One of my best purchases this fall has been my Aspesi cashmere double breasted coat.

An important visual trick I’ve learned is that if you want to look ten pounds slimmer, don’t make the torso of your jacket smaller, maybe go to the tailor and have the sleeve brought in. If you look at old movies of Fred Astaire, he maintains such a beautiful graceful line while dancing and wearing a suit jacket, but if you notice, the sleeves on his jackets, are so much slimmer than the sleeves you see today. The key is that with a slim-sleeve jacket, it creates space between your arm and your trunk, which again is something that we’re not seeing very much with most modern coats and suits. Everything is so oversized, or incredibly shrunken (I think) in the wrong places.


P.S. Unfortunately this coat is not currently available on Hey Aspesi, maybe this would be a great coat to add in a few different colors.


P.P.S. 2 years ago when I was in the Intel Visual Life video, a lot of people asked what glasses I was wearing. Unfortunately, I don’t think I ever ended up getting back to you guys, so the glasses that I’m wearing in the video, and in this photo are Cutler & Gross. I think Cutler & Gross have discontinued this frame but I found a very similar model at Oliver Peoples.


P.P.P.S. You might notice I’m walking with my good friend Fabrizio Rollo, interior decorator extraordinaire from Sao Paolo. You’ve seen a breadth of his great fashion style over the years, but his apartment was recently featured on Elle Decor seen here.


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  1. val

    December 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    i’m a huge fan. you are a genius :)

  2. Suze

    December 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    A photo says a lot and you can take away whatever you like from it, but I just wanted to let you know that I also really like and appreciate these kind of more text based posts. Sometimes you have to just see someone put it in words before you understand what it is exactly that you like about something you see :)

    • Clao

      December 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

      I could’nt say more !

  3. Mick

    December 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    That’s such a great tip–the coat looks great.

    • Simone Fraser

      December 5, 2013 at 2:05 am

      Y think the jacket sleeve tip applies to women’s silhouettes as well. I enjoy this photo! Whenever Fabrizio is featured it looks like he takes particular care with his clothing ensembles.

  4. Chahrazad

    December 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Both nice outfits. Your coat looks good on you.


  5. It's About L.A

    December 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Your coat is great, nice purchase :)

  6. FripperyVintage

    December 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Never would have thought about the sleeves being narrower! Probably goes for women’s wear as well.

  7. Klaudia

    December 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t know why, but it looks like a clichĂ©. Maybe the first picture on Sartorialist I don’t like.

  8. Parker

    December 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I really, really like the color of that jacket. It looks so formal. I want it. I want it bad.

    Parker at Man’s Master Plan.

  9. The Male Mood

    December 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Great man, great style

  10. Matthew Pike

    December 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I always notice that about the old films, how tight portions of the jackets are next to the roomy but perfect fitting slacks.

    Buckets & Spades

  11. Suzanne Nelson

    December 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Nice coat, great advice. Cutler and Gross have beautiful classic frames, always have done. I have a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses, at least 25 years old. Every now and again I rub a little moisturizer into the frame to keep them from drying and cracking – good as new :)

  12. Jonathan

    December 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve been thinking about this for years, but whenever I try to do it, tailors I go to always say it’s too much work and not worth it. Bad tailors I guess? Or perhaps I just buy too cheap to be worth the work? :/

  13. Simbarashe

    December 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Funny I think about this all the time, I never realised this was something that tailors would readily do!

  14. Philosof

    December 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Scott, you truly are a beautiful, inspiring man.

  15. Cool Never Fades

    December 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Fashion tips from old movies – the true genius of Edith Head.

    Sadly, how many people right now are asking themselves – “Who’s Edith Head?”

  16. suzy

    December 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    i love this shot – who took it for you?

  17. milex

    December 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Talk that talk!

  18. sandra

    December 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Dear Scott
    you touch a sore spot here ….
    if I may I would like to suggest you to use whatever influence you have on American designers (regardless of where the make their collections)…with regard to sizes!!! the US is the only country I am familiar with, where one size for an item can be anything in the range of 2 sizes up or down once you have the garment in your hands. In other words, a small is not (always) a small !! lol A 0 is not always a 0 etc…even with the same brand!
    The lack of standardized measures makes a big mess …a nightmare to navigate online but even in stores…and what’s worse are the not so rare “monsters” :) of disproportioned pieces (more affordable brands) where the help of a tailor is a must…

  19. Stevho

    December 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I love that coat. Unfortunately being 6’2″ – 220 means NO Aspesi coat for me. So before you say things are too big or too shrunken, I beg you to tell the designers to please use real measurements when labeling their clothes. And make something stylish for us bigger guys too, not just the tiny drummers from Brooklyn.

  20. Lindsey Renee

    December 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    This is a great image. I just have to say – I’ve been following you for years, your photography has always been enough to bring me back but I love that you’ve begun writing a little bit on more of your posts. Its great to hear as well as see your perspective on fashion.

  21. Andrea

    December 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I like Fabrizios’ grey V-neck a lot, extra points if it’s hand knitted.

