Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On the Street…. The Shape Of Modern Menswear

This gentleman captures what I find to be most interesting in menswear right now: quilted nylon, shorts over leggings, full volume outerwear, layering and dark yet rich color palettes.


This look scares me but inspires me, which is the best you can ask for in a look. I’ve gone back to this picture several times trying to figure out which elements would work best for me, and the answer that keeps coming up is: basically all of them.

I don’t know if I’m brave enough to wear shorts over tights in a ‘day wear’ setting, though I already do when I’m exercising…so maybe this picture will make me re-examine what I wear to the gym.


Today’s photograph and the photograph from yesterday will, I think, be the two images this season that will have the most long-lasting influence over (at least) my style for the next year or so.


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  1. Tinacious.Me

    March 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    quilted leggings for men -how intriguing. Not sure how i feel about this, but i do like the layering!

  2. Xeana

    March 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    An interesting stylish look for man. This is something new and modern!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  3. Topol

    March 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    More appropriate for cooler weather?

    The quilting reminds me of armor and yesterday’s photo of a samurai.

    Not sure that I can get away with shorts over leggings at this age. When I ride a bicycle around town, I wear less rather than more because the riding warms me up.

    I could go for a sleek quilted sportcoat though.

  4. Sara

    March 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I think this look works only if you have slim reasonably long legs.

  5. Natasha Fatah

    March 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I was pretty critical of yesterday’s look, but perhaps I’m missing something. I don’t want to be narrow minded, particularly when it comes to matters of style, so maybe this look will eventually grow on me, and grow in popularity!


  6. Sean

    March 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Just say YES to shorts over leggings! Love to hear you’re seriously considering these new silhouettes, shapes, and textures! They’re the best thing going on in fashion – er, menswear, right now.

  7. Stephanie

    March 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Please no …. This is to make femenine a person that is esencially masculine… for me it’s interesting from a social point of view but I don’t think that I can feel atracted from a female’s point of view… but may be this is his aim. I’m sorry but this really does not fit with my taste!!!

  8. Igor

    March 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I have done the shorts over tights (outside of the gym) look before, not for the fashion sake, but because I wanted to wear shorts and it was too cold for them without some sort of baselayer.

  9. modelovers

    March 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    His scarf is gorgeous!

  10. Monsieur Marcel

    March 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    The shorts over tights has been a bike messenger staple since the 90′s (which the grunge rockers co-opted),but, as you mentioned–it’s exercise wear; to make it work as ‘day wear’, like the gentleman pictured, requires self-awareness and confidence, which applies to any style.

  11. Bohemian Style

    March 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    The nylon trend is really interesting.


  12. Elena

    March 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  13. Maria

    March 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Amazing outfit! Very special, love the jacket!

  14. Cokamoo

    March 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Great! :) i love you’re blog xoxo

  15. Laura

    March 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    It really is original, I like it, but I am not so sure about the vest!



  16. irene

    March 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  17. Stockton Andrews II

    March 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    This sort of look reminds me of the character designs from some of the science-fiction drawings of the late Jean “Moebius” Giraud who lent his talents to Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element”. I’m too fogeyish to try it myself but it works for some.

  18. Aurélie & Angelo

    March 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    It’s definitely a new concept to grasp but will probably take off quite quickly!


  19. Wayde

    March 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    WOW! The expression on this guys face and the outfit scare me to death! It seriously looks like he could have stepped straight of a Givenchy runway, dark, opulent and feirce! The shoes are great, does anyway recognise them? Who are they by?

  20. Gaby Lang

    March 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I love the green coat, the gentleman seems to be in a hurry!

    Gaby Lang


  21. danny

    March 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    nothing excites me more than a new menswear silhouette. we can’t let women have all the fun! we’re in dire need of some new shapes.


  22. Amaliath

    March 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Very interesting outfit and i like the whole dark!However,im not sure if i want see more often these leggings.

  23. Frank

    March 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    It’s interesting. The shorts over the tights look is an inspiration born from athletes, like wrestlers and gymnasts, wearing their tights or sweats under their shorts. It is practical and very masculine in an athletic setting. But when it translates to high fashion, I think it loses the very masculinity it is intended to emulate, as in yesterday’s street photo.

