Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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  1. FiL

    September 15, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    WOW! I really love that "DOT" Jacket…


  2. Anonymous

    September 15, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I've never found the "I'm going to purposely buy pants too short to show off my ankles" look appealing.
    Never at all; I don't understand it.
    The first man looks quite dashing, and I like the serious look on the polka dot fellow; it's ironically charming! A bit like a sad clown, but a cute boy version :D

    • ElizNash

      May 6, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Agree on the ugliness of too-short pants and lace-up dress shoes with no socks–and how comfortable can it be, especially in hot weather in the city?! But bear feet would look better than those goofy low-cut socks that further ruin any sense of grace or proportion. These legs look like they belong to nerds in high-waters. Why would men want to do this to themselves?


  3. kiv

    September 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Dear Scott,

    i just got your book last night! And its inspiring as your blog!

    a fans from Malaysia.

  4. LettertoJane

    September 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm


  5. Teresa @ good-grace

    September 15, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    oh, how I adore Thom Browne. (Although the polka dots are a wee bit too far over the top for me…) :)
    Thanks for sharing the images.

  6. Bahrain Fashion

    September 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I'm a fan of the pants. They're quite stylish!

  7. Anonymous

    September 15, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Help me understand the polka dots. I don't get it. Is this is gimmick or am I just not cool enough?

  8. Ebbie

    September 15, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I'm in love with the polka dot man lol. fashion is so daring

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  9. Anonymous

    September 15, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Great book signing event! very silly and funny in-person :)

  10. crickets

    September 15, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    That first image is amazing. The tie really seems to pull the whole outfit together, even though all the pieces are just wonderful. That second picture is interesting, a look I would find hard to pull off, but one that they all seem to do much justice to.

    The polka dots seem a little ott for me though, but not horrid either.


  11. flyingpig83

    September 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    haha love the polka guy!! :))

  12. Goodle.

    September 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    wow so many polka dots! I love how even his lips has a dot on them :)

    Goodle x

  13. Austin.Garnett

    September 15, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    YES. They're wearing socks! I saw an interview with Jason Bateman where he talked about doing a photoshoot for some fashion mag. They had him take off his socks because it's "in style" but since Jason Bateman is a normal person, he wears socks all the time. They had to put makeup on his ankles.

    Always glad to see some more guys with common sense on the matter

  14. theTrendyDwarf

    September 15, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    The second picture of the pants is amazing! Especially for me because of my obsession over the bottom of the pants and how they look in contrast with my shoes of the day. It is safe to say I am extremely picky with my pants! The polka dots…super creative and attention getter! I like it anyway because of its uniqueness! I like the first shot of the man with the suit because the suit looks like it's been shrunken!
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  15. Anonymous

    September 15, 2009 at 11:51 pm


  16. Anonymous

    September 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Wingtips. Every where now it's wingtips.

  17. Alan

    September 16, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Can you get me the white Hazmat Parka, (background, photo of the young man in Monochrome Twister?)

  18. The Photodiarist

    September 16, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Stunning series. Love the second shot the best. Just fantastic.


  19. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 12:09 am

    that is what always bothered me about some of the Thom Browne people I see occasionally around town the ankle socks. If you are going to go through all of the trouble to have pants that show your ankle why where socks that cover half of them.

    It just looks tacky.

    Either wear socks that go up cover your leg when the pants ride up or don't wear any.

  20. Hannah JV

    September 16, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I find the second image absolutely tantalising. Thank you very much for that.

  21. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Funny how Thom Browne's own jacket has appropriately long sleeves!

  22. Dan

    September 16, 2009 at 12:34 am

    And this is where fashion fails. There's nothing daring about lunacy.

  23. Well Done

    September 16, 2009 at 12:52 am

    no,no, no. these guys just look silly.

  24. Logan Wolfe

    September 16, 2009 at 12:55 am

    The cropped pants is starting to become a uniform. I'm seeing it too much, I like doing it myself but it is as though it no longer has anything to do with function. Maybe it never did.

  25. Scoob

    September 16, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Love the first guy, and how the thin tie is perfect with that suit.

  26. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 1:07 am

    the dots are funny, not stylish. but his serious full of sadness face and his lips with another small white dot are making impression of odd harmony :)))

  27. The Voguette

    September 16, 2009 at 1:14 am

    fantastic polka dots, reminds me of house of holland a couple seasons ago.

    <3 The Voguette

  28. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 1:30 am

    "The first man is quite dashing"…That's Thom Browne

  29. Elin

    September 16, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Are you not taking any photos for style.com this fashionweek? I miss them…

  30. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 1:55 am

    I love this look, though can I say it reminds me so much of Comme des Garcons?

  31. Dan

    September 16, 2009 at 2:10 am

    The first one is Thom Browne ;)

  32. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 2:11 am

    the second photo is begging for the caption:

    Shhh…let's keep it 'under the table'.

  33. lepetitsmudge

    September 16, 2009 at 2:23 am

    i think thom brown is sort of a one trick pony.
    i mean, you can put polka dots and sequins and mermaids all over everything, but its still just shrunken suits season after season. i know its a lot more difficult to be creative and experimental with men's looks, but i don't know, it just feels… gimmicky.

