Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tailored Outerwear, Vintage Photo Contest

This photo is of my Grandpa, Richard Waltham (on the left) and his work friends taken in the late 1930s. My Grandpa was a banker and in his spare time he was an artist and photographer. I am a fan of the tailored look, not only do they have a very interesting sense of style, but it gives you an idea of what it was like back then, there is a lot of depth to it, from the water on the road, the advertisement to the left of them and the crowd of people behind them. My Grandpas story.
Hope this is of some help.
Peggy-Sue

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  1. amy

    May 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    This photo is fantastic. It really speaks "late 1930s" not only because of the styles, but based on their grim and serious expressions. It really tells a story. Fantastic.

  2. crimzonite

    May 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Quite an amazing photo, particularly as one of the gentleman has his trench tied tightly around his waist.

  3. Dandara

    May 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I LOVE their hats! Vintage costumes are so much beauty

  4. glamirrorous.com

    May 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing this photo with us. I wish I had a picture of my grandfather at his work.

    xoxo Sandra
    http://glamirrorous.com

  5. Margarida

    May 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Lovely photo…

  6. Maria Ana

    May 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Amazing photo! And there is no doubt jackets are the greatest pieces of clothing!

    http://www.thebeautylover.blogspot.com

  7. FASHION SNAG

    May 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    This is an amazing photo. The jackets, the motion….incredible! x

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  8. blow8

    May 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    This photograph is really fab. captured the atmostphere perfectly. great blog!

  9. Lhy N. Sierra

    May 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    love you blog

    ?L

  10. snoop

    May 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    hah, first thing I thought when I saw the dude in the light coloured coat was 'this guy looks like a trader'.

  11. princess glee

    May 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Peggy-Sue,
    Love the way your grandpa and his friend wore their hats. The way you wear a hat says a lot about you. I think your grandpa's saying, I'm a straight-shooter with a little style.

  12. Becca

    May 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    What an incredible photo to have. I am now completley inspired, such style.
    http://www.thevestimaniac.blogspot.com/

  13. SarahPeslar

    May 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    the trench, will always be a classic!

    http://fashionsmind.blogspot.com/

  14. Lisa Petrarca

    May 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Nice photo…love the scarf tied under the jacket. Some styles are timeless.

  15. Sophisticated Misfit

    May 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all the vintage photos you have posted, Scott. I often draw inspiration from the classic items worn by men of that era and it seems that some couturiers of today do the same.

    Gentlemen, burn your board shorts and throw your flip-flops in an incinerator.

    I mean, no, continue undeterred. It gives men like me an opportunity to stand out from the heaving throngs of mediocrity.

  16. Peachy

    May 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I love the way that photos can tell a story so adequately without needing words… Also, I love the very tailored look. It's so vintage – I wish everyone still cared about the way they looked as much nowadays.

  17. Love it!!! I just got a book called "the 20th century fashion" it covers 100 years of fashion and u see images like these that are so inspirational!!!

  18. Reynolds Still

    May 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Vintage always trumps! Thanks for sharing. Definitely something we should all aspire to replicate! Always the best Sartorialist!

    Best regards
    Reynolds Still
    http://www.reynoldsstill.blogspot.com

  19. -h

    May 2, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    This is really telling, when even the people in the background are dressed in suits to walk along the streets. I wasn't even around in those days, but I miss them.

  20. Loopty Loop

    May 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I was going through some of the fashion blogs i always visit, that includes this one, and i saw this picture.
    I think it is really a good scene. Your grandfather is in it, the advertisement is in it to. But is it taken in UK? Who is the one talking the picture? Your grandpa is the only one looking at the camara….and are those his friends? I think it has a lot of fashion in it, with the trench coats and the hats, but it does really have MISTERY to.

    ps: i just started to study the decade of the 30

  21. Anonymous

    May 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    The juxtaposition of vintage Americana and contemporary Japamania is like blasting Metallica on your headphones in church.

    S

  22. pilcuis

    May 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    wow i wish men could dress like that right now!!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

  23. peachything11

    May 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    that is amazing, I am so jealous you have photos of your grandpa! and it is in such good condition

  24. Caddy

    May 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I do like this photo and the details she pointed out the advertisement and the water.

    I'm always fascinated by pictures like this, and of how people, like grandparents, looked young when you've only ever seen them as older versions of themselves.

