This, to me, looks like what would happen if Dior outfitted Wall Street traders.  I’d love to see practical, sportswear materials continue to work their way into classic sartorial suiting.  It could really shake up a very staid, boring segment of menswear.

 

I wonder what the Wall Street trading pit would look like if dressed by Nike.  Sounds like a great editorial for Fantastic Man.

 

I think this also proves the idea that men will wear anything as long as other men are wearing it too.

 

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  1. Simbarashe

    August 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I don’t know why, especially with a new generation of professionals, the business fashion of men in particular isn’t pushed more. Women have been breaking boundaries for decades and all we can come up with is a modification on the button count of a suit jacket. More dare, more imagination, more colours please.
    http://lordashbury.com

    • Hannah

      August 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      I agree. Although I’m a girl, I believe that more risks could be taken in men’s fashion. In women’s fashion, boundaries are pushed to the limit, but not so much in men’s. It’s something I would definitely like to see more of.
      -Hannah
      http://www.hannahsfashionblog.com/

    • Mr Essentialist

      August 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      This is completely true. I also think that as long as other men are wearing it, it will become accepted as a ‘norm’.
      I’m all for mesh details like this, however best worn over another tee (as pictured) and in small areas – for now!

      http://www.MrEssentialist.com

      • Thom

        August 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        I completely agree! There’s a conservative force in dressy men’s fashion. It varies so little its few deviations seem almost cyclical. Let’s change it!

        thisbayarealife.wordpress.com

    • irene

      August 7, 2012 at 12:32 am

      i agree too. Men fashion is cool, but it always goes around the same things. Let’s say it’s way more simple and easier and maybe men should take more risks
      http://www.ontomywardrobe.com

  2. Littlelulu

    August 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Perfect blazer!!such a great shot!!

    http://lovelittlelulu.blogspot.gr/

  3. Polly

    August 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I think Jil Sander said once that men look handsome in a suit. I agree!

  4. Laura

    August 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    You are totally right! This vest is great!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  5. Beatrice

    August 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I just love that shirt! Great pic!

    http://www.thefashioncuisine.com

  6. Serdane

    August 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I think that menswear is too boring enough to say that there is an evolution which can be noticed indeed. Even if we’ve moved from a typical wearing process, there is something missing with what we see on the street. I think for me it’s the lack of originality. But what can we do ? We are men, we’re not used to wonder about our appearance and our daily look, silhouette etc etc …

    http://www.younglington.wordpress.com

    • Simbarashe

      August 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Serdane, I attribute this wholly to retailers. You walk into a unisex store and 75% of it is carved out for women. Of course, women by in large shop way more than we do. But then take a store like Gap, every season they have completely new lines for women, while the mannequin men have been wearing the same cut jeans from 2006. Same sweaters and polos, different colours (but really the same colours, just different to match the seasons). Lots of retailers do this. It’s absurd. Granted, what you want can probably be found in a boutique, but most men in the Western world don’t have a Soho or Oxford Circus in their town.
      http://lordashbury.com

  7. Sophie Mhabille

    August 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    You re right : would be great to use sportswear material for classic suits, like your exemple on the picture

  8. Irene's Closet

    August 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  9. Kate

    August 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    And is that just a little bit of color peeking out from his left sock? Love it.

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  10. Natasha

    August 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I love reading your insights along with the photographs.
    I’m not sure I love this idea, but I imagine in the blistering sweaty heat of a New York summer, it might be merciful to give businessmen this option?

    ~Natasha Fatah Giveaway~

  11. Paola J.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    In regards to your last sentence, atleast here in the US they will… men seem to be more fashionbly “daring” in other countries.

  12. Kat

    August 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, my dear, this is not fashion. Traders on the floor wear different coloured jackets to distinguish their particular function (blue jackets at the NYSE indicate a specialist, for instance). This one fits remarkably well from the back, but they usually look pretty shabby (although, this guy is hunched over, giving the jacket a more tailored look). They finally made the back mesh so the jackets aren’t as hot (floor trading is sweaty enough as it is). The jackets I’ve worn were made of nasty fabric and looked horrible. But, in your shot, it looks positively fashionable.

    • Jaygo

      August 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Ah-hah!

