You might know this already but after the New York Times, Le Monde (in this week-end edition) has just reported how fashion-sensitive French have become crazy about your blog and pictures! I enclose the link and article below for your convenience.
This is my first visit on your bog and I agree with your numerous daily readers from all around the globle!
Please, come to London also! Women’s stockings and umbrellas-matching French cufflings enlighten the often-grey skies. Plus, the Old Island has never been so hot and sunny in April!
Clever guy! Playing the elegant against the casual: the small, neat tie and unironed shirt; the trim (actually, a bit too small for him) jacket against the pants with their wonderful color splotches and fraying. Good show!
Usually I loathe the khaki-pant-blue-blazer with look. (It might have something to do with the fact that it was the uniform of the security guards at the museum where I used to work.) This guys makes it look great. It might just be the old cliche that an attractive person can look good in anything.
the jacket is not too small for him – a fitted or even snug waist is great on men (who said the “saque” jacket had to really be a sack?) – it would only be too small for him if it were bunching or pulling at the shoulder or underarm. i think it fits nicely.
he looks like a normal guy trying on a cute outfit instead of a fashionista who is simply a mannequin for a hair/makeup/outfit/accessories matched from an editorial.
which we might need more of, no? we we might need more of, no?
Anyone have a take on the fit of this blazer? I know that the new Polo Ralph Lauren men’s ad campaign features such a style. You can really see the influence of Thom Browne especially in the lapels (they seem to get narrower each season!). I still respect this man’s sense of style, though.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that it makes no sense to me to sell clothes that are a size or two too small. Let me ask any private-schooled guy out there: Remember when you outgrew your nice blazer (navy or otherwise), but your parents wanted it to last the rest of the year? Did you take pride in your blazer when you had to avoid reaching out or bending your arms in it? That what I thought.
If you aspire to be, or are, a true sartorialist, you should be relaxed in your clothes, instead of worrying about their fit every second. Clothes should move around you, not the other way around (and I mean that in a literal and figurative sense).
Wait, those are paint splotches on his *pants*? I thought that was his hand (with inexplicable paint splotches) under his jacket and tucked into his pants pocket? In any case, I love the bow tie and how it juxtaposes against his sorta mean expression.
does it work? only if he really didn’t care if it did or not. depends on this guys intention. personally, i think all the open space around the tie, with that tiny collar is odd against the shape of the jacket and the loose fitting chinos. without the tie…you just have another guy in a blazer and distressed pants. he probably gave this less thought than we have. if so…it works.
This looks like half the guys I went to college with. We had a dress code, which meant shirts and ties for men. However, the student body was kind of crunchy so it wasn’t unusual to see a guy with beat-up khakis and a bow tie.
I’ve visited since graduation, and male students still dress that way. Take this guy and plunk him down in the middle of Sewanee, TN and he’d look right at home.
My opinion is that the jacket is not as much as too small as it is too short. No matter what the fashion, when the button is so high to show 5 inches of shirt and belt underneath and the length of the jacket stops 1/2 way down the zipper of the trousers, it is not flattering…
This gentleman looks too big and tall for his jacket…or the jacket too small and short for the gentleman. Who knows? The rest is OK, I guess he is young and with good looks so he can wear what he wants and still look acceptable. Closer to J Crew than R L though…
He looks like the seniors at my prep school, paint splotches and all, except it’s dried clay from ceramics. The paint does indeed look a bit contrived and poorly pulled off – that said, the unkempt, nonchalant look only works until a certain age. I like the bow tie though.
I’m fine with the look from the waist up. I’m actually a great fan of Polo overall. The pre-weathtered, pre-splattered khakis, however, are another embarrassing effort from RL to sell bohemia/Old Money/whatever to the suburban shopping mall set. Sort of his version of “Jackson Pollack wore khakis,” like The Gap did several years ago. More costume than clothes.
I will say this: I love the notion that a young man in the US would go for this combo and not make it look like he’s a preppy asshole; there are a few too many people in the US who wear this combo and manage to bring the word “arshole” to mind. However, I don’t like how the jacket fits – it’s way too small in the torso length, yet too broad in the shoulders. I can’t tell if he got it all at a thrift store, which is great, and was going for a preppy look on a budget, which is also great, or if he bought this all off the rack from RL like some of you are suggesting. Which is just bad. If he’s going for ironic wrinkled-messy-faux-prep-art-boy on a legit level, LOVE IT. If he bought it all, NO.