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Sunday, July 08, 2007

At Pitti.....The Tennis Suit

I love the implied sportiness of a suit worn with tennis shoes.

Comments on "At Pitti.....The Tennis Suit"


Anonymous Tegnér said ... (11:25 AM) : 

really nice, love the pants and shoes


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:31 AM) : 

Great Look!

Please tell me who makes the tennis shoes and where can I get them. Getting a bit tired of the Jack Purcell model that is too widely available.


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (11:32 AM) : 

Lately I see a trend on the streets: wearing sneakers with a suit. I quite like it.


Blogger daniqueconijn said ... (12:00 PM) : 

oh the "hipheid" splashes of the photo!
i sooo love it...
(hipheid=really in fashion and cool or something, it's dutch)


Blogger The Galleryst said ... (12:05 PM) : 

Great shot. I love the blue shirt on blue suit on blue sneakers. I'm wondering whether the watch is yellow or gold. If yellow then it's a great sporty addition and complements the shoes wonderfully. It's also very appropriate for the week of Wimbledon, and a throw back style which is a bit in contrast to the Rolex sponsored tournament being played further north on the continent.
The shoes work so well with the suit in the photo too, I would argue, because of his pose. There is the bare skin showing to break up the blues, and to make the man and his clothes look more sporty.
Well played.


Blogger Butch said ... (12:05 PM) : 

Yup, very nice. Shorter pans with bigger shoes...


Blogger Candid Cool said ... (12:15 PM) : 

Well done sir!


Blogger Marygrace said ... (1:06 PM) : 

Excuse my ignorance, Sart, but I have an earnest question. Is there any way for men's pants to be tailored so that they don't expose that much leg when the wearer is sitting? Or would that just make the pants way too long when the wearer is standing? Thanks.


Anonymous M- said ... (1:52 PM) : 

in the age of extreme casual, i wish this were the standard for all men to follow.
this man looks perfect! love the sneakers!!!!
good spot sart.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:54 PM) : 

speaking of tennis about that Roger Federer in the white blazer today at Wimbledon! And Bjorn Borg looked amazing :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:57 PM) : 

In looking through some old Apparel Arts magazines this past Saturday at the New York Public Library, I came across the Duke of Windsor wearing a navy double breasted blazer (4 buttons), seersucker pants, tie and solid blue "dress" sneakers with white laces. He really knew how to do it. This picture reminds me of that.

Long Live the Duke


Blogger simply olive said ... (6:25 PM) : 

i'm not so fond of the "tennis shoes", but this is an alternative to the usual leather footwear most men prefer...


Blogger vintagent said ... (8:26 PM) : 

Nice sneaks; I don't recognize the make (Paul and Joe?), but they have style, and look like casual shoes rather than athletic wear. A critical difference when wearing a suit.

I have a Prada suit which, strangely, only seems to like sneakers.. in my case Lanvin items, called 'the victors of the tennis shoe wars' by my favorite retailer, Ben at MAC.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:49 PM) : 

Very nice! I'd also like to know - what kind of shoes?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:42 PM) : 

Hey, isn't that Ankle Bracelet Man?

Maybe not, but you've shot him before, Scott, I'm sure of it.


Blogger Vanessa said ... (12:03 AM) : 

He looks well kept, yet approachable. Keep it coming...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 AM) : 

guess im the sole dissenter, i dislike sneakers with suits in almost all cases... and I LOVE tennis clothes, i wear them every casual/weekend day.. but i love suits too and a leather shoe is all i will ever wear with a suit- sockless is fine, [ive been doing sockless with dress clothes since 8th grade prep school & still do -] but Never sneakers with a suit for me - the duke & federer could pull it off, obvs ....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:29 AM) : 

An interesting look.

If I am not mistaken, the shoes are the "Rene Lacoste" model by Lacoste. They are made of canvas and also come in other colour combinations, though to me the navy and white one is the most elegant. I own the same pair, but have actually been playing tennis in them.


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

i normally dont go for the suit shoes, no socks thing, but i really like this look. he looks so at ease and still so sophisticated.


Anonymous niklas said ... (7:45 AM) : 

The shoes are from Lacoste and they are called Rene Lacoste. Check out the green-ish color on


Blogger william d. anderson said ... (8:09 AM) : 

yeah, this guy pulls off what i'm afraid to try. its cool. kudos to the man in blue.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:02 AM) : 

I don´t like at all when men wear shoes or tennisshoes without socks.The odor must surely be quite awful. The man looks okay,I like the grey his hair has.


Blogger iopine said ... (9:20 AM) : 

The narrow trousers,open shirt, and super-low-cut socks help encourage the casual look, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:35 AM) : 

The umpires and officials at Wimbledon do a much better take on suits and tennis shoes. Their clothes actually fit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:26 AM) : 

Anonymous @ 9:02am
If you look closely, you can see he's wearing ankle socks.

I, too, cringe when I see a sockless foot in shoes, especially leather shoes. The sweat! The blisters! The smell! Even in really well made shoes, this must happen. Anyway, I'm glad to see a man embrace the ankle sock. They can be pushed down a bit so that they don't show, if that's a problem. Maybe that's what all these sockless guys have been doing all along and my sympathy for their poor sweaty feet is unfounded.

Also: he's quite hot.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:28 AM) : 

Actually I think the shirt cuffs throw off the casual look a little too much...


Blogger Jesse said ... (12:21 PM) : 

As someone else has said in above posts, the shoes are indeed René Lacoste by Lacoste.

They are basically reproduced 1963 vintage Lacoste tennis shoes. I'll just say that they're very light, good looking and comfortable.


Blogger londondog said ... (5:52 PM) : 

I personally love the suit/tennis shoes/plimsolls/Converse combo. Providing the suit's sharp but slightly casual (seersucker/lightweight wool/linen-wool mix etc), the man has a clear sense of style and the trainers are good (anything even resembling running trainers is a no-no for me) it is a great summer look. This man is working this look to perfection so the result is fabulous.

P.S. I even forgive him the colarless shirt, one of my pet hates along with tasseled loafer ;-)


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

Dr. Who! I've been seeing the suit and sneakers look since the David Tennant Dr. Who character has been around.

I'm sure it's unrelated, but I am choosing to believe this look is inspired by the new TV show.

He looks like a million bucks, no matter where the look comes from.


Anonymous cordelia said ... (2:22 PM) : 

These feet are quintessentially sartorial. Elegant with the whole look, the costume, all.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:28 AM) : 

Nailed it!!!


Anonymous niklas said ... (12:21 PM) : 

The shoes are from Lacoste and the model is called Rene Lacoste.


Blogger nycinside said ... (2:59 PM) : 

I like this look and think this guy has it down. You have to be careful you don't end up looking like Ellen D.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 AM) : 

Its Michael Grubb, Sales Director of the increasingly groovy Aquascutum.


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

I've known this man for 26 years, and he's definitely a time continuum ahead of Dr. Who. Dr. Who was re-vamped on current British musicians.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:21 PM) : 

this man looks so good in so many ways. it gives him a carefree yet elegant appearance which is so attractive in older men.


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