Wednesday, June 27, 2007

How I Would Wear Thom Browne p.2

Chris Mitchell of Details magazine wears a Thom Browne suit the way ,I would guess, most of Thom’s customers wear his suits.
I think I’m starting to look forward to this Brooks Brothers collaboration


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  1. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 6:31 am

    Now this is a real gentleman.The suit fits him perfectly and I am happy to see he takes care of his shoes, the color of which is a good choice.

  2. Butch

    June 27, 2007 at 7:22 am

    Sorry, this just looks wrong: the jacket too small and “cutaway,” the pants of curiously indeterminate length.

    The problem may be that one can’t compromise the TB look in this way–or that the guy’s too tall for it.

  3. Anders

    June 27, 2007 at 7:45 am

    I understand that the “too small and too short” look is fashionable right now, but it still looks very uncomfortable and little silly.

    Sorry. :(

  4. Candid Cool

    June 27, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Beautiful suit. Is it just me, or does this have a sheen to it?

  5. Nick

    June 27, 2007 at 7:58 am

    I just can’t get over the fact that when you wear a Thom Browne it always looks like you are wearing a suit that you borrowed from someone else (of course that someone else is also much smaller then you!).

  6. Alice Olive

    June 27, 2007 at 7:58 am

    I didn’t notice the suit – just that fabulous crisp white shirt. He is lovely to behold!

  7. Zachary

    June 27, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Talk about showing cuff! the man’s entire shirt cuff is sticking out. Not sure on this one Sart, it’s managed a make of Thom a sort of Italian Lounge Lizzard look (The absent necktie and the fluttering shirtcuffs remind me of Brad Pitt in Ocean’s 11). The pants, particularly given the context, look very similar to the italian way of wearing tapered trousers that we have seen in the previous few day’s photos. Give me stodgy grey anyday.

  8. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 8:05 am

    i just want to say, to the person before (some “analytical” person) that thought that all americans didn’t like snug suits – well, this flys in the face of that. he looks fantastic, and so does his suit. this is the way to do the snug fit. those crinkly, wrinkly, TOO-shrunken light blue pants were a mess! this guy does it right.

    P.S. i am american, obviously!

  9. Berkelycole

    June 27, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Glad you are signing on…the layout in Gentlemen’s Quarterly this month show just how wearable Tom-ware via Brooks might be…albeit still expensively so

  10. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 8:54 am

    this guy always looks great!

  11. becky

    June 27, 2007 at 9:48 am

    to the sart’s guy readers: can you tell me, are these suits/cuts comfortable to wear? I love them conceptually and (usually) visually, but I get the feeling that if I were to try a similar trick I’d constantly be fidgeting and adjusting.

  12. iopine

    June 27, 2007 at 9:49 am

    It’s a good thing Brooks Brothers is going this direction; they’ve been too staid for too long. I understand why, because they have a certain image to project, and a certain standard to uphold–classic American.

    However, they need to move with the times if they want to hit a larger demographic than the ultra-traditional market they’ve had all along.

    I can’t wait to see what happens.

    These suits, and the guys who are wearing them, and the ways in which they’re wearing them are superb.

    I hope to see a Part 3 soon!

  13. Iheartfashion

    June 27, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Stunning suit! The fabric looks like it has a slight sheen. Do you happen to know what it’s made of?

  14. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 10:02 am

    This month’s men’s vogue features the Thom Browne line for BB. It’s nice but a little expensive for Brooksbrothers.

  15. Three Repute

    June 27, 2007 at 10:02 am

    i guess that’s his best foot forward.

  16. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 10:09 am

    The too-small jacket is a little too Pee Wee Herman for my taste, but the rest I love. I find this guy extremely fetching.

  17. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 10:54 am

    This must be “Understated Thom” cuz it just looks like a typical suit (minus the large amount of shirt cuff).

    Love the glasses hanging out of the pocket.


  18. MacGuffin

    June 27, 2007 at 10:59 am

    This version of Thom Brown I can live with. Love the colours.

  19. william d. anderson

    June 27, 2007 at 11:01 am

    now that’s awesome. its not in your face, affected, but has more style than anyone else on the street. very sharp.

  20. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Oh, I’m melting . . . . .