  34. Frollein von Sofa

    September 16, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Thumbs up for polka dots !!!!


  35. Dannie

    September 16, 2009 at 2:59 am

    o i just adore chic-y men!

  36. thatsorad

    September 16, 2009 at 3:10 am

    I am seeing spots. PUPPIES! No just kidding. It is an AWESOME shot though!

    I like the traditional suit, Matrix Men gone wild, and then the crazy cool suit. It is cool how you set it up! You definitly have a good eye!

  37. Cobalt Violet

    September 16, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Guess my dad doesn't have to change his shoes… always wingtips! Great shot of the guys under the table.

    Love the first guy. Spiffy.

    Dots? I hope he's some sort of artist.

  38. Billy

    September 16, 2009 at 3:41 am

  39. sofiasophie

    September 16, 2009 at 4:13 am

    love the first pic…..

  40. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 4:15 am

    not sure about the white lipstick. is this a variation of white eyebrows?

  41. SustantivoMasculino

    September 16, 2009 at 5:11 am

    ~time to let my feet breath a little with those pants and show off my new shoes on em. the look is very german, i can see Adolf Hitler now as fashion icon after seeing those pics. :))

  42. Hilla Ohayon

    September 16, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I really wish I could lay my hands on my own copy already. Are you going to be on Amazon soon?

    Loved the guy in dots!


  43. fla

    September 16, 2009 at 5:39 am

    This is art,this is very fashion

  44. Antonio Barros

    September 16, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Who will wear a "dot" suit?

    I like the picture of the men without socks!


  45. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 6:45 am

    If lady gaga was a man she would be the man in polka dots.

  46. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 6:46 am

    What fun~!

  47. Miguel

    September 16, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I like Thom Brown as a fashion stylist, as a showman, or as a creator but honestly I don't see my self wearing his clothes… dont take me wrong, I love it… and I wear thing similar, ones in a while but that's what is fashion about… get some ideas and make it your own…!
    By the way Scott, I didn't find your book in Spain… and I want it deeply!

  48. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Sorry to rain on anyone's parade but anyone who thinks these Pee Wee Herman outfits are remotely stylish or flattering needs to re-check their value system……In 20years time they are going to be up there with bell bottoms and playsuits.

  49. SallyO

    September 16, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I'm loving the little black ankle socks! They allow men to show off their hairy legs (eww) while still maintaining proper hygeine for their feet! Hooray!

  50. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 7:44 am

    polkas are crazy fun. LOVE the top photo. ahhhhhh. he looks perfect.

  51. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 7:59 am

    The first photo is Browne himself. His clothes are interesting to look at but I find his clothes impossible to wear. And it's time he moved on past too tight, too short.

  52. The Clever Pup

    September 16, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Gosh Darn it. The ankle look is silly beyond measure and extremely schoolgirlish – meaning back in the day when we would call our friends to make sure we all had the same thing on. Geesh.

    The polka costume is just that, but I appreciate the humor.

  53. Laurence John

    September 16, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Thom seems to do half wearable grown up clothes and half pantomime silliness. i love the wearable grown up stuff.

  54. The Clever Pup's Husband

    September 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

    says that the top suit reminds him of the 1962 astronaut look. A good thing.

  55. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    September 16, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Love these styles! Seriously.

  56. Hawa

    September 16, 2009 at 8:44 am

    note to self…roll up fancy trousers for the non-chalant look of incredibly attractive european men…..also repeatedly follow your blog on an hourly basis as to not miss on commenting on all the amazing previous posts!

  57. StyFy

    September 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I've been covering Fashion Week Spring 2010 in New York City (shooting video) and just about every editor I've interviewed has given a thumbs down to the capri style, ankle/shin showing pants for men. Also, not seeing much of this look at all at the shows. Most of the men attending, all of whom are trying to look great, have not been going with this style. Perhaps this is a flash in the pan?


  58. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 8:53 am

    This show was perfection.
    It puts a smile on my face. You know the people who are "too cool" to smile? They were smiling at this show too. They weren't laughing – they were smiles of admiration and appreciation. The men wanted the clothes. The women wanted the men's clothes.
    This is what fashion SHOULD be. Fun.
    Thank you Thom Browne.

  59. Mister Zero

    September 16, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Wow, people really go out like this? It's hilarious and horrifying, but funny.

  60. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 9:10 am

    i just find there something really kind of effortlessly sexy/cool about the folded up trouser/bare leg/heavy shoe combo,


  61. Jillian

    September 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

    You know what is weird, this is the fourth time I've seen polka dots this week. I HATED polka dots growing up but I can't help but smile when I see them on someone!


  62. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am

    What? Did the circus come to town?

  63. Madame de Guermantes

    September 16, 2009 at 10:09 am

    The polks dots are not bad as an amusement. The flood pants are ridiculous, as I think those gentlemen are not being ironic, but believe themselves to be on the cutting edge of fashion.

