Wednesday, July 6, 2011

On the Street….Cargo Shorts & Sportcoats, Florence

It’s a tricky proposition but this photo is proof that cargo shorts and sportcoats can be successfully combined.


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  1. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    mmm I dunno…..


    July 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    only for the select few and for those who master the art of odd combinations, but looks great here!

  3. Taylor B.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    …or not.

  4. Juul

    July 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    cargo shorts and successful in one sentence? ;)

  5. Isa

    July 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I love the italian style !!

  6. Angel

    July 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Don't like it, I can tell the shorts are much slimmer than most cargo pants, however it just doesn't do it for me.

    Angels Point of View – Street Fashion Photography

    • lol how

      December 19, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Lol… how?

  7. Global Girl

    July 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    He pulls this off well.

  8. Dandy Fantastic

    July 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Hmmmm well it doesn't look terrible but I don't think Im convinced.

  9. Dan

    July 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I think he pulls it off. The trick is the really tight fitting jacket that doesn't hang too much at the waist and clings more like a shirt.

    Still would take a very confident man to pull off.

  10. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I think he pulls it off. The trick is the really tight fitting jacket that doesn't hang too much at the waist and clings more like a shirt.

    Still would take a very confident man to pull off.

  11. IsmeSon

    July 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Not a fan.

  12. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I don't think so. Makes an otherwise attractive man look like a doofus!

  13. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    It's times like these doctors cuffs are actually useful… He should unbutton his cuffs and roll them up rather than just tugging his sleeves.


    July 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    The sports coat is very casual so, it does indeed look good with the shorts..

    He has great legs….


  15. Mademoiselle Marie

    July 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    i like it!

  16. Mr.W

    July 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I think summer's the time for the unconventional and this is a nice change of pace.

  17. Matthew Harwood

    July 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Maybe with highheels.

  18. Josef M. Lloyd

    July 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Never again do we have to choose between going on safari or attending a polo match.
    In all seriousness though; cargo shorts will forever remain the bastard son of an Elizabethan man's skirt (the unexplainable slashed pillow thing above his tights). I would rather forget they existed.
    Great touch of detail in the sleeves though. The rolled cuff strikes a fine balance between neat and scruffy.

  19. Prutha Raithatha

    July 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    i love the little band on his ankle

    cool sporty detail

  20. Busyman

    July 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I must indeed be a confident man then.

  21. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Sorry still don't think it was a success!! Maybe if he was BORAT.

  22. Brett Glass

    July 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Maybe if they were slimmer and shorter. Baggy cargos are the exclusive province of frat boys.

  23. Yeraldin Morillo

    July 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    A man imposing fashion – good picture !!
    my blog :

  24. Red Red

    July 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Not so much.

  25. L.C.M.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I'm loving the overall consensus on this look. Cargo shorts can't really be successful with anything. Dark jeans would make this outfit work superbly though.
    for art and fashion.

  26. Ella

    July 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    he definitely pulled it of nicely! i like the sporty ankle bracelet!

  27. The Styley

    July 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Okay, I'm now convinced that cargo shorts can be chic, but then again, I was wearing black silk MC Hammer-style pants last Saturday night, so I understand if my perspective is seen as somewhat suspect…

  28. Maca

    July 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I'm not sure if they are successfully combined, but he looks quite well anyway.

  29. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    No, this is proof that they cannot be successfully combined unless of course, you are either 8years old or Angus Young.

  30. rEVOLVEr

    July 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Hmm, would this work with tattooed legs??

  31. amelia

    July 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    interesting combination..

  32. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I like the bagginess of the shorts. he takes that look ('frat boy') and makes it his own in the inimitable Italian way. I think it looks cool. As others have remarked, it is largely about the tighter, shorter cut of the jacket. And, as someone else also said, it's summer! so why not.

  33. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Not sure about this one….

  34. Phyllis

    July 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Maybe he went clamming before work? :)

  35. Angelia

    July 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Interesting, it does work in the photo, but not sure if everyone could pull it off.

  36. Diana

    July 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Maybe if we saw his front side we would be better convinced. From the back, not so much. his legs look 2 inches short!

  37. Christian Thorsbye

    July 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Just came back from Florence myself. Beautiful city!

    After that I went to Chianti to enjoy some of the fine wine ;-)

    You can see some pictures from the wine yard we stayed at here:

  38. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I think it's only proof that Italians always look good, in spite of what they're wearing!! :)

  39. life is happy most of the time.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    its true. not easy to do but he pulled it off!

  40. Francisco Pablo

    July 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    would be right on the moola if he wore it with red wings,hi-tops or oxfords/wing-tips,sockless than the sneaks

  41. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    he is so hot!

  42. David

    July 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Not feeling it.

  43. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Not sure how well the combination works….maybe he is transitioning into the weekend? But the cargo shorts are sexy. Make me think a he could tack a sailboat, drive a Jeep, wouldn't faint if he saw a big spider.

    And look at those legs!