    • Ta

      August 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Arrggghhh ! And here I am thinking that men’s business wear was on the cusp of new and exciting things. You are right, the artistic skills of the Sartorialist makes this look good.

    • Jen

      August 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      I thought so. And with regards to “men will wear anything…” seems like some men will wear anything if it means making a boatload of money! I might too.

  13. Randy

    August 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I like this look – I’m frequently called on to host a business event in which looking somewhat more than business casual is called for, but for which I may be doing tech support and crawling under tables to connect cables. This looks like something that could work nicely in that situation.

  14. cpmahoney

    August 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’d agree, men will wear anything if they see other men wearing it. Especially when it looks like you aren’t trying. In my mind that is the crux of men’s wear. it can’t look like you are trying . . . . too hard at least.

  15. jane

    August 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Looks like some sort of sports jersey to me. Yankees fan?

  16. rEVOLVEr

    August 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I always thought BOSS was heading in that direction for a moment during the 90′s with the technological advances in textile yet they never really pushed through. Let’s face it, there is still a huge amount of people who consider BOSS as the epitome of fashion and I think they should push this specific sportswear ideas a lot further. The other thing is, why hasn’t Nike made a formal division? Imagine Lebron wearing a Nike suit? 100% synthetic cutting edge drifit fibers made from recycled materials. They could work yearly with different designers to make a luxurious looking yet affordable product…

  17. STYLE CROISSANT

    August 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Oh wow I’m itrigued by this new suit style ! Could it be the next trend ?

  18. GiorgiaD

    August 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    It could easily fit in a Moncler Gamme Bleu collection don’t you think?
    Their key pieces, blazers and suits -if deprived from the more catwalk ready, spectacular details- are actually pretty wearable!

  19. Becky Bedbug

    August 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    What an interesting suit. It’s fantastic to see a businessman with some sartorial flair!

    Becky
    http://www.beckybedbug.com

  20. Diana Pereira

    August 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Menswear just keeps getting better and better. Every season I find myself shopping at the opposite side of the stores.
    love the sheerness

    http://www.thefashioadroit.com

  21. Kat

    August 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    It’s not an interesting suit, Becky. These are standard issue jackets at securities exchanges and they’re generally made of nasty polyester. This one looks good thanks solely to the Sartorialist’s skill as a photographer. If the guy stood up and you could see the whole jacket, you would eat your words! Trust me. I’ve worn enough of them!

  22. Monsieur Marcel

    August 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    A New York Stock Exchange trading jacket. In summer, the back of the jacket is mesh, for obvious reasons.

    The type of fashion you’re alluding to, where technical fabrics are used in a traditional sartorial context, is found in golf fashions by Hugo Boss, Puma, Adidas, Izod, Nike…

  23. Alison

    August 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    It really is an interesting look and works so well. He looks amazingly stylish, even with a sports jacket.

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

  24. Très Awesome

    August 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Now there’s a suit that breathes…

    Très Awesome – Chicago Street Style
    http://www.tresawesome.com

  25. Chahrazad

    August 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Love the perfect. The combination with wall street and that man is just perfect! Fashionable!

    x
    http://www.cherryfactor.blogspot.com

  26. carola

    August 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    great capture! particular jacket, i dont like but so perfect on this man!
    ciao!
    http://www.pursesinthekitchen.com

  27. Johnny

    August 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I’m sorry that I have to say this, but I truly hate this se-through jacket. I find it horrendous…but that’s just me and I might a bit too conservative when it comes to men’s fashion.

  28. Stephanie

    August 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    whoa whoa! That’s not business professional!!! which is why I totally love it!!! =D

    -Stephanie
    @SweetsAndChicBoutiques.blogspot.com

  29. Tonia

    August 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Unfortunately, it is a typical trader jacket, with a mesh back, that is worn in the summer. There are other sites that show how truly hideous it is. However, the idea of making business attire more sporty is a rather good one. Could it be that Wall Street has inadvertently started a trend?

  30. Sevan

    August 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Since I didn’t know anything about NYSE “men’s fashion”, this jacket looks good worn with a white shirt, straight pants and loafers. The hair cut adds a modern touch.

  31. THE STEL STYLE

    August 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    love his outfit!!!

  32. Jessica

    August 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    This looks ridiculously cool!