  25. This is fantastic. The 1930s witnessed some really major changes in fashion. The whole photograph is amazing, but I especially love the squared, pronounced shoulders and narrow waist of the jacket that the man on the right is wearing. Really great photo.

    Melissa
    http://www.smartsustainablestyle.blogspot.com

  26. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 3:12 am

    This photo is absolutely superb; the man on the right's hair and glasses especially.

  27. Harvard Style Blog

    May 3, 2010 at 3:48 am

    I really, really, really love this image—the way the polka dots draw white from the background, and the way his feet seem to draw him forward.

    Harvard Style Blog:
    wwww.booksandliquor.com

    Best,
    Emily

  28. Emily

    May 3, 2010 at 4:13 am

    This picture blows my mind. So full of action and swiftness. I love the downcast eyes behind circular glasses of the figure on the right, and I love his almost-feminine silhouette. All of them look so sullen. Very beautiful.

    Haha, I also have to say that I get a kick out of the "Best is Best" truck in the back.

    Keep posting,
    Emily
    Harvard Style Blog
    http://www.booksandliquor.com

  29. SPEETway

    May 3, 2010 at 4:16 am

    what a beautiful picture!

    speetway.blogspot.com
    http://www.speetway.com

  30. MELISSA Z.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Love vintage pics and this is great! wow!

    http://www.abitoffashion.com

  31. THESTREETFASHION5XPRO

    May 3, 2010 at 5:18 am

    great vintage photo contest

  32. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Fabulous picture. I am sorry to say that the majority of guys dress sense today is by comparison woefully lacking. It is not that modern clothes don't lend themselves to style.( the classic jeans and white T) but that most modern men simply have little or no idea how to dress. Sad

  33. Roz

    May 3, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I love looking at all these vintage photos – I have boxes and boxes of old images that I love pouring over. I'm quite interested in design, and take so much inspiration from photos from decades such as the thirties or sixties.
    I like the movement in this image, and the way the three men both contrast and compliment each other.

    http://clothescamerasandcoffee.blogspot.com/

  34. proletarian Great Gatsby

    May 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

    It's not indispensable to wear Armani to be an intouchable of Eliot Ness (1987, Brian de Palma).Great Style!

  35. Poivre Monkey

    May 3, 2010 at 7:06 am

  36. GIFITTING

    May 3, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Scott, check it out this Victorian lady I found, that is amazing!!

    http://gifitting.com/2010/05/03/london-street-style-session-58-the-victorian-lady-ii/

  37. Izzen

    May 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

    This photo is beautiful.

    http://izzenxoxo.blogspot.com/

  38. funkyprez

    May 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    80 years later, these classic styles still look good. You don't get the sense that years after they were asking themselves, "What were we thinking when we put THAT on?"

    I do think it is sad that hats are now considered costumey or a trend piece. They are one of the most functional items during cold and inclement weather, and I wear headgear all the time during the winter.

    http://i_am_not_commenting_just _to_advertise_my_own_blog

  39. Tim

    May 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Love the vintage photo…thank you for sharing it with us and thank you for publishing it as well.

    As a pro photographer, I have a deep appreciation for the skill, technique and artistry…especially at that time period.

    Tim Courtney, Tim Courtney Photography

  40. the nickel fit

    May 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    i love how there's something slightly off with the fit (ie shoulder pads on the left droop a bit).

    makes the feel a bit less contrived, and more at ease.

  41. zuccotto

    May 4, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Too bad she is pigeon toed.

    I rattle on about this but I've been annoyed about the pigeon toe thing for several years now. In this case, not the poser's fault.

  42. Kristy

    May 6, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    So first, I see the man on the left's uncertain but challenging glance, as though he's the heavy here, but new at it. And then, "beer is best." :) Those old-timey simple ad slogans … don't know whether to love em or hate em.

  43. Just me and my bon genre!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Its amazing how you can find these photos… so rare… thanks for sharing! Brings a tear to my eye…

    fashionforsaturdaybrunch.blogspot.com

  44. Iyengar's Impetus

    May 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    The Skirt – Lia Belle, Sydney:
    This is a fabric from south India with a temple border…. a very traditional design that is seen often in the Indian national dress 'Sari'.

  45. Anonymous

    July 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    This photo is amazing! Some outerwear styles will never go out of style and this is one of them, classic!

  46. Sunny Side-Up

    February 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Dapper men.

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