  44. Lauren

    July 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Great legs or not, this doesn't work.

    The Styleseer

  45. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    better if they weren't cargo…

  46. Maryanne

    July 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    what makes it work is the material of the jacket & shorts is similar. and the 3/4 sleeves with that bit of white peeking out.
    took a plain khaki jacket and 'deconstructed it' perfectly.

  47. Deanna

    July 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Yup….He just knows how to do it!

  48. Greg

    July 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    The top half works for me, though.

  49. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    This is not proof to me, sorry!

  50. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    what kind of shoes are those?


    July 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Love the look especially since we are both of similar proportions. Hmmm…

  52. Anonymous

    July 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    its sooo specific, while I'm not into it, I get it. And he pulled it off really well.

  53. fashioneggpplant

    July 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

    indeed, quite difficult for the majority of males to pull-off though

  54. Next Century Sean

    July 7, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Combined yes, but only in France and/or Italy most likely…even in NY it might just come off as sloppy. But if a man is confident and can carry himself…it just might work. A canvas briefcase of some sort would have pulled it all together.

  55. candleashes

    July 7, 2011 at 12:58 am


  56. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 1:07 am

    i'm not sure about this.

  57. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Not really convinced

  58. s

    July 7, 2011 at 2:41 am

    LOOOVE ;)

    STREET LIFE: DAISY LOWE @ Elie Saab Show

  59. laura venice

    July 7, 2011 at 2:54 am

    great picture that sums up the Italian male vanity: the strait-jacket to emphasize the figure, the forced performance of arms and legs tanning, the ankle bracelet (no, I can't stand it!), the rolled sleeves (of jacket!)… at least, tell me that you were in a seaside town!

  60. Claudia Zander

    July 7, 2011 at 3:25 am

    curious that tape at the right ankle!

  61. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Sorry Sart, but in my opinion this is a truly unsuccessful combination of separates!

  62. Opposite lipstick

    July 7, 2011 at 4:58 am

  63. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 5:54 am

    It looks OK from that viewpoint, but would you want to see it coming towards you?

  64. rog70

    July 7, 2011 at 6:02 am

    He pulls it off, but don't let mainstream think it's ok to give it a go!! This takes confidence, love it though.

  65. Her fashion closet

    July 7, 2011 at 6:10 am


  66. SebsInPhilly

    July 7, 2011 at 6:20 am

    I think maybe what throws me off is a) the fact cargo shorts have infiltrated Italia, b) the color! If he was wearing one of those denim sportcoats you posted it might work.

  67. nereide

    July 7, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Assolutamente bellissimo!!

  68. michael jackson pepsi

    July 7, 2011 at 6:53 am

    oh that awesome a very kooolll loook


    July 7, 2011 at 7:20 am


  70. Pierce

    July 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

    hmmm, no its not.

  71. J.Ro

    July 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

    This look only works if you have sexy calves, which this man clearly does.

  72. maria 3a

    July 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

    pulling. it. off.

  73. Beatrice B.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:06 am

    the blazer looks awesome on him <3

  74. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    July 7, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Humm, I don't like it :(

  75. Igor

    July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I disagree

  76. Nomadic D.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Huh. I think it looks great and it doesn't actually look that tricky at all to me. Don't know what I'm missing that this is getting such mixed reviews here.

  77. Meredith Howard

    July 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

    My husband would love this. Can't get him out of shorts in the summer.

    - Meredith

  78. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am

    No way. You really missed that one…

  79. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 10:13 am


  80. davidsl

    July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am

    maybe you had to be there? it looks silly to me. the cargo shorts and jacket look bad. those shoes aren't right for the jacket. and with all those pockets available, he still has to carry his camera?

  81. jonB27

    July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Doesn't work at all…

  82. achmea

    July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Really believe your feel of fashion, but can't agree in this exact post.

  83. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    REVOLVER-I don't think anything works w/tattooed legs…….

  84. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    You think things couldn't get worse, and then there's this.

  85. Christiane

    July 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    What a great inspiration for most American men this summer!!!! So tired of the same old bland Kaki bermudas!!! Dress it up with a coordinated linen jacket and you look polished already. Can I forward that picture to all my male friends? ;)

  86. trevor.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Not convinced.

  87. songbird

    July 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    see i like the combination,just not the colours..they don't go together..he looks clean though.

  88. Spring

    July 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Cargo… as in: escargot my car go? If not dont go there or leave me be while you go at it…

  89. Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    It's all about the proportions, and this guy got them right. The shorts don't balloon out either.

    For this to work, I'm thinking the cargo shorts need to stop just above the knee. Going sockless in sneakers helps keep the look casual chic instead of casual sloppy.

    Of course, it helps to have a great body and, in this case, muscular legs.

  90. Catherine

    July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Interesting combination. Nice.

  91. tallulah

    July 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Reminds me of those children's picture books where you mismatch the top of one person to the bottom of another. Sorry – none to keen on this one but does provoke a reaction.