    Stay fab,
    Jessica

    Tinyredshoes.com

  33. David

    August 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I like the look, but Nike should stay far away from classical suiting. The idea of more sportswear entering the workforce is absurd. Sportswear is what downgraded our society in the first place. A professional should look the part and sportswear should be kept in its own place.

  34. mike

    August 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    with the humidity in the city right now, i’ll wear anything that breath….

  35. Madcat

    August 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Sorry, but these jackets are positively awful.
    Practical, maybe, but awful.

  36. Kallis

    August 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Ahhhh guys, just so you know this is not a fashion statement per se but the jacket worn by tradera in the pit, this is not a sports jacket or a satorial statement but a trader on his lunch break, he may well look cool but he’s simlpy wearing his work attire, these are not the most breathable of material either (save for the back perforations), it’s akin to sitting under a barbers cape on a hot day

  37. talitah

    August 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Love the blaizer!

    xoxo
    http://www.nuasecruas.com

  38. Style Linguist

    August 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  39. TEST/model magazine

    August 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve shot on the exchange floor a few times.

    I believe those jackets work like the deodorizers on the taxi dashboards. They let out a controlled amount of the wearer’s Paco Rabanne into the exchange to let everyone know who’s in charge!

    victor john penner

  40. Desiree Choo

    August 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I’m glad to see the mesh back on his suit! It these types of simplicity yet fashion forward that the men’s fashion should be wearing to stand out from the crowd and be stylish yet acceptable. :)

    http://thosefuzzyfeelings.blogspot.com

  41. Deena

    August 7, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Nice! This guy’s definitely not on the trading desk haha

  42. StreetLounge

    August 7, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Ha, that’s an interesting jacket :)

  43. Nigel

    August 7, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Though I agree with Simbabrashe’s point of more dare and more color, (*its good to see a Zimbabwean name by the way). I tend to believe that men’s fashion has a set of rules that govern the design and the boundaries . The current set of rules have governed us well and the results are in my opinion great. I would like to see an example of the male interpretation of the most progressive women’s design to make a call.

  44. the blue horn

    August 7, 2012 at 3:12 am

    I think the whole feel of the photograph is very futuristic. I personally don´t really like the mesh top, however, it is great to see people taking chances and mixing things up. The shoes shouldn´t work with the look but somehow they do. Kudos to him and to you Scott for the picture!

  45. Helen

    August 7, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Finally some twists arrived in Menswear. I like it!

    http://closertoberlin.blogspot.de/

  46. Matthew Boyd

    August 7, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Scott,

    This is your most brilliant post.
    No snark at all.

    I’m maybe only saying this because it is something I think about a lot, but I hope this spurs you or (if you are not designing, which I assume you are…directly or indirectly) some 22-year old FIT kid onward to make this happen.

    Menswear would be be a lot more interesting if designers considered questions like this.
    I think about commuting and the demands of NYC in the summer and wonder what it would be like if there were options that embraced athletic materials/cuts/etc. to make a seamless transition between the real world in its sweaty awfulness and the demands of dignified commerce.

    Big ups to you and that guy.

  47. Thefashionalists

    August 7, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Super PHOTO. SUPER outfit!

    http://www.thefashionalists.com/

  48. Anne Meyer

    August 7, 2012 at 4:52 am

    So dramatic! And I love it! :)

  49. Aga's suitcase

    August 7, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Really nice mix match style!
    Kisses
    Aga

    http://www.agasuitcase.com

  50. Tali

    August 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Truly, I have mixed feelings about this blazer. It’s worth a photo no doubt, but having a net back on an office blazer is too much in my eyes. Would be cool with more relaxed outfit I think.

    xx
    Tali

    http://www.Fetishists-Notes.com

  51. Terrace Gent

    August 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I agree that we need to look at bringing modern fabrics into tailoring and also interesting cuts. The classic suit needs to be brightened up at the moment after too many sober years – colour, cut and fabrics need to be bolder.

  52. M.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Call me a traditionalist but I would not like to see the Nike look make any more inroads into men’s clothing. Please keep it in the gym or for the weekend. There is nothing more beautiful than fine wool suiting and you can wear cotton or linen suits in the heat.

    Mesh=EEK!

