Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On the Street….The Sartorialist Mix, Florence

I love this mix of Adidas shoes and a chic linen jacket worn by a refined gentleman. To wear the expected loafers or espadrilles would, in this case, make his look somehow less interesting.


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  1. Beverly Bohan

    June 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I love men who wear colour.

  2. Mae

    June 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    love the color of the jacket

  3. Aattlee

    June 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Really? I've got to say, a man can never go wrong with loafers, but adidas bright white trainers?…..
    Wicked-cool jacket, though. Now THAT is a style sensation. :)

    P.s, feedback, as ever is HUGELY appreciated.
    P.p.s, great to have you blogging regularly again. x

  4. To Vogue or Bust

    June 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with you, the Adidas shoes give his look something else…he looks like a past champion athlete, but an incredibly chic one.


  5. Tennesse

    June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    oh florence! the most beautiful people.

  6. Sing

    June 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Love his look! The sneakers are unexpected but work.


  7. TheFashionAddict

    June 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    that's a beautiful jacket, he has the perfect pop of colour needed for summer


  8. Ana Laura

    June 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Italians do it better!awesome!

  9. oensh

    June 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    i love it but im not a fan of colour.. but i like it when seeing people wearing bright colours..
    it was fresh..

    check out my new blog..hope you guys like it..



  10. Elise Willems

    June 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Love this deep and bright type of orange.
    To all Dutch soccer supporters: sophisticated orange is possible people! Learn!

  11. Fashion Monstre

    June 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    hate the sneakers but i just love it!

  12. Natalya's Closet

    June 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I love his expression, he knows he looks good! XOXO, Natalya

  13. SabinePsynopsis

    June 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    It's interesting that trainers can look so daring – but they do; it's like a break with 'the rules'. How does he keep them so clean, I wonder.

  14. Jennie Nhi Nguyen

    June 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    haha love it, old man with addidas is so cool!

    xx http://asianeyedgirl.blogspot.com/

  15. KatyMay

    June 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    The colour of his jacket is imence,
    And his face tells so many stories, wow.

  16. Juan Manuel Trejo Sánchez

    June 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    He makes the confy look work with style!

    Are small socks on the trend?

  17. Nadine2point0

    June 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I want to say wrong but this dude looks really cool somehow and it takes years off his age.
    It's the rolled up thing + sneakers I guess…

  18. bob pope

    June 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    not feeling the sneakers. could have worn something more expressive in leather: moccasins, sandals,….

  19. the nickel fit

    June 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    great contrast, and the reverse works as well. sweats and t-shirt with unexpected loafers.

  20. Anonymous

    June 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Awesome outfit, from shins upwards. The sneakers kill it for me…

  21. Tzoulia Kadoglou

    June 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    i love his jacket

  22. esercizidistile

    June 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I love the color of the Jacket! so summer style!

  23. Kate Rose

    June 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    wonderful shade orange+white is so nice and clean and fresh and sherbet-y and I'll stop ranting now.

    sneakers are a nice sporty touch

  24. Anonymous

    June 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Love it – the influence of the Jil Sander show for Spring 2011 of a few days ago is already asserting itself in the bright color seen here.


  25. Mackenzie {Design Darling}

    June 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    i couldn't love it anymore. if you've got to wear sneakers, this is how to do it.

  26. Kar

    June 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    It takes a confident or retired man to wear that jacket. BTW, I'm most impressed by his blinding whites. His wife or laundress must buy bleach in bulk.

  27. Anonymous

    June 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I think loafers or espadrilles would have looked better than Adidas personally.

  28. Eugenio

    June 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Running shoes with jacket? No thanks!
    Orange espadrilles would be really better.

  29. The Photodiarist

    June 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I am loving the orange blazer the most.

  30. Anonymous

    June 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I usually only leave snide comments, but not today. This gentleman has figured out how to wear sneakers in good taste. Amazing!

  31. un

    June 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm



    June 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    he's so stylish !!

  33. Tae Hee

    June 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    wow a male who can pull of a outfit of orange blazer, white pants and adidas shoes with a gentlemen looks! that is really stylish!

    read me at:



  34. Román Iglesias

    June 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    woooow I really like this
    hw I always say : confort over all


  35. Miiicha

    June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    really cool look !

