Monday, November 26, 2012

On the Street…….15th St., New York

This is one of those images that I shot last year but keep coming back to, trying to figure out how this kind of look relates to me and my personal style. I love this mix of fashion and sport. I can only assume that these are Nike running tights mixed with what could be an Aspesi jacket and a knit. It’s one of those looks that’s just different enough and directional enough, that it makes you keep coming back to it to figure out How can I do that? But my style’s not really like his.


I’ll keep you updated. By the end of this winter, I’m going to try and figure out (against Garance’s wishes) my version of this look.



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  1. Name*

    November 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Scotland tradition meets futurism.

    • Millie

      November 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      channel your own personal version of a samurai, alchemist or silkworm…I am reminding myself of Rob Brezsny Horoscope

  2. simbarashe

    November 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I remember him. This look is so unique, and yet so pulled together.

  3. Flavia

    November 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Garance, I’m with you on this one…

    • SueM

      November 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Nooooooo, don’t do it.
      Resist the urge to apply what you love in an image or look to your own aesthetic if you can’t feel like it can be done without shifting mental blocks, or some kind of overhaul. It is simply not your look. Admire it, praise it and even advocate it, but don’t adopt it.
      Please listen to your gut (not that I would ever call Garance your gut!)


  4. Gon

    November 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  5. Mr Essentialist

    November 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your take on it!

  6. Echidna

    November 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Go for it Scott. I’m sure G will be in awe.

  7. Name*

    November 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    final home jacket, not aspesi.

  8. Che

    November 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I remember searching through the menswear tag and stopping on this shot. I wholeheartedly agree you and have been working to find items for my take on this look ever since. It is a great mix of functionality, originality and style

  9. Nico

    November 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  10. Spence

    November 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I definitely remember this as well, it instantly hit me as what I think a typical outfit will look soon. I think what makes it is how it’s generally minimalist but gutsy and dripping with attitude at the same time. Honestly, I feel this specific juxtaposition will be huge soon. Look at Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars, he’s being doing just this for years and it’s been undeniably cool.

  11. Denisa

    November 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Interesting style.

  12. Bohemian Style

    November 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I think this is rather cool.

  13. Tonia

    November 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Interesting: this look is a bit confusing, yet it makes sense on him. I guess this is when the kids say ” he owns it” :)

    I like the Scotland / futurism comment.

  14. Susana

    November 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I’m with Garance on this one, although I understand why you would come back to it, since the image is unique and arresting. It actually looks put together and even elegant. I actually like very much the top part, and even the shoes, but the bottom…not so much! I definitely look forward to seeing how you pull it off!



    November 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I like his style!!! the fabric combination is fantastic

  16. bey

    November 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    It’s that fussy collar—and you don’t seem like the fussy type.

    Photos of you put this guy’s quilted jacket and excellent shoes in your “yes” column–while the tights-under-shorts-inside-short-socks languish in the “what do I do with that” column…

  17. nick_h

    November 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    the coat is Final Home – you can see the logo

    • Makaga

      November 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Was just about to post the same thing, Nick. Final Home makes some fun stuff!

  18. Pampelmusea

    November 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    It has a classic as well as a very modern touch.

  19. rachel

    November 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I think you should just go for it, somewhere between new style and gym style, and definately warm style, day-off style, who-gives-a-fuck-style, perhaps bit gay style?! Especially if it takes your fancy. Are you stiff in your dressing Mr Satorialist? I’m fat and unadventurous

  20. Lizzie

    November 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    You go, Scott! You can pull it off.

  21. Monsieur Marcel

    November 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Best of luck in that endeavor…fashion forward style has the highest degree of difficulty…its judges–quite stern and exacting…

  22. Mari

    November 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    This is one of my favourite looks.
    To help answer your question Scott, my partner started wearing his clothing like this about two years ago. He came up with this look because his main mode of transport is a bike. Wearing shorts ensures that his pants don’t get stuck in the chain and a combination of both tights and shorts provides perfect thermal attire. I’ve actually adopted the shorts and tights combo myself but, unlike most girls, I wear jean cut-offs above the knee, instead of short shorts.

    It is definitely a rugged look so I understand why Garance is not a fan. It is quite hard to find a balance between sophistication and ruggedness with this combination!

  23. Alessia

    November 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    so curious about the look!


  24. JJ McIntire

    November 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Not a good look , androgeny is so . . . . . yesterday

  25. Gian Luca M

    November 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    absolutly an original look…

    Gian Luca M

  26. luigi

    November 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    fashion style…..

  27. Millie Cotton

    November 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Not really sure how I feel about this. Love his expression though.

