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Friday, November 17, 2006

On the Street.......Soho, London

You can tell there is something purposefully a little off about the suit - how British

Look at the guy I posted a few days ago with the DB suit and wearing a hat - his sleeves were also a bit short with no cuff( maybe short sleeve?).

I'm asking any UK readers if this look has a name or what the concept behind it is.

Comments on "On the Street.......Soho, London"


Anonymous Danielle said ... (7:42 AM) : 

I don't know anout 'concept' as such, but maybe it's just a throwback to thay super-simple, super-sharp Mod aesthetic?

Or maybe it's just our fantastic Brit-chic eclecticism? :)


Blogger Style Scout said ... (7:43 AM) : 

The hat is called a "trilby" after a novel about a guy who wore that kind of hat and his name was Trilby. The style itself is iconic for an upper-class club man. A guard's officer would wear this look but tradition would require him to carry an umbrella or walking stick (especially if he was wearing a tweed jacket).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:06 AM) : 

i would say that this young man is most probably wearing a second hand suit, difficult to really tell but from experience as a young man who wishes to wear suiting on a budget it is often dfficult to find jackets with long enough arms, i think men just keep getting taller with each generation.


Blogger Butch said ... (8:07 AM) : 

The hat and shoe color-and-texture playoff is brilliant. Not sure we're dealing with a codified look here, though what the guy's achieved is pleasing indeed.

The suit, it's relatively short pants and jacket sleeves--the low jacket-button placement and skinny tie--all emphasize the guy's lankiness, which is counterbalanced by the hat, a master stroke.

PS: Can anyone solve the mystery of the missing (or "missing") shirt cuffs?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:17 AM) : 

Hmm, suede shoes with a city suit - that's pretty daring in London- wonder what kind of job he has...


Anonymous Adama said ... (8:27 AM) : 

Could be either a mod-ish young scally, or a clubbing gent - only his voice would give us the clue. A persons social position is pegged by his tone, not his costume.


Blogger Lit said ... (8:36 AM) : 

The Avengers! It is quintessentially British, even the sort of mis-match between suit and shoes, though they match the hat. I just like how off it is, not exact, quirky. Its so hard to find adjectives, and different ones, for this blog sometimes!


Blogger herringbonekid said ... (8:48 AM) : 

the previous guy with the fedora was wearing a vintage jacket, probably 30s, that's why the sleeves were too short.

i don't think there's anything deliberately 'off' about this suit. sometimes your shirt sleeves ride up a little. that's life.


Anonymous bea said ... (9:03 AM) : 

its the pete doherty looking suit!
the kind of indie looking suit-
not quite buisness.
i loooove ur blog by the way, keep up the good work.
with love from london ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 AM) : 

whatever its called, i love the look ! he could have stepped out of a post-modern sci fi novel. set in britain. populated by a bunch of young uber-hips. wow.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:23 AM) : 

I think you give people too much credit "creating a look." Probably just an ill fitting, badly tailored suit.


Blogger Swagger said ... (9:35 AM) : 

It's called raiding the family wardrobe.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:01 AM) : 

To me it looks like he is just too tal to find a suit that fits him 'off the peg' and maybe too skint to by bespoke.
Suede shoes in the town, been happening for years, I 99% wear brown suede shoes with bly/grey suits.
Guards officers would be in th ecurly bowler, not the trilby, although even thats not required nowadays.
This is not the emporers clothes, it simply they dont fit!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:18 AM) : 

i agree. this guy is trying to achieve the whole Pete Doherty/indie rocker look but falling short in the all important details. That suit is just plain ugly


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:30 AM) : 

Since he's cute, I think I'll forgive the fact that the pants look like they were cut for someone 20 pounds (or is that 1.5 stone?) bigger ;-)

Love the use of colour.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:09 PM) : 

iyeah , the look of and indie guy, it seems like he hides his tatoos under the suit... very nice!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:04 PM) : 

Digging the spread collar ... a look I have come to like more and more, and it's great for showing off a well-tied Windsor knot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:42 PM) : 

To stylescout: The hat is, indeed, a trilby. The novel is Trilby, by George du Maurier, and Trilby is the female character. The guy in the novel is the infamous Svengali.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:44 PM) : 

"I think you give people too much credit "creating a look." Probably just an ill fitting, badly tailored suit."

I agree. Just because the clothes look "different" doesn't mean that the wearer is trying to "create" a look.

Could just be a regular old idiot.


Blogger Irena said ... (1:47 PM) : 

Give him an apple and he'd look straight out of a Magritte.


Blogger soq said ... (1:51 PM) : 

I think this look is geared towards more of an antiquarian chic, but out to lunch.


Anonymous stacy (la, ca) said ... (2:34 PM) : 

In L.A. that might be called a "short-sleeved shirt." :)

Interesting to see such a sense of style in someone so young. He looks all of 18. Don't tell me, ... he's actually 54!