  36. Daniele

    June 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    My heart sank when I saw the running shoes. I pray that this unfortunate american staple doesn't catch on in Italy.

  37. Anna

    June 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Dark skin and dark colour with with are perfect combination!

  38. ringtales

    June 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    i am surprised about the adidas i was in florence last month and you only see tourist in sneakers.

    i like the bold look in his eyes though, with a confident attitude you can pull off most everything.


  39. kelli

    June 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Great look, and love the jacket!

  40. Masha. A Note.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Orange!!! Weee! So playful and elegant at the same time.

  41. J K

    June 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I think white canvas Jack Purcells or Sperrys would have been a better choice.

    While overall the outfit looks great, this is an ensemble in which you don't dare remove the jacket lest you be mistaken for a waiter!

  42. thestyleexpress.com

    June 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    ooooh, haven't been here in so long, love the white and tangerine colors, soooo summmer!

  43. Prêt à Porter P

    June 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    This guys is so cool. He could be wearing almost anything and still look like the kind of guy you want to talk to you.

  44. Anonymous

    June 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    The orange with white is great and he looks wonderful….until you get to the shoes! Just can't get with that look.

  45. Anonymous

    June 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I don't understand how so many can disparage the man's sneakers. They are nicely designed, and with a little blue in them, they provide the perfect compliment to the orange jacket. Orange is such a strong statement, and the casualness of the sneakers softens it. It's also a question of comfort. I like to mix my converse sneakers with my jackets, but a nice, clean pair of adidas would be even more comfortable and unexpectedly stylish.

  46. honeybeeandme

    June 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm



  47. Tracy

    June 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    This is interesting and stylish. The last slew of photos have been kind of boring or maybe I'm just losing interest.

  48. oddtonic

    June 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love the outfit, but the sneakers have the most character. To me it says this gentleman knows what he likes and doesn't sacrifice comfort OR style – just redefines it. I also get the sense that he is active and modern… all from the choice of footwear with this outfit.

    Also, I totally agree that the blue foils the orange jacket very well! It looks like he might have a white handkerchief with blue and orange detail in his pocket… anyone else see that?

  49. Victoria and Danni

    June 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    definition of cool.



  50. UES boy

    June 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    he looks sooo comfortable in what he wears…and I'm not just saying that because he's wearing a pair of sneakers, he just looks totally at ease with the whole outfit.

  51. craig

    June 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I've always felt that sneakers can be worn in many summer situations. As long as they are brand new looking and not overly designed.

  52. ridwan

    June 22, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    he look's so fresh

  53. Anonymous

    June 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    i cannot agree…. It doesnot work for me… man his age only should wear sneakers either for the gym or running! and sockless of course…!

  54. Jane

    June 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    This jacket is spectacular, and the combination with white very interesting. But I would have loved to see it with espadrilles.

  55. Anonymous

    June 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    i agree! it's his refinement that makes it. he's beeeeauuuutiful.

  56. J.Ro

    June 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    When orange is done right, you can start quite a fire. Bravo!!


  57. Jacqueline

    June 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

    He gives off an affluent man's vibe done right. I love that men can exude style such as this.

    - Jacqueline Podewils
    fashion columnist

  58. kristie ngg studios

    June 23, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Just wanted to say I love your blog! I'm not usually too into the fashion scene but your images are just so inspiring – thanks! :)

  59. HandMadeBrigadeofOC.com

    June 23, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I'm lovin the orange blazer. Yes if he was wearing loafers then we might not have as much to comment on, but I think the loafers would of looked a little better!

  60. proletarian Great Gatsby

    June 23, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Orange & White.The sun at dawn.Happy,mystic and Hermes.

  61. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I have to disagree on those shoes. There are much smarter sneakers on the market that would've stood out as the jacket does.

  62. Hiroaki Nagahata

    June 23, 2010 at 4:57 am

    i agree!!!
    imagination is most important to enjoy fashion.

