Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Knit Proportion, Florence

I’ve talked alot about the proper amount of shirtcuff to show with a suit.

Well, I think there’s a similar proportion to consider with the relation of a shirtcuff to a knit.

I’m using the above image as a good standard.

ps. note how much better this gentleman looks with a fitted knit. Oversized knits aren’t hiding anything.


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  1. Nolita

    August 18, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Love the combination of white and navy on men!

  2. blake

    August 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I also like the watch here. I've been avoiding wearing a watch for years, but this look is helping to change my mind. I think in the States watches are too often about the 'bling' factor. This timepiece is, rather, a statement to good taste.

  3. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Handsome fellow! Great smile and i love that gray hair. Oh yeah, the sweater/shirt cuff thing is nice too.

  4. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Agreed on all counts. Can we also agree that while showing the perfect amount of shirtcuff is essential, you should never, under any circumstances, reveal any shirt-tail? I see a lot of guys going untucked with a sweater. Just kills the look.

  5. Kathleen

    August 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

    This is, without a doubt, a perfect photograph! And also a perfect representation of what you are telling us or should I say teaching us?

    How crisp and and lovely he looks, casually elegant. Oh how I love white and navy. And once again, a million dollar smile.

    Perfection is a result of getting all the details right "times" a great attitude. This gentleman possesses all of these gifts. Love this Scott!

  6. Bruce Barone

    August 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Fitted–so true.

    My fiance is always saying to me "You look a lot thinner and better in fitted shirts and sweaters than oversized!"

  7. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    if they aren't hiding anything you need to lose that little extra chub my friend.


    August 18, 2010 at 10:57 am

    He looks great with a fitted sweater and I like the proportions!

  9. IS THIS IT? models review

    August 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I absolutely agree – about cuffs; and about fitted knits.
    PS the only problem I personally have, is that I'm 1.93 / 74 kg and I LOVE FITTED SHIRTS too! but most of the times to be long enough they're something like XXL… so hard to find shirts with sleeves long how much I like and perfectly fitting. :(

  10. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Navy, classic fir, perfection.

  11. Justine Guy

    August 18, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Great sweater. Beautiful Picture.

  12. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    August 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Completely agree. Always nice to see the shirt cuff pop up beyond the sweater sleeve, somehow it completes the picture. Also, for some reason, clothes for the american market are cut so large, that it is difficult to get this fit, unless one buys the tailored cut, or a vintage piece. Great picture! Jorge from WPB

  13. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Good Advise on the fitted knit Sar and cuff exposure, something ha ve always been very conscious of making sure is PROPER.

    I love the Summa' to Fall transiton here… between weights on the frabrics and in between colors, hinting to both seasons.


  14. Will @ Bright.Bazaar

    August 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I agree – fitted all the way.

  15. penelopephoebe

    August 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Fitted knits always look so sexy!

  16. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I like the proportion of the sleeve showing to the sweater too, it looks great. Thanks for helping us all.

  17. knitlit kate

    August 18, 2010 at 11:32 am

    agreed: this is the perfect fit for a gentleman's knit pullover. just as fred astaire would have worn it.

  18. jimjims

    August 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

    The sizing on this knit is perfect. Looks really sharp.

  19. The Covetist

    August 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

    definitely a gentleman.
    great smile. genuine.

    The Covetist

  20. amber

    August 18, 2010 at 11:50 am

    i totally agree. a great look.


  21. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

    dammit my mother was right all alone about how smart navy sweaters are!

  22. knitlit kate

    August 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

    agreed: this is exactly how a gentleman should wear a knit pullover. just as fred astaire would have worn it!

  23. L.Jegers

    August 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I'm a sucker for those army-type watches.

  24. Bell

    August 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Sleek, handsome …. I really like.

  25. Jean

    August 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    This is of course so important in my opinion. Especially with nice watches like this one.

    Doesnt really matter how long the sleeves of your shirt are, just pull the sweaters sleeves. The good lenght is smth like until we can just see the cuff buttons.

  26. Lauren

    August 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    What a fantastic smile. His pullover really attributes to the importance of fit.

    Hand drawn:

  27. Paula

    August 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    here is so many inspirations!

    have a nice time!

  28. The (Style) Realist

    August 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    im definitely an advocate of fitted knits for guys…girls can get away with loose knits b/c it fits that hippie, carefree "look", but i prefer to see my guys more polished…

  29. The Red Umbrella

    August 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    A wonderful fit!

