Fantastic use of patterns and color. I adore the pocket squares and simple tie on the older gentleman. The young man has a classic use of gray and black, especially with those glasses! A note of criticism: the young man needs a shorter belt, and I'm glad his future self learned that important lesson. The extra slack is distracting, a touch gratuitous, and even a little disturbing.
I love the older guy, very distinguished and elegant (specially the handkerchief in the front pocket); the young man is a little sloppy, that belt is definitely in the wrong place, but I love the colors anyway…
the second man is the result of having gotten rid of the excess of the first. he's learned that simplicity and subtlety trumps loud and bold. not to take anything away from the first guy though…i am sure the second man probably once dressed like the first and that it was necessary in his eventual progression.
The young guy has to do something about that belt. Also I think the shirt is a bit hideous. It looks like the "Structure" brand Sears sells. A bit too "guido". Pale blue would have suited him better. Also the facial hair is well… Yeah…
people, you do know that someone can change through time? we all have had phases… why makes you think that young boy is not going to be as distinguished at the older gentleman once he reaches that age?
anyway, Sartorialist, this post made me giggle because of its premise, there should be a whole series of these
Ha ha ,love the title and agree with anonymous that said that second gentleman is result of of experience and blah blah and probably looked like first one in younger years when fashion should be fun and daring!
Well the man in the second picture… I ignore his name but everytime I see him I wish I was somehow related to him. He's so classy, his clothes always fit so correctly, he looks just out of this world. I like the first guy's outfit a lot, I'd wear that suit but without the huge glasses and the sloppy belt (which look good on him but would look stupid on me). I think I am in the age group between these two guys…
Im not sure it would to be honest. The older guy seems to trying quite effortlessly to be himself wheras they younger one looks like he's been in his dads wardrobe. Nice suit doesn't equal well dressed. Lets not let that distract from the older guy though who's got it bang on.
Not sure about what the "horns" gesture means to Japanese people. In Italy (and the backdrop looks like Fortezza da Basso in Florence) it has a definite meaning, and it is quite inappropriate. The fellow could definitely get punched if he does it again.
Oh, the older gentleman is so elegant but the young man simple doesn't "fit" his suit.
He probably thinks that gesture is cool in an American/rock and roll sort of way. In Italy, where I suspect the photo was taken, it's a sign of the cuckold as in, "your spouse is cheating on you". Also, a gypsy woman might use it to ward off the evil eye if you were to point a camera at her. Together with his dangling belt strap, his attitude is vulgar.
I'm with organicbloom's comment – would like to see you do one of these same posts but featuring 2 caucasian men or women to satisfy us that you're not just lumping asians together in a 'they all look alike' box…
The younger man has a great sense of himself and is not afraid to let "it hang out" sometimes (the belt). His styling is crisp, in spit eof the belt buckle. The older man looks as if he has seen it all and is comfortable in his own skin, he has a great sense of self also, well cultivated. I wonder about his choice of music, wine and watch (an old Piaget or Rolex)? Great pictures nonetheless, Sart.