Monday, January 7, 2008

On the Street….Puffer with Bungee, Soho

I ran into my friend Paul this weekend and I couldn’t stop looking at how well his puffer coat fit at the waist.
The secret was that he pulled the bungee cord tight at the waist

I have a Jil Sander puffer coat that I love but it doesn’t have that bungee cord in the bottom.
Unless I wear it with slim jeans I end up feeling too square.

lesson learned – no puffer without the bungee (sounds like something Kanye would rap about)


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  1. Laguna Beach Trad

    January 7, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Great photo, Sart! This pic is all about the amazingly rich, earthy colours going on here. A beautiful blend. Very nice.

    I’m not sure about the down-filled ski jacket (a.k.a. ‘puffer’). Same jacket, different name, apparently. I didn’t like them when they first came out in the late 1970s. These things periodically come back into fashion every few years and they look unfortunate every time, IMVHO. There are better choices of winter coat available.

    • Martine

      April 11, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Puffer jackets are always in style they are practical, sporty, and they look amazing juxtaposed with dressy clothing, and aligned with jeans and boots. They never go out of style, although they seem to have really gotten big this last couple of years.

  2. Shannon

    January 7, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Pass the bungee on the left hand side….

  3. valber

    January 7, 2008 at 9:13 am

    i got myself a totem bag, but im not THAT sure about it (even when i think its really cool and functional)… so, everytime i see a guy doint this great, i kinda get brave to use mine.

  4. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 9:22 am

    funny you should write about this, as i was thinking of the same thing. i just bought a moncler in paris and most models (at least the ones that end around the waist) dont have cords and I really hesitated when purchasing. that said, it fits quite well, very slim, though it does rise up a little when sitting down. i recommend the monclers.

  5. couturealisme

    January 7, 2008 at 9:43 am

    He even makes those shoes look hip.

  6. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 9:50 am


  7. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Great look! Love the shoes as well – anybody knows what model they are?

  8. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 10:39 am

    The beard, the puffer and the mustard pants make for quite the handsome man.

  9. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 10:53 am

    i like the colours, and the way his overall choices (including the fit of the puffer jacket) mean that the workman’s pants don’t make him look sloppy.

    what are the shoes, by the way?

    apart from his other qualities, he also looks hot. :-)

  10. twentysomething

    January 7, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Part of me feels that this outfit is a little “young” on a man his age, but he looks SEXY SEXY SEXY!

    Hot friend.

  11. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Can somebody please let me know where to buy a hat like that? I know they are quite common but I can’t find them anywhere. Thanks,

  12. David

    January 7, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I love these trousers! Not too tight, but not blousy or baggy. Any idea who they’re by or where I can get ‘em??

  13. Brian

    January 7, 2008 at 11:40 am

    So it’s OK to obsess a little over whether or not to pull the bungee cord tight or not, or to worry over one’s profile (too square, too top heavy etc.)? Well, thank goodness. Your blog makes me feel I’m not alone. YOU are a generous soul.

  14. Carolina Lange

    January 7, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Yes! Very nice!

  15. aggy

    January 7, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Paul is really great looking! What field is he in?

  16. Gabe G

    January 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Sounds like something Crocodile Dundee would say! Haha.

  17. MensFlair

    January 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    No matter how much I admired sartorial elegance of gentleman on photos from your trips to Milan, Paris… I always end up liking New Yorkers the most. Seem so believable and real.

  18. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Great coat… but who makes the bag?

  19. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Love the look and the colors. The bag is bordering on matchy-matchy with the rest of the outfit, but still very cool

  20. Butch

    January 7, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    It’s always about proportion, isn’t it?

    The nice waist fit here isn’t just due to cynching but the fact that the jacket helps to define the guy’s waist–that is, ends in exactly the right place.

  21. Secret Diary

    January 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    i love this post on puffers-i also feel square wearing mine unless i’m in, alas, slim jeans.

    …kanye could rhyme about puffers and bungees, good call.

  22. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    This picture, and Paul, is stunning. From the red and greens of the backdrop that are reproduced in his clothing, to Paul’s stance. Yes, proportion (colour, scale) is very important here. But, what I find most striking is the movement that is captured in his body language and his expression: strength that is very much in motion.

    The white soles of his shoes also make him look like he is floating and not quite in one place.

  23. wideyed

    January 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Yummy palette! I thought his scarf was a turtleneck at first.

