Sunday, December 3, 2006

On The Street……American Classic, Chelsea

This young man’s look is probably the closest to what i would call true “American Style” of all the shots I have posted so far.


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  1. Anonymous

    December 3, 2006 at 11:18 pm

    i really like this photograph, and i agree, his style is truly american but he wears it very well

  2. Anonymous

    December 3, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    Way to american for me.

  3. vintagent

    December 3, 2006 at 11:38 pm

    A classic look, on which Ralph Lauren has based his career. I wonder if a shorter jacket and no cuffs on his pants would make his legs look longer?

  4. Anonymous

    December 3, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    really? an american in connecticut, maybe. i sure do hope you’re wrong about this. it seems to me that you post pictures every day of individuals who reflect american style, although i certainly recognize him as being one example of it. when i think of someone who embodies american style, the first image that pops into my head is of bill blass, followed immediately by andy warhol, which is to say that american style is rich and varied, if not particularly deep. what about your shot of lauren hutton?

  5. marie

    December 4, 2006 at 1:14 am

    Are there three or four pockets on the coat?

  6. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 1:27 am

    true Sart, with the one notable exception of the ticket pocket, which is decidedly not american trad and much more british…

  7. EMNH

    December 4, 2006 at 1:30 am

    What a Handsome man! He looks like what my husband will look like in 30 or so years. Same clothes…same hair.

  8. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 2:33 am

    Now that’s what I call a gentleman.


  9. Tongue in Cheek Antiques

    December 4, 2006 at 2:49 am

    I have just found your blog. And I am glad I have. Your way of capturing details in everyday wear, are fantastic.
    Double scarves tied,
    Mens loose ties,
    colorful handbags,
    skinny legs in leggings
    The woman is faux fur and toeless shoes.
    Such a beautiful world you show us of the daily stret wear!

  10. Butch

    December 4, 2006 at 7:46 am

    Well, this seems to me American in the sense that our dresssier menswear has always aspired to Brit bespoke elegance…though the khakis and loafers (or at least their look) are of course “homemade.”

    Anyway, his look, despite a tightish jacket, is very pleasing.

  11. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 8:34 am

    very “old” american style – 50s or 60s. The current one is more like other photos you posted before.

  12. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 9:03 am

    know what you mean, but really the guy in the green shoes is as much “American style” as this.

    Pretty nice over all, but the jacket would look 100% better unbuttoned.

  13. The Sartorialist

    December 4, 2006 at 9:39 am

    I guess I should have phrased it “Traditional American Style”

  14. Just an Observation

    December 4, 2006 at 9:45 am

    Would have to agree with The Sar, the color palette and pattern is truely american.
    again and again I can’t help myself…one of the first things I notice on someone’s style is when the individual wears the clothes as comfortably as their own skin …the rest is not so important. This helps me often understand when I see people wearing what I think is absolutely cazy looking clothing, but the wearer carries it off smoothly….I can’t object to myslef anymore.

  15. hoi polloi

    December 4, 2006 at 10:08 am

    nice colors, but the jacket is a little tight in the waist, heh heh

  16. D. Kay

    December 4, 2006 at 10:16 am

    Sart, American Classic is a sufficient title. The word classic can embody more than one style of dress. America is a huge mass of land with many different cultures and just as many thoughts and ideas. What if you shot a youngster sporting oversized Dickies pants, vintage Jordan kicks, a Polo shirt, and a Triple Fat Goose jacket? That would be American Classic “Hip-Hop” style (yes, Hip-Hop is the culture, Rap is the music).

    Stay the course, Sart. Everyone else, please broaden your thought processes.

  17. Alice Olive

    December 4, 2006 at 10:43 am

    I just love his glasses!

  18. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 10:55 am

    Let’s not go claiming this in the name of ALL America!

    He looks east coast/academic to me.

    It’s not a bad look but would you see it in California?

  19. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Mostly American (Oxford Cloth Button Down, khaki’s, no shirt sleeve showing) with some British influences (ticket pocket). Overall, very nice!

  20. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 11:48 am

    Scott, I think “Traditional American style” is a bit misleading as it has a connotation of an ethnic uniform like the european countries have, which does not apply to this case. Tradition is something that is passed on from generation to generation and has a specific meaning and place for a certain group. While some of the above may apply to this, not all does. “Mid 20th Century American Style” sounds better IMHO.

  21. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 11:58 am

    looks great, jacket seems like an italian take on american/british, though. rather fitted, in a good way, for a true american cut.

