I just love the colours,tones and framing in this image. Beautiful.
My dad has started following your blog and has taken note of the distinct lack of socks on men in the summer. He is a little conservative and tends to at least wear those thin nylon or silk socks in the summer with dress shoes, but hopefully he's being inspired to broaden his style horizon!
Looks like not a cotton suit, but rather closely matched colors. Still looks great. I wish Americans would get over their "image", and feel comfortable with business people on bikes. I normally don't like shoes w/o socks, but it works here
GReat shot, and inspiring for me to get a comfy cotton summer suit.
This gentleman wins because he doesn't listen to any of you sock addicts. I like to wear no-show socks with my dress shoes in the summer. All the carefree comfort of sockless living without the usual discomfort. I really don't understand why anyone would follow the Sartorialist if one doesn't want to broaden one's fashion horizons.
The debate on socks or no socks is really just a point of preference. You can tell this guy is loving it and knows how to pull it off. It seems some people are thrown off by thinking dress shoes are uncomfortable without socks but a great trick I've found is to wear a pair of no-show athletic socks (the thin kind) and fold the back of the sock under the heel so its keeping your feet nice and dry and looks like you're not wearing any socks at all…voila! A summer favorite of mine is to rock my chili Allan Edmunds w/ no socks! Give it a try.
There are two things that draw my attention in this photo. First off why his suit is so short and then secondly why he is riding the bike with dressy shoes. It is so odd and unnatural that I cannot find it posed. It then becomes his style and essence which it distinctively unique. I really keep pondering this outfit and it just makes me love it all the more.
Love this look, Sart. He is Italian no doubt by the sockless Oxfords look. I can do sockless loafers but dressing down Oxfords is a stretch. Everything else…cotton suit, white shirt, unbuttoned jacket sleeves, business frame glasses, watch and even the type of bike is a business/sport mix. It looks like he was at work, took off tie and socks, commandeered the fastest transport and made it to the show.
I love this. Italian men look like they can go for a 5 mile run in there suits and shoes. Love the seams on the jacket and the slim sleeves. Oxblood are the perfect shoe choice for this suit.I'm jealous!
This appears to be a man of wealth and taste from top to bottom. natural gray hair, unencumbered by dye or coloring, skin smooth and unadulterated by tattoos or other accoutrements, a simple bespoke suit, nice shoes…
And look at the bicycle; rendered in just two neutrals, white and silver, with an absence of any distracting graphics -a perfect compliment to any ensemble.
This photo is absolutely brilliant, Scott. You have a great eye. The color palette is crazy: flow from the concrete walls, down the railings and steps to the brick on the ground, up to the suit. Even the chrome on the bike flows with the other neutrals. This man could easily blend into the background but he has a quirky presence, almost theatrical on that bike. Like he's the director of his pose. And he's sharp: the shoes are smooth and dark and the crisp white of his shirt ties into the bike fork and handles. And my dad would love that bike.
Scott- While the suit and bike are beautiful, let's stipulate that if this man actually owned this bike he (1) would know better than to ride his fixie in $500 dress shoes, and (2) would have rolled up his right pant leg.
As a cyclist and a fashionable individual I had to comment finally. I've been coming here for a year and a half–two years and this is the first time I've dropped some comment science.
He's riding a single speed by the looks of the cog. Campagnolo record pista crank, cinelli bars, nitto or cinelli stem. Not sure of the frame. I ride my SS every day to work but I leave my dress shoes at work and wear florescent adidas ZX shoes to and from work.
I love the suit colours, looks breathable and love the no socks look. I'm guessing most men are getting suits hemmed with the Millhouse flood look.
Next year I'm riding my bike from Barcelona to Italy. However I'm tempted to just move there. I don't know how but the fashion sense, culture, cycling, pasta, I love Italy.
Oh, such a picture! Well, I think that I already said, like, a million times that all my fav pics are the one that have bycicles in them… And that is one of the best! I am not even going to start listing what I like about it, because it would take me forever. Mr. The Sartorialist – you are the best (…with Garance Dore… I love her work, too!)
If anyone (male and female) can wear shoes without socks in the summer and dare to take off your shoes in a room without emitting offensive smell, you have plastic feet. The combined smell of warm leather and sweaty feet is enough to wake up the dead. This stylish gentleman will remain my friend in picture!
This is casual and chic both. I love this look, the white makes it chic, the suite is casual. If he would wear a shirt, it would change into boring. And no socks, I donÂ´t like it that often, but this makes it here for me. And nothing to say about the bike! Gorgeous ensemble.
Once again this guy & all Italian men DO WEAR socks! They are wearing something called "fantasminis" which are small hidden socks invisible underneath the shoes!!! Get your facts straight people, before making the assumption that they are not wearing socks. Sheesh!
To quote the Kids IN the Hall: He's hip. He's cool. He's 55!
FAIL.And the weird thig is I really can;t say why. He's exquisitely coiffed and dressed in a beautifully tailored suit, but I can't shake the whole 'man who's dodging death through staying hip' vibe. Probably the fixie and the sockless thing as a combo is niggling at me.
Love this gentleman's attitude and his shiny racing bicycle. San, on the first comment, is right: german men would wear socks… they usually wear socks even with sandals! :) I'll never understand why so many people on this blog are afraid of "sockless" looks. I mean relax! As long as your personal hygiene is all right and you're wearing real quality leather, nothing is going to go wrong!
p.s. more uniform please! I really really liked your "Not Hiding Behind her Uniform" post.
Dears, any tips for what kind of shoes (except comfy mocassini) should be worn with no socks? I tried with classic Church and Bottega Veneta and my feet are still bleeding :( Or is it just for the time of a picture….
What a funny photograph! If you look at only the top half, he looks so straightlaced and conservative, with his starched white cuffs peeping out and his grey hair and spectacles…. I don't like what's going on on his feet – the shoes don't lend themselves to socklessness – they need to be less formal and shiny. For me, the naked ankles take the whole look apart. Pity……he's so nice, otherwise.
To those saying he looks uncomfortable or the bike doesn't fit – you obviously don't ride road bikes. It's a good fit for him and you need to be a bit stretched out compared to a 'sit up and beg' style bike.
To the person who said his saddle is a Brooks – it isn't. It's a modern San Marco Regal. I have a black one. Much more comfortable than an archaic 'cheek spreader' Brooks.
To the person who said he's wearing Capris – he isn't. They are just well tailored trousers that have risen because he's sitting on the bike.
I suspect he rolls his trouser leg when he's riding to avoid the oil getting on his trousers.
I'd put a simple chain guard on there to avoid having to that and fit normal drop brake levers to make the bike look less 'fixie courier wannabe'.
But it's a 9/10 look and infinitely more stylish than anyone I've ever seen on a bike.
This chap's bike is much too small for him; it's obvious because he can put his foot flat on the ground while sitting on the saddle. If he put his saddle up to the correct height he'd have at least 20cm of seat post showing – ie.far too much – and his bars would be much too low. I suspect this is not his bike.
I think its fabulously refreshing for a man not to be following the conformity that men seem to have to abide by when wearing a suit that somehow socks have to be worn with the brogues, I think it looks wonderfully relaxed!
Great picture, I love the cohesiveness of the colours. I have no problem with the no socks look as I doubt that he isn't wearing socks. He's probably wearing the ones that aren't ankle high. The bike is a thing of beauty. It's so shiny and clean, but the lack of mud guards / fenders make me suspect that (even assuming it is his), this is a fair weather bike.