  24. fraise

    January 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I love the colors in his outfit! They all go together wonderfully. The interplay of different textures is great too. He really pulls off this look nicely; it makes a huge difference when fit and color are well-thought-out.

  25. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    love the brown color story here. so warm, so fall. nice fit of the pants also.

  26. nerofromOhio

    January 7, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Yes, as far as puffers go, being aligned at the waist looks amazing, I actually have one from j.lindeberg that doesnt have any kind of bungee but sits directly at the top of my pants and it just looks soo good. I thought I was the only one. Great eye on that Photo.

  27. Lawrence Carlson

    January 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    The work pants are so dope, are those Red Wing boots?

  28. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Andy Garcia look alike?

  29. morty

    January 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    This surely is an easy look and fits to a January climate.

  30. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Anyone know where the boots are from?

  31. amed studio

    January 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    This is a great look that I often rock myself – neutral, well-fitting, functional clothes inspired by workwear (though I’m more likely to top mine with a trucker cap). My friends mockingly call this the ‘Gay Lumberjack’ look. We have the Caten boys at Dsquared to thank for making common Canadian blue-collar gear chic and urban worldwide. I especially like Paul’s workboot/sneaker hybrid shoes and rugged suede tote.

    The key fit points with puffy down coats seem to be length and volume – too much of either makes the wearer look like the Michelin man. Paul has mastered both here, which Sart has rightly noted.

  32. Quincey

    January 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Hello Scott,

    Do you know who created his bag?

  33. Mr.Barry

    January 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Looks good, nice use of colors. Wonder how this will look with some lace-ups from Berluti/Santoni or sth.

  34. felix

    January 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    What’s that bag ? I love it !

  35. Gabriela

    January 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Paul is a very good looking man, with a great sense of colour and a face that reminds the one of a hero from ancient Greece.

  36. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I wish Paul was a friend of mine . . (sigh)

  37. enc

    January 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    He looks perfectly-proportioned. The colors are all great, too. I think my favorite part of this look is the trousers. I enlarged the photo and noticed they’re done with same-fabric patch overlays (I’m sure there’s a technical name for this, but I don’t know it). That’s very cool, and I would have missed it if I hadn’t enlarged the photo. Also, the boots are completely new to me; I’ve never seen anything like them.

  38. Deja Pseu

    January 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Your friend Paul is a handsome fella. Nice mix of browns too; I love the camel pants with the darker browns.

  39. Policy Wonk

    January 7, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Your friend Paul? The. Hotness. Oh, and his puffer looks great, too.

  40. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    or simply buy a dior or moncler puffer that actually fits..

  41. vintagent

    January 7, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Paul, are you a REAL lumberjack, or one of those New York City lumberjacks? With the beard, it’s hard to tell. Those boots look awfully clean, though ;)

  42. Anonymous

    January 7, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    What? No talk about his use of colour? He look really good and well put “to get her” uhh, together.


  43. pantsonmichael

    January 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    just a tad too monochromatic for me, i wish there were a bit of colour peeking out from under the coat.

  44. The Federalist

    January 7, 2008 at 11:02 pm


    I had my tailor insert an elastic band into my coat at the waist; mine is very similar to this gentleman’s. While it is not the same as an adjustable bungie cord, it does serve the same purpose.


  45. Anonymous

    January 8, 2008 at 12:12 am

    the color scheme this guy has going on is just blows me away.

  46. Anonymous

    January 8, 2008 at 12:13 am

    The color sheme this guy has going on just blows me away.

  47. Anonymous

    January 8, 2008 at 12:14 am

    You have learnt the wrong lesson !
    Puffers look terrific with or without a bungee.
    All shapes and sizes are OK as long as the wearer feels comfortable with the shape.
    I like mine XXXXL – I almost drown in them. I also like them fitted .
    That is the thing with puffers : They are not supposed to look or feel like “ordinary” clothes.

  48. Anonymous

    January 8, 2008 at 12:16 am

    The color scheme this guy has going on just blows me away.

  49. Anonymous

    January 8, 2008 at 12:48 am

    yes, i have one and it works better with the bungee!!!

    I have a nice puffy coat from D&G and I had it altered and added a bungee.

  50. ellastica

    January 8, 2008 at 1:02 am

    he’s a total stud.
    rugged yet put together, age-appropriate but hip.
    goes to show that functional, cold-weather gear can look hot.


