Friday, August 11, 2006

On The Street…..Outside Jil Sander, New York

Ok. we all know she looks amazing!
I love the tie detail at the neck of the blouse.
Since you all know I have a scarf fetish this should get me through to October!

What I was really pleasantly surprised by was how well the gentleman’s suit fit.
Perfect sleeve-to-shirt cuff ratio, the length of the jacket is spot-on, and the pant length perfect.

Often people that wear more fashion-forward designers ,in an effort to be different, break all the wrong rules about how clothes should fit. This gentleman has perfected all those “traditional” rules and yet has been able to maintain the modern, sleek sensibility that is a Jil Sander suit. I would think Raf would be happy to see his clothes worn this way in the real world


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  1. ClavdiaChauchat

    August 11, 2006 at 9:49 am

    That’s a stunning pair right there; fresh-faced, comfortable, and with some authentic chic. Good shot!

  2. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 9:57 am

    What color is his suit?

  3. helena

    August 11, 2006 at 9:59 am

    they totally represent the meaning of “modern chic”. loved it!

  4. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 10:01 am

    I hope this is not too off topic…I really like her shoe. It isolates the front part of the foot like the fashionable high heels so elegantly do, but evidently it is not a high heel itself. With its calf tie and the short length of her pants the shoe, like the collar detail, adds a feminine glow.

  5. Tamberk

    August 11, 2006 at 10:04 am

    She looks great! is that a store uniform?
    I can’t wait to get back into the city to go shopping at Jil!

  6. The Sartorialist

    August 11, 2006 at 10:42 am

    I would assume the shoes are Jil

    I will try to find out

  7. catalina

    August 11, 2006 at 11:16 am

    They look lovely, cool and modern.

  8. death patrol

    August 11, 2006 at 11:18 am

    Just … fuck, it’s soo dull. Is this you’re idea of street fashion?

  9. Cla

    August 11, 2006 at 11:30 am

    Hi! I’m Claudia from Genoa in Italy….your blog is very glamourous!!!! ;o) ciao ciao

  10. The Sartorialist

    August 11, 2006 at 11:38 am

    yes “death patrol” I thought they looked pretty good

    and yes they were on the street so I found it a fitting match!

  11. Amanda

    August 11, 2006 at 11:49 am

    Authentic is a nice way to describe them clavidachauchat. They are so easygoing and not at all jaded. I love the untucked white shirt with nary a wrinkle in sight.

  12. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    The guy works at Jil Sander, he’s very nice. So he’s definitely wearing Jil Sander, I would assume she works there too.

  13. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    I think his jacket is a bit short-

  14. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    I think she looks brilliant.

    I like his suit, but there’s something about it on him that doesn’t go right…not sure what it is…anyone think something similar?

  15. Jonathon

    August 11, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    I think they look fantastic! How can I make a suit fit like that without spending all the money I made this month/year???

  16. Marcy

    August 11, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    So do you just stop people on the street and take pictures of their outfits? That’s pretty cool! =) I bet people enjoy the compliment.

  17. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    I think she looks fabulous, but there is something about her shirt I just find a bit off. Maybe if it was more fitted.

  18. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    To death patrol: I believe that style can be many things. It’s not always about what people wear, but HOW they wear it. This pair look relaxed and natural in clothing that could easily read as rigid.

  19. UpperWestSideGuy

    August 11, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    His suit is impeccably cut however I think its more evening at a great restaurant and a night out suit than a daytime look.

    If he wore a more interesting tie it would less tux-esque.

    Her style is great!

  20. emily

    August 11, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    I love her shoes. I also adore it that someone has a screen name from The Magic Mountain, clavdia. :-)

  21. EMNH

    August 11, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    I am really inspired by her outfit. I’m probably going to steal her look for tonight’s dinner party…

  22. jojo

    August 11, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    What a stunning couple.

  23. Crash

    August 11, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    I always have this idea of having a uniform/suit for work such as this.

