I am old enough to know and love the work, and personal style of both of these iconoclasts you have referenced today.
Yes, this gentleman evokes the "To Hell With You All" spirit of both men, but especially Steve McQueen for me. Maybe it's because this could be McQueen, except the beard would be a bit more scruffy, standing here if he were still with us.
I love this man's outfit, or should I say complete look?, from head to toe.
My husband has a pair of Allen Edmond Chukka boots he's owned for at least 10 years. They are his favorite pair of shoes! He is a doctor and wears them to work with the usual doctor fair, and to this day receives compliments on these shoes every time he wears them.
The last time I took them to the Cobbler for an overhaul, our Cobbler paused and actually stroked the leather and said: "You know, Edmonds doesn't make his Chukka boots like this anymore, these are gorgeous". I've had many a conversation with my Cobbler about shoes, but only twice in over thirty years, has he actually stopped to talk and admire a pair of our shoes.
This man's shoes, Chukka Boots?, look older and very well taken are of. I like this about a person. Taking care of the precious accessories they have purchased over the years. Good leather only gets better looking and richer with patina as the years go by. Great photograph Scott!
Well, so far nobody gets it. Perhaps too young to remember? This is a tried and true look. Yes, the beard kind of throws you off even for Italy because of the length. But still, Google these men Scott has referenced before commenting. Scott has it right on the button!
Gene Kelly was/is the best icon! Although I'm not a great fan of musicals, I wouldn't be without "An American in Paris", where you can see what a multi talented artist he was! Here you can see where Michael Jackson found inspiration for style and dance moves. :)
I am continually delighted by the men you feature on your blog, Scott. It is a quality to admire and emulate when worn objects are treated as meaningful items to be taken care of and loved for as long as possible. It's clear that there are elements of that in this picture (the Chukkas, definitely!). He'd look just as at home in this corduroy jacket as he would in a leather piece on top of a hog, McQueen style.
Love love love your blog. It occurred to me, however, that most of your material comes from Firenze, Milano, Paris or NYC. Having traveled extensively to Italy I know how stylish everyone is there. I imagine the same are for NYC and Paris.
Have you ever considered traveling to a style challenged locale and searching for that Look? Could be interesting and challenging.
I'm sorry but the pants are more Steve Ercule than Steve McQueen! not to be mean but I also believe that If someone has the bottom half of his look so wrong, then he got the top look right by absolute fluke!
Good lord. He looks just like my father the Stanford English professor, c. 1974. I suppose minus the beard, handkerchief, and cellphone, but still. Back before fashion for men. Before branding. Before the search for authenticity began in earnest.
classic combination, comfortable and great fit. Pants length too short? Regarding Steve McQueen, Gene Kelly, etc. Men's style in the 20thC. was greatly influenced by the Prince of Wales, ca.1930s (who abdicated) and English style in general, google him and know where Ralph gets it all from. Mostly, the best clothes were from about 3 places: Brooks Brothers, Paul Stuart, J.Press or small men's stores. The english/preppy style was about all there was. Men wore suits EVERYWHERE, look at photos of old baseball games, photos of NY 1940s, 50s, 60s, a blazer or worsted wool jacket with khakis, (later jeans) on saturday/sunday my grandfather and father NEVER went out without blazer or "sportsjacket" in wool or linen, and shined shoes!Neither owned jeans, a t-shirt (underwear)Summer casual shirts were polo shirts, often under a linen jacket and linen trousers. (see Gene Kelly)These days it is rare to be dressed this way,but the number of compliments received, from women, is extraordinary. Please, Sart. US examples! tks
I grew up in the shadows of Princeton University in the 1970s where a more frayed and rumpled version this style was fairly ubiquitous among the teaching staff, including the facial hair and longer hair style. But back then they might have worn loafers or Topsiders and probably would have been missing a button on the shirt, the beard would have been unruly and the hair pretty unkempt. What I love about this as a photograph are all the different textures and lines. What I love about this man's style is the fact that he looks casual, but crisp and well groomed. (I love the pocket square). I'm going to go out on a limb and guess he probably smells pretty damn fine, too.
Like the look, just as I like the previous photo. Looks better without the doily thingie in the pocket. However, I cannot tell the textures on my monitor. I like the look of white pants, but they are impractical. Khaki tan hides a lot that white will not.
I have to agree with 'scram' here. I was waiting for such a comment. I believe his pants should have rested a little lower than above his belly button. Would've looked a bit more relaxed and sexy (my opinion). Looks more like an American in Florence :) Either way, Sart, you do a great job. Love your blog.
I really love seeing pictures like this one of slightly older and much less obviously 'styled' men. He may not be clad in skinny genes, high-tops, or any of the other trademark style staples of most men who consider themselves chic but this guy's timeless, classic style and rugged facial hair (I'm a sucker for a good beard) put him far beyond his younger and more 'on-trend' competitors in the style stakes. X
Nice idea…Personally… I don't like seeing the hem line on the pants, Pants sit an inch too high on the waist, Jacket is an inch too short at the hem Belt and shoe match too try hard, might be better in taupe. All it screams out is "Here's my belt and shoes"
I do like the colour combo, he's nearly there. Love the textural background to the photo.
Colours are great! Lovely co-ordination of of jacket, shoes, belt (and hair). Great relaxed look on the jacket with welted pockets. A extra 1-2cm off cuff/sleave lenth on the shirt though for me and more length on the trousers.
I happen to have always liked this look–rather popular in the 70s but timeless really–chocolate brown you can't go wrong with I think–and I adore a good beard and some length to hair also. His shoes speak strength and trust–if only his trousers were just an inch or so longer… the pebblecrete is a great backdrop for this photo.
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I like the way he dress, always, and I personally think he transmits the value of the elegance. Simplicity and not flashy garments are the key. The most important thing to be elegant is the attitude and his is perfect.
“I like the look of white pants, but they are impractical. Khaki tan hides a lot that white will not.”
I’m sorry, but not to wear white because it might get dirty? All of our clothes get dirty. Don’t spill stuff on yourself! Also, that’s what the laundry is for – sheesh! To not wear white because it’s “impractical”!!!