  21. amed studio

    June 27, 2007 at 11:29 am

    One day I suppose I may come around to Thom Browne’s vision of shrunken proportions for menswear, but for now I still think his jackets look too small on big guys like this. Here at least the trousers are long enough.

    Great shoes!

  22. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 11:32 am

    This month’s men’s Vogue features a shoot with Thom Browne for BB. It is nice but a bit expensive for BB.

  23. Dawn

    June 27, 2007 at 11:43 am

    I’m in love.

    Somehow it is boyish-sophistication.
    Playful but expensive looking.

  24. oldog/oldtrix

    June 27, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Not to criticize Browne’s vision (which I have done elsewhere by equating it with Pee Wee Herman’s) or to tout any other particular brand, but there are fully canvassed suit models from, e.g., Hickey-Freeman, Samuleshon, Southwick that carry jackets with minimally shaped and padded shoulders, slight waist suppression/darting, and tapered flat front trousers. I’m a 42 regular, and if I put on a 40 short in any of those models I have the same appearance and equivalent quality garment as the gentleman pictured for significantly less money. Nobody is knocking off anybody else; that’s just the way it is. At least that’s what I think, but I’m willing to be convinced otherwise.

    Where I’m not willing to brook any argument at all, however, is with the sublimely simple and elegant combination of navy suit, white shirt, white handkerchief, and chestnut shoes. An added plus: pack grey trousers, blue jeans, blue shirt, pink or yellow shirt, a couple of ties, shorts and swim trunks, and a pair of soft brown loafers in a carry-on, throw a trench coat over your shoulder, and travel around the world.

  25. McTickle

    June 27, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    I like his shoes. I just bought a pair in that color. Now I’m on the hunt for a belt. This dude is smooth like Kaopectate.

  26. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    wow.. he is just amazingly hot… love the way he’s dressed… suits perfectly.. just adore him. kisses from Argentina.

  27. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    I’m sorry. This is absolutely awful. A shrunken suit on a big guy just looks ill-fitted. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but this is just…blehhh!

  28. D. Kay

    June 27, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Ok. I’m coming around.

    Great summer look here. Is that linen or cotton?

  29. Brandon

    June 27, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Thats exactly how I want to wear my Thom Browne suit when I buy it in the fall. I am a recent college grad and now I can’t wait to buy mine. Although I probably will wear barrel cuffs with my suit. Great pic

  30. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    I really do like the fit of the suit on this guy. Is the suit made from linen?

  31. foodie415

    June 27, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    My eyes are getting used to Thom Browne’s proportions. Very snappy and not Peewee Hermen-esque at all!

  32. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    HHHmmmm. Not convinced. Especially with his build. Although it is very stylish.

  33. shoe lover

    June 27, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    I think he looks slick, but would you wear that much cuff? Maybe it speaks to the exagerated shortness of TB suits, I don’t know. I’m getting used to the short, tapered pant, but the wide cuff looks a bit Pilgrim-like to me.

  34. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    very clean and elegant, nicely done. not sure how i feel about the cuffs, though.

  35. Off The Cuff

    June 27, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Very nice outfit. I am curious to see how Thom’s Brooks Brothers line does as well.

    The details here hit that casually elegant note for which most people strive but never really reach. The perfect pants which barely brush some beautiful shoes, the artfully unbuttoned shirt cuffs, and trim little pocket square sharing space with some swanky sunglasses. By opening up that extra shirt button though, he appears to be working some kind of Bob Guccione angle.

    My only concern with this delicate balance of an outfit – and with most of Thom Browne’s suits – is that at some point you have to move. This suit coat in particular looks so perfectly tailored that I fear any movement will send the button shooting down 7th Avenue.

    Regardless though, a great pic of a great outfit.

  36. paulo

    June 27, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    I really like the whole look – brown shoes the deep color of the suit the white shirt absolutely beautiful.
    The cut of the jacket a bit tight of course being Thom Browne you expect it.
    I don’t know where I stand with Thom Browne,
    I really like his clothes but I am scarred I can only pull off one or two things. So I’d rather avoid him all together just in case the look I’m pulling off really looks bad. But maybe his Brooks Brothers collaboration will persuade me to take that chance.
    We shall see….