  24. StreetLounge

    March 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Well, I like fashion, I like to be different, I like to make experiments and follow my own rules in style, BUT – still, man has to stay man, the border between genders become more and more thin and not in a good way. This is my opinion of course, but I think you can always look nice and different from the crowd without doing extreme strange things with yourself :) Most people do strange only cause their imagination is too small to think about something simple great :)

  25. April

    March 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    This strut, intensely projects the inspirations of the day.


  26. Oskar

    March 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hmm, people already began wondering yesterday whether you were maybe just trying out how far your audience would follow you before pausing and realising that… this is not pretty at all.

  27. Peter Montgomery

    March 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Is he a Jedi?

  28. jdit

    March 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Looks like something this nation’s founding fathers might have worn – maybe a modern day version of the dapper 18th century gent? Imagine after all these centuries the leggin is back for men. What’s next, powdered wigs?

  29. Rubén Prado

    March 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    The modern monk!!

  30. Ed K

    March 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Scott if i see you wearing this…i will refuse to speak to you..hehe

  31. John R

    March 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I am only dressed this way on my mtb but i wear a helmet also…

  32. Donnie Gayfield

    March 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Very Rick Owens/Givenchy.

  33. Lindy

    March 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I think he must be a dancer. I like the colours, very dark with black.

  34. Sylvia Shan

    March 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm


  35. Walt Priest

    March 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    You are kidding us, right?

  36. JP

    March 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Tooooo much coffee man! Or something. I love a man in a skirt or shorts over leggings or whatever, but I’m a freak.

  37. gerald

    March 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm


  38. Anon in Seoul

    March 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Scott. This look is something no one outside of the fashion industry can wear other than to and from the gym/parking lot. BTW, tights under shorts even for the gym is not for the faint of heart.

  39. Lindsey

    March 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I would like it a lot better if the jacket was a different material. It reminds me a bit of a garbage bag. But the shorts/leggings combo is golden!

    Et tu, tutu?

  40. Susan E

    March 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I know that not every man strives for a classic look, a la Cary Grant or Orson Welles; but, I don’t find this look to be very attractive. It looks comfortable, I think, but, not very sophisticated. The fabrics are nice. The monochrome look is good, but, it doesn’t look very manly. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I wouldn’t be attracted to a man wearing these types of clothes. It is kind of postmodern and sci-fi inspired, I guess.

  41. monalisa

    March 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This is the actually the third layered look of this type for men we’ve seen in the last few days — first John Skelton, yesterday’s samauri and our bike warrior today. Intriguing and interesting. Only men “in the west” wear such regimented looks — this seems very exotic. Bring it on, I say.

  42. Urbanfashionartist

    March 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Love you comment! I do hope you can remember it at the gym. You will be the most stylish person there ;)


  43. melissa

    March 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    You know as a women I could not imagine making love to a man that wears an outfit like this???


  44. CWA

    March 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    This is absolutely a statement connecting a french androgynous look with japanese lines and items from fixie (bike messenger) culture. I’m loving it. It totally makes a man’s ankle erotic, and that’s a TOUGH thing to do.

  45. Nicky

    March 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I think the beauty of fashion is that, dear Scott, is you won’t have to wear this unless you really want to. I feel that I’ve seen this look before though, I’m not sure where. Stick to your own style. This man is already on another edge, another lifestyle, a different personality. I’m not sure you would pull this look off.

  46. Johnny

    March 14, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Not the leggings please!

  47. Lu

    March 14, 2012 at 1:42 am

    This looks ahead of its time, futuristic. And it reminds me of 16-18th century men’s fashion, complete with the tights/leggins, breeches, waistcoat/vest, and banyan. I like it. I think in today’s culture, most men would be scared, unfortunately. Perhaps more men will eventually like and will be brave enough to don, and perhaps this type of dressing will eventually make a comeback…

  48. Filippo

    March 14, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Please no.

  49. Ema

    March 14, 2012 at 2:16 am

    as the going says, the future is here

  50. Anrwo

    March 14, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Padded leggings are a good idea for those who one insist on walking and texting.