  63. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 5:21 am

    yes yes YES! Totally interesting and modern…

    Glad you featured this because for me the Sartorialist was getting too 'Loafer-fied' and Bourgeois/refined. Big/sports trainers are also more and more popular recently a la 90s…check out New Power Studio etc…

    LOVE IT, thanks Sart I'm back on board.


  64. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 5:44 am

    ah, yes, what a wonderful combination ..& what a beautiful man..

  65. Valentine

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 am

    hehe the adidas!

    That is a cool man!

    …..the diary of a fashion stylist…..

  66. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I hope I look this good when I am his age. This one still kicks; you better watch out!

  67. brightlightsbigcity

    June 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Oh that is amazing! Orange is one of my favorite colors although you do risk resembling a safety cone. He, however, wears this well.


  68. Big M

    June 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I want that jacket!

  69. FashionLifeCoach

    June 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

    He is so italian. A classy gent with style ,but youthful features like the sneaker or the great bright blazer.

  70. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

    He is just perfect! Congrats.

  71. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I love his adidas shoes. I doubt this design is available in the States (I'm a girl, so I'm not sure about men's shoes). Comparatively, European footwear makers tend to design more casual and stylish sneakers, as opposed to the muscle shoes (just think adidas and PUMA vs. Nike). Partially, I think it's because Americans wear sneakers as sports gears rather than a fashion piece for walking around town. How many walking cities do we have in the US?!

  72. 21arms 9

    June 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

    aaawwwww he's married :(

  73. Sounds of Symmetry

    June 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I'm not sure about the sneakers… I love his jacket though!


  74. joshylola

    June 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Great linen jacket

  75. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    This reminds me of a dear departed friend and mentor who rocked bright orange Adidas sneakers with hand tailored Japanese-inspired clothing. She wanted to be comfortable and look good and she always did.

  76. Bell

    June 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Muy elegante el cóctel para un señor que entiende seguro.

  77. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    You're right, the sneakers add something. He would look overdressed in loafers, and not as comfy. I love the jacket, linen, I'm guessing. It rocks.

  78. Carmen

    June 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I like the mixture of colors and that of shoes of sport allied to a really smart suit!
    Great grandpa!

  79. fashionsdirtylaundry

    June 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    casual perfection

  80. Saraheagle

    June 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Actually, after looking at this picture a second time, I actually think that espadrilles or loafers wouldn't have worked nearly as well. They are simply too common and staid, or at least too expected. The sneakers on the other hand, lend themselves nicely with both the touch of blue while also extending the white motif to his feet. They make him seem more laid back, young and fit than if he were wearing a more traditional shoe.


  81. EmmaLee

    June 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Way to be fresh and comfortable. I'm diggin' it.

  82. Yellow Penguin

    June 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Strange choice of fashion but the white shoes, pants and shirt gives off a vibrant youth. Great spot!

  83. Tiffany

    June 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I agree. The loafers would do this look no justice!

  84. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    He looks smashing in that jacket! A bold and confident look that he carries off well.

  85. Star

    June 24, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I *really hate* glompy sports shoes off the sports court. A slim pair of loafers, or even a pair of Wallabies for pete's sake, would have been so much better. On the other hand, the increasing years bring (sigh) annoying health problems, and he probably has foot pain. The practicalities of real life off the catwalk force compromises between our senses of style and the do-able.

  86. Daviddixit

    June 24, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Yes, he might look less 'interesting', but he would look better !

  87. bird of light

    June 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I agree with the Sartorialist, and may I add this gentleman suits the vibrant orange and stark white, I love it! He really does look comfortable while staying chic. Tres cool!

  88. Liz S

    June 24, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Oooo no–people with runners on with anything other than a sports outfit is just so wrong. The mainstream American tourists have brought it to the world unfortunately. It started to happen in the 80s–people took them out of their context in such a non-artistic way. I am sure they do it for comfort for their aged feet but it just looks bad taste.

    Surely there are other shoes that are just as comfortable?? If there isn't, someone should quickly make a good business plan for it. If you want to be cool or trendy or tasteful–runners are not it, IMHO.

