Tuesday, March 17, 2009

On the Street……Proportion Play, Stockholm

One of the reasons I keep going back to Stockholm is because they are very good at taking classic shapes and shrinking, stretching, or pulling them into a new play on proportion.

If you review images that I have taken in Stockholm over the years you will see that this is not a city known for color or prints or overt sexiness, but they do seemed obsessed with shape and proportion.

I love the idea of a Jil Sander-esque coat with a super classic ascot.


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  1. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 9:12 am

    stunning background in the first picture. the colour of his outfits are nicely balanced, love the tightness.

  2. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I think the Jill Sander-esque coat is by Acne. Nice.

  3. miss sophie

    March 17, 2009 at 9:19 am

    i’m really into skinny khakis this season – i’d love to see you post some pics of women in unconventional twists on classic pants! stockholm style looks, as always, directional and understated.

  4. David-Alexandre

    March 17, 2009 at 9:22 am


  5. JFK Jean

    March 17, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Now that you mentioned it, that’s very true about the being minimal with color but more bold with proportion and fit which I think is great. Love the look of his trouser in that photo. Only someone with true style can pull that off b/c you can’t fake that

  6. Moi

    March 17, 2009 at 9:55 am

    He looks like he’s right off the set of Madmen . . . Love it.

  7. Rene Schaller

    March 17, 2009 at 10:02 am

    he has a great style

  8. john benjamin pritchett

    March 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Love the blue blazer and the way it it fits. I know not everyone can pull this off but he looks great in it.

  9. May Kasahara

    March 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    oh that BLUE.
    I just died a little.
    so good.

  10. diane

    March 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I think I’d like that blue sweater a lot more if it was peeking out from under a coat.

  11. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Love his “clean” 1950s look.

  12. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 11:03 am

    i think this guy just need a moustache to be perfect! it is all about proportions!

  13. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

    The blue jacket has a softness to it-looks like it's made of felt or fine velvet. Note to self-start matching jacket & socks.

  14. trevligtanorektisk

    March 17, 2009 at 11:34 am

    That guy works in the Acne store in Stockholm. Dig his style!

  15. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Top pic is taken close to the restaurant Riche on Birger Jarlsgatan…..I work on that street a couple of meters up towards Stureplan.

  16. LivingGolden

    March 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I’m going to have to try a girly version of that first look. Love it.

  17. Brian

    March 17, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Pee Wee Herman’s stylish love child…

  18. norawoah

    March 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I adore that bold blue blazer. It really makes a statement, without being annoying.

  19. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    He works at Acne, and is one of the coolest guy of the crew !

  20. Amra

    March 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I haven’t been to Stockholm for quite a while. Though I should. Wouldnt wanna miss out on the proportion play you’re writing about. :D
    Love the blue jacket in the first picture by the way!

  21. Ted

    March 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    What of the coolest looks I’ve seen! At least that fit my personal taste. Who made those khakis? They’re absolutely amazing.

  22. Jake Money

    March 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I really would like to see more men wearing ascots with very contemporary selections.

  23. hc

    March 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    8/10. simple, yet fixating. amazing what slight discoloring of the socks can do.

  24. David Casavant

    March 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I really love that shade of blue- and I love the pants paired with the shoes!


  25. Allen - East Hampton

    March 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Pic #1 – As I scrolled down my opinion went from “Yes” to “No.” (that said, it’s a brilliant shot, Sart)

    Pic #2 – Much, much better.

  26. henry

    March 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Count Fersen is alive and living in Stockholm (again)…

  27. Kate

    March 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Interesting how the material is played with. He’s not neccessarily skinny but the tight jacket is flattering. Something to think about.

  28. Jack Daniel

    March 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Yeah, it’s true. The shape and proportion of their cloths is really unique! The oversized-trend you see nowadays is definitely inspired from the people in Stockholm.

  29. beths

    March 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Am I the only one who finds the fit of the pants in the top photo extremely unflattering? I really do think PeeWee’s trousers fit him better.

  30. CW

    March 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I like the lower photo. However, I think that the model cannot wear the jacket in the upper photo with the coat in the lower one. Lastly, the shortness and tightness of the trousers would work better with dress boots than with low-vamp loafers.

    The blue jacket is an exaggeration of the short “Ivy” jackets of the late 1950′s and early 1960′s. Great hue of blue!

  31. The Khaki Crusader

    March 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    bottom photo looks a little like a Swedish Scott Schuman to me

  32. M A Z P E

    March 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    his moccasins are gorgeous.

  33. Sidney Rhule

    March 17, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Too cool for school, gives me the feeling of a modernised twist on vintage.

    love the cravat / smoking scarf.

  34. Hesron

    March 17, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Love the bleu coat. The fit is perfect. This gentleman has great style.

  35. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    C’mon. That blue jacket is way too small for him. Gives the LOLs though!

  36. Princess Sparkle Pony

    March 17, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    What’s cracking me up is that the blue garment in the top photo appears to be not a coat or blazer, but, in fact, a cardigan sweater styled like a blazer. Is it not a knit?