  51. juan cruz

    March 14, 2012 at 3:42 am

    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore…” in style all is well and fine.

  52. booboochan

    March 14, 2012 at 4:20 am

    This outfit is really brave and cool. He totally pull it off.

  53. la_sartasantina

    March 14, 2012 at 4:45 am

    This outfit throws me back to the Italian Renaissance. He looks as if he just walked out of the Medici court.

  54. peter evans

    March 14, 2012 at 5:31 am

    It’s a brave man that wears shorts over leggings, or, one who doesn’t care what others think. It’s always good to have new styles especially for men but I’m not sure how long this one will take to grow on me.

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  55. bonnie, clyde and marni

    March 14, 2012 at 5:37 am

    love this photo!!!!!!!!

  56. Charikleia

    March 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Quilt yes, go for it.

    Layering yes, can also be very sexy.

    But leggings over shorts, no, not me not I. I agree with the people above mentioning that this is something very particular (almost peculiar) and that a man who is not a dancer, a fashion mogul, or a brand of his own, or -may I say- Sting (whom I love) cannot pull it off successfully. And I also agree with a lady above, this can be very not-atractive, well in a good sense I mean.

    However, the gentleman in the picture is very serious about his looks and almost got me. I love his shoes too.

    A big kiss from Greece!

  57. debbie

    March 14, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Agree w/Ed K.

  58. Theodore

    March 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Certainly not inspiring, interesting, or anything similar with positive connotations. This look is pure hucksterism – wearing a bunch of odd things thrown together because it’ll make you “fashionable.” The emperor has no clothes.

  59. Kimberly

    March 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Love everything but the shorts/tights thing. The palettes are incredibly beautiful, so rich, divine really. But I would prefer a deep rich indigo pant, whether textured or a denim to go with it.

  60. Simbarashe

    March 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I actually have this in my arsenal.

  61. David

    March 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Shape of modern menswear? Trash bags? Let’s hope not! Scott, I can’t see this influencing your style at all. From the pictures I’ve seen of you, you are one of the most conservative men around – and, living in DC I know conservative. You could come here, and no one would give you a second glance. You’re a handsome man – stick to the basics. These types of trends won’t do you any favors. Thanks – d.

  62. Sally

    March 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

    You’ve got an athletic build and don’t you bike around the city? Shorts over leggings seems like a perfectly functional look for you (though I completely understand being shy of this look!)… I prefer quilted nylon on a man of the three motifs you’re stating here… Works over (and under) so many separates.


  63. olena

    March 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

    fashion it is.. not wearable for the most of population thou

  64. koolphoto

    March 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    A strange stylish for man…Great coat!

  65. girlsboysartpleasure

    March 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    nothing Fem about that look, just FIERCE. Final Home coat is spot on and them half-mast thieving trousers worn over leggings properly Dickensian.

  66. nico

    March 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    One word: Bladerunner. Revisit it.

  67. une chatte grise

    March 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    He looks like a modern Hamlet. Between the high collar, the long jacket, and the wide-thigh/narrow-calf leg look, there’s something seriously retro about this silhouette–as in Renaissance or 18th-century retro. I’m not sure I _like_ this style, but I find it interesting.

  68. Cathy

    March 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    It a brave look and I love it. But its not that new; its a re-work of grunge – which was baggy shorts over long johns – but in a more urban/post modern/androgenous way. I say yes.

  69. Monsieur Marcel

    March 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    @ une chatte grise, good call with that Hamlet comparison; especially, since Scott is contemplating: “to wear, or not to wear–that is the question”…The Sartorialist Soliloquy.

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    March 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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  71. Topol

    March 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Outside of athletic activity, the shorts over tights look is not appropriate for anything … yet. I can’t imagine wearing it to an office or a business meeting.

    There’s also an inherent contradiction in the outfit. If it’s warm enough to wear shorts, you wouldn’t want tights. If it’s cool enough to wear tights, you wouldn’t wear shorts.

    Until shorts are pervasive, the tights won’t really catch on.

  72. Jeff

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    You would look Sarto, my friend! A little samurai layering for the winter months. Why not?