  89. maryjo

    June 24, 2010 at 9:42 am

    The shoes just confirm the gentleman's healthy lifestyle which shows in his face and physique and so completes the look.

    A couch potato could NOT pull off this outfit.

  90. antique lover

    June 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

    True true….with the sneakers he looks great but is casual and debonair!

    Great blog!

  91. maryjo

    June 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

    But, then I looked at what he's holding in his hand and am questioning the healthy lifestyle bit. Although, he does pull off the farce very well.

  92. The Hype Around...

    June 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Such a refeshing and classy break from the standard khaki or seersucker ensemble. The color is beautiful againts skin that has seen the sun but is not overly burnt. And the choice of footwear, well, lets just say that the kids don't have a monopoly on how "rock the sneaks"

  93. Mogens G. Andersen

    June 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    If you have to wear sneakers keep them clean!! This gent does. That's why they are still stylish with the white trousers and shirt.

    Personally, though, I don't like to wear plastic on my feet. Or anywhere else on my body, for that matter.

  94. Joanna Herrick

    June 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I loved this look so much that I ended up putting some items together from our store to help our customers get his look. And I linked them all to your blog in my post! We happen to have an orange sport coat in the store right now and I just hadn't thought of putting it together this way! Check it out!

  95. Isabella

    June 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

    i love this! it makes me want to be in italy with my family, but that's besides the point. i adore the color of his jacket! so great to see someone elderly still being very stylish! props to him!


  96. ArtaXatrA

    June 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Gonna have to agree with Star and Liz S on this one. As athletic shoes go, these aren't bad…at least they're clean and continue the white motif. But even for comfort, there are many, many better options than what he's got on. A white pair of Converse sneaks woulda gone well, I think. Athletic shoes need to stay in the gym where they belong…they don't flatter anybody.

  97. Chris Dijksterhuis

    June 25, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Italy reppin'Orange

  98. Anonymous

    June 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

    He reminds me so much of Bob Hawke in his younger days.

  99. JAV

    June 26, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I'm sure he could spare that jacket. Give it to me. =)

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  100. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

    What IS it about Italian men? This should look ridiculous, but this man looks handsome, sophisticated and sexy! (OK, he's probably handsome, sophisticated, and sexy no matter what he wears. :>)


  101. Brummagem Joe

    June 27, 2010 at 7:31 am

    ……this guy looks knockout, absolutely knockout. The sneakers wouldn't be my thing but they work fine, in fact better than fine, and are very comfortable for shlepping around

  102. Carl A

    June 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Were can a buy this sneakers?


  103. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    a moment of casual repose, not a "pose" makes it so relaxing and refreshing

  104. Directorial

    June 30, 2010 at 11:35 am

    And I thought Mario Batali had a trademark on this color orange.

  105. Felicita_K

    July 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Very relaxing and fresh look. Don't consider about details… he's just positive!

  106. Global Girl

    July 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    He makes cool look hot!

  107. sisters in black frocks

    July 6, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I wish more men would do this look…especially in america. one of my favorite parts of going to europe is seeing how men style their adidas. a good mix of casual-chic….this photo makes me think of kate moss in the 90's when she use to wear her adidas with dresses.

  108. Kathleen

    July 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    "Nobody does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest"

  109. BasicbutChic

    July 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I really love the summer jacket not structured mainly the linen ones. This orange is sofantastic than this Sir made the excellent choice to wear only white shirt and pants with.

  110. saucony progid

    August 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I like his shoes…cute…Adidas is a shoes for all times…^_^

  111. Jupiter Blauhut II

    August 13, 2010 at 3:52 am

    For my taste cream low chucks with no socks (or a canvas Straight Tip Bal Oxford like they did wear in the 30ties on the tennis court with long whites) would have been more spiffy.

  112. BedBeats

    September 4, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Fantastically put together.

  113. Tara's Dolce Vita

    September 17, 2010 at 10:35 am


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    Keeping fit and young, for both inside and outside is an important yet difficult goal to archieve.

  115. Magdalena Konstancja H.

    February 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    It would look much, much better with different shoes.

  116. phil

    May 29, 2014 at 6:51 am

    wear trainers only when doing sport.

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