Thursday, January 15, 2009

On the Street….Navy & Green, Florence

I love the idea of an army surplus jacket thrown casually over a very “bespoke-ish” navy DB sportscoat, navy turtleneck and crisp white jeans.

It just seems like a perfect balance between sporty and proper.

FYI – he was wearing black lace-up shoes, but easily could have gone with dark chocolate brown or even a cognac brown shoe.


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  1. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    January 15, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Surplus items are easy pieces, provided they fit well. They are the stuff you can pack for trips and not worry about losing, usually. I usually wear a vintage wool over shirt with labels in italian. The downside is, of course, that one has to forage surplus stores, or pay very high prices at boutiques. I think this example works because everything else he is wearing is very high quality, and that balances for the utilitarian jacket. I would have never worn it with white pants, but it looks good on him. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  2. One Man's Style

    January 15, 2009 at 8:42 am

    great look..I would rather see brown shoes though…big fan of always wearing brown!

  3. Daniel

    January 15, 2009 at 8:48 am

    i actually always loved that type of look myself….he has an awesome use of color as well. great shot man

  4. Alice Olive

    January 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

    The colours go well together. A slight nautical feel somehow even though the jacket is army. Classic James Bond (aka Sean Connery) might throw an army jacket over his navy DB before requesting permission to come aboard.

  5. T.R.S.A.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

    It´soooo typical Italien – love the pic!!

  6. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Overall, very good look, however, can’t say I am feeling white jeans in January in the northern hemisphere.

  7. Dan in Richmond

    January 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Nice. The coat certainly changes the look- at first glance I thought the whole outfit was more casual than it is. Is he wearing a black turtleneck? That might tie in the black shoes, otherwise I would’ve expected brown. A very confident look, especially with those startlingly white jeans. Florence is looking good.

  8. Gabriela

    January 15, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Top: really interesting mix of concepts. Pants: not a fan, not for the winter at least.

  9. James

    January 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Sart, this shot is absolutely amazing!! The beautiful sportscoat and white jeans with a very cool M-65 field jacket! Italian “sprezzatura” at it’s best!

    Please visit Helsinki and Copenhagen when you visit the Nordic region next time. I would love to see some shots from those cities!

  10. J.A.F.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Sorry, I just can’t…if that surplus jacket were white or khaki maybe but this seems a little hap hazard. I love everything else.

  11. Jack Daniel

    January 15, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Too bad I can’t see the shoes. I also wear white pants a lot, lately.

    Great pic!

  12. intlmanofstyle

    January 15, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Field jackets are very popular in Italy at the moment.. I sense a new trend!! I’ve seen many Italians wearing them over a suit like this gentleman. It’s a very cool look. Bellissimo!!

  13. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    January 15, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Not necessarily my preferred style but I like how he pulls it off!

  14. Stephanie

    January 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

    these colors are so pleasing together, worn in this way. i like the rugged-man-in-white-pants combo…not many men can pull off wearing white pants!
    and surplus jackets…yes!

  15. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:38 am

    He is the yummiest of your Italian men yet.
    Interesting high/low combination.

  16. Nicky

    January 15, 2009 at 9:51 am

    First things first… that’s great photography! I don’t know whether it’s his crisp white jeans which really set off the background or if it is the other way around?

    Great find!

    Nicky X


  17. hassinator

    January 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

    killer ensemble – italians do it better

  18. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Testosterone walking, perfectly clad, beautifully shot.

  19. Sanna

    January 15, 2009 at 10:09 am

    WHITE JEANS!!!! So wrong and yet so right. He really owns the look. Perhaps the trick is keeping them insanely white…

    White Wall High Heel

  20. n

    January 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

    very cool. white jeans in the winter is something I’m a big fan of.

  21. Emmanuelle

    January 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Are we sute that it is a real army surplus jacket, or a “createur” reinterpetation ? As we have a lot of the ones in France ?

    The fabric and fit look so good, so I wonder. However, nicely done ans great great fiel jacket, I really love them on men, it gives a certain casualness I like. On the contrary, I hate navy/saling big waterproof vests you can see on some French execs (the Aigle jacket for example :;)

  22. Daniela

    January 15, 2009 at 10:37 am

    loved every post from pelliccerie on, from this Firenze journey… how I miss this city… The lady in sand and grey in brown looks fantastics… actually what surprises me is the range of fittings choice! cheers

  23. Allen - East Hampton

    January 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

    this is an ideal all of us guys should aim for. simple & to the point. great look & great shot!

  24. Olviya

    January 15, 2009 at 10:57 am

    moreover, he is very handsome!

  25. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 11:02 am

    def looking good there!

  26. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Quiero conocer a ese hombre. Me encanta !

  27. catherine

    January 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

    busy time, casual man and white trouser is just so hot!!!

  28. Carrot

    January 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Wow! I love it!

    Is that a true Army Surplus jacket? If so, I love it even more! The green looks purrrfect with navy blue — and the white jeans! Great idea!

