Thursday, June 22, 2006

Update On The Street….Refined Casual, Upper East Side

I just wanted to say that I didn’t do this post to get him back or for revenge. When I took this photo I reminded him of that story and we both had a good laugh.

Actually, at the time, I was probably much more of a pain to work with than him because I was so young and eager and my enthusiasm far outweighed my talent at that point. I also remember he really saved my ass on something that happened with Nordstrom that he somehow was able to cover for me,

Like I said it was not revenge just an honest, funny story of starting in the fashion business. I was a little surprised no one made a comment about my “5-button” suit.

I use to work with this guy when I first moved to New York in the early 90′s. Actually ,in his case, I use the term “work” very loosely and I don’t think he would disagree.
As you can see he is the epitome of Trad. Upper East Side Chic (except for the man bag). I remember when I bought my first Armani suit in ’92ish – I was around 22. I was so proud and I was sure everyone loved Armani as much as I did. I walked into this gentleman’s office that morning while he was eating breakfast with a couple of my coworkers. He asked me all about my new suit – I made sure to point out this was the new “5-button model”. He seemed very pleased by that.
I don’t think the full weight of his sarcastic interest in my suit really hit me until about lunchtime – that was my first introduction to the vicious style tribes of New York fashion.
I can laugh about it now because I just added about 30 pounds to him in Photoshop, (just kidding)


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  1. argos

    June 21, 2006 at 9:07 am

    While I’ve previously supported the discerning use of flip-flops on women, I’ve never found inspiration from men wearing them.

    Shorts to me are so casual that I tend not to tuck when wearing them.
    Sweater tucked in…plus flips…equals odd.

  2. Bart

    June 21, 2006 at 9:43 am

    Not a big fan of this look. He’s a bit too thick to pull this tucked in sweeter look/belt with shorts look off. The flip-flops just adds up to sloppy.

    I think height to body proportion is the best style secret around.

  3. Anonymous

    June 21, 2006 at 9:54 am

    Sartorialist, I think you’re slipping. I don’t see anything chic about this guy, he’s even too over weight for the “look” which show no imagination what so ever! Look a lttle harder!

  4. The Sartorialist

    June 21, 2006 at 10:05 am

    Anon 9:54am

    did you read what I posted? his style is a very important part of the story.

  5. GĂ©raldine

    June 21, 2006 at 11:03 am

    Great post!

  6. invisible girl

    June 21, 2006 at 11:17 am


    Could you define “Trad”. Not only do I love fashion, but I also love neologisms:)

  7. invisible girl

    June 21, 2006 at 11:26 am

    Oh, she is not all that skinny, and the flip flops are nice. Overall the look is quite comfortable, clean and city smart.

  8. agentlorange

    June 21, 2006 at 11:39 am

    It took reading the story twice to realize that it was the actual gentleman in your story you had photographed and not just a look a like. How interesting!

  9. Anonymous

    June 21, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    Please – someone – make flipflops go away! I beg you!

    • Name*

      May 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Stop worrying about things that have nothing to do with you. Its bad for your health.

  10. Anonymous

    June 21, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    I like that belt , can you get a close-up of the clasp

  11. Serge

    June 21, 2006 at 3:08 pm


    Seinfeld notwithstanding, I find mabags to be incredibly practical. Yet, I haven’t mustered the courage to buy one. Your take?


  12. ageez

    June 21, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    invisiblegirl, i think he simply means “traditional”…yes, sarto?

    love the story! sometimes our paths cross with others again, just to show us how far we’ve come. :)

  13. Alessandra

    June 21, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    Overweight? That guy? You people are bone-obsessed. That is just a regular weight guy carring a little stomach.

  14. Fnarf

    June 22, 2006 at 12:02 am

    Thank you, Alessandra, for that!

    Nothing excuses that belt, though.

  15. Anonymous

    June 22, 2006 at 1:49 am

    One of the things which makes The Sartorialist such a joy to read is its straightforward appreciation of style as opposed to “sarcastic interest”. Please don’t turn into a fashion bitch – it doesn’t serve you well.

    Greetings from London, by the way.

  16. mao

    June 22, 2006 at 6:18 am

    I am a traditional Brooks Brothers,
    J.Press, Purple Label type of guy
    (think Great Gatsby w/ Redford)
    and I don’t really think this gentleman
    captures the look fully. I can see
    the pastel coloured shorts as trad.
    but the sweater and flip-flops
    are not.

    I would have worn a pair of
    leather sandals with a grosgrain
    strap and a rugby or a fitted polo
    shirt, slightly untucked. This
    would elude to the, “I am on
    my way to Montauk, so just
    snap the photo and be done
    with it” feeling.


  17. Anonymous

    June 22, 2006 at 3:01 pm

    Do you mean those elongated Armani jackets that buttoned at the top collar?

  18. Miss A

    June 22, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Good story! I love that green.

  19. Anonymous

    June 22, 2006 at 7:18 pm

    Let’s just say it’s his personal style and I think his flip-flops are ok because it’s not like he wears them at work, right?

    Sometimes I think people with casual style are the people who really have self-confidence about what they are wearing, and these people tend to look good all the time too.


  20. kokuou

    June 23, 2006 at 2:23 pm

    some of these comments are quite rude and it is quite obvious that the people making them have never been more than 20 minutes in the upper east side

  21. Maria

    May 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    He looks good.

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