Tuesday, June 6, 2006

On The Street…. Refined Sportswear#4, New York

I have one goal this summer – give guys some direction and inspiration on how to do summer casual in a more refined way. I can’t take another city summer of cargo shorts and logo tees. Granted, doing refined casual is so much more difficult in the height of summer than it is in the depths of winter but I will keep my eyes peeled for the guys that are doing it right.

What I really liked here was the green,pink, blue color combo.

The shoes also drew my attention. A friend of mine that lives in Florida mentioned he likes to wear shorts but couldn’t decide on the shoes. He suggested leather sandals, I suggested leather mocs – Tods or J Crew both do a great version. I won’t be seen with him in leather sandals.


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  1. Anonymous

    June 6, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    OMG I hate leather sandals. Those giant birkenstock looking thins that scrape the ground when the man walks. Akin to thongs but louder and horrid looking. Cave men had better footwear.

    How do we stop this menace?

  2. Her Henna

    June 6, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    Maybe I’m retarded. Layers in the summer?

  3. Fnarf

    June 6, 2006 at 7:49 pm

    Oh, lord I couldn’t agree with you more. But here I sit in my cargo shorts. Finding shorts that don’t suck is HARD. They’re all a foot too long with too many flap pockets and cargo pockets and cell phone pockets and I don’t know what-all kind of giant pockets. It makes me want to cry. And, yes, my ass does look fat in these.

    The only problem with this guy is, the sweater’s going to be too much pretty soon. Please, somebody, make a moderately flattering COOL shirt for fat guys….

  4. Anonymous

    June 6, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    leather mocs are the way to go…. they embellish any shorts….. they even make the cargo pants look OK — almost

  5. Anonymous

    June 6, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    I agree that finding good shorts is often hard. Consider doing what I’ve done a few times: if you have a pair (or find a pair) of light pants that fit just right, then sacrifice them and have your tailor make them into shorts.

    - Eminence Grise

  6. Anonymous

    June 6, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    In response to fnarf’s plea for a flattering summer shirt for (fat) guys: have you tried the guayabera?

  7. AnastasiaC

    June 6, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    I like this look – he looks comfy thats for sure.
    are they driving shoes? men and sandals are a big no no in my book
    men in sandals with socks is even worse!!

  8. Anonymous

    June 7, 2006 at 12:38 am

    I’m glad you’ve made it a goal to help with summer clothing. I agree that dressing stylishly in the summer is that much harder as your choices are severly limited due to heat.

    I love the outfit on the guy, but can’t see myself weaing two layers (one of them being a sweater) in 90 F heat.

    Maybe I’m the only one that can’t wear a suit or sweater in 90 F heat without looking like I just fell in a pool.

    I look forward to more summer style.

  9. Anonymous

    June 7, 2006 at 1:55 am

    hey–that’s my brother-in-law! well…not really but it could be–he’s a dead ringer :-)

  10. Anonymous

    June 7, 2006 at 2:27 am

    yes, the colorcombo is delicious. he’s so casually well put together, you’d almost think it accidental.

  11. argos

    June 7, 2006 at 6:53 am

    Also in agreement- flip flops and sandals are a disaster in public for men and worse still…basketball shoes. Yuck! There are many great shoes to choose from, in my opinion, mostly leather slip-on types, never cheap.

    I also personally believe a man should have decent and athletic legs to pull shorts off in public. Then they serve to enhance the male figure and line rather than detract.

    I am sure you can find us some decent examples this summer, but good luck. Wish I could show you how I pull it off.

  12. The Sartorialist

    June 7, 2006 at 7:31 am

    again dont be so literal
    I said i like the color combo, it could be done with a pink shirt and green belt

    Don’t forget though that by posting these photos it gives us a better read as we easy into summer. I always think of June as being warmer but next year i can look back at this and remember that it can still be cool enough for a light sweater as late as June 7th.

    That to me is valuable – at least if you live in the Northeast

  13. Anonymous

    June 7, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    Bermudas seem to be (finally) replacing cargos as the short du jour, along the lines of your guy in the yellow ones.
    They are long enough and have a nice, clean silhouette. J. crew, Rugby, AE and H&M, Urban, Monaco all have diffrent ones at diffrent prices.
    Seersucker, patchwork and madras are nice choices.

  14. Anonymous

    June 7, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    It you must do leather sandals, YSL has killer fisherman sandals that mold to your feel like they are custom made and at $515 a pop, they should!

  15. Grief

    June 7, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    Apparently I’m the only one in the world (or at least who reads this blog) who actually likes flip-flops, sandals. For years I’ve been wearing a very nice pair of Gucci slides — yes, in PUBLIC — and have felt comfortable and even approriate. To kick around, I wear a very reasonably priced pair of black leather thongs from J. Crew, which look great with whtie trousers. But of course, I maintain my feet regularly (pedicures every other week) and also reap the reward of NYC soot after a day’s wearing, but I’m sorry, you can’t get over the comfort and convenience of sandals in the summer.

  16. Matte0

    June 7, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    I generally agree with you, but um, once it starts getting into the meat of the summer, I’m not wearing a freakin’ sweater. It’s a great look for early summer/late spring, but not in July when its 88 degrees outside.

  17. Max

    June 7, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    Loving this.

  18. Anonymous

    June 7, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    While i don’t love the colors per se , together they work well together … and the mocs add a touch of refinement rather than dopey sandals or flip-flops…… great site Sartor , keep up the good work

  19. Anonymous

    June 7, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    Flip-floppers and sliders of the world unite!

    - Eminence Grise

  20. SwanDiamondRose

    June 7, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    all i know is i like your blog. i like that you cover what real people wear. and that you are open to all [?] styles. this outfit or style isn’t for me but i like the colours, and i like a man who makes an effort.

    about sacrificing a good pair of pants to be made into shorts, i think it’s a good idea to have them copied by a tailor and made shorter instead of sacrificing them. then you can have more in the future. i am still mourning a beautiful pair of elephant leg jeans that i gave up due to the hem fraying. duh. duh. duh.

  21. Betsy

    June 7, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    I’m sorry, you may snark this, but I think shorts (not too short) and old loafers, like the ones you can’t get rid of because they were you’re first and you keep getting them resoled, is my favorite look. It’s classic and refined. That guy looks a little hot and uncomfortable.

  22. Fnarf

    June 8, 2006 at 2:52 am

    Exactly. Even if I would never in a million years wear what this guy is wearing, the fact that he’s wearing it makes it right. It’s all about being ON PURPOSE, isn’t it?

    I won’t wear thongs, even $600 ones, because between my toes is too sensitive, but if you can BRING IT, bring it.

  23. roeboats

    June 9, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    leather sandals are for jesus only…and gladiators

    but im all for green and pink and some beach boys endless summer

  24. jan - sydney

    June 12, 2006 at 5:46 am

    love this look,love the sandals, so understated, everything screams really refined taste. love the colour combination, soft and blends together so well for a sunny summer afternoon as part of the scene.

  25. Anonymous

    July 26, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    You guys actually think that looks good? There’s nothing good about that outfit.

  26. Anonymous

    July 29, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    Sharp sweater.

  27. John Montgomery

    May 17, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Dreadful look … Reminds me of all the old gezzer’s on the Kings Road …

  28. Kim

    July 26, 2013 at 7:21 am

    More inspiration and ideas for men would be great! I always get stuck on that front…

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