I think there is a very distinct line between accessorizing and decorating yourself, and this gentleman crosses it with the belt. There are endless choices for belts and other accessories that do not contain unnecessary embellishments. Menswear should be, IMO, simple; luxury should come from the material and the construction of the garments. It is a shame in this instance because everything else fits just-so: from the sunglasses to the sandals. It is the belt I dislike. Jorge from W Palm Beach
From above the belt and below the ankle I love it. Belt to below the knee? Awful. Pants are too short or they’re entirely the wrong cut for him, I can’t tell which is the fault. Actually, they look like women’s pants in that they don’t seem cut for a man.
this man really is a great example of the power of accessories. his clothing is relatively simple, and the details are interesting enough to give him a second look. i wish more american men weren’t so fearful of showing this sort of creativity in dress!
I think in general the look is amazing minus the belt. For me it is just a little out of place and I am not really sure you can pull that off with that kind of outfit. I love the fit of the shirt and the sandals are a great look.
Cat’s Eyes and Capris on a man? For me it works, i love the belt too. I had to blow the picture up to really appreciate all the details like his pin-tucked shirt that works with the belt. Those great sandals add solidity. The only thing i don’t like is his over-size watch, it seems out of place with the finer elements. As always, Sart, your powers of observation are unparalleled. Thanks.
he looks like a woman. i had to open up the window to see that he wasn’t. i am all in favor from borrowing from gender specific styles but the whole thing is not attractive. those are cat-eye shaped sunglasses! the point of the borrowing the idea is to take from them the highlights and tailor it to the male/female that is wearing the piece. not to just wear womens clothes or mens clothes- these are shapes that are female specific and are unflattering on him…
reminds me of the film, The Boys in the Band when one of the characters does a riff on his friends medicine cabinet. “Men’s cologne, men’s hairspray, men’s facial firming cream, men’s tweezers,” oh my god dear just get a dress.
I would expect most americans to not like this look. Especially the pants and the belt, but in Europe men wearing these capris are common. Everyone has a pair of shorts that hit below the knee and cut pretty close.
I’m not a huge fan of the belt’s design, but i do like the colours on it. Considering he is standing in front of an azealea tree, which hints a a hot climate, the look passes in my books…perhaps only because I am assuming he has an attitude to pull this off.
I think a interestingly striped, coloured leather or woven belt would be a little less feminine, but i admire his attempt at trying something new.
i generally don’t read any of the comments that have to do with middle-aged menswear but these new posts about the impact of mens accesories have me taking in every word i can. i never thought of mens fashion being very interesting once the man reached a certain age (all suits and loafers) but these men prove me wrong!
No no no no no no no no NO! Sorry. The last shot was totally awesome. The bearded gentlemen looked interesting while still appearing manly and stylish. This guy looks ridiculous.
He is dressed like a woman. I like pastels probably more than the next guy, but this man looks like he is wearing women’s capris, a women’s blouse and that belt looks silly and so overly foppish that I cannot rightly call it stylish. The last one was a home run, but this is a foul ball.
Actually, his whole outfit makes a lot of sense if you look at it through a different lens. His belt is very much reminiscent of the textiles of the hill tribes of Northern Thailand – its intricate embroidery with quilting and stamped metal “coins” or embellishment. The dark indigo blue shirt is very Thai as well. Just looking at it from my Southeast Asian perspective.
Adore the belt, but not with the rest of the outfit. If I were to wear such a fun, standout belt, I would nix the capris. They distort the beauty of the belt, which would look much, much better paired with regular length trousers.
Ok, I agree that part one was an amazing look (sans big froey hair/beard)…but part two is horrible! The greasy hair, the alien sunglasses, the belly-dancer belt and man-capris! I’m sorry, but in any gentleman’s style book, these should be the ingredients for a total flop. On the plus side, I love the tuxedo-pleat detailing on the shirt and I don’t hate the sandals–though they would go much better with shorts.
I am all for the belt, and a huge fan of big watches, but two details of this man’s outfit confuse me: the shirt, which reminds me of those summer items with straight bottoms that men wear in order to avoid tucking the shirt in; and the Capris, which seem too short on him. I like the idea of Capris for men, but to my taste they are most successful when the man has gorgeous calves and wears a delicate shoe and perhaps an anklet.
I adore capris on a man, but I guess – having seen this – that what I adore are seeing mens’ capris on a man.
Sorry, but I can’t believe it’s just the Americans who don’t like or don’t “get” this look. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that every once in a while we’ll see a photo of someone who just is not well dressed, despite how fun, cool, limit-pushing, etc. each individual piece may be. Love the sandals, love the watch, even the shirt is pretty good. But he’s not, overall, well dressed.
This man may be a fashion victim, but atleast he’s not a gender victim. I really love the belt. It’s the rest of the outfit I don’t love… mainly the proportions. I feel like he could really rock the belt if it were worn a little differently.
I must admit that I don’t really get the “he looks like a woman” comments. The basic look (sandals, capris, short-sleeved shirt) is very common in Europe during the summer. Seriously, it’s as common as jeans and a t-shirt. Obviously, this fellow tried something different with the belt and IMO it doesn’t really work, but saying he looks like a woman is just silly.
I disagree with Jorge From W Palm Beach (near the top of this list of comments). Why not embellish? Why not decorate? This guy pulls it off with such elan and panache, it’s a delicious visual pop. Bravo!
There’s a lot of folks grousing about this look. I have to disagree. I think it’s very cool and totally unique and actually very intelligent in regards to how it’s put together and the underlying themes.
There’s a lot going on here that is super interesting and playing around with different fashion trends. Some commentators complain the pants are to much like female capri pants. I don’t think so. It’s actually pushing the trend of ankle baring pants on men up even higher. I suppose another way to look at is lengthening well made “dressy” shorts. Interesting.
And the belt is such a visually arresting accent. Combine that with the tuxedo shirt (that is short sleeved!) and an oversized watch which is very masculine in an almost intentionally overdone way, and, well, you have a form of playful fashion intelligence that you just don’t often see on men.
I think the guy has ovwerdone the look. he may have been able to get away with one of the blouse,, the belt or the capris, but not all 3 together. Plus the fact that he has a slim build only adds to the feminising effect
I remain absolutely convinced that the community of commenters on this blog is perhaps the uniformly predictible, boring, conservative, and far more traditional that any member would freely admit — best evidenced by the public reaction with ANY posted menswear look that has the AUDACITY to venture even slightly off the more traditional plank.
This blog is far far more entertaining when I hide myself from viewing the mostly absurd comments.
Like looking at a museum painting…had to open my mind & reserve judgement…Hmm, could he have a throwing knife tucked into the back of that gypsy belt? Or is this a matador on a break? A thought provoking image. But, the posture. What do the rounded forward shoulders and concave chest say?
For once I do disagree with Jorge (to whom I apologize for mis-spelling his name the other day). Actually I agree with his concept of “luxury” but this belt can be approved outside of those parameters, as a colorful and fun item he likes and chose to wear, for instance. As far as its’ working with the outfit, it does precisely because the rest of the look is simple and subdued in color and silhouette.
i’d have liked to see the pants a bit more capri-length, or even skimming the ankle, better..also not a big fan of those sandals..they look a bit insubstantial for the rest of the outfit..i do, however, love the belt..colours..coins..mmm..
I don’t like the belt. At all. Speaking of accessories: male fashion, even more so than women’s fashion, is a lot about minimalism. You can accessorize only when you’ve left open spots for elements. Otherwise your accessories turn into excessories.