    January 8, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Wow…Paul would look good with or without the bungee on the jacket :) gorgeous.

  52. Anonymous

    January 8, 2008 at 1:24 am

    love the mix of colours!

  53. tomassocroccante

    January 8, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Don’t beat yourself up about it, Scott. Sometimes it’s just luck.

    If I had $100 for every coat I try on that has its “center” nowhere near my center … I’d buy a nice apartment.

    But, yeah, there were a couple this season that needed that cord in the hem to prevent the “a-line” look – not to mention the rush of wind.

  54. Anonymous

    January 8, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Really digging the pants. Love the slim, but not too slimness of it and the detail. The bag is also a nice little touch. Anyone know where it’s from?


  55. LaLa

    January 8, 2008 at 2:55 am

    this man knows how to dress , looks perfectly handsome. My worries about puffer coats is that the look becomes too bulky and makes a person look bigger than they really are; not on this guy. His coat is the right thickness, it looks warm and not bulky. thank you for the advice on pulling in the cords.

  56. Diana

    January 8, 2008 at 3:25 am

    I love, when you are lost in tiny details (of ties, wrists, pant length, hair length, coat length, sleeve length pocket squares, fittings at the waist). I always read them very carefully and look at the pics to really see the differences, caused by these details. To be honest, i don’t always succeed, but I don’t give up.
    E.g this guy looks perfect in my eyes, without discovering the perfect length of the jacket and the fitted waist :-))))

  57. Eva

    January 8, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Very Sexy!

  58. cracow

    January 8, 2008 at 4:05 am

    Love the colours :)

  59. Anonymous

    January 9, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Love the look, the look of the guy, and the colour palette he used. I want one of him!

  60. mac

    January 9, 2008 at 2:09 am

    if those are the dc workboot shoes..great idea but better off getting a real pair of boots.

  61. chrissybella

    January 9, 2008 at 3:10 am

    “sounds like something Kanye would rap about”
    ha ha i love your captions, Sart!

  62. Anonymous

    January 9, 2008 at 3:16 am

    the shoes are hip!! in fact the the inspiration of “hip”…im suurrre by now you folks have heard of “a bathing ape” better known as bape. young and hip, right?? ( i know… old hat amongst us fresh kids)

    take a peak for a view of what pauls shoes may have inspired…

    oh and i vote for only positive feed back
    (was that being negative??)

    nightowl **

  63. Anonymous

    January 9, 2008 at 3:28 am

    after having lived in Japan many years, this gentleman’s look reminds me of the Japanese work casuals I’d see on every other guy walking down Ometasando

  64. yentlman

    January 9, 2008 at 11:37 am

    A fashion forward Serpico. Nice!

  65. Anonymous

    January 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Mmm… a man with a nice big conspicuous bag.


  66. Andy

    January 9, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Where are the boots from? Visvim?

  67. Anonymous

    January 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    The pants seem like they either inspired by carpenter pants our perhaps may be carpenters pants. Anyway yum. Very well put together, this is the best I have seen a puffy coat (as we call them in Canada) look.

  68. Anonymous

    January 12, 2008 at 12:41 am

    BORING… Color coordinated beyond repair! Drag those shoes behind a truck and shave off that Al Pacino “Cruising” Mustache…

  69. Anonymous

    January 14, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Wow, this friend of yours is gorgeous. Ages just like George Clooney! And his clothes look well put together too!

  70. David K.

    January 14, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    This photo is sheer perfection. Everything about it radiates the sort of proportion and perspective we’ve come to associate with beauty (especially if you’re a gay male — and that would be me.)

    Supreme props for everyone concerned and involved.

  71. Asian Models Blogger

    January 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Love the brown and mustard colors on him. Beautifully put together.

  72. nonn8tive

    January 29, 2008 at 3:16 am

    I think the runners are from Y-3… correct me if i am wrong.

  73. Charity

    February 4, 2008 at 2:48 am

    First paragraph, pg. 58, Newsweek Magazine, Feb. 2008 – Rise of the Real People. I had to come to the blog and scan through dozens of pics to find the one described in that paragraph. Well worth the efforts. Thanks Newsweek. Nice to find something that wasn’t related to war, slumping economy, or Islamic militants.

  74. Anonymous

    February 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Yes, Y-3 shoes.

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