Anonymous Rory said ... (3:19 PM) : 

I don't know why but something about this strikes me as very Jim Jarmusch. Kinda like a Tom Waits / Mystery Train vibe. maybe I'm nuts.


Anonymous George said ... (3:30 PM) : 

i must just ask, what camera do you use? your images always look so crisp.


Anonymous d said ... (4:01 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:10 PM) : 

so THAT'S where crispin glover's been hiding. . .


Anonymous Dapper said ... (4:36 PM) : 

There is no concept behind this.

This man's suit does not fit,and he does not mind, because he is not dressing for kicks, he is dressing because he will get arrested if he does not.


Anonymous Ingvild Telle said ... (5:05 PM) : 

He has got a little 50`s jazz thing going on there:)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:58 PM) : 

what's nice about this? the lapel is cut low - too far below the shoulder...makes this mod look hunch backed. the jacket itself does not fit well. the tie is tied poorly. i guess the combination creates a look in itself? i'm not sure.

solid hat, though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:59 PM) : 

Actually, to be a bit technical, the Trilby name seems to date from the play version of the Du Maurier novel since nothing like it is mentioned in the novel. But back to the ill-dressed fellow, I think that one of the few downfalls of being the Sartorialist, Scott, is the possible propensity to look at what people are wearing and credit them with an intentionality that is perhaps not earned. Not everyone who wears clothes is conciously creating a look. The homeless guy you gave a dollar to this morning maybe didn't think "What today, the blue or brown tattered parka?" This guy is just wearing some ugly clothes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:25 PM) : 

I am sure I have seen this chap around. Last time he was wearing spectator shoes. He's working on the retro look but maybe still has a little way to go. Good luck to him I say. He's a gent.


Blogger Tamberk said ... (7:51 PM) : 

Tall young boy in a grown-up man's suit.
Delightfully charming!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:03 PM) : 

He looks like he stepped out of a different time zone! Shoes and Hat go well together. All in all a 'looker'.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:45 PM) : 

I would guess he is an art-school {student or graduate} bloke....this is the kind of look you see all the time on the guys at art college in the uk, for smart wear or going out on the town. An emphesis on the ironic, realised through vintage garb......ahhh, how i miss art school ;)


Anonymous Moira said ... (11:47 PM) : 

looks like William S. Burroughs to me.


Blogger F.A. said ... (11:49 PM) : 

he looks like matt drudge ...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:01 AM) : 

I wish more young NY-ers around my age (mid/late 20's) would dress in this fashion.


Anonymous blue floppy hat said ... (5:28 AM) : 

The suit might not be impeccable, but the aesthetic can't be faulted. A lot of the time, it's only about how you wear it and this young man carries it off as neatly as the pixy-boy you photographed just last week.


Anonymous Get Smart said ... (11:22 AM) : 

Folks need to stop referring to this guy as "mod" as there is nothing Mod about his look. "Mod" is one of those fashion words that gets thrown around too liberally. That said, he doesnt look particularly well turned out and appears to be someone who *wants* to dress really well without the means yet to do so. I bet in another 5-10 years he'll look dashing.


Anonymous Flint said ... (11:48 AM) : 

Quotes Anonymous 1 and 2:
""I think you give people too much credit "creating a look." Probably just an ill fitting, badly tailored suit."

I agree. Just because the clothes look "different" doesn't mean that the wearer is trying to "create" a look.

Could just be a regular old idiot."

I think you give too much credit to your readers for understanding the way people wear clothes. Some of them are just ill mannered curs for whom nothing but the most traditional ways of wearing things will do and without the manners to disagree with style choices politely.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:21 PM) : 

boy, grow up and until then wear a jeans and a T-shirt.
Not my favorit, not cool, looks not cute,don't pretend to be someone you are not...


Blogger honora said ... (5:35 PM) : 

I would say it is very dodgy - the suit looks very cheap - certainly not super sharp!

The Hat gives it a sense of edge

Not a cool dude.


Anonymous quigley said ... (5:38 PM) : 

Mr. Sartorialist,

Do you ever ask your photo subjects questions about why they are dressed the way they are? It'd be nice to get a comment from them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:03 PM) : 

this look isn't very nice....original, i suppose, but not very aesthetically pleasing....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:38 AM) : 

You know what at first glance, I thought it was a mannequin with the stance and very pale and hairless skin. To be honest it is not the kind or 'sexy modern' suit nor that comfy slick Italian suit but it certainly has the British quirk don't you think? Maybe it's that out of context look that makes it interesting.


Blogger Butch said ... (9:41 AM) : 

OK,"no-look" dissenters: the suit may not be bespoke, but the guy IS obviously trying for an effect, a, well, look, witness the hat and shoes.

