Monday, November 15, 2010

On the Street….Andrea Luparelli, Rome

I love the silhouette of his coat, that nipped-in waist is perfect.

I think most of us (men and women) make the mistake of buying our outwear too oversized.


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  1. Nube

    November 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Soooo perfect, soooo Italian to me.


    November 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Beautiful color too!

  3. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    It's amazing how you always seem to take pictures of people and settings that I thought only existed in my dreams. The feeling of your photographs is of a lost era that suddenly appears not so lost. Thank you for giving me that old world feeling every day!

  4. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    so true, but thats the fault of the industry.. try finding affordable slim outerwear with long enough sleeves, it's practically impossible


    November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I'll have a bluuuuue Christmas!

    and his socks, such great hues in this ensemble!

  6. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    so true, but thats the fault of the industry.. try finding affordable slim outerwear with long enough sleeves, it's practically impossible

  7. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    any suggestions on fitted coats fr tall men w/ long tired of oversized down coats

  8. Michelle Bobb-Parris

    November 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Agreed. That said, there are some (women) on the other end of the scale who buy their outerwear too small. Whether it is for vanity's sake (smaller sizes flatter the ego) or they don't take into account heavier cold-weather fabrics, coats that are a little too snug are never flattering.

    This gentleman obviously understands outerwear sizing, and bravo to him.


  9. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Couldn't agree with you more Scott, including myself, but I like to think I have started to make a departure from that loose loose style.

    But I will say, Americans, paticularly men have a tendency to go loose in an effort to seek comfort of wearing fine clothing….and that is not limited to outerwear …its sports jackets, suit and especially dress shirts.

    Thanks as always for these inspirational photos and thought provoking too.

  10. Avery Styles

    November 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    you are so right, most people do purchase outerwear way too large. I LOVE a fitted jacket/coat.

  11. The Nyanzi Report

    November 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    definately italian. excellent silhouette.

  12. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    not in sweden. here everybody has outwear too tight over the shoulders. looks awful

  13. TresLunas

    November 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    too chic and cute…i like it!

  14. JustNorman

    November 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    damn those pants are gnarly. GOTTA HAVE IT.

    Oh, throw in the socks too.


  15. dolceedamara

    November 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    It is not surprise, Italians are to me the best dressed nation!


    November 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Where are you going next?!
    and BEAUTIFUL trousers!

    mademoiselle xo

  17. Juliet

    November 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I love his blue coat!

    juliet xxx

  18. Thimblebolt

    November 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Very true.

    But of course we can always have it altered by Ripense..

    (Well, not always maybe)

    That's indeed a perfect coat.

  19. namita

    November 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    such a regal colour! I totally agree re: the nipped in waist.
    I also love the turnups on the trousers!

  20. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Mon oncle?


  21. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Low profile and sober :)
    I love the combination of the colors from his coat to the shoes!

  22. Paul

    November 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Hahaha Bellissimo Andrea !
    I was waiting for that one…

    Se vedemo a Pariggi


  23. HStrang

    November 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    It's stunning!

    How do we avoid buying outerwear slightly oversized? Tips to the masses? Do tell!



    November 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    He looks smart. I think that is the best word I can think of to describe him right now.

  25. Erlend

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm


  26. ScottO

    November 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I love the purple socks, but I would feel self-conscious showing them while standing. Plus my ankles would get cold!

  27. VicissitudiniLombarde

    November 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  28. Vanessa

    November 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Those socks are perfection. It is the slightest detail but I'm in love with them.

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  29. Rafael Franco

    November 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    AMAZING COAT!But I didn't like the hat.

    kisses from Brazil*

  30. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    yes–mon oncle~ I thought of Jacques Tati, too. He must be going for that very look. Almost as adorable as the original.

  31. Soft Shock

    November 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    His coat is perfect! he wears it well!

  32. Red Red

    November 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    You speak the truth Scott, but how do you accommodate for the sweaters and suit jackets often needed for the northern climates?

  33. Rosaspina Vintage

    November 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I love that coat+hat combination!

  34. Commefraiche

    November 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Like everything except the hat. Perhaps a darker color would have been better.

  35. Κάλαθο

    November 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

  36. le cid

    November 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm


  37. caribbelle

    November 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    You may be right, I guess we associate bulk with warmth. I like the raindrops that are still sitting on the wool!

  38. Jasmin

    November 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    c'est la classe! great photo!

  39. olafgermany

    November 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I agree absolutely, a heavier man in an oversized shirt/coat looks much more heavier then in a slim fit shirt/coat…and his look is gorgeous.

