Friday, June 22, 2007

“Stocky” to “Powerful”

A well cut suit can help a man go from “stocky” to “powerful” – I can just hear him telling his tailor “I want a suit that make me look strong like bull”

Also notice his collar and the collar of our friend in the recent post of June 20th “Does It Get Much Better” – they both have a very soft spread collar which is a very Neapolitan styling detail.

This gentleman also has his collar artfully askew – believe me, if you tried to fix is collar he would be pretty pissed.


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  1. Alice Olive

    June 22, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    He’s very cute – like a miniature man! I love the effort to detail.

  2. iopine

    June 22, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    If the trousers hadn’t been narrow, the stocky-to-powerful transition would have been an abject failure. This is perfect.

  3. Moofie

    June 22, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    I am a fashion idiot.

    How do you know the difference between “artfully askew” and “just regular kind of askew”?

  4. The Sartorialist

    June 22, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    I have seen enough guys doing it that I know it was done on purpose

  5. Doron

    June 22, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Those are some powerful peak lapels.

  6. Butch

    June 22, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Another brilliant orchestration–and there must be a god, else collars would forever remain as they too often are nowadays tightly stretched and rigid as if plasticized.

    Guys–rigid collars are for dudes (in the traditional sense of the word).

    And as long as I’m on a soapbox, can we please stop referring to mature men as “adorable” or “cute”? To do so is, in my opinion, deeply condescending.

  7. Jason

    June 22, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Those shoes aren’t working with this suit. They tone of the brown in them is a bit too dark.

    Other than that… Me likes!

  8. MacGuffin

    June 22, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Impeccable. Now, that much tapering in the trousers is flattering. Anymore and he would be decidedly pear-like.

  9. Anonymous

    June 22, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    why can’t women go from stocky to powerful? so unfair!

  10. paulo

    June 22, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    The suit and shirt are cool but for me its all about those shoes! Killer!

  11. Candid Cool

    June 22, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    you give menswear so much romance.

  12. Anonymous

    June 23, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Obviously this man is quite short and has not missed his meals and is well aware of it so he has successfully chosen a suit with narrow stripes which makes him look slimmer and taller.I like his chose of brown shoes,any other color or style would have been a mistake.

  13. tereneh

    June 23, 2007 at 2:10 am

    Anon 8:20 said, “Why can’t women go from stocky to powerful? Not fair.” I see they can. Just do it. Men have made fat and bald – bold, sexy, how? Do it. The Sapranos!? The Shield!? It is all about attitude.

  14. Anonymous

    June 23, 2007 at 4:02 am

    I just realized that most of our American guys just don’t know how to add a hint of playfulness to their dress.

    They can do: office drudge or slacker or uptight or sporty or childish or goofball or rocker or geek, but they can’t do playful grownup man.

    – desertwind

    • Buster Hymen

      September 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Alimony and child support have a funny way of taking the playfulness right out of a man.

  15. Anonymous

    June 23, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Well, he does look quite good. However, to claim he looks powerful instead of stocky is just a nice way of saying that he looks GOOD, but still short and chubby.

  16. noellee

    June 23, 2007 at 11:28 am

    I admire the men who know their own type and accordingly appropriate style. For this gentleman’s age? wow.

  17. Anonymous

    June 23, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Why would he speak to his tailor with poor grammar?

  18. Anonymous

    June 23, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    That color blue and those pinstripes are far more bold than he makes it look.

    Makes me want to stop eating well, knowing that the right clothes can make you look this polished.

  19. Anonymous

    June 23, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Now that’s what I call Sartorial. Good to see the blog getting back on point.

  20. R2K

    June 23, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    : )

  21. il capocanoniere

    June 23, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    The high peaks on the lapels are a nice touch. The trouser turn-ups are not to my taste, but he carries everything off so well.
    It’s all about the clothes, not the physique…

  22. Anonymous

    June 23, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Butch, thank you for your comment. Ditto for mature and/or elderly women–we also are frequently condescended to in the same way. It is, of course, offensive to those called “adorable” as if they were small dogs dressed up, but it is also unfortunate for the young people who dismiss so cavalierly all that can be learned and observed from their elders.

  23. Anonymous

    June 23, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    his tailor should be commended.

  24. Ale

    June 24, 2007 at 6:15 am

    I know this man, he is a partner of a shop, “Gemelli”, in Bari,my city.

  25. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 2:15 am

    It looks like a Bull-Dog!

  26. Jocke

    June 25, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Hm. Before you posted this picture I’d never seen anyone with his shirtcollar like that, today however I’ve seen three different guys with similar collarspread.
    Your pics really do inspire people, Scott.

  27. dcinDC

    September 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    “short and chubby” “cute” “miniature man” Gee, as a man 5’3″ and 165 pounds, I’m not sure what to think about these descriptors… I am what I am. And I look spectacular all suited up. “Cute” I can live with, but the others I’m not so sure ;o).


    June 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hi there, just wanted to say, I loved this article. It was funny. Keep on posting!

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