They do say immitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just maybe he became intrigued by your style and decided to try it, it is almost exactly the same. Just keep in mind that, just like in the movies, the originals are always better!!
To those whon see the sartorialist’s influence here: First of all, I don’t think these Italian chaps need him to figure out how to dress. And second, because the new guy got his picture taken second, it doesn’ t mean that he didn’t already dress like this a month ago. Third: If there was someone’s influence involved, it would be Mr. Cortina’s, not Schuman.
Though the color combinations are the same I see them as completely different looks in the details. The linen jacket, untucked shirt, and baggier pants make the second look even more casual then the first if that was possible. That being said I prefer the original.
Just got to say I love this site. Changed my whole opinion of how a man should dress :)
What an awesome opportunity to analyze how clothes are worn! Each gentleman’s details speak volumes: Original guy’s unbuttoned-but-still-down jacket cuffs, button-down collar, tucked shirt, cel phone say pretentious (esp. on a khaki jacket — come on) uptight and either harried or self-important. Second dude’s open shirt, spread collar (but still a hankie!) pushed-up sleeves, pinkie ring, wry smile say sexy, confident, interesting. I know who I’d rather meet.
I know the untucked shirt thing is overdone, but if he tucked at this point, would it really improve the look? I think the casual consistency here is more important, screw the blanket pronouncements of the fashion police.
Although, I have to say, Sart, that I think it’s in slightly bad form to “out” people like this on an influential blog such as yours. The way it’s presented here makes the “imitator” look as though he “stole” the idea from the “original” (which, let’s face it, he probably did). But who’s to say that the “original” didn’t pick up his ensemble from another source? I would guess the imitator feels a bit embarrassed about being caught like this, which I think is unfortunate. After all, we all borrow freely in our sartorial practice with the understanding that our borrowings will tactfully go unreported. As U2 once sang, “every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief.” I think that with this kind of creative petty theft, we should allow the crime go unacknowledged . . . in the name of good fashion, of course.
Haha I saw George Cortina on the street today. The first things I saw were his ankles. I thought, “Who does that guy think he is, with his short pant legs? Oh wait….” I think he’s the only one who can get away with it, if only because of you, Sart.
FYI to all who talk about the ‘original’ vs the ‘imitator’…the photos are not necessarily posted in chronological order. After posing Cortina maybe Scot remembered the top photo from a few weeks back…?
The point of the comparisson is to see how two men style the similar looks…not who copied who.
I personbally prefer the top look…more fresh, less country club.
The top style looked a bit too much like a farmer for me (everything being so slouchy). I much preferred the way the white buttons pop on the shirt in the lower picture. If his sleeves were pushed up, it would have made the look perfect for me.
I agree with whomever said this is a great colour combination! With that being said, I really don’t like how the top fellow put this outfit together at all. I detest spread collars (Elvis is the only human being able to carry this off! ;)) Paired with long hair, facial hair and sunglasses…ouch! He looks much too suave, and, that isn’t a good thing.
I love how the gentleman in the photo below looks: preppy with an edge. I wish more men dressed like this!
I always find the small touches of insouciance to be essential to this kind of chic. The one turned back cuff, the messed up pocket flap on his jacket. Is it studied or accidental? I think a lot of clever stylists actually get paid for purposely making things a little bit accidental looking. But in his case it looks like he does his own chic sloppy.