  22. Katlego

    December 4, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    Old skool Americana style.The light blue oxford button down shirt and turn up Khakis. i think the double right side pocket adds a European feel to the look!

  23. Katlego

    December 4, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    Classic Americana style. The light blue oxford button down shirt,turn up khakis and chained slip-ons but i think the double right hand pocket add a european feel to the look. Thats what i call Satorial!

  24. Katlego

    December 4, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    Classic Americana style. The light blue oxford button down shirt,turn up khakis and chained slip-ons but i think the double right hand pocket add a european feel to the look. Thats what i call Satorial!

  25. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 12:22 pm

    From the waist up, I really love this look. I cannot say enough about the yellow vest or sweater. I would much prefer to see him in olive flannel trousers and caramel shoes, but anyhow …

  26. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    I love this; he knows who is he.

  27. Max

    December 4, 2006 at 12:58 pm

    Classic American style for men is generally taken to mean the ivy league/brooks brothers/j. press look.

    It’s explicitly different from British style in that it’s less of a polished business look and more of a rumpled sportswear look (sport coats, polo shirts, tennis sweaters, khakis, etc). Taken on those terms, this outfit is pretty much perfect.

  28. john

    December 4, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Overall looks ok but jacket too tight, something that comes to us all, and he looks as if he slept in the pants, something that looks good on 25 year old but not a 60 year old. He should have the jacket adjusted as wearing clothes that are too tight just emphasizes that spread. This is a tendency among Brits too I find. Ask yourself the question how good would he look in Milan.

  29. R2K

    December 4, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    : )

  30. Irish Eyes Lovin' The Sart

    December 4, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    Scott – you old fox – I am back and you’re forgiven! I love this… it’s bang on the mark… I call it ‘Joseph P. Kennedy Makes a Comeback’ look. Superb. Timesless. And as American as Levis, Hot Dogs and Coney Island. Great choice of young fella….

  31. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    I agree that it’s old-school American. And a style of academic origin — he was once prep/collegiate. Reminds me of my dad.

  32. Thomas

    December 4, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    So when I first read this post, I thought – that must be a typo. Then I thought, Scott is being funny. Then that perhaps the modifier referred to the “style” and not the man himself. But since no one seems to have mentioned it in the comments, I have to ask:

    “YOUNG man’s style”?

  33. JJ Lee

    December 4, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    I think the guy is working the grey fox look in a kinder, gentler Donald Rumsfeld way, somewhat. What I think is superior about this look is how it brings colour (blue yellow burgundy and the buffs and russets) into the American clothing idiom. Without the Prep/Trad, real sartorial traditions would be lost to the vagaries of streetwear and fashion. It’s as authentically American as cowboy wear in the way jazz or blues is American.

    And it’s influential. Did not Pete Townsend wear button downs with his Union Jack blazer? You bet.

    One thing I notice is the cuff or roll in his pants and the horizontal stress line at button. He may be getting older and shrinking but his girth continues to expand. I’m sure that’s where I am headed.

  34. The Sartorialist

    December 4, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    for Thomas
    I was being a little funny

  35. Anonymous

    December 4, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    To answer RoseAG’s query,

    Yes, you’d find this look in California. We only wear flip-flops and board shorts on days with the letter “R” in them. . .

  36. Fearlessly Female

    December 5, 2006 at 3:01 am

    I agree with “just an observation”…this is an example of everything working together and creating a natural look for the wearer…a second skin. Even though that button tugs he looks quite comfortable in his style. I love the red stripe tie, blue shirt & yellow V-neck sweater combo. And absolutely love the spectacles. I also agree that it has Classic American written all over it. A modern day F. Scott Fitzgerald, if you will. Quite nice. It would be interesting to see if his style has morphed at all within the past 30 years.

  37. Anonymous

    December 5, 2006 at 5:02 am

    I agree with Max. It’s all about the sportswear and the phrase “American Classic.” The phrase represents a golden age in American history. When one hears the phrase Americana, the most common association is to folk art, folk music, etc.

    I adore this guy.

  38. Monsieur

    December 5, 2006 at 10:22 am

    LIKE: The words “patriarch” come to mind when I look at this image. He reminds me of Joe Kennedy. The look is beautiful and timeless.

    DISLIKE: None.

  39. Anonymous

    October 3, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Hair Style is Perfect!
    I bet he was gorgeous when he was Young….and he was very hot!

    I love to introduce to my Mom!!! if he is single!

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