    It’s a LDN Thing


    November 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Interesting look :)

  29. Liz

    November 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    love the look on his face!

  30. Sevan

    November 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    This “avant-garde” look fits this man perfectly. Not everyone can pull it but I’m sure Mr Schuman will find his own version.

  31. Celia

    November 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I’m not sure if the shorts-over-tights bottom half would work on your stockier, more masculine frame, because the reason this works on this particular gentleman is that his build is more sinewy and feline. Long, boxer-style shorts or bermudas over tights might register as stumpy. I’d love to see this interpreted with a mid-length, billowy, translucent, greyish-green hooded anorak (something reminiscent of a plastic rain poncho), over an olive puffer vest with brown leather accents, paired with very very slim, flat-front grey or black dress pants. And sneakers.

    What a great challenge!

    • LIZPR

      November 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Celia – you’re a genius! Love your response very much.

    • Celia

      November 28, 2012 at 4:23 am

      I can’t stop thinking about this and I’ve got a better idea: either vintage-y knee-length breeches with a great pair of long socks, or full length equestrian pants (the paneled kind) with a pair of very neat derby shoes.

  32. K. Johnson

    November 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The bulk around the upper legs combined with the bulk of the lower part of the coat makes for a peculiarly unsporty style- the fussiness trumps the sport in this one for me. No long lines.

  33. Juanita

    November 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Have you thought that Garance may be more than right on this one? x

  34. Lindy

    November 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    The first and only time I have posted a comment here was for this photo, so am excited to see you returning to it. There is much to like about this look on this particular person. Maybe it’s just because his shiny and billowy jacket is so much in contrast to the more stitched-up traditional coat wearers around him … love the dark green and black but what really makes this special is the tights.

  35. M.

    November 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    In spite of the encouraging remarks, most girls will not like this look. Or, let me put it this way, most girls would not like their boyfriend do look like this.

    • Len

      December 2, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Why not?

      I’m sure guys also didn’t love their girlfriends wearing pants when they started wearing pants. They can learn to live with guy’s being free to express their fashion sense, or breakup and date a neander-bro in Hollister cargos. Plenty of more relaxed ladies out there.

  36. Jen

    November 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Scott, I’m interested to know what about this look keeps drawing you back? Is it the challenge or some beautiful aspect? I assume as you try to do your version, you’re building on something you love about it? Of course the top half of this is clearer. I personally love the inner jacket or vest… That rich green quilting is royal. Come to think of it, all the lines remind me of the knickers and stockings of the 18th C. Did you notice the horizontal lines of the outer jacket almost line up with the shorts and lower line of the interior jacket? That reminds me of the proportions of a woman’s skirt suit.

    Good luck!
    In the end I may be with Garance, but I’m for the effort 100%!

  37. Sabina

    November 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I think you like it because his look is the perfect combination of effortless and rule defying. The details are inconsequential.

  38. Zyx

    November 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    so eerie, I was thinking futuristic samurai/ninja too…plus he’s got that elf thing going (as in, elven warrior)…

  39. Sharon

    November 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Scott, I think you are drawn to the color of this coat, maybe more than anything else. It definitely seems like your color palate of choice. PS. I made my son take a picture of me in a cool outfit riding my beach cruiser bike this weekend in CA :0)

  40. Ivana Aleksich

    November 27, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I am still in love with this photo and this look….i actually wish more men dressed like this. This outfit and style kicks ass!

  41. objectlessons

    November 27, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Listen to Garance. No, seriously. Why should a man wear thights with shorts ?

  42. IXV

    November 27, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Makes come to mind a look which a few in the rap world have donned, particularily the likes of Kanye West, those in his inner circle and ASAP Rocky.

  43. Margherita

    November 27, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I think you’re much better off if you stick to your guns…

  44. Livia

    November 27, 2012 at 4:17 am

    I also think you could pull it off. So strange but his pale face together with this collar reminds me of Pierrot, the clown.

  45. Max

    November 27, 2012 at 5:17 am

    IF you like this show it means you’re finally evolving.. It’s time to look towards the future


    November 27, 2012 at 5:21 am


  47. A.

    November 27, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Am i the only one who thinks this fella is a David Bowie doppelganger???

    Anyway i digress…
    The look is comparable to when i see Scotsmen on the streets of Paris dressed in their traditional kilt. They stand out because of their size and the fact that…well they are wearing a kilt. They are heart-meltingly, magazine quality gorgeous. And i could seriously stand there with my jaw on the ground for 5 minutes.
    But the look is not for everybody…particularly not my hubby.

  48. Sol

    November 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

    By the movement of his legs, it makes me think he is a dancer. So probably “the look” is just a consequence of his lifestyle, like most of the time that we see someone with a unique style.