  40. Biaa

    November 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I agree with your comment, I think most of us do buy outerwear a size too large. And in noticing that in myself, I've started buying coats in a more fitted size. The difference is spectacular!

    I also love his socks!! They are purple and navy striped socks, and they are amazing :)

  41. Francesca

    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    i agree the coat is perfect.

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  42. my.amalgam

    November 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    agreed! usually the nipped-in waist can look very feminine, but he pulls it off

  43. emily

    November 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    The real problem from my eyes (a resident of cold and wintry climes) is that any outerwear that may be both attractive and affordable is inevitably not warm enough…hence buying larger sizes to layer

  44. Kaylyn

    November 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Love his hat! Puts the entire look together.

  45. Sarah

    November 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I agree!!! I've always wanted a finely tailored look at all times. But so many people recommend buying outerwear larger than your usual size…I guess it's in anticipation of lots of layers? I've never felt like buying a size above is necessary though. So I stick to my true size, and it's working so far! :)

  46. Frozen Fashion

    November 16, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Yep I am guilty of buying outerwear too big. The blue really stands out and his strong stance says alot.

  47. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 1:22 am

    those pants are perfect

  48. Andrea Luparelli

    November 16, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Grazie Scott, finalmente Sartorialist

  49. Jack Daniel

    November 16, 2010 at 1:44 am

    About the oversized bit, I don't fully agree with you because when you go to Scandinavia…the oversized outwear is totally the thing out there. If you check out the streetwear pictures of Denmark, some girls are wearing gorgeous oversized coats which will make the Swedish girls jealous.

  50. cassiecle

    November 16, 2010 at 1:57 am

    you clearly don't live in chicago.

  51. Sweet Confessions

    November 16, 2010 at 2:03 am

    love the color but to me it looks like a women's coat… is it only me? amazing style though

  52. Rumyana

    November 16, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Oh yeah! Although sometimes it's not only the size but the cut of the coat and how it fits to the body… this one fits perfect! Great!


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    November 16, 2010 at 2:44 am

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  54. Middleseason

    November 16, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Yes I agree with you. The coat must be fit. With vintage coat is easier: they are so slim.

  55. Yevgeniya Yelkina & Peter Stevens

    November 16, 2010 at 3:21 am

  56. christina

    November 16, 2010 at 3:45 am

    I love the over sized look. But I love the fitted look too. And I also love his purple socks xxx

  57. Elena Vasilieva

    November 16, 2010 at 4:17 am

    that is a perfect coat and i just loved the slightly shorter pants

  58. Miss DeltaG

    November 16, 2010 at 4:22 am

    love this coat!


  59. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 4:30 am

    nope totally wrong he looks like he shrank in the wash!

  60. Tara's Dolce Vita

    November 16, 2010 at 4:51 am

    As Italian as it gets!

  61. Bib-banana

    November 16, 2010 at 4:52 am

    The bottom half – I laugh! My dad wears his pants (wide legged though!) grazing his ankles, and I always thought it was so uncool. But here, they're narrower, folded up, and show off purple socks. Insouciance?! Power to him! I must not be so narrow-minded: boldness & originality (in French, is it "je n' sais qoi"?) is a gift!

  62. Julia

    November 16, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I agree with you; for me it's so difficult to find ourwear not etralarge….
    I love his coat,the blue colour is so particular


    November 16, 2010 at 5:02 am

    great class…love the blue coat

  64. Lee Oliveira

    November 16, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Great coat.. he looks one of those Europeans spy

  65. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Slim fitting cuts are hard to find…. Is beacuse a lot of men are afraid to appear to tailored or do not understand when somethiung isa tailored it can make you look better proportionally than hefting on a sack…
    For a slim fitting coats with amazing cuts try and get your hands on jackets by Ato Matsumoto. Divine but hard to get hopld of unless you're in Japan.

  66. Liv

    November 16, 2010 at 6:34 am

    because one thinks bigger is warmer…but a more slim silhouette is so much nicer!

  67. Gil

    November 16, 2010 at 6:50 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What stunning colors and silhouette. Wish I could see more photos of this gentleman.

  68. Sover

    November 16, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I like his hat and violet socks. As for me its perfect man style. I write about it just yesterday. :)

  69. PeterC

    November 16, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I love your site Scott, but I don't agree with your theme of 'oversized' outerwear/jackets/pants… when I wear a coat, I (still) like to wrap myself up, despite all you've taught me.
    Yep he looks great… the architecture helps.

  70. La Petite Marmoset

    November 16, 2010 at 7:18 am

  71. Nath Liban

    November 16, 2010 at 7:41 am

  72. czytaj z ust

    November 16, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Buying to oversized outwear isn't the worst thing we do. To small coat is worse.

