Sunday, September 13, 2009

On the Street….DB Sportcoat, NYC

It is great to find a DB sportcoat that actually feels sporty.

Usually they are too long, too square, and too boring.

The big trick to why this jacket looks so cool is how slim the sleeve is in the upper arm.

If there is one alteration that guys don’t do enough it is having the sleeves slimmed down on a suit. That separation between upper arm and chest drops ten pounds on the look of an average guy – try it you’ll see.


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  1. stacy

    September 13, 2009 at 8:24 am

    the fit is brilliant – as is his posture and your shot.

  2. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Just lovable. Watch, pants, glasses, open shirt. So curious about the shoes…

  3. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

    this one doesn't look like he needs to drop 10 pounds!

  4. Soren Lorensen

    September 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

    beautiful cut on a lovely figure

    and a magnificent beard

  5. Melancholy Korean

    September 13, 2009 at 8:46 am

    What a striking silhouette. Wow.

    The big trick … is how slim the sleeve is in the upper arm.

    If there is one alteration … it is having the sleeves slimmed down on a suit.

    Terrific commentary too. Hadn't noticed this – will have to test soon.

    Also like how this is another argument against the idiotic "no white after LD."

  6. mom & son

    September 13, 2009 at 9:08 am

    i adore his jacket!

  7. Elise

    September 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeous site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes….

  8. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Works for women too, I think. The slim sleeve. I almost bought a denim jacket (and I dislike them) simply because the upper sleeve hugged my arm in just the right way.

  9. Pearl Westwood

    September 13, 2009 at 9:35 am

    The grey really works with the horn rimmed glassses too.

  10. Marie El.

    September 13, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Oh THe watch and glasses..A++

  11. JFK Jean

    September 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I'm just loving the fact that he found it in a gray tweed

  12. Zueva

    September 13, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I like photo

  13. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

    How can you have a sleeve slimmed down in the upper arm? If the scye (armhole) is cut too large, then its too large… I don't really see how you can alter that… That is a big problem on most RTW coats nowadays. Anyone?

  14. The Calvin Show

    September 13, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I've never been a fan of white pants on men but I think they help, along with the white shirt, to make the jacket really pop. *Sigh* I can't wait until I get back to the city.

  15. Nandi

    September 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

    *this guy is king of swag! Love it

  16. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Is he wearing a woman's jacket?

  17. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I agree. This one guy in particular looks emaciated, rather than fly.

  18. Laguna Beach Trad

    September 13, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Nice shot, Sart! Love the sunglasses, haircut, and ivory trousers. You say: "The big trick to why this jacket looks so cool is how slim the sleeve is in the upper arm." Well, for those of us chaps who work out and play rugby and therefore have large biceps, what do you suggest?

  19. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    yes to the jacket, very nice but not so warmed by his slightly sour expression.

  20. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I do not think that is a woman's jacket, looks like Band of Outsiders to me.

    As to the weight comments, shouldn't a conversation about personal style focus on how someone dresses to suit their body, rather than judging them for not meeting the standards of convention?

  21. hayleysherie

    September 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Oh I love this coat.

  22. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I like the glasses! does anyone know which brand they are?

  23. Daisy

    September 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    this picture is beautiful, in case you didn't know :)

  24. The Finn

    September 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    What is the story with the skinny look? A normal man, with normal muscle definition, can never wear an outfit like that. It would look so stupid.

    I therefore wish more pictures with, well, normal size people.

  25. Bob

    September 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I scrolled down too excitedly today and i ended up combining images– suddenly the double breasted peacoat was being worn with the with the blue pocket dress while the mans contortional posture looked horrible, the outfit still looked pretty good.


  26. julia

    September 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    forget the expression-the fit is the important part:)
    cool, i ll tell my guy this trick and if it doesn t work i ll get back to you.

  27. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I agree with comment before, arm hole can't be altered.

    slimming of sleeve can only happen from just above elbow to cuff which will exaggerate the large arm hole.

    if you want a slim arm hole, do what this guy in the photo did, which i assume is a woman's jacket (check the opening)

  28. Kyle Braun

    September 13, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I am mad about how he rolled up the coat sleeve. I do that when I don't feel the need to alter such pieces like leather jackets. Very cool. Love his look… will steal.

  29. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I think the issue is that everyone's clothes should fit well. If you have big biceps (like my husband and others) you will need a bigger sleeve. If you are more slender, you will look good in a jacket that fits your thinner body.
    If a man wears a women's jacket to get the best fit, so what? I sometimes buy shirts in the children's department, because they fit better. Buy what works and rip the label out!

  30. Alice Olive

    September 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I love this. Grey with white. Wonderful.

  31. Darcy

    September 13, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Smashing photo. Great tip on the arms. I'll keep that in mind.

  32. Holly

    September 13, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Yep! I agree with the tighter jacket sleeve.

  33. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    OMG I love the girl in the jeans. Nothing like Levis bootcut. Excellent work.

  34. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 2:46 am

    mm divine. so much to be said for good quality

  35. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 3:54 am

    anyone know what brand glasses they are?

  36. Laurie Luxe

    September 14, 2009 at 4:38 am

    this shot is very beautiful.

  37. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 7:49 am

    wonderful shot!

    the glasses are persol for you who asked

    beautiful jacket, does anybody know the brand?

    thank you

  38. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 8:38 am

    i go to school with him, he is both nice and naturally quite small! love his style

  39. Debarge

    September 14, 2009 at 9:05 am

    yup i'm all for sleeves taken in!

  40. Pam

    September 14, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I love that scarves are coming back into fashion…for both men and women! I love the ultra long scarf on the man above. Anything to lengthen the look is a good thing in my opinion.

  41. the brown man

    September 14, 2009 at 10:14 am


    I completely agree with you that not enough men have their sleeves slimmed down. However, one thing I think you should point out and which you would have noticed is just how high the armhole itself is cut – it's not an oblong shape, but more rounded and that makes a critical difference in fit and elevates the sophistication of the jacket. Ultimately, the wearer just looks better.

    P.S. Congratulations on getting your first book out.

  42. green lantern

    September 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Sart, you are so right. I also have a fetish that demands my jackets fit the contours of my chest. I see men wearing jackets that have a permanent fold of fabric between the armpit and the chest. It dulls the senses, especially on a DB coat. I buy RTW coats with primary focus on my chest/waist not my back/lats.

  43. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I'm from Italy, what does "DB" stand for?

    Thank you very much.

  44. thomas

    September 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Great advice!

  45. togs

    September 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Double Breasted!

  46. JustNorman

    September 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    That's a great looking coat. I think I'm gonna save up and spring for one.
    the blog that no one knows about

  47. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    love the outfit especially the persol glasses and coat
    hate the beard

  48. The Clever Pup

    September 16, 2009 at 8:43 am

    this guy definitely doesn't need to shed any pounds. He looks like he can hardly support his head.

  49. Uwe Noelke

    September 16, 2009 at 11:58 am

    good shot. funny glses.

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