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Monday, June 23, 2008

On the Street....The Linen Suit, Florence

Comments on "On the Street....The Linen Suit, Florence"

 

Blogger Kanani said ... (2:58 AM) : 

Very VERY good choices here. The crisp blue striped shirt and the stripes with the tie, along with the structured wingtips offer a counterbalance to the rumpled linen suit.

A winner all the way around.

 

Blogger Drew said ... (3:26 AM) : 

a nice summer linen 3-piece, and the kennedy pocket-stuff: a winner in my books.

 

Anonymous CM said ... (3:43 AM) : 

Love the shoes and the suit. The shirt and the tie really break the feel of the linen suit with their strong colour. Not sure its something i would do.
Love the creasiness of the rough linen and his relaxed look.
I'd like to add that a jacket like that is very hard to wear since its so soft and shapeless, this is how it should look when worn right.

 

Blogger Laurence John said ... (5:04 AM) : 

elegant and relaxed... exactly how linen should look.

 

Anonymous morty said ... (5:16 AM) : 

Yes,yes I know that linen,when worn,wrinkles. But the jacket would look nicer,if regularly ironed. Maybe small shoulder pads would lift the look too.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:18 AM) : 

i absolutely adore this look! please note how italians do always turn ups no mater if they are wearing a double breasted jacket or a 3 buttons...you cannot do that in England though...and it makes sense as it weights the fabric...3 pieces perfect.Bravo for the shoes! Love the casual effect of the patch pockets and the softness of the shoulders...
Bravo!
jng

 

Blogger Anairam said ... (6:31 AM) : 

Oh Morty, no, no, no!! The linen suit should look rumpled - it is part of its charm!

 

Blogger Brookllew said ... (7:11 AM) : 

Agree about the shoulders, Morty 5:16 - A little form there would go a long way.

 

Anonymous Isa said ... (8:02 AM) : 

Like the shoes but not the suit , it seems too big for him , no ?

 

Blogger Jonathan said ... (8:11 AM) : 

Love the shoes. I long for the day when I can pull off two tones.

 

Anonymous style slicker said ... (8:19 AM) : 

brilliant choice of background it somehow goes with the tones of his brogues.

 

Anonymous t does wool said ... (8:25 AM) : 

ahhh,linen..love it...but it always is wrinkled...

 

Blogger Jorge said ... (8:42 AM) : 