    I can’t tell you how much I want one. Does anybody know what it is?

  37. Anonymous

    March 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Why don't you agree on that they have a better body proportion to be taken advantage of ?! that's why I don't find H&M looks as appealing on the American as on the Swedish.

  38. John Christopher

    March 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Another place that comes to mind that is obsessed with shape and proportion is Helsinki.

    I’m not completely sold on this look though.

  39. thestyleadvisor

    March 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Not nearly enough people still sporting the ascot. Its a great look, I hope it is on its way back!

  40. CW

    March 17, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Khaki Crusader – the model looks more like a Swedish Glenn Beck.

  41. Anonymous

    March 18, 2009 at 1:51 am

    mod much?

  42. kramsurag

    March 18, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Damn, I shouldn't have returned my slim khaki's to H&M

  43. From Sthlm to Sydney

    March 18, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Stockhoooooolm in my heart!!

  44. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    March 18, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I just love Stockholm and its fashionable inhabitants. Very much my style as well.

  45. Anonymous

    March 18, 2009 at 8:04 am

    This guy is called “the bomber” [bombarn] in Stockholm.

  46. asimplerstyle

    March 18, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I love the way both of them have played with the classic chinos-shirt-jacket combination to create something which looks quite individual.

    I’m especially digging the ascot…

  47. Katie

    March 18, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I’ve been feeling the khakis for spring as well! It’s been a LOOOOOng while since I put ‘em on my body.

    They looked stale for many years to me, and I would quote Beck in my head: “Beige is the colour of resignation.”

    No more! They’re back, styled ’50s, Mod, or Nautical — fresh again.

  48. DVB

    March 18, 2009 at 9:21 am

    The trousers fabric in the first pic not so great… but the ‘obsession’ is there! Second picture, great outfit (same trousers?!).

  49. dreamcrusher

    March 18, 2009 at 9:46 am

    he is really handsome. adorably chic.

  50. Anonymous

    March 18, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    i agree… he would be perfection with a moustache!

  51. Barima

    March 18, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I'm all over cropped sportsjackets (and ascots/cravats), but this proportion can also be glimpsed in almost any European city with a COS, H&M or Topman ;)

    Actually, I think Stockholm is most talented at making neutral coloured clothing more interesting than what's seen at first glance


  52. Anonymous

    March 18, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    The top look is really hard to pull off without the right build–this guy makes it all work seamlessly. I really like his shoes, tassled loafers have such a clean look and his are especially sleek and expensive-looking. The lower shot is the proper way a short coat should be worn, with streamlined pants. Genius–great job, Sart.

  53. Anonymous

    March 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    The jacket on top is also by Acne; it is the Saint Martin Fleece jacket and is made of “Japanese cotton fleece.” I got mine at hejfina in Chicago and am a little nervous about sporting it because I’m not particularly skinny. It is wonderfully soft and flexible like a sweater, but cut like a blazer and seems to hold its shape well. I think he pulls it off nicely.

  54. Hanneli

    March 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I wished more guys would dress like this. Wow I absolutely love it!

  55. Peter Breese

    March 18, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Ascot is a interesting touch, do you think they will catch on again?

  56. Ida

    March 18, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Oh I miss my swedish men! And yes we are not a colourful people but we do have style! Oh I miss that style!

  57. Katie

    March 19, 2009 at 3:22 am

    I really like the bright blue jacket. Unexpected, but I think it works.

  58. mimi

    March 19, 2009 at 7:01 am

    swedish men have got it going on, obviously!

    in the past year, stockholm has fast become my new ‘wish-list’ destination! people there seem to dress fabulously.

  59. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    The blue is fun, but those clothes simply do not fit correctly. Buying one size too small is not a substitute for tailoring.

  60. Anonymous

    March 19, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    wait where are those khakis from? anyone have any similar ones?

  61. ginjin3

    March 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    That’s my type of city! I noticed that from most of your shots from Stockholm.

  62. travelbug

    March 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    The first picture makes me think that if he waked down any street looking like that he would be hit on by half the male population. Or maybe 10% of them.

    He looks totally different in the second pic. Older! In a good way. Very chic.

  63. Nastya

    March 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Classic style is always good on any guy 8)

  64. Anonymous

    March 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    does not anybody find the style of the first picture dangerously evocative and nostalgic???or is it just me?

  65. Anonymous

    March 22, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I love, love, love the first outfit. Everything is so well put together.
    Also think the jacket in the second picture is fantastic.

  66. Afrika

    March 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Tintin…20 years later

  67. Serchileo

    March 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Stockholm has style, has modern style, has not colour but has perfect style. I really love how people is dressed in Stockholm.

  68. Anonymous

    April 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I love his style

  69. Simo. simo

    January 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

    He is fascinating me.
    he has that "something"

  70. Adrian

    August 8, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I love the first picture! Except the socks. I think he could’ve picked a better one. Maybe something brighter, or something with prints.

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