I like the look, and I’ve tried it before, but I think the pants are too small, both for comfort (you can’t be constantly pulling them away from your crotch to make them look flat) and to reasonably cover the shoes.
He has a charming English academic look (I will resist saying Harry-Potter-like), as though he’s taking a small break, and about to return to the lab to continue his post-doctoral research. I think he’s very well put-together, and his pant length would drop a smidge, to where it should be, when he takes his hands out of his pockets. Very nice intensity.
For all those that mentioned ‘english / british’ style or influence … i’m sorry! i have nvr once seen any guy dressed like that over here … we have young style, not old man style … totally boring, totally mundane, totally forgetable!
To anonymous – I am from UK – and you’re talking cobblers old bean. Total hogwash. This well dressed (okay slight banal but still spiffy) fella is typical of many a Brit. Actually it’s a new-classic style that stretches back to the Mods in the 1960s. I attended school in 1980s with a whole classload of similar dressed types. All he needs is a green army parka jacket and a scooter and he fits right into the Mod look. Also see The Jam band from UK in 1980s – same look etc. Not my cup of tea – but for some a very tidy and nifty way to go. Still very fashionable too.
Love this look. It is very early 60′s prep/franco/brit. There are some great pictures of this look in ‘Des Modes et Des Hommes’
It’s the fact that the pieces are very basic, but tweaked in the proportion. I have to disagree with the third comment – I wish I could see this look in ‘any given small down USA.’ That was possible once (mid to late 60′s) but I only see this look in NYC/London/Paris.
I love the length of his trousers also, but the only problem is the way the average American has been “trained” to dress, most would deride them as far too short. Could I pull off this trouser length? Sure. Would I feel confident, maybe not since I would assume everybody who saw me would be thinking “poor guy, he mustn’t have a wife to tell him his trousers are too short…”!
Is this the Prince of Prince Street? Perhaps! This dapper gent reminds me of a young Gerard Depardieu. Tres chic! Tres elegant! I wonder what this man is holding in his pockets? I would guess the Kinks box set, a ticket to a Who concert, and a paperback copy of Nicholas Nickelby. Like Mona Lisa’s smile and the location of the Sasquatch, we will never know! And terrific use of a school bus in the background, to boot!
I believe irish eyes is right – but I would extend that to much of Northern Europe. My husband, who grew up in Switzerland and Austria in the ’80′s dresses exactly like this (and it does somehow make him seem younger than he is). He has always kept his pants cut close, and a touch shorter than most. He is concerned with color, texture, and fit – and always has been! This isn’t old man style, it’s just style.
And if I weren’t married, this boy would be my cup of tea…