    Blue/Navy with crisp white or powder blue shirt & dark tie for business hours & then revert to black/grey for after hours.

    I just always end up looking liking a waiter at a Chinese restaurant!

    But I do like & appreciate his & her clean lines – I would not be suprised if it was their uniform…

  24. Anonymous

    August 12, 2006 at 4:47 am

    she looks like one of lagerfeld’s muses, amira casar. simple and elegant, but different. interesting play with proportions. super cool.

  25. Anonymous

    August 12, 2006 at 7:51 am

    That man’s suit is absolutely beautiful.

  26. martine

    August 13, 2006 at 9:58 am

    He looks fabulous. But something bothers me about her, perhaps the slightly rumpled pants clashing with the sophisticatred blouse? Black and white has to be formal anyway. Her shoes are perfect however.

  27. Steven

    August 13, 2006 at 10:03 am

    Isn’t it still pretty hot in New York to be wearing suits?

  28. Anonymous

    August 13, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    Nicely dressed couple. But I was surprised to see so many posts here misinformed about the fit of this man’s suit. Yes, the white shirt sleeve to jacket sleeve looks unusually perfect. The pants seems fine, as well as the neck, shoulders and chest. But the jacket length is all wrong – too short. The jacket’s length should be even with the break of his palm at the knuckles, not at the wrist break with the top of his hand. It looks like it’s about 2-3″ too short. Now that you look again, do you see it?

  29. The Sartorialist

    August 14, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Anon 2:47
    why would you determine the length of your jacket to your hand?

    A jacket should be long enough to cover your butt – thats it- after that it’s up to personal taste. This gentleman works at Jil Sander and their jackets are a little shorter this season that is why i think it is great that he was able to get it to fit so well and still maintain the style of the season.

  30. Alice Olive

    August 14, 2006 at 10:47 am

    Sorry I can’t see anyone else in this photograph except her!!

    She looks amazing – I love the simple black and white. Love the detail on the collar, love the strappy shoes. So tailored, crisp and clean. I love it.

  31. Anonymous

    August 14, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    I think they look fabulous and fresh, yet classic at the same time. I love how her hair is a bit tousled… and the flush on her cheeks is lovely!

  32. Anonymous

    August 14, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Sartorialist 9:57,

    My father worked in the NYC fashion industry and this was the rule-of-thumb I inherited growing up. I’m more traditional on this note…and I’m not alone. See another earlier anonymous post (not me) on this man’s jacket : “I think his jacket is a bit short” – 12:09 PM. And, for what it’s worth, this reference, (also not my post): “When you put on the jacket, you should be able to cup the bottom in your hand right where the fingers begin from the palm.” Source:

    This fitting rule-of-thumb keeps the jacket length in some relationship to the wearer’s arm and torso length – which varies, of course. The gentleman in our photo can almost get away with the shorter length as he is not tall, as I am, but I still don’t like the look of it, especially when I imagine just another couple of inches would make all the difference.

    I saw a number of jacket photos recently when I was looking online for sales at Macy’s, seeking a replacement for my summer linen jacket, and I was amused by a seeming trend which had photos of gents wearing all kinds of shortened lengths and sleeves and too-small-looking misfits. To me, Jil Sander’s and others’ shortening adjustment to the length is just trendy and what will one do with such a short jacket next year?

    I found just the jacket I wanted in a close-out of a Claiborne at Syms. The sleeves end at just about my wrist bone and the jacket at the break where the fingers meet the palm. That’s a good fit on me – shorter looks cheap and ill-fitting on my body.

    So…if it’s okay with you, we might have to agree to disagree about this one. ;-) – JCH

  33. dcinDC

    July 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Yes, his jacket is short by the traditional standard, but looks great on him as he looks like a shorter guy – and this isn’t at all the Thom Browne abominable fit – I too learned that if the jacket bottom fits in your cupped hand it is the right length. Thanks to Anon 5:03 for a citation.

  34. Meg

    January 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    This is class, in every sense! Brava!

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