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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)

Comments on "Update On The Street....Refined Casual, Upper East Side"

 

Blogger argos said ... (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.

 

Anonymous Bart said ... (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.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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!

 

Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (10:05 AM) : 

Anon 9:54am

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

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:55 AM) : 

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Anonymous Géraldine said ... (11:03 AM) : 

Great post!

 

Blogger invisible girl said ... (11:17 AM) : 

Sarto,

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

 

Blogger invisible girl said ... (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.

 

Blogger agentlorange said ... (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!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 PM) : 

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Anonymous Sjara said ... (12:17 PM) : 

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:01 PM) : 

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

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:17 PM) : 

flops are terrible

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:18 PM) : 

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

 

Anonymous Serge said ... (3:08 PM) : 

Sarto,

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

Thanks

 

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Blogger ageez said ... (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. :)

 

Blogger Alessandra said ... (5:19 PM) : 

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

 

Blogger Fnarf said ... (12:02 AM) : 

Thank you, Alessandra, for that!

Nothing excuses that belt, though.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.

 

Blogger mao said ... (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.

=]

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:01 PM) : 

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

 

Anonymous Miss A said ... (5:56 PM) : 

Good story! I love that green.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.

-VD-

 

Blogger kokuou said ... (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

 

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