On the button up question. Hmm, just have not enough knowledge to answer this question on button up down or sideways. However I love the style of old movies. I'm really missing this kind of style these days. When I bought gloves this week the sales clerk told me they were leftovers from carnival. No style around here. Ts,ts,ts. And don't get me started on hats.
I think I have to go to Venice to do some serious gloves shopping.
The button-up look has been virulent in London for the last few years. It treads a fine line between 'unique' and 'affected'. To be in the former camp really depends on the collar being an extension of the personality rather than the other way round.
The little studs on the shoulders look great, but would make a shoulder or crossbody bag really uncomfortable, so it would never work for most of my men. I'm not ready for unkempt beards, but I like the unironed button-up.
While this is a beautiful shot and a fascinating portrait, I have to admit that I really hope not. There is simply nothing sexier on a man than a buttoned up shirt with the first couple of buttons undone, I love getting that peak into the neck and just the very top of the chest. Like with women, showing just a hint of skin can be incredibly alluring while still tasteful.
Putting aside this man's pensive look, cool glasses and groomed hair – no, I don't think the buttoned up shirt is a very appealing look. Again, maybe for some men it might work (depending on the neck, as some have commented), but mostly I'd say – "meh".
I say you can wear pretty much anything as long as you have cool accessories – shoes, bag, glasses mainly. You could be wearing granny's polyester pantsuit but if it was with some Rodarte melted wax heels, or crazy Prada bag or great specs, people who care about fashion would look at you in an appreciative way.
Well some people can pull a certain "look" off with style and some cant. This guy look great! but its Italy, he's thin and has a great face. Thats NOT MOST of us :) so I would say no Im not ready for it to return but thin guys with great facial bone structure probably can manage.
Yes Scott it can be modern. This lovely looking man has pulled it off and yet not every man can. This shirt is so 'friendly' and looks like a favourite and he has a lovely neck and face. Not that you have to be good looking to pull off this look, you just need the right shaped neck, a much loved shirt and the right attitude I reckon. Julia
Weeeeelll… it certainly works for this amazingly whatever (intense, scruffy, chic, hot, sensual, sexy) man! I mean, wow! The good thing about fashion these days is that anything goes, as long as it goes with the wearer!
I think certain people can pull it off. Namely those with swan-like necks. This fellow can and I do like the rumpled look of the shirt. His carefree hair also works for this buttoned-up look. If the shirt was too starchy perhaps it wouldn't work.
I think it all depends on how it's worn. What might look great on one person could look disastrous on the next. This man wears the button-up perfectly and has accessorized great with the glasses, but that's just one man. If worn with individuality and style the button-up could definitely be worn out and about.
I've seen the button up coming and going so many times the past years, so I guess I consider it a parallel occurence to the open button. Though in terms of look I believe it should mostly be included in casual look with half-hidden eccentric elements. The button-up is harder to combine with more ordinary styles (in order not to look too casual).
I trully blieve it all depends on the size and shape of the shirt collar in correspondence to the subject's face. Most of the time it looks silly, but sometimes when it does work it's refreshing. I would never do it.
It depends on the man and his body structure… While on some it looks great, others it looks like they trying out the latest form of straight-jacket, as it appears to cut off circulation to their already thick neck.
I think its important to dress to flatter your shape. This handsome chap pulls it off very well and the shirt looks perfect for it. Other people might not be able to pull it off quite so well. But if you can then i think we're ready!
As a woman I find that using the button up (with hair up) makes people take me more seriously! It makes a a more manly appearance – or unwomanly, rather. In a way it can be used to make a certain statement and thus can be viewed an example of an anachronic means for women to find acceptance as an equal in a man's world (as opposed to the other means of wearing a mini skirt). By no means do I find women in our culture being oppressed. It just goes to show what clothes (and buttons, for that matter!) might mean and convey.
i think we're ready! it'll be fun to figure out exactly what to pair it with accessory-wise, but we're "ready" ;) there is a sense of modern in this picture i believe. but what do i know? i like it, andrea
I was pretty confused when I saw the comment added to this photo about whether we are ready for button-up again, because here in New Zealand the top button done up is quite normal for 'sartorialists' a-like!
Then I went through some older posts of yours and realised something that I had not observed already…that majority of men in your photos that wear shirts in a casual setting have, generally speaking, at least 2 buttons loose! Interesting the differences since a lot of people here follow european/american fashion.
Love the button up, but not ALL THE WAY buttoned up. Men look like they're so uncomfortable or they just lost their necktie somewhere like this. Don't look like Tom Jones "down to there", but don't strangle men either.
Its partially cultural I think. I mean historically, peasants in russia and more eastern europe would keep their top button done always. In the US and UK, you would traditionally unbutton the top one or two buttons when going sans neckwear, and in Italy its acceptable to unbutton even more. That being said, it looks as modern as any of the other worker, peasant 1890's inspired styles that have been dominating trends for the past several years. I haven't decided if I like it for me (though I have toyed with it a bit), but I do think it looks good on some people.
Looking modern to me is being VERY at home in your own skin. When everything you wear and most importantly HOW you wear it come together in synch with yourself… not only sounds esoteric, but looks mighty cool. And yes, modern.
It means different things to everyone then.
Modern to me specifically means not being afraid to wear your emotions out. Seeing an all buttoned up shirt often makes me want to open it myself… I guess that's why I find it sexy.
Great portrait- amazing photo! I definitely think that the button up can be modern although I don't think it works on everyone- however it does on him. I love your blog, if you have the time then check out mine.
I think we are more than ready to land this plane, especially now with the skinny collars. Button ups are a sensitive issue just like whether or not to tuck a collar in or out a jacket. Everyone thinks they have what it takes to pull it off but its not meant for everyone.
One 'Anonymous' is right…come to Shoreditch, London's East, and this look has become a uniform for the last few years. Usually manditory with ray ban wayfarers and fixed gear bike in tow also! ha! (But please, do still come)LOVE your work S.
Um, this is the way we used to do it in the 80's (at least until '85-ish) – I'm thinking that anyone who thinks that fastening up the top button is a big deal must be under 30. Strange for me that this post came up here today, as I was just thinking I'd like to start doing this again…
Ready for the button-up? It is all the rage in Melbourne! This winter, I have seen many teenage boys sporting shirts buttoned to the neck. I think it's a beautiful, clean look, yet only certain men can pull it off. But when they do, it truly looks wonderful.