  73. Irina

    March 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Futuristic gent. Awasome. makes me think of fashion 2075, beyond the space age. He looks as forward as we would look for a Jacobean lad on a stroll. Massively inspired, and his intent concentration makes the outfit complete. Thoughtfully shot, artfully put together, masterpiece.

  74. evan

    March 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    to Scott: don’t do it, reconsider!! © andre 3000

  75. Mark W

    March 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    This “other-worldly look” reminds me of David Bowie (the face) and “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (the need to encapsulate himself from the elements). I don’t know if this would work for many people.

  76. bruce

    March 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    blade runner. love it!

  77. ian

    March 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I’m really digging it, but certainly not brave enough to wear it. If you said he was wearing a skirt I would have believed you. I do like androgyny in mens and women’s wear, and actually a kilt is menswear, we have just been encultured to view it as effeminate when it is not (not that there is anything wrong with feminine attire on men, a dude should get his girl on once in a while). I think it’s the dark monochromatic color scheme that makes it work for me.

  78. antique engagement rings

    March 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    It is the blade runner look!

  79. Felicia Shelton

    March 15, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Oh Mr. Schumann, oh no no no. To the gym, it’s already a bit much. Shorts or tights, not both, outside when it’s cold AND your actually exercising,most definitely, but inside a gym, it’s a bit too much going on.
    This looks works on the subject in the photo because he’s quite slim, has slim legs and a very tiny ankle for a guy. I think for day wear it would only be stunning, if the man were tall and slender. Otherwise, it would just look like an outfit of a futuristic soccer-dad trying to hide his paunch.

  80. M.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I just feel embarrassed when I see men dressed like this.

    For a man to discuss bravery in this way is v. depressing. Men now think they are brave because of a clothing choice?

  81. sar

    March 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Love it – and the guy from yesterday. There’s creativity in reworking traditional silhouettes, sure, but why be bound by that alone?

  82. Gigio

    March 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    What a great attire! I would bite him all over!

  83. john in nc

    March 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    i would do this look cept with sweats stead of shorts over tights-

  84. Jane Alisa

    March 16, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Super intriguing look, love how he is very much is own person.


  85. swingkids

    March 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    you are beyond my understanding sometimes you know even though i give a lot of credit in my heart to you out of where i am standing from and how i am looking into the world i live. guess we all turns out nuts sometimes. by the by, i always appreciate every new move you make…the hunger and the want you know.

  86. Heidi Howard

    March 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Fresh look. Looks great in black. I just wish his shoes were all black. The light trim is distracting.

  87. Flintstoney

    March 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Samurai-Style. I always said that Japanese men dress best, because they have no fear to use common European elements in their very own way. This is only one more example of joyful free mixing of elements in Asian style. Really like it.

  88. sandra

    March 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

    what a surprise to see this picture…my boyfriend walked out the house this morning wearing something very similar, only allover black with a little of his lime green t-shirt showing under his jumper…I like him a lot in his shorts over leggings!x

  89. rachel

    March 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm


  90. Sam

    March 20, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Shorts over leggings? Pah! I wear my leggings over my shorts.

  91. D_a_r_i_o

    March 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Does anyone know what parka that is?

  92. Helgen

    March 22, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I immediately noticed his jacket was a Final Home jacket by the logo, and found the exact jacket on their site:

    It’s in Products>Final Home

  93. Jason Hargrove

    March 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    If Lauren Bagliore dressed men, this is what it would look like. LOVE IT

  94. AFJ

    April 1, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Is this a man?

  95. fernanana

    April 18, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I’m a month late but I love how sophisticated he seems. The quilted pattern and dark, rich green help uncheapen the look of nylon and the texture/fabric of the shoes was perfect and necessary to balance the jacket…p.s. Shorts over black technical leggings/ base layers was also a very popular style in Seattle/Puget Sound in the late 90s-early 00s…khaki colored cargo shorts were usually paired with a down vest or something else outdoorsy for a rugged look and basketball shorts were paired with a crew neck and Jordans etc for a stylish athletic look so I like seeing it again (besides in Japan where the men do it oh so well with blazers).

  96. Tavo

    May 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    16th century English dandy?

  97. Tom

    January 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Looks great! I’d be interested in this with black sheers instead of opaque tights.

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