Both the guys are a perfect example of what the true neapolitam elegance is: wonderful fabrics, splendid cutting according to the neapolitan school(natural shoulders , high notch lapels , patch pockets togheter with a edge cut (jetted) breast pocket ), very sober shirts and ties and just a note of brightness represented by burnished shoes. This is the restraint that is the secret of every elegant man.Please look at the difference in term of understatement with other pictures such as Lino in GQ and Harmless Bravado that appear much more overstated.
Kiton, uses the most fantastic fabrics. I bought a coat on sale several years ago tweed cashmere outside lined in silk. It’s big on me but I don’t care. It feels heavenly and I’m sure these gents do too. The New Yorker did a long article on Kiton, a few years ago.
always, always, always too soft. like most purebred style even the italian kiton-look lacks subtlety and cultural refinement – at least in my book. (think gianni agnelli without the playful irony and attitude)
only pure british style is different – because it is there where irony, fragmentations, contrasts and refined neglect are at home.
Well done, as usual! I really like the pairing of a sports jacket or blazer with white trousers, as in pic #2. I’ve seen a lot of that in Milan the last two seasons. It’s a classic look. American guys don’t wear enough white trousers. Nice shoes in pic #2 too.
I don’t know what mark means by “overworked” but I find this look to be, with very few exceptions, perfect–the shoes in particular. The “continentals” so to speak have a fine sensibility when it comes to class and luxury. This exemplifies that.
These two photographs illustrate the fact that if you’re going to go the sport coat, tie and casual slacks route it’s best to stick to relatively muted colors that play off each other…quietly.
Number one has the concept mastered. And even though a black belt with brown shoes is probably a fashion no-no, his presence – the calm self-assurance of the middle aged male who doesn’t have to prove a thing – makes it hardly noticeable.
Number two isn’t there yet. But he’s got youth. And macho. Good things to have.
Did they ever come from Kiton in Milan. Why can’t American guys dress like this? The pants: fitted, not skintight (memo to men: never, ever, ever wear skinny jeans, you have no idea how unsexy you look). The blazers: tailored and just flashy enough. The grooming: it’s clear that these guys actually do it.
I love this look. I own a number of odd jackets and have, over the past year, eliminated anything with too much shoulder padding. Softer jackets look worlds better on a man who already has substantial shoulder/upper body presence. And I don’t just mean muscle. Overwide shoulders tend to make you look like a refugee from an 80′s movie or someone left a hanger in the jacket.
I think a number of posters have missed the fact that #1′s tie is intended to look like that. It’s a classic manifestation of sprezzatura. In the same way, the beautiful, even dramatic, shoes are part of their calculated looks. The disheartening part is that they are probably both wearing nearly $10,000 worth of Kiton at retail.
For the first time in a long while, I find the shorter pant length on the first gentleman more appealing than the longer pants on the second. Standing up that is, I still find shorter pants unattractive when the wearer is seated.
I would abuse a kiton employee discount so bad, they would go bankrupt in a week. I guess everyone envies all the people in that line of work in that regard, but something about cashing my paycheck, walking to the office on the next floor, and ordering a suit that costs more than my car is just wonderful.
No. 2′s black belt creates a dichotomy of the style that in no good way divides the grace of this outfit. In fact it seems the belt is some old overhaul found in hast before leaving the house, and as such spoils the entire effect. A lighter color, a slightly broader belt, or if a black belt is required to keep things formal than the shoes should atleast fall into a dark spectrum of leather.