What an inspiring look! Unfortunately, one must have the same level of machismo in order for this look to be anything close to a success. Unfortunately, this machismo doesn’t come as naturally to many non-Italians. In that respect, I’m hopelessly lost. But I can still admire…
I agree. Jackets look much better buttoned up when a man is upright. Otherwise, the material of the jacket flaps about, especially when walking, which stops you from being able to appreciate the cut and the material properly. Also, a jacket left open can make it look as if you are showing off the lining, which should be a discreet surprise.
My pet hate is a man who does up all the buttons on his jacket (single button jackets accepted, of course) or, even worse, only does up the bottom button. Again, these stop you being able to appreciate the cut and quality of the jacket.
He looks like a bit of a cad but I love this man! Somehow the floppy cuffs and the pocket handkerchief and the open neck (love that there’s no tie) remind me a little of the Restoration/”Draughtsman’s Contract” era. But that’s just me.
I agree that when one is standing oneâ€™s jacket ought generally to be buttoned for the best appearance. However, it doesnâ€™t much matter if this gentleman buttons or not since his trousers are so far in violation of the waist-high â€śruleâ€ť that his untucked shirt is going to poke out of the jacketâ€™s quarters below the buttoning point. And no wonder his shirt wonâ€™t stay tucked; thereâ€™s not enough pants top to tuck it into. Finally this fellow appears trim and fit, but I doubt whether his jacket will close without popping the button if he breathes at all. A shame, because I like the boldly striped navy suit and the cut of the jacket; though Iâ€™d wear a suit of that fabric with brown suede or chesnut calf shoes and choose a patterned handkerchief in colors other than/in addition to the color of the shirt.
Are you in New York? I think I saw you yesterday – on Tuesday – on Bethune street and yelled out that I’m a huge fan while you were shooting a girl on the stairs of a townhouse. But then I realized that “maybe he doesn’t realize that I’m a fan of Sartorialist, and thinks I’m mistaking him for someone else”… Anyway, I religiously read your blog, and I just wanted you to know that.
Yes, button your jacket when standing. What’s more important though, is to look comfortable and wear the suit. Not enough American men appear to like wearing suits, and it shows in their posture and on their faces.
I agree – standing means a buttoned jacket, sitting means unbuttoning. And a trick on trying on a new jacket:make the move with the arm as if trying to hold on to a handle in a bus – if the jacket looks good and feels right at this awkward angle, it is perfect.