Also, I don't understand the "get-back-into-your-cargo-shorts" POV; there was a time when the young aspired to (suave) adulthood. This guy wants to strut his stuff just like that.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:06 PM) : 

Sometimes we look too hard. "Oh, there's an... interesting... look. He must have spent hours on it!" It's just a young guy in a second-hand suit putting it all together as best he can. What makes it seem odd (NOT Mod), is the use of color and textures. Brown hat, blue suit and tie, brown shoes. The shoes are lighter than the suit (not normally done with a dark suit). They're suede (not really a city street material for footwear). Although brown is acceptable to mix with blue, it's still not very common. Most people would pair blue with black, or choose a dark brown rather than a light. His suit is slightly ill-fitting, and monochromatic - all blue. Then we have a hat, brown again. Most people, though they're all the rage this season, don't really wear hats like this anymore. As for cuffs, he's wearing a short-sleeved shirt! The whole ensemble seems odd because it seems like a costume. That's what makes it stand out.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:06 PM) : 

He reminds me of H.P. Lovecraft.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:03 PM) : 

I think the Suit looks good on him... Uh, this dude kinda look just like ME!!!!


Anonymous elyse said ... (10:40 PM) : 

It's called the "Pete Doherty Goes to Court for Possession of A-Class Drugs" look.
No one can pull it off quite as well as Peter.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:08 AM) : 

Don't you all know that in fashion,ONE THING has to look purposly "OFF",to make the rest of the outfit,weather male or female,look is an old trick in the trade..........if it looks too perfect,the look is dead.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:09 PM) : 

The hat is a Fedora - a la Marco Pierre White.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 AM) : 

It's Rodney! That being the case, Delboy can't be too far behind...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 AM) : 

One probably can't see the cuff because he's rolled up his shirt sleeves. Its generally what I do as its such an effort to keep rolling them up and down. (And wihtout a jacket sleeves always look better rolled up.)


Anonymous Piers said ... (12:24 PM) : 

He looks like he is on his way to the Horse races at Goodwood or Newmarket or somewhere like that.


Anonymous alex said ... (7:53 AM) : 

in London now and...minus the hat that seems to be the uniform
I don't see them straying far from gray and blue.
I am a woman with a passion for men's clothing...since I am tall I can pull of some very masculine looks.
I love your blog with all my heart because it's real and the creme de la creme of the well dressed.
bravo on your nomination!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:18 PM) : 

It could be an accident instead of a look, but the hat makes me think it's all intentional. Wearing a hat is ALWAYS a conscious decision.

I like it. Not many British blokes dress in a way that makes me do a double-take. I've never seen anything exactly like this before.

To me it looks like a parody of a bog-standard office suit. The guy looks like a student to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:47 PM) : 

I think it's mod, like Paul Weller, Peter Doherty, The Specials etc.


Anonymous The Economist said ... (11:17 AM) : 

Actually, after careful analysis, I believe that the hat is not a Trilby but a Fedora (or a variation thereof). Yes, the colour is right for a Trilby, but the brim is not. Trilby has a shorter brim that largely sticks out in the front part. In addition, it is almost a British tradition that a Trilby is worn at least one size smaller so that it almost perches on the head this hat fits too snugly for that. For hats the best shop in the world is Lock’s in St. James’ St., London. In NY, there is this lovely shop (can’t recall the name) just next door to the Empire State Building – only a few doors away from the main entrance.

On the whole, the look here is best described as a ‘racing’ look – after people who attend races (i.e. ‘horse races’): trainers/ spectators. I agree with the doubtful position of suede shoes in town (but they go down marvellously with the ensemble). This look is also reminiscent of a country people who have come to town for some purpose and, not wishing to stick out in tweeds, they wear the only ‘town suit’ they’ve got and which they might only wear rarely – hence the possible sizing issues.

As to the social status: difficult to say – the speech would be a good guide – as someone already pointed out.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:40 AM) : 

It's funny when people go looking for "trends" or "concepts" that don't really exist ... this is just a guy doing his own thing .. and it's proven by the fact the photo is now two years old and no "look" has come from it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:41 PM) : 

It's certainly not mod; it misses out on all the mod details; three buttons, ticket pockets very waisted, shirt collar is neither button down nor tab and no mod would wear a short sleeved shirt under his jacket.

judging by the hat, i'd say he almost certainly is going for a look - i imagine he's a jazz fan...probably spends a lot of time at ronnie's but hates what it's become.

still. i like the footwear.


Anonymous Calvin in styx. said ... (7:59 AM) : 

There is one of two things afoot here in my opinion, he is either being post-modern ironic and taking a traditional look and intentionally ill fitting it, or he has no clue. Either way, I like it. And he's got us all talking about it whatever his motivation.


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