  73. veronica

    November 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

    adorei !

  74. Karin

    November 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Outerwear fit and size is tricky. Men over, say 40 often wear their outer garments far too large, and I see a lot of younger men and women in too-tight coats. That's especially noticeable in a cold climate, where people bundle up in several layers come winter.

    This is perfect, though.

  75. E...

    November 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Lvoe the dark violet socks and the matching of them with the shoes….So strange and beautiful!!

  76. Tonio

    November 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Wow, he is such a gentleman.
    Love the purple socks!!


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  77. Hazel

    November 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I thought this was a YOUNG Harry Dean Stanton for a second.

  78. blog mode

    November 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

    this man got style!

  79. Charles-Deji Juba

    November 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Ah Andrea is a cool guy,
    I met him when i was in Rome, his store, Sartorio ripense, is like an aladdin's cave of fine tailoring.

  80. UESman

    November 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I agree with what some people are saying. A small coat looks waaay worse than an oversized one.
    That said, This guy's coat looks very good. I'd like to know if he's got a sportcoat under there.

    But the goodness all ends at the hemline of his coat….what the hell is up with those super-tight trousers? They could use a bit of elastic at the bottom to go around the bottom of the foot and keep them from riding up!

  81. IS THIS IT? models review

    November 16, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I absolutely agree, too many oversizes around!

  82. k baergen

    November 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

    agreed. outerwear should fit you like a glove (which doesn't mean tight & unbreathable). besides clothes that fit properly are more efficient in their purpose: i.e. keeping warm, cold, etc.

  83. Allie

    November 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Great purple socks!

  84. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Mr Hulot by Jaque Tati!

    the resemblance!

  85. Jing Pei

    November 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    agreed about oversized outerwear; but I get nervous that I won't be able to fit my layers under something that is too well fitting. :/

  86. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Emily is correct. We (Americans) usually do buy outerwear too large, but only for the sake of layering. Not sure what the alternative is unless you think we should only wear our skivvies under coats so we can get a slimmer fit.

  87. What Should Men Wear

    November 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Besides the fit, the color is also well chosen!

  88. Brummagem Joe

    November 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I agree to some extent about clothing being oversized but I suspect the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Coats are too short and too tight, and is three inches of visible sock really elegant?. Trust me their wearers will wince in 20 years time when they look at the photos. The seventies should have cured us of fashion extremes but apparently not.

  89. joy

    November 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I really enjoy the colors here. A hint of purple at the feet and a sharp blue for the coat, wonderful.


  90. Fernando

    November 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Sort-trussers mania…but
    The color of the coat is perfect.

  91. perfectionist anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Scott, thank you so much for talking about oversized coats. I couldn't agree more.

    There's a certain charm to it, when it's intentional, part of proportion-play…but it drives me nuts to see so many people walking around in coats which just don't fit. How many sweaters is one going to wear under there, really?

  92. Mathieu

    November 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

    i agree with you Scott about oversized outwear..

  93. Editors at Style Section LA

    November 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

  94. P8

    November 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    This man understands silhouette and really knows how to mix colors. The gloves tucked into the upper coat pocket is a nice touch.

  95. Markmont

    November 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Perfect cuff.

  96. Anonymous

    November 19, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Apart from the hat this could well be a great outfit for a businessman, too. I am in investment banking and most men just buy clothes too big. lovely pic! it reminds me of a time when it was inmportant to men to dress well.

  97. Anonymous

    November 21, 2010 at 2:58 am

    This fascinates me. I wonder what his outfit, beneath the coat, is like.

  98. Hero

    November 21, 2010 at 8:22 am

    coat and shoes = perfection

  99. Sartor Resartus

    November 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Do you need to be tall and thin to pull off those trousers ? I am neither short nor fat but I am not sure I have the balls…

  100. nina

    November 22, 2010 at 8:54 am

    the first thing i saw were shoes :)) i have weaknes on shoes :)) and i love those :)

  101. Anonymous

    November 28, 2010 at 6:17 am

    C'mon, the socks win here. The coat's nice but he should get his hands out of his pockets or he'll stretch them. I often get young men buying women's jackets and coats in my shop and they look simply fantastic! Not at all like they are wearing women's clothing, either.

  102. image4men

    November 28, 2010 at 6:56 am

    What about those pants in combination with the moccasins. Great choice, great style.

    Greetings from Holland.

  103. Lee Young

    November 29, 2010 at 7:11 am

    He's definitely channeling film director Jacques Tati. Check these photos out. Love the look.

    Jacques Tati


  104. Geisa Lima

    December 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

  105. SirScud

    December 3, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Harry Dean, done did.

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