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Monday, May 14, 2007

On the Street...Conservative w/ Flair, Milan

In menswear the little details make all the difference.

When I first saw this gentleman's look I thought it was nice, that is, until I noticed the little pleating detail on the shoulder of his jacket.

Now I think it is totally cool.

I love it when a detail that is done to make a garment fit better also makes for more interesting design.

Comments on "On the Street...Conservative w/ Flair, Milan"


Blogger ojhofer said ... (7:15 AM) : 

Yes, nice detail. The pleats will allow more forward movement of the arms. The pleats are both clever detail on an otherwise boring, regular suit and device for ease.


Blogger Butch said ... (7:42 AM) : 

Not to mention the color of the trousers!


Blogger Gouljan said ... (7:54 AM) : 

Personally, I would have never even thought of noticing this detail. Wow, what an eye!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:55 AM) : 

That picture of the pleats is a classic!
I love his suit nonetheless because of the different threads in it (horrible fashion language, sorry). He can pair so many things with it.


Blogger will anderson said ... (8:54 AM) : 

this guy has some great things going for him...the jacket and pocket square are great. and the glasses are wonderful for him. i'm impressed...but i'm also wondering...if he knew enough to get all of those things to come together so well, why did he choose to let his tie fail so badly. its the right color, pattern, scale...its all fine, but its tied soooo short, and that knot...good god. if he had gotten that right, he would have really made an


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 AM) : 

What is the name of such an item? (the coat)


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

The tie is way too short. But nice detail.


Blogger E.H.R said ... (3:56 PM) : 

I'm curious here about the reason for the pleats? from reading thomas mahon did a post once on how the shape of the shoulder requires more fabric on the back side then the front, and a good tailor carefully eases the fabric into the seem so that they end at the same point. This was his explanation on why a pinstripe suit would never have the stripes matching up. It seems to me like these pleats accomplish the same thing, but in a less sophisticated way. Or maybe its a design statement? can anyone fill me in?


Blogger Look said ... (8:57 PM) : 

Looks like a herringbone pattern with plaid underneath...? Cool stuff.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:43 PM) : 

William D. Anderson wanted to know why this man had tied his tie that way. It is a very specific knot which italian men in particular (also European men) tie which creates "la sorchetta" (referring to a man's dimples when he smiles or to the folds of a woman's intimite area). This knot is also called a Pratt knot and it is difficult to keep it from becoming asymetrical whihle maintaining the integrity of the two dimples. If you look closely at the dimple on the viewer's right on his tie, you will see what I mean. It is a knot which has been fashionable for as long as men have been tying ties.


Blogger ck said ... (12:56 AM) : 

hm.. wonder if the tie is from Princeton.


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

call that knot whatever you want, but it is still badly tied and too short. I wish everyone would stop justifying bad clothes, looks, by claiming it is Italian or European.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (10:08 AM) : 

I just love this photo. The depth of field is superb. Beautiful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:33 PM) : 

When it comes to tie, i personally prefer my tie worn just like this. It may not be acceptable, but i feel so comfortable wearing my tie this short.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:52 PM) : 

I get the feeling this man knew precisely how he wanted to evince that tie.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:44 PM) : 

Sorry to move the discussion back to jackets, but the pleats on the jacket are common seen in traditional English hunting jackets.


Blogger in defense of retail therapy said ... (7:41 AM) : 

exquisite detail. LOVE the wide tie. too many skinny ones lately.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:46 AM) : 

I finally remembered! Its called a "sportback"!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:41 PM) : 

In response to his tie being tied poorly or too short, I would have to disagree. Both the asymmetric tie knot and the back blade of the tie extending longer are prime examples of sprezzatura. He has an air of nonchalance, but still well composed.

Look at the the cut of the jacket and the double dimple as evidence of his sartorial competency.


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