  92. Gem

    July 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    looking gooood

  93. Daniel

    July 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    that looks like CRAP! Cargo shorts = the devil

  94. PAPA NUI

    July 8, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Why does an item of clothing have to belong to the domain of any one group, in this case frat boys?
    If you think that then it says a lot for A&F marketing. Isn't it more about lifestyle? If you live on the coast it makes perfect sense but perhaps less so if you're from the city. Stereotyping sucks at the best of times and with all things there's cargo shorts and then there's cargo shorts. It's like saying polo shirts are only for upper Eastside tossers.

  95. lollipop4598

    July 8, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Its nothing terrible. But it doesn't exactly work. He either needs to take off the jacket and shirt and put on a henley or t shirt; Or else, he needs to take off the jacket and put on some summer slacks or jeans. They just don't go together. I like the shorts, and I like the jacket. But not together. I do like the ankle thing he has going.

  96. art deco engagement rings

    July 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love his individual style!

  97. Simon Brown

    July 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Your caption appears to have been shortened Scott, the words "to make the wearer look an utter mess" appear to have be missing. It's fair to say I'm a fan of neither combats (whatever their length/fit) or pushed up coat sleeves on a suit or other semi formal coat.

    Good photograph though, held detail throughout the brightness range.

  98. Anonymous

    July 8, 2011 at 8:46 am


  99. John

    July 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I like this … never thought I would say that as I normally hate cargo shorts.

  100. Tanica

    July 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

    That is interesting.

  101. Charlotte K

    July 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I'm against the cargo shorts look. OK, at the beach, in the country, maybe. I think it's dumbing down men, just like the baseball cap (esp. backwards). I'm tired of men dressing like third graders. I want them to start looking like men again. Put on the long pants, dudes!

  102. Andre Gorr

    July 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

    to rEVOLVEr:
    Black classic kilt will work good with tattoed legs, if you can pull off the "badass look"
    good luck

  103. Martin Cole

    July 9, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Fashion conscience Dads often rock this look in early Fall.

  104. Anonymous

    July 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I completely agree with Charlotte K.

  105. Anonymous

    July 9, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Hate it. Looks far too sloppy and those shoes are the final nail in the coffin! Sandals would have maybe rescued this outfit? Maybe. Doubtful though

  106. Jet Tech

    July 9, 2011 at 4:47 am

    i like it. very bold


    July 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I definitely believe that he gets away with it. Someone else might not have done it but that´s exactly what style is about, to know what suites you and what doesn´t.

    Ciao Daniela

  108. vhound

    July 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Nope. This just doesn't work. Maybe if the shorts were a few inches longer, and the cargo pockets were lower. Or if he had skinnier knees. And that little ankle bracelet just emphasizes the stubbiness of the whole ensemble. A hat could possibly redeem it somewhat….

  109. Christina

    July 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    This is a guy who does what he wants – I like it because of that! Not everyone would have the guts to wear this.

  110. Benji

    July 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Perhaps if everything else was a little more rugged looking or had a military style to it. But with everything else, the shorts look out of place in my opinion. The colors all match but that's about it.

    Without the cargo pockets this would have worked well in an understated way.

  111. Anonymous

    July 10, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I love it ;)

  112. alastair

    July 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Oh I dunno if I would agree with 'successful', but then I have a very healthy bias against cargo shorts!

  113. Anonymous

    July 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    just wondering where he's headed. he wouldn't get past some doors. :)

  114. Filipe Costa

    July 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

  115. Anonymous

    July 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    No. No, they can't.

  116. Anonymous

    July 12, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Ummmmm… no. The top half looks ok in and of itself, as does the bottom half (though I'd lose the ankle-watch affectation). But put the two together and the result is what looks like a superannuated frat boy, bless his earth-toned little heart, desperately clinging to his youth.

  117. lollipop4598

    July 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I don't see why people don't like cargo shorts in general. I think they can look great on a guy. I am also a bit weirded out that people talk like a fashion choice is a sign of intellect or maturity. You can't tell any of that from what a person wears. Some of the smartest people I know dress like crap.

  118. Dane

    July 13, 2011 at 1:32 am

    What is everyone's beef with cargo shorts? Its not going away anytime soon and, for men at least, its a staple. Some people even look great in them. This pair of shorts are perfect. Slightly above the knee and with just enough room in the fit so it does not look like a tent. THe color palette works but I wished you shot a frontal to see the rest of the outfit. Not for eveyone but inspiring nonetheless.

    • dcinDC

      September 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      I guess I just see too many worn badly and as a “uniform” of sorts – ugly baggy khaki shorts; ugly too big t-shirt untucked; and *UGHHH* flip-flops. People are such sheep with ZERO imagination. I have never understood the approach of wanting – actually – desperately NEEDING to look like everyone else!

  119. Anonymous

    July 16, 2011 at 5:02 am

    What a spontanious, cozy , LOOK

  120. Name*

    January 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    You can prove yourself wearing this!!! some people fit some people look worse

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