  29. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I’ve always enjoyed layering a scruffy surplus item over sharper clothes, though once I did something quite different out of practicality. I had a tweed sport jacket that I was wearing during the day, and kept my beat up leather hip length jacket in my bag. I later went clubbing and wore my leather, sticking the tweed in my bag. On the bus ride home it got chilly so I put the tweed on over the more fitted and thin leather. Only did it once, because it seemed a bit naff, but I bet it looked not bad.

  30. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    January 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I like it, and the casual jacket over the dressed outfit under looks great!

  31. JP

    January 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    great photo! it looks effortless

  32. Iheartfashion

    January 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    The jacket combination is brilliant, but I’m loving white jeans in winter most of all!

  33. Mad Hatter

    January 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    like this photo, pants balance the look

  34. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I think this is the most adulation I’ve ever seen for a M65 Field Jacket. Last thing I expected on this blog!

  35. tj

    January 16, 2009 at 10:10 am

    The combination of colors works fine, but I find the combination of styles to be confusing.
    I think he’d look a hundred times better in a light wool coat of the same color without the military styling.

  36. Flavia

    January 16, 2009 at 10:26 am

    i know this guy and he is always very very stilish…he’s a true mode connoisseur. ;-)

  37. gregorytoddsmith

    January 16, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Is it safe to bleach white jeans? Or do you run the risk of ruining the integrity of the denim?

  38. vila

    January 16, 2009 at 11:36 am

    hate it. can i guess? he was so cold that he put the first piece of clothing he reached over the look.

  39. cigalechanta

    January 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Fashion is always changing. I’ve seen white shoes in Paris in winter and tights worn with peeptoe shoes. Once like white pants a taboo until after Memorial Day.
    I like this guy’s look.

  40. Cindy

    January 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Very nautical, if you will.

  41. Milo Beloved

    January 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    To me, this just seems like a perfect example of a mistake that works . . .

    I highly doubt anyone would have put those pieces together on purpose.

    Which is why I think that this is so great.

  42. pixie

    January 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I love this, everything about it. I find it interesting that a lot of people don’t like the white pants…. I thought it was back in my moms day that you had to retire white in the winter. These look like a heavy fabric so in my book they are fine. I love that he’s quite well turned out and then adds the army sort of jacket. Its unexpected in my book and I love that in a man, when he does and can pull off something like this. I like that his hair and beard is a little bit relaxed too. Nothing about this outfit and this man I don’t like.

  43. Erin

    January 16, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. I like how he manages to not look bulky. I’m always impressed with people who can do that and still look warm…

  44. donna

    January 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    when you’re that handsome you can get away
    with murder…

    i have adapted to the tights and peep toes but i still go by the no white in the winter rule.

  45. Anonymous

    January 17, 2009 at 8:28 am

    this gentleman’s choice in layering comes off as if it was nonchalantly or haphazardly executed, but i would imagine that some effort was actually employed in selecting each garment for effect – and this is why he looks so fabulous in his perfect unfussiness…where can one find such an absolutely gorgeous man with intrinsic style?

  46. saysee

    January 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    The clicks are amazing!!

  47. Lucy

    January 17, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I like the navy and green look. It’s both smart and casual.

    Well I suppose it depends what the garments are, but this works!

  48. SarahwithanH

    January 17, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Love this! I need to forage for one of those jackets.

    Excellent shot, this man has made something work that I never would have that of.

  49. Nicole

    January 17, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    opposites attract! looks yummy.

  50. Naki

    January 18, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    wow. i really think this is all about his white pants. lovely.

  51. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    sorry, i think the messages are a little mixed as are the materials.

  52. Tiger Fodder

    January 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I would have thought this was a faux pas, until I saw the picture. I may try it myself. I have all the pieces but never thought of combining them.

  53. Mych

    January 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I love everything about this. I think the “commander” look he’s achieved is only going to become more popular in fashion as the economy weakens.

  54. modediktat

    January 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Wow, it looks terrific.
    Any, “if I may say so” – you’re getting better and better!!

  55. gioVan Ni

    January 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    on the street-Army and Navy,Florence.OK?

  56. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Love this look. How can this work on a woman? I’m classic yet tom boyish louise brooksish gal. What modifications can be made to suit a
    Modern day classic?

  57. nockel

    September 27, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Urban gent. Very nice style! :)

  58. Clemens

    June 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

    The jacket is a M65, a classic itself. Looks original, so it is the same quality the rest of his outfit is.

  59. IanStJohn

    October 3, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    This gentleman’s M-65 jacket is broken but I doubt it’s military surplus. It does balance the rather feminine white jeans.

  60. Men’s Casual Jackets

    February 18, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Here, we’ve spherical-up those matters that each man ought to have in his closet … A few bucks and one for the guy who is aware of that style comes at any fee. … (hugs it, not a second skin) and wear it beneath a light-weight jacket or maybe on its own.

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