    • Patrick

      August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Also a traditionalist…. I have seen my workplace degenerate from business formal to business casual to business homeless. I have no desire to look like the boys with whom my teenage daughters attend school. Opportunity exists for individual expression within the tradition of men’s fashion. I think of it as a haiku…a structure within which myriad possibilites exist. And, there’s nothing wrong with looking like Cary Grant.

  53. The Trendstop Trend Team

    August 7, 2012 at 9:00 am

    We’ve really noticed the Sportswear vibe coming through. A hybrid of the sports materials and the tailoring of formal menswear is a fantastic mix.

    We support the notion!

    The Trendstop Trend Team.

  54. kamil

    August 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

    the point is right, the execution of jacked made from plastic net – is not.

  55. Eva

    August 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

  56. VeritableWit

    August 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I love the idea of sporty professional clothing! I’m a girl but I work in the offices for a fitness-oriented organization, and I get so tired of wearing regular old trousers/skirts/stuffy shirts.

    If I could wear sports-inspired, yet professional looking clothing, I’d be so much more comfortable all day.

  57. ttea

    August 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I think for men working on Wall St., or just the financial sector in general, there is a certain nostalgia associated with their clothes. Although men have moved away from the whole bowler hat trend of earlier banking days, I think most of them still value the traditional apparel. In addition to that, they’re more interested i making their multi million dollar bonuses than being fashionable.

    http://fashionananthropologicalpointofview.blogspot.ca/

  58. George

    August 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I just like that shirt! Great pic!

  59. Passport Stamps

    August 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Super dapper.

  60. Name*

    August 9, 2012 at 2:30 am

    COME TO MONTREAL! Love your work, perception and caption capabilities. Would be lovely having you here sooner than later!

  61. Nathan Ostrander

    August 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    The contrast between tradtional business wear and athletic wear may be too strong for some. Perhaps it is better to chip away at the conservative edifice of suits and sport coats with contrasting fabrics and mild distressing:
    http://www.spottedhat.com/node/38
    and
    http://www.spottedhat.com/node/45

  62. izzit

    August 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    This would be a great idea for Japan’s fashion program “Super Cool Biz” ! Women always hate it when we wear our lightweight summer dresses to work, only to spend the day in a meat locker for fully-suited guys. I agree, young men should have a choice other than looking like an 1980′s rapper or looking like a 1980′s professor or looking like a 1980′s Xerox repairman…

  63. izzit

    August 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This would be a great idea for Japan’s fashion program “Super Cool Biz” ! Women always hate it when we wear our lightweight summer dresses to work, only to spend the day in a meat locker for fully-suited guys.

    I agree, young men should have a choice other than looking like an 1980′s rapper or a 1980′s professor or a 1980′s Xerox repairman (the only men west of Manhattan in a full suit & tie at an office… )

    Brooks Bros., wake up – this is why most young men wear sports clothes everywhere – and the old guard isn’t willing to be stuffed into a shirt anymore, either. Over the last few decades, designers have incorporated breathable, movable fabric into womenswear (in a more subtle manner than here). There is NO reason why they cannot do the same thing for men.

  64. Nicole A Murray

    August 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I was wondering if Sartorialist ever came down to the financial district to check out the office wear. Nice to see it on here!

  65. LabellaLuxe Boutique

    August 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Very sharp look!

  66. Ro

    August 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

    People on here think this is a suit. It is not. That is not a sport coat, nor is it something you can purchase at a retail level. I used to work on the NYSE. These jackets are special order (usually purchased in bulk) by the respective member of the exchange. They are very light weight blazer-like jackets with 4 front pockets. There are a few different models, one’s with full backs and others like this, with the mess backing. These have been worn for decades (at least when I was there in the 90′s) and back then, there were about 5k-7k on average people on the trading floor. It was hot, hence the mesh backing. A lot of men used to wear their full suits, but that was to distinguish themselves. Myself, like the guy photographed was likely just a floor specialist or clerk and would wear these jackets with our slacks on the trading floor. Ahh. memories. I still have mine (black – with holes and stains) folded in the closet. Nice to see that this got a mention on this site, but let it be known, this is NOT someone taking a risk or being fashiony. It’s purely limited to one environment and for practical purposes. Most men that wear these would take them off at the end of the trading day, hang them in their booths and put their suit jacket back on when leaving the floor.

  67. Martin

    September 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Nice!

  68. franklan

    November 23, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    fashion is always changing, but men is there

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