  64. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 10:10 am


  65. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I just don't get the hype. Thom Brownes suits look like they have been washed in hot water and thrown in the dryer to shrink.If you really understand proportion, fit, and ultimately good taste, Thom Browne suits will seem ridiculous.

  66. Michael M

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am

    thom browne looks great from the waist up, as evidenced by the first photo. clean and modern upgrade of the old. but when it gets to the highwaters….

  67. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I was wondering if the men wearing the shorter pants wax their legs or go au natural–I love Mr. Polka Dots–by the way. He looks fresh and a bit silly.

  68. Style Geek

    September 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Fashion SHOULD be fun and it SHOULD make you look twice. Thanks for photographing the polka-dot man. He captures those two aspects well.

  69. davidsl

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 am

    first photo, lovely and stylish.

    second photo, laughable.

    third photo, no. just no.

    clown clothes for people with no sense.

  70. Helen Zuo

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Oohhh absolutely fabulous. Everything!

  71. DirtWillie

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I have totally been digging the short pants look lately. Trying to work it into my corporate office look!

  72. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Thom Browne reminds me of one thing, and one thing only – the emperor's new clothes. He's a sharp looking guy and I respect his style, but I just don't get all the fashion lemmings drooling over his clothes.

  73. Verdiales

    September 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Does Thom Browne own any other clothes? How dreary it all becomes.

  74. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    There's a guy running around Washington DC in a similar suit with '?' marks all over it.

  75. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Although I can't see his pants, what Thom Browne is basically wearing is a 1960s suit. What's so genious about that? I have dozens of the REAL thing.

  76. Emma Howard

    September 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Man in first photo is strikingly handsome & masculine in his suit and tie.

    Great hair cut w/ beard stubble.

    I wonder what that paper says in his coat pocket?

  77. Rita

    September 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    courageous. I like the white dot on his lips. :)

  78. bsa

    September 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    this isn't fashionable, it's laughable.

  79. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Somewhere I can hear the song "Send in the Clowns".

  80. Anonymous

    September 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    who is the model in the third photo?

  81. chula

    September 17, 2009 at 12:20 am

    wow… I should start design a men collection line… it;s great

  82. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    The only problem I have with the Thom Browne silhouette is how it doesn't change, like someone else said. I think he will not be satisfied with this cropped everything silhouette until half the men in Manhattan are spotting it – and by the way, he doesn't have very long to go; a testament to the undeniable influence he has had.


  83. MOD PAUL

    September 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

    That jacket is way way to FAB!!! I have been very outspoken fan and have been sporting T.B. for years but this jacket is the best thing in years… Well done my son you just keep doing it year after year.

  84. hi-d

    September 17, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    LOL…I guess this would be an easy, "connect the dot" game. :)

  85. Benj

    September 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm


  86. Brian

    September 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Thom Brown or Barnum Bros. Clown School…

  87. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Is it just me, or are DotGuy's sleeves different lengths?

    Also–if he's already wearing a jacket, what could that extra garment in his hand possibly be? Is he carrying the matching half of his suit in case of emergency? Were some guys trading clothes backstage? I'm curious now.

  88. Anonymous

    September 19, 2009 at 1:28 am

    One thing about the look that I don't get – with all the wrist provided by the short sleeves, I feel it's the perfect place to accent with a fantastic watch, but none of the men at the table are wearing one. I love great watches, and most of the time with a standard-length suit sleeve it just goes to waste hidden beneath your cuff, but the short sleeve is perfect for showing it off. Also, I have to imagine the short pant is a summer look only, akin to the capri? I couldn't imagine walking around NY in the winter with pants that short, nor the ankle socks… Besides slim, what differentiates a thom browne winter-weight suit?

  89. Vintage is hot!

    September 19, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Haha beatiful !


  90. TheMerryMiser

    September 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Oh enough already with TB. Ridiculousness and ankle baring clothes do not make fashion or style. When will the collective wake up to the joke being played out.

  91. Anni Hall

    September 20, 2009 at 9:25 am

    The second look is fantastic! I will have to secretly shorten my boyfriends pants and buy him short socks.. hee hee ;)

  92. superawesomeman

    September 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    with all the criticism of preen about women's bodies, it's curious how you don't extend the same commentary to thom brown.
    so ruffles around the butt is ugly but polka dotted dress pants are okay?
    Both are awesome but neither is really "wearable."

  93. Lena R

    October 17, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Look up pictures of the rapper Kwame. The polka dots remind me of him. Except this time, the man looks clownish.

  94. leszek

    December 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

    love the polka dot jackets. Could definitely incorporate in my own wardrobe. great work as always from thom!

  95. polkadot

    February 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    hehe me love;-)

  96. dcinDC

    July 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Yes, I still hate the too small clothes TB look, but can we PLEASE move on from the skinny black tie as a “fashion” item? It’s uninteresting now, and just lazy. Thanks.

    • ElizNash

      May 6, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      With you on that, dcinDC. Guys either look as if (1) they haven’t a clue about how to buy clothes that fit or (2) they can’t bear to give up the stuff they were wearing in high school. Blech in either case.


  97. joseph

    January 8, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Short suit jackets look foolish on tall men and are not slimming in general. Look to Cary Grant.

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