  37. Cristina

    June 27, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Dear Sartorialist,
    I’ve been reading your blog, and looking out for information about your work, and I really surprised every time I found a new information about your work.
    Congratulations for your great comments about your pictures, and about the trends that you discovered to us.
    Keep it up!
    Speak soon,


    June 27, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Besides being well dressed this guy has a swagger that I like.

  39. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Pants could be a tad shorter but I think Thom would be jazzed….

  40. M-

    June 27, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    you know what? it just looks out of proportion. either he doesn’t have the physique to carry it off (makes his hips look wide) or he doesn’t have the attitude to pull it off (it’s already a geeky style, BUT you can’t have a geeky air). but i like the suit’s quality. sorry but the tailoring just isn’t working for me on him.

  41. Asian Models Blogger

    June 27, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    I like the shorter jacket on the gentleman. His pants are longer than what Thom Browne shows on the runway.

    Cute guy, nice body and well fitted suit. Perfecto!

  42. ek

    June 27, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Still not a fan, though the fabric looks nice. However, this does seem a littlle more palatable to the average American male. Nice shoes.

  43. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    I couldn’t even pay attention to the suit because the guy is so cute!

  44. simply olive

    June 27, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    he looks perfectly groomed, but a little uneasy in a suit that seems too small.

  45. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    The comment below is offered with great trepidation to the extent that I don’t necessarily limit what is or isn’t good fashion by these two examples. But there is/may be a point in there somewhere.

    That said, I wonder if you could get two of my avatars, Cary Grant and Steve McQueen, in a Thom Browne suit?

    Eminence Grise

  46. fawn

    June 27, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    I really love this shrunken/fitted look on not-tiny men. unlike dior homme’s equally miniaturized suits, thom browne’s clothes just work on guys who are actual men, not little skinny boys. so fashiony, a little feminine, and yet totally debonaire. love it!

    from what I’ve seen of the brooks bros collaboration, though, it’s nothing to write home about. although it will be cool to see a variety of men wearing mr browne’s suits, who might not have looked twice at them before.

  47. Matt

    June 27, 2007 at 11:08 pm


  48. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    Balance, proportion and appropriateness remain, and always will remain, essential to a suit in order to make it beautiful. This is not beautiful. It offends the eye in nearly every way possible.

  49. Anonymous

    June 28, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Anyone know what kind of shoes those are, or what color you’d call those? I’ve been looking for a similar pair.

  50. Anne

    June 28, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    I can’t imagine anyone over 6 feet wearing this look. It would be less deliberate, more “my cleaner shrank my suit in the wash.”

    Certain things only work on petite (petit?) people. The Thom Browne suit is one of them.

    (And yes, I know these suits are shown on models — very thin models in a very specific situation. I stand by my comment.)

  51. Anonymous

    June 28, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    I love this guy’s shoes, and I love Thom Browne. But with that being said, the amount of taper on the trousers makes his large feet look even larger.

  52. Anonymous

    June 28, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    This is not for ordinary men.

  53. Anonymous

    June 28, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    If this is what a Thom Brown suite is supposed to look like then I think I’m starting to look forward to the Thom Brown backlash.

  54. Anonymous

    June 29, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Overpriced, undersized and overated.

  55. sandman_gr

    June 29, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    That’s way much better than part 1. He looks great and it fits him to a T – great proportions too! And I love the combination of dark blue suit and brown leather!

  56. Anonymous

    July 6, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Yeah, I’m not feeling the too-small-suit either. But it is very Oxford-style wearing-my-dad’s-suit-because-it’s-just-so-much-better-than-anything-made-these-days.

  57. Anonymous

    July 8, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Wow. Very suave. Very nice. Smart suit and confident pose.

  58. Anonymous

    May 26, 2010 at 1:06 am

    The gentleman looks excellent… but on a larger scale topic, the silhouette of men's suiting cannot be changed. That little short jacket that he is wearing (that tend to be "fashionable" right now… looks silly. It just looks like a man is wearing a woman's jacket. If it doesn't cover your ass, it's too short.

  59. Quiet Man

    December 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Looks a little like a father trying to fit into his son’s clothes.

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