Wednesday, May 24, 2006

On The Street…..Madras Pants, New York


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  1. Natalie

    May 24, 2006 at 10:19 am

    It’s a bold look. The simple white shirt and black tie contrast with the busy pants. Interesting look. I would prefer the pants to be a tad longer though.

  2. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 10:46 am

    Is Tom Hanks in New York?

  3. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 11:39 am

    I like his take on wearing madras trousers. As if he took off his suit trouser and threw these on (leaving on the shirt/tie and shoes). If it was not jeans, or old chinos, it was madras. Dressy/Casual.

    Hmmm, I’m not sure of the black shoes. Perhaps loafers instead?

  4. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    It looks hideous and really, really great at the same time. Madras is, apparently, the big trend this summer. I wonder if he’d be wearing them if this weren’t the case? No matter, he’s a sight to behold.

  5. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    madras no more…old navy has colonized these guys for summer and soon you won’t be able to bear the sight of them.

  6. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    it definitely takes coconuts to step out like that – and I respect him for it.

  7. Charlotte

    May 24, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    Woah, those trousers … I think they’re giving me a panic attack.

  8. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    sartorialist, i’m not sure i understand…

  9. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    Looks like Army camouflage to me.

  10. Verdiales

    May 24, 2006 at 3:03 pm

    I’m withholding comment until I see the pattern of his tie.

  11. slowspin

    May 24, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    This guy pulls off madras without even a wiff of Old Navy or J.Crew. Quite amazing, really.

  12. SportyChick

    May 24, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    So Madras is “the big trend this summer?” Haven’t these been around forever? I remember from the 80s in Boston. Either way, love ‘em – in the same category as seersucker.

  13. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    For some reason I feel like he is channeling Bruce Willis and it is frightening me. Bruce is a tough dude, but when paired with Madras, let’s just say I’m not “die hard” for this look.

  14. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 4:32 pm


    I am not sure about this one. If he had paint splattered all over the madras pans, wore a man’s t-shirt, and SoHo painter’s boots, I might like them more…but then, I don’t hate the look, either.


  15. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    the pants are wearing him, not the other way round.

  16. Anonymous

    May 24, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    whoa, that’s quite a look. just wish he would loosen his belt a teeny bit.

  17. Mike Paget

    May 24, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    Anon nailed it when he said Old Navy has landed. However this guy is still enough ahead of the curve to pull it off, and it’s pants, not a poorly fit short sleeve button up. Fresh.

  18. EMNH

    May 24, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    That’s it…I’m digging out my copy of ” The Official Preppy Handbook”. This ain”t no party, this ain’t no disco …this ain’t no foolin’ around.

  19. Su Alteza Imperial

    May 26, 2006 at 6:35 am

    Ralph Lauren’s… I love it!!! What a lesson of style and bolderness. A man who dare with those pants has a great personalyty. Congratulations.

  20. honeychild / the mixtress

    May 30, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    ok, i am really mad about the old navy thing. i’ve been rocking madras in unexpected ways for the past 10 yrs. i was wearing a pair of brown/green madras widelegged drawstring pants when i met my husband. lucky, lucky. that said, i agree with what this guy is doing with his. it’s stuffy and casual at the same time. he probably makes watches or something.

  21. Anonymous

    August 20, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    The guy looks a little uptight to be wearing them. I see madras as a more relaxed preppy look. its interesting though but not my taste or style.

  22. Kathy Vokes

    February 26, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Looks like all business on the top and a party on the bottom.


    No, no no

  23. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Same as the popped collar. Some people can do it and others look foolish. I agree, madras are more casual and laid-back. That shirt buttoned to the top and the thin black tie are far too formal. Couple madras pants with Sperry Topsiders and a Ralph Lauren polo. Depending on the series (Blake, Regeant, Classic, Oxford or Yarmouth) a Ralph Lauren button-down will compliment very well.

  24. james arthur tancred

    April 6, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Very daring – I wonder how this outfit would work in it entirety (with coat). Looks amusing and witty, as a corruption of a conventional suit. Well done.

  25. jutta

    February 28, 2012 at 3:41 am

    looks…more like….Nick Wooster

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