Wednesday, August 6, 2008

On the Street… Structured Jacket and Shorts, Paris

The other day I posted several guys wearing unconstructed jackets and shorts – I think they all looked great.
A variation on that theme is the idea of a very structured jacket and shorts.
Personally, next Summer i think i will try a more structured jacket like the one above when I am wearing my shorts in Milan (gasp! shorts in Milan!).

This Summer I wore a lot of unconstructed jackets but I find that for my shape an unconstructed jacket is too shapeless and makes me look square. Well, I guess you live and learn.


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  1. Beacher

    August 6, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Funny how this guy manages to make classic male attire look so effeminate. The only thing missing is a handbag.

  2. Laurence John

    August 6, 2008 at 10:42 am

    now that is a great jacket.
    straight out of 1934

  3. Olviya

    August 6, 2008 at 10:51 am

    shoes! they featuring very good. and small details, like LV organizer making his look complete.

  4. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 10:52 am

    my visceral reaction is not a positive one. i don’t think the formality/informality of each piece works together.

  5. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    August 6, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I like the look as an abstract idea; I think this guy gets it right by pairing it with shorts that are a bit dressier in cut and fabric. Now, I did say abstract, so let me be practical and say that I think the jacket does not go with the sweater we see here- I always thought a shirt collar was to protect the jacket lapels and neck from direct skin contact- unless there is no sweat and no skin oils whatsoever, this guy is going to be dry-cleaning his jacket a lot! Other than that, I like everything he is wearing and how he put it together. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  6. Dan

    August 6, 2008 at 11:03 am

    For better or worse this is a feminizing look, mainly because of the sweater which shows so much skin right against the neck and lapels of the jacket, and because of the shoes and glasses, and his frame. I don’t think it’s exactly the one you should go for. He doesn’t quite have the legs for it, either. Another beautiful jacket though.

  7. stylePOVist

    August 6, 2008 at 11:08 am

    The jacket looks like a Tom Ford creation, or vintage Tom Ford Gucci maybe.

  8. suzanne nelson

    August 6, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I like what you’re saying, Sart but i think it will be tricky to pull off but if you can do so would look really cool. For me, this outfit isn’t working. Although i love the jacket with the thin T, I think the shorts are too tight and too short, and the shoes look like evening slippers.There’s a rule for women along the lines of you show either shoulders/cleavage or legs – not both. Maybe it should apply to men and shorts too?

  9. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 11:27 am

    To each his own. For me, the LV addition just takes the whole look over the top.

    I think if he had lost the LV organizer and had on a pair of low key Persol shades, I would have found a lot to admire. Instead, as is sometimes the case here, I just don’t get it.

  10. The Sartorialist

    August 6, 2008 at 11:28 am

    i think you guys are making very valid points but this is a great example of liking a “concept”

    I think my execution would be very different but the concept is very inspiring.

  11. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 11:30 am


    I’m really not a big fan of the dressy short look for men. I see the appeal (options for guys can be somewhat limited) but I prefer it when men deal with the weather by wearing lighter fabrics.

    I really love that you shared why the unconstructed jacket wasn’t working for you. I think we all have those “IT” summer garments that we thought were going to be able wear only to find out that somehow the trend doesn’t work on our bodies. For me it was full skirts – I too looked like a square shape (and 10 pounds heavier) – live and learn.


  12. lintmag

    August 6, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Maybe with a nice small scarf around the neck like yesterday’s man this would work better for me. He needs some coverage up there with that look.

  13. josh y lola

    August 6, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Funny :-) too much modern to me maybe

  14. ricola

    August 6, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Everything sold separately would be great. Great legs, nice shorts, Friggin' Fantastic Jacket & Sweater. NOt so crazy for the LV though. I am a fan of the new male cleavage, however the person above was right to say legs or cleavage. Somehow it works the three button undone button down though…go figure.

  15. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    i think this is great. very interesting mix/match. i would the LV organizer though.