  22. LIZPR

    December 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS HERE …. re: the slimmer sleeve.

    This reminds me of a comment you posted re: an outer vs. inner pocket square. One of my all-time favourite threads … and normally I’m all over the comments re: WOMEN’S apparel! But it’s the men’s apparel comments that tend to focus more on logistics, fit, and function in a way I find fascinating as a woman obsessed with fashion (in general, though mostly women’s wear).

    Thank you!

  23. Taipei Style

    December 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    You are totally right about the coat, great tip!


  24. Thais Bernardes

    December 5, 2013 at 4:38 am

    It’s a great idea ! Really cool picture and your friend got a nice style too !!!

  25. Craig

    December 5, 2013 at 5:33 am

    It’s a great tip for those with slim arms relative to the torso. Agree with Stevho though, it’s not for more athletic builds…

  26. Filuzi

    December 5, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I invented that same trick years ago as I am a little on the top heavy side;) Slim sleeves make you look so much more elegant while broad sleeves make you look like a box.

  27. E

    December 5, 2013 at 6:11 am

    how funny,i discovered your blog just thanks to this video(btw it’s almost 3 years ago)and i’m so grateful for
    well,thank you intel visual live:)

  28. Denisa

    December 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Great outfits ond perfect coat. xa

  29. Kerry

    December 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Gosh, I feel bad for that poor little button struggling to hold Fabrizio’s jacket closed. It might be the layers underneath, but his jacket is a little too fitted, I think. Having said that, I wish my boyfriend would take some style tips from you fine fellows!

  30. cece

    December 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Love you Scott.

  31. orangeology

    December 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    this and this! been being bothered by weird combo of sleeve fit’s accommodating the anabolic steroid barry bonds arms + buttons-soon-to-be-popped-out cut coats and jackets. trick is that it’s hard to find right tailor who’s confidently good at messing with sleeves/shoulders etc. nine out of 10 times, you better not have it touched unless you absolutely trust his/her tailoring skill. even tailors in nyc

  32. Carlos

    December 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  33. Tyrone

    December 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Slimming down the arm of a jacket is an old tailoring trick amongst many – from a time when tailors would compensate for different body shapes in order to create the perfect look. Fred Astaire is a classic example. You will notice in his early films, particularly with him wearing tails, that because he was a very slim man the tailors cut the lapels back further to reveal more of the shirt beneath and thus make him look broader. Formal wear and uniforms of the early years of the 20th century often incorporated extra layers of padding to compensate for round shoulders or a flat chest. Btw- you might also notice that Mr Astaire was conscious that he had big hands and would often position his fingers in a way that made his hand look finer and more elegant.

  34. Margaret

    December 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Hmmm, the P.S., P.P.S, P.P.P.S. reminds me of someone else’s blog… where have I see that before????

    Love the scarf.

  35. Aki

    December 6, 2013 at 8:11 am


  36. carol

    December 6, 2013 at 9:51 am

    The coat looks slimming on your torso, but unfortunately, I think the slimmer sleeves are all bunched on your upper arms. They look too tight.

  37. Grey Fox Blog

    December 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I agree that slimming down sleeves is a good move. Menswear generally is cut generously to accommodate increasing bulk as the average size of western men increases in all directions. As a result medium or slim shaped men will find themselves drowned in clothes ostensibly cut to their size. A visit to a tailor is a sensible suggestion.
    Grey Fox
    An older man in search of style

  38. Costume De Rigueur

    December 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    even though, you are the photographer in this blog..I looove this picture of you with fabrizio..a great capture..

  39. Chuck B

    December 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Coat is awesome, but those glasses totally rock.

  40. Alex

    December 9, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Ohhh interesting. Tailored arms have a slimming effect. Ok, I’ll think about it.

  41. Brian

    December 9, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Scott, you are spot-on about the dearth of slim-sleeved suits. Who in suits is making any you recommend? True bespoke is a bit out of my price range.

  42. PGO

    December 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Nice coat!! Olé!!

  43. kathryn

    December 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm


  44. Adam G

    December 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I’m glad you enjoy that coat, it really does look great on you!. Although when it comes to narrow sleeves, it’s really dependent on the armhole of the jacket. A high armhole typically yields a trimmer sleeve, but this balance can’t always be achieved by simply tapering the sleeve of an existing fuller-cut jacket. This is why some tailors will recommend against it. However, in some cases it works, if the jacket’s not too full to begin with, then a tailor can reduce the armhole (not raise), and the sleeve can be trimmed. I guess the point here – Easier said than done. Just proceed with caution.

  45. misiya79dog

    December 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    So glad you point this out! :) This is exactly why I have to trim all my clothes’ sleeves narrower.

  46. Baron

    January 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I agree with you! Im also over the top picky when it comes to my coats! but now a days everything is less tailored! I alwaye’s bring my jacket’s and coat’s in for tailoring! Im not wearing an oversised jacket. Check out T-michael! he knows his tailoring! I use to spend a whole month’s salary at getting him to tailor coats to for me! same dude that has the Norwegian rain brand!

    peace n luv


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