  49. Lauren

    November 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Please post a picture of yourself once you figure out this look. Scratch that, just post a picture once you attempt this look. It doesn’t have to be figured out. I think that would be a great series. Your attempts throughout winter to replicate this. It would be comforting and inspiring to watch you work something out visually, reminding us all not to give up when we don’t nail a look on the first try, but to keep investing in the evolution of it all.

  50. Anthony

    November 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

    It makes me think of Russian ballet and samurai warrior. Intriguing.

  51. Patricia

    November 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I remember this picture, it’s kind of modern “gaucho” look, don’t you think?

  52. h

    November 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I adore this look!! I am surprised Garance is opposed to you trying it? It is a great way to wear shorts in the winter…

    I think part of the reason the man in this picture looks so interesting is in part due to his impeccably kept eyes brows. I think eyebrows are everything… : )

  53. Ian Onwubalili

    November 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Great individual look.

  54. Betsy

    November 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This is a very interesting outfit. I wish you good luck!

  55. LA

    November 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I love this because it’s so 18th Century–look at the shapes and layers. Long coat, under vest, short pants, hose and laced shoes. Even the shaven head, which is what men often had under those wigs. Heeled shoes and tricorn hat would be too much. I like the look, even for a manly man. But I loves me some history, so I’m probably not typical. Best of luck in creating your own version of this look.

  56. Jana Blog

    November 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I’m with you on that one, Scott! As you see, I declared it a new trend in Germany in my blog JanaBlog, inspired by your photo!!

  57. Alfia

    November 29, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I agree it is very cool look. Very memorable!!!!!!
    And yes very Japanese, modern Japanese.
    Would love to see your version but I would do it more Scottish way:)! Instead of leggings maybe log socks with high laced boots and those short English pants.
    But it’s only my opinion.

  58. Debi

    November 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Garance is a very smart woman!

  59. daphne

    November 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I agree that seeing a man’s lower leg in tights-look-alikes reminds me of the 18th century.. and the brown stripe on the shoes gives it a Japanese flavor-

    I’m not keen on the “funnel collar” look on a man- though I love the turned up collar on the man walking away from the picture.

    when I think of a Scottish kilt- what is attractive to me is seeing the slim waist and hips outlined. the only big/baggy part of the outfit is the shoulder- sometimes the arms (of a poet’s blouse-)

    just what I’m used to.. I guess

    thank you for the site/blog-

  60. Tomo

    December 2, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Some really horrid examples of guys with no fashion sense trying to rock tights out there, but this is a great example of how to pull it off. We need to see more. Thick tights are super comfortable. Everyone knows tights are not ‘tights’ but stretchy. As an ex-dancer/ competitive snowboarder, I often wear tights under jeans for warmth in the winter or under nice sweatshorts going to the gym. They’re ‘women’s’ fleece tights from american apparel and nobody knows the difference. There is no difference actually besides having feet- it’s just fabric, which is sexless. I hate how we oddly gender-ize fabric. In fact, I don’t know how tights ever became considered to be not a good look on men. If they have the legs, it’s worked into the look in proportion…it just works.

  61. snake

    December 3, 2012 at 1:26 am

    scott – may i suggest: zig zags, peter storm cagoule, vintage red 1920s onesie, umbro shorts, stoney vest


  62. T

    December 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    There was recently a big uproar over ‘meggings’ which GQ and others used a ridiculous (bad) example of the style to represent it.

    I see it as all the more reason to rock them, and any other look that pushes boundaries. Because, as usual, the critics never have the spirit, nor talent, nor courage of the creators.

    What is so annoying is how it reveals the underbelly of our collective sheep-like mentality…especially through the self-appointed institutions such as GQ, etc…which is an affront to real fashion. And to real style, which, if it comes out a natural and effortless with a personal flair – is what make it style.

    Is 1mm of fabric a threat to our masculinity? Are there certain gender boundaries woven into fabric, or is it a specific look that’s not working? Men and women should be encouraged to push their own boundaries. Creative failures can only create progress.

    Without being allowed to fail – thanks to these self-appointed so-called ‘fashion experts’ – they do a disservice to the creative expression fashion represents.

    ‘Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment’ – The late Alexander McQueen

    ‘The more people that are afraid when they see new creation, the happier I am’ – Rei Kawakubo, Creative Director, Comme des Garçons

    ‘Like the herd animals we are, we sniff warily at the strange one among us.’ – Loren Eiseley, anthropologist.

    Let’s try to remember this, and remember – clothes are meant to add to the fun of life, not detract from it.

  63. vapor

    December 15, 2012 at 5:07 am

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