  16. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I really do like that jacket.

  17. stone

    August 6, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    basic look : yes, the shoes are too formal however. “Street” type shoes would have brought the randomness to new hights, referenced his glasses,and thus made his look come together.

  18. TinTin

    August 6, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Sart- I agree that in “concept” I really like this guy’s look. The shorts with the unconstructed jacket and the albert slippers– it’s a cool look. This particular guy looks a little effiminate for some reason, which I am not a fan of.

  19. Dan

    August 6, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Yes, I understand the inspiration in the concept. I like both the structured and unstructured looks you’ve shown. My gut feeling is that I’d prefer the structured look on me but might end up being more comfortable or wearing more often the unstructured. I haven’t put my jacket/shorts combo together yet because I just don’t have a nice summer jacket(!), so I have to make the choice soon. Of course I can have both eventually, but initially it’ll be a choice. I’m not sure yet how I’ll go.

  20. louis w

    August 6, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    i like this look.
    although i can agree there is something feminine about it, i think its coming from the glasses thou. they are almost cat-eye ish. i think if he were to sub out a nice pair af aviators it would change the entire look.

    i agree this will be included in my list of looks for next summer, hell this summer too – its not over.

  21. tj

    August 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I think that his legs look good.
    The plaid jacket (prince of wales?) works really nicely with the navy shorts. And, the way the plaid stripes match up on the jacket lapels is brilliant! The patch pockets with pleats to allow the pockets to expand are great. I’m guessing that this is a high-end jacket.
    The sunglasses look good on him.
    But, 5 buttons on the jacket sleeves? That’s overkill.
    I think he’d have more freedom of movement if the jacket was just a bit looser. It looks to me like if he took a deep breath, the jacket would pull at the chest.

  22. vavavinny

    August 6, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Is that Stephen Gan!?! I love the outfit! The blazer is great (adore those pockets!) and the suede driving shoes are so classic. The shorts just pull the whole look together. This man looks fabulous and very diva!

  23. Ryan Mac

    August 6, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I prefer a structured jacket like the one shown. Thats a really great jacket the fit is just perfection!

  24. Wilhelmina Hernandez

    August 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    So I guess we’re agreed that male formal shorts are to be done with loafers.

    Ahh I wish (as a female) I was tall enough to do them with a flat.

  25. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    he has my ysl shoes….

  26. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    I think the world is still not ready for that much male leg.

  27. olaf germany

    August 6, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I go on with few persons, he is a little bit over the top, but that’s it !!! I love it (I will own every piece). How many people on the streets can you see dressed like that and you can say “wow, impressive.” And you will remember him.

  28. kat

    August 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I love it, great concept, great execution! Beautiful jacket and fresh colours. I think he means to look a little effeminate and he really works it. Louis W I agree that aviators and loosing the LV would make it more masculine. His shorts are the perfect length to show off his great legs. Sart you’ll look brilliant working this in your own style!

  29. Kenny Cho

    August 7, 2008 at 12:10 am

    It’s unfortunate that wearing that would be scoffed and laughed out in my city.

  30. Josefina

    August 7, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Well, shorts aren’t for everyone is about proportion and good legs. This man’s torso is too long and his outfit choice makes it too evident, maybe if he had only one color underneath the jacket.. he definitely needs to apply the “less is more” philosophy.

  31. miss a.

    August 7, 2008 at 12:52 am

    I love this look. I love him. Does anyone know who he is? He makes Louis Vuitton monogram less hideous and disgusting for me. Any man who can do that deserves lollipops.

  32. Moi

    August 7, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I’m not diggin’ this ensemble. A little too tailored/fitted/feminine for my taste.

  33. Jerry d

    August 7, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I like it in theory. His look is somewhat feminine, but I think it is more the guy than the look?! He could look girly in a work shirt and jeans!

    That said, I like the concept and agree that a tailored jacket looks better, to me. I think we may have the same shape! I feel sloppy and shapeless in an unconstructed jacket, with most bottoms.

