I love how even his shoes match & the boldness of the white tie. Say what you will about the rest of the city (or even the world) but no one has better style than a Harlem man heading out to church on Sunday.
It is wonderful that you keep in mind that style is not something that can be defined by one cultural group, it is something personal. Your Harlem series proves that you can seperate Style from stylish.
I love to see your inclusion of this stylish larger man. I’d love to see you include some plus-size women. Trust me, it’s not easy to find good looking, well-made, affordable clothes when only a fraction of clothing stores carry your size.
I love it! If someone had described it to me withouta picture I would cringe but for some reason he seems to pull it off. Evene the too long sleaves seem to work here – they add to the larger than life aesthetic
the question is: can you dig it? and the answer, of course, is: yes I can! I like to think that this gent has a red pin-striped hat in his closet, but he restrained himself and went for the gray to complete the look.
For me, a not svelte white person, its not that he’s black, but that he’s making an asset of his assets. I’m not sure I generally love shiny red illfitting pinstripe suits either, but he demonstrates well that style and confidence have an intimate relationship. Maybe I will go buy that red linen dress I’ve been ogling…This blog is becoming an evening addiction.
I love it, he made me smile and he is very stylish, I think the pants should be un-cuffed to match the longer sleeves, but, I am loving his look, it is so bold! You have an eye for red in mens clothes, I have seen a lot of men in red in the last few months.
oh, i LOVE the rich color and the pinstripes. i SO wish more men would wear a bit more color and pattern, like this. i just want to shorten the armlength a bit, and PULL OUT that wedgie! though i do understand and appreciate that finding clothing that fits non-”standard” body shapes is extremely challenging in this world of standardized production.
In Durham, NC, there’s an elderly (and most definitely NOT large) man who has the most amazing collection of suits in every color you can imagine, usually with hat and cane to boot. I haven’t seen him in a while, but he used to take the bus to Chapel Hill every day and just walk around and greet everyone, I guess. He’s amazing! I just spent more time than I should admit to on google, looking for him…does anyone happen to know who I’m talking about?
He’s certainly ascribing to a very established style (I wouldn’t risk naming it), but is he doing it well? From a fit standpoint, no. The suit is appallingly tailored and it makes him look like a clown. If you’re going to take risks, if you’re going to make bold statements, then do so. Just make sure you do it well.
YES! Sartorialist celebrates people who are true to their own style and not afraid to WORK IT for all its worth! I think one of the reasons I’m so not judgmental or fussy about this fellow is that we’re so different (I’m a middleaged white lady lawyer living in Seattle) that I just don’t feel at all threatened by his loud style. even though I could never pull it off myself. (Whereas the middlaged white lady in Paris with the see-through skirt? Totally freaked me out. It was like, “If THAT’S style, then there’s no room for me among the fashionable.”)
Maybe I need to read Sartorialist less as a fahsion amg (“dos and don’ts”) and more as a celebration of the real style that real people are making work for them.
Oh no. If this man were not black, this would be hands-down GARISH. But because urban style has nurtured such unfortunate trends like XXXXXL streetwear, candy colors, and gratutious jewelry, people think this man is some sort sartorial revelation. But there is a difference between dressing bold and sharply, and trying to look like a pimp. He could learn a thing or two from Ferre.
The problem here is all with fit. The celebration of this gentleman’s taste and style is deserved. However, turning a blind eye to the terribly oversized jacket and unsavory tightness in the crotch is not a celebration of sartorial acumen, but rather an injustice to it. “Sunday best 2, Harlem” is a perfect example of looking great (i.e., fit), and look how great his pinned collar is. This man (in red) needs a good tailor and then he deserves a pic on this blog.
Being a native New Yorker I’ve seeing varitions of this look all my life. When I look back at it I applaud the looks as over-the-top-tacky-fun. But whenever I see the latest in this hideous show of polyester peacockery it makes want to hide behing a mailbox and cringe…
But you know what? It makes for one beatiful photo! Keep it up!!!
Not an easy style for complimenting,we all know. We have seen the monochromatic manic to many of times, the grey accent saves him from overkill.But had it been a man with a slim build would we have considered him innovative? I give this man heds’up for not being inside the box. Amongst his stylistic peers he is probably a pioneer…..
He looks great! Some of you don't get the culture of "Church on Sunday" clothing so you think its terrible, but same can be said abou the hipster culture. The sunday best's are more about how you wear it! He's flossin!
At any rate, fashion is art. Yeah, sure, some of it is garish and a visceral betrayal but fashion remains an expression much like music, poetry and of the like. Any person willing to shout out to the world who they and not shroud behind societies stark, insipid acceptances is aces in my book.