quirkier look perhaps he'd be more readily viewed as a man with great style, without pondering his vanity. Just a thought.

  68. Lovro

    October 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    yes,baad shoes!
    but the top is very nice-including the head xD

  69. alirioven

    October 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I love those shoes and I'm sure that those are Carolina Herrera. I'm sorry for my bad english, I'm from Venezuela.

  70. C. Eugene Plummer

    July 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This is my favorite combination gray/brown, and this is done perfectly!

    Definitely one to copy

  71. lindayoga

    August 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Now this is my kind of man…Very handsome!!

  72. GHH

    September 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Excellent look. He wears the brown shoes with aplomb. Yes, the streets of Sacramento also need such elegance.

  73. Anonymous

    October 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Pardon the ignorance but what are BGM & SFA? Really great outfit put together .

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