  30. Tractor Radio Co.

    August 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Well stated. I feel out of whack when my cuffs do not show under a sweater. Besides that, I like to have a bit of contrast colour there.

  31. ricola

    August 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I am very much looking forward to sweater weather.

  32. thwany

    August 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    i love his grey hair

  33. The Original Swedish Blonde!

    August 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    His attitude seems fabulous. Attitude is the first thing I notice….LOL

  34. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Isn't it summertime in Italy? I can't help but feel ill when I see these guys all bundled up in the heat.

  35. Anna

    August 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Elegance, white and navy colour are perfect combination.

  36. Anna

    August 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Elegance, Combination of white and navy is perfect!

  37. Jenn

    August 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Honestly, as a knitter, I've got to say, that's NOT a fitted pullover. Snug, yes, but look at the bunched fabric in the underarm. Overall, though, a good look, love the cuffs peeking out.

  38. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Great observation, I started wearing seaters a lot more last year and found myself subscribing to this.

  39. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I agree! over sized sweaters AND over sized thread that makes for a bulky sweater…. neither are good. this also has the smaller arm hole that also makes for a narrower torso silhouette. it's all working for him!

  40. Prutha

    August 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    he is honestly seriously hot!!!! is it ok to say that for a man maybe twice my age? crap!! i need therapy

  41. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    would love to see men's kilts or skirts in vogue (were they ever?). I'm thinking grey, worsted wool, with a great dress shirt and tie … for work, NYC corporate. Asking too much, right?

  42. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Looove the shot!
    his smile,
    his hair,
    his tan,
    Ah Navy&White you
    Cannot go wrong!
    Can you?!

  43. Emom

    August 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you! smiles.

  44. Stephanie

    August 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Great smile :] & Really handsome!

  45. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    August 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Oh yes! I wish more men knew it's about the right fit.

  46. green lantern

    August 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Good point and what do you think about knit sleeves scrunched up the arm or folded back at the shirt cuff. I like knits unfolded at cuff, if over a shirt. I like sleeves scrunched if over a tee. Remember our Dad's half folded under sleeves on their Alpaca sweaters??!!

  47. Aurelien

    August 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    what a fantastic smile! He's one of those rare beings that whatever he will look amazing. His personality outshines.

  48. John Wesley

    August 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Yes! Perfect proportions. Great fit.
    Larger opening neck size is so much nicer than American uptight crewnecks. Shows more shirt collar.

    Is there any human on Earth who does not look good in navy and white?

    Entire photo is a gorgeous color study.


  49. Ms. Monk

    August 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Great sweater and great smile!!!!!!
    I love this picture!!! :-P

  50. rEVOLVEr

    August 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I find it very difficult to wear a nice knit because I'm tall and I also have very long arms and a broad back so I tend to look very square. I do love the way it looks on a very slim person.It just looks good.

  51. Karen Wallace

    August 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Love the smile, blue and white!!! Warmly, Karen

  52. I V E S T I T I !

    August 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    All very true.

  53. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm


  54. Nina

    August 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    He looks great, I love the combination of dark blue and white. And those watches are perfect.

  55. Divina Moça

    August 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Beautiful picture and combination white + navy is Great.


  56. RawBeautyRawSoul

    August 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I agree sometimes big clothes make a person look worse. They do not always cover the troubled area if you know what I mean.

  57. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    What kind of shirt is this?

  58. Brummagem Joe

    August 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Always show a bit of cuff out of your sweater sleeves. And yep, fitted is the way to go although some leeway is allowed with a more rustic sweater like the Arran, but then when you're wearing one of these no one is going to be paying much attention to your fashion sense.

  59. Rhofy Evaldez

    August 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Knits all around. A closet staple for sure!

  60. Eugenia Woods

    August 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Classy dude…

  61. Gregory Mount

    August 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    It looks like about twice as much cuff as one would show if wearing a suit. Does that sound about right? If so, why are they different? Does it have to do with the amount of shirt you can see sticking out of the top (not including the collar)? I agree that this gentleman's aesthetic works, but I'm curious about why it works.

  62. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Nice Audemars Piguet!

  63. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm


  64. Kyle

    August 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Classic and cool. I'm looking forward to the cooler fall weather so I can bring out my sweaters. You can't go wrong with this style in most settings.

  65. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

    how are these people wearing knits in august! I can't believe no one else noticed.. although I have to admit i wish the weather in New York right now could let us wear jackets and sweaters again! Very smart and stylish fellow.

  66. Leigh

    August 19, 2010 at 1:16 am

    i love nautical inspired looks!