    Now, how old is too old to do the shorts and jacket thing? I’m 6ft, 180, work out… but 45?

  34. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 10:36 am

    I agree that a neckerchief would finish the look and the jacket looks a bit snug. Now that I am done nitpicking I can say I really like this look! Not all gents could make this work, but he does.

    ~ Miss Mary

  35. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    One of my favorite. In the rush of the morning sometimes you only have time to throw on whatever gets you to your appointment on time! Realizing he was a bit too casual, he threw on a jacket. When you fill your wardrobe with quality pieces you look put togehter without any effort.

  36. Theo

    August 7, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Being a shorter and with an atheletic build I find that structured jackets and shorts is a great summer look and I tend to avoid unstructured jackets as they tend to make me look fat not muscular.

  37. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    “Too much male leg”? Au contraire. A man with great legs such as those should show them off. Shorts just above the knee are still appropriate and eye-catching.

  38. erin de la cruz

    August 9, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I am actually loving the guy’s style. =)

  39. jamesiepoo

    August 9, 2008 at 3:21 am

    i love this look.
    he definitely pulls it off well.
    he makes you want to know him.

  40. Anonymous

    August 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    We see the world as we are.

    I’m reading many comments above and thinking,”some of you are missing the point”.Its not whether you’d look great in this.Its whether the look works on the encumbent.

    I for one think,it suits him.Would it suit me.Not all.
    1.The jacket is fantastic.
    2.The shorts are a great cut.
    I’m guessing this one will be affected by your current geographical location/personal taste.I’m certain you can pull this off in most of Europe but would look like a nah,nah in most of US.
    3.The look is metro.It takes self confidence to pull this off.
    Most people I know,rely on the clothes to feel better,instead of feeling great first.In that way the clothes are just an accessory.

    Did I mention,how hot this look is.

  41. Miljenko

    August 12, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    The overall look is fitted and dashing, but to me, it feels a little affected. The Vuitton man-purse is the culprit

  42. Anonymous

    August 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    hmm, i think he’s made his legs look a bit effeminate. I suppose if that was what he was aiming for, then this look works a treat. Maybe it looks different completely front-on…but i guess this is just not one for me. Though i believe i do like his jacket.

  43. vavavinny

    August 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Jerry D., I think you could pull it off.

  44. Jazzbuff630

    August 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    If I see this guy at a bar, I’m going to buy him a cherry frappe
    or a sidecar…something “sweet” to go with his look.

  45. Michael

    August 14, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Gotta love the blazer + shorts combo.

  46. vasko

    August 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Quite liked the look! I would only wear knee-high trousers, I find these a bit too short for the concept.

  47. Tazeen

    August 21, 2008 at 4:14 am

    structured jacket never looked this effeminate

  48. Anonymous

    August 21, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    I think he’s rocking it. i like it.

  49. yariten

    August 22, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    To get away with this look he totally has the wrong body. You need to be much skinnier and kinda arty/weedy: instead the dude has Olympic legs and looks like he’s talking serious business on the phone. Long sleeves and a plunging neckline under that jacket? Wince.

  50. Sarah

    August 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I like the idea of the structured jacket, but the fact that it hits so high up on his torso does make it look feminine. If it tucked in at his belly button instead, I think it would be a less feminine look. Also, the big pockets and the big lapel don’t help either.

  51. Effie

    August 27, 2008 at 4:31 am

    i think he looks splendid here! love that combi- structured jacket+tailored shorts. i think the LV organiser subtly complements his outfit. nice!

  52. Gypsynan

    August 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I am a total hick I know, but is it also a requirement that the gentlemen wax their legs? Or is this look only for the naturally hairless?

  53. Nidya R. Wiguno

    October 12, 2008 at 5:16 am

    i like this style. so simply stylish!

  54. Anonymous

    February 20, 2009 at 5:50 am

    love this simple style. very nice combinations !

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