Monday, April 23, 2007

On the Street…Refined Casual, Milan

Hard but rewarding to find shorts that are even remotely refined. Notice this waistband closure – it makes a big difference.


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  1. Anonymous

    April 23, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Check out the UFO in the sky!

  2. Zaydoun

    April 23, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    And that is our friend, architectural designer Charles Ruthefoord from London

    Must find out where he got those shorts!

  3. Anonymous

    April 23, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    The shorts fit him very nicely, but there is something about the fit of the shirt that I do not like. I can’t quite put my finger on it, though.

  4. DGA

    April 23, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    interesting, yet not surprising to see this kind of leather shoes to be worn without socks- other than that I feel strange proportions- the short’s not quite short.

    great tan though, gotta catch up!

  5. afb

    April 23, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    love it all apart from the shoes..they should be tod’s or similar. otherwise its perfect!

  6. Elizabeth H.

    April 23, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Most American males (and females while we are at it)need to see this picture. Shorts done right.

  7. Jim

    April 23, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    I find the UFO flying across the top of the frame to be even more interesting than the waistband closure.

    (I know, I know, it’s probably a street light, but I prefer to believe it’s a UFO.)

  8. thwany

    April 23, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    the difference between the clothing that people in your pictures were wearing a month ago and are wearing now is so drastically different

  9. NYC Modelista

    April 23, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Totally chic down the the Ferragamo loafers.

  10. NYC Modelista

    April 23, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Sart, what do you mean about the band closure of this shorts? What is different about it?

  11. Anonymous

    April 23, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    they look like dress pants that were cut off and hemmed

  12. Edward

    April 23, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Brilliant Sartorialist! I’m from NZ & it’s so hard to find a well-cut, crisp white shirt in this small part of the world. If I could find one I’d wear it with everything (like this guy) and probably buy one for every day of the week! Have you got any ideas Scott? ie. ordering online etc. -Ep

  13. Daniel, Fashionising

    April 23, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Refined shorts certainly are quite hard to find! Paul Smith is where I usually look, he had some fantastic tailored shorts in his S/S 2006 range, though I had to travel to the other side of the world to finally track them down.

  14. Anonymous

    April 23, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    This guy looks great! Casual, comfortable, yet totally together.

  15. Anonymous

    April 23, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Look like a some cinched closure, can’t quite make it out because of the dark fabric.

    I do see the UFO in the upper right though.

  16. Gudl

    April 23, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    He looks great! Totally like the look!! The white shirt with the dark blue shorts goes very well.

  17. Anonymous

    April 23, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    you used to post such good menswear! what happened?

  18. Thom

    April 23, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    It’s great when men wear shorts, or any item that are age appropriate. Classic, modern and comfortable.

    And why do men wear capri’s? That’s what I’m NOT tawkin ’bout !!

  19. Anonymous

    April 24, 2007 at 12:08 am

    i dunno….he looks too boy-scoutish….nice shoes, though

  20. Misterparticular

    April 24, 2007 at 12:34 am

    Okay, but I thought this was supposed to be the season of the short for men. Yes, the closure is cute but does it veer into gimmickry? therr mus be better shorts out there. I think his shorts are too high on the waist and a bit long, the sockless loafer isn’t that great either, and the messenger bag is so, well, messenger no?

  21. Nameless4Now

    April 24, 2007 at 3:53 am

    How long should the legs of shorts be, on a tall man like this?
    Here in Australia guys have been wearing longer shorts, to upper or mid shin…

  22. Anonymous

    April 24, 2007 at 4:37 am

    oh, come on, why don’t you wear a big “tourist” badge while you’re at it? I mean, great Ferragamos, crisp shirt, but you really don’t do bermudas in the city in Milan if you’re over 21. ok, nice looking tourist, no hard feelings, but catch that train to Portofino, you have just the right style.


  23. Butch

    April 24, 2007 at 7:40 am

    Like the shorts well enough, but the shoes strike me as too clunky (and with a metal bit, yet.) Also, the shirt’s oddly fitting–perhaps over-large.

  24. sandman_gr

    April 24, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Percect look for summer. Mr. Rutherfoord hits the point. I go a pair of olive green shorts like these from a greek clothing chain last year and intend to buy one more thi syear in another color.

  25. elizabeth

    April 24, 2007 at 11:13 am

    I don’t care for the shoes. To me they look a bit heavy.

    PS–Love reading/viewing your blog…The photos are always stunning (and the earlier tailor profiles were charming)!

  26. Alessandro

    April 24, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Not bad, the look is clean and elegant and would be great if this were Capri or Positano in July; however, in Milano, and in April, the shorts are a nicht-nicht, as Bruno the Austiran fashionista would say. In fact in any major Italian city, the sure way to announce you are a tourist is to wear shorts (even in August). At least he’s wearing loafers.

  27. Just an Observation

    April 24, 2007 at 11:59 am


    thx sar!

  28. Flaneur

    April 25, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Yes, Alessandro and Anonymous from Milan are right. He looks like a tourist.

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