  67. Lisa Petrarca

    August 19, 2010 at 2:29 am

    The fitted knit makes him look very thin.

  68. EVA CAR

    August 19, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Perfect fitted!! That's it!
    Guys we do not need your knit reveal us the shape of all your hard muscles or nipples (in the case of some extreme fitted knits..)

  69. MELISSA Z.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:34 am

    he's so elegant, wow! Great pic!

  70. pasdexter

    August 19, 2010 at 4:12 am

    This man is gorgeous! There is something incredibly charming about his smile. Not to mention that he obviously knows how to dress well.

  71. James

    August 19, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Great colour combo.

    Not sure how many people wear baggy knits though? Again may be a cultural thing.

  72. Jane See

    August 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Amazing smile!

  73. Louise

    August 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

    With a smile like that you could pretty much wear anything!

  74. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 6:59 am

    I have shortish arms, I can show a bit of cuff with my jackets thanks to some tailoring, however, it is much more difficult with a a jumper. What to do?


    August 19, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Absolutely true! Oversided knits as frumpy, fitted shows class! xxxxxxxxx

  76. KC

    August 19, 2010 at 7:49 am

    i like the shortness of the knit here.

  77. Mogens G. Andersen

    August 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I totally agree!

  78. Christian

    August 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

    It's a cashmere and silk Brunello cucinelli jumper: I've got the same, it fits very well!


  79. AFJ

    August 19, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Perfect fit. Love the combination of white and navy.


  80. anthony

    August 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I think the jersey is too short! He has a magnificent hair colour.

  81. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    See how beautiful this man's smile is!! He has class-no matter how he dresses. He makes his outfit…makes you wonder what was his life like, who is he etc etc. Great shot!!

  82. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Yes, I noticed how everyone is bundled up in the sweltering Italian heat, but my comment was vetoed. I have no idea how they pull it off (?)

  83. Ninjagaiden78

    August 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I am not into white pants, but this guy rocks it very well.

  84. Poivre Monkey

    August 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    great picture
    beautifull knit

  85. Nicola

    August 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Ah, but if you lived in San Francisco, knits are de rigeur, as we have so much fog to contend with and the how much the Bay breezes often take us!The Ray-Bans are an optimistic nod for the sunshine and gentlemanly discretion…xx ~N.

  86. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Watch is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, MSRP in the U.S. is $22k

  87. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Just a character… the grey hair.. wispy goat and weathered like a man that had worked hard in the elements for many years… and yet stylish.. wears the sweater well… liked the comment of the young girl thinking he was hot and she needed therapy… too funny…

  88. Archibald

    August 20, 2010 at 4:58 am

    So true. The only proper way to wear a knit.

  89. Lauren Partington

    August 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Absolutely perfect.

  90. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    isn't it too much hot to wear this kind of knit in Florence?

  91. Underemployed

    August 21, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I love his hair because I HAVE that hair (I'm female). Looks wonderful with deep navy…I'm going to rethink my basics.

  92. Anonymous

    August 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Nice AP watch.

  93. mens designer t shirts

    August 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

    That sweater look expensive!

  94. crowsfeet

    August 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    He is so delightful that it hardly matters how nicely his shirt and sweater combine. I can't get enough of his smile – and his smile lines.

  95. Anonymous

    August 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    SOO important to remember that oversized knits aren't hiding anything!!!!!

    this man's face is so beautiful

  96. Anonymous

    August 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Does anyone know what kind of shirt this is?

  97. Lee Oliveira

    August 22, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Great style..
    He has a impeccable sense of fashion..
    or should I say Scott.. you have god eyes?!

  98. Anonymous

    August 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

    What really makes this look is his smile. He has such natural style and elegance and his happiness is contagious.
    By the way, I love your blog and check it almost every day! thanks for the inspiration

  99. Noumia

    August 22, 2010 at 11:54 am

    He look nice :) I like his smile !


  100. J.Ro

    August 23, 2010 at 4:21 am

    His gorgeous smile makes this look Nantucket nice instead of Nantucket nasty!

  101. O.R.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Pequignet watches! love it!

  102. Brillante Home Decor

    August 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Totally agree with you.

  103. Kristian

    August 24, 2010 at 1:24 am

    It looks like an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Rubberclad" to me. The watch, that is.

  104. Anonymous

    August 31, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    ….and sporting a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with rubber strap completes the look. granted he couldn't get the thing under the cuff;)

  105. laura PESSOA

    September 20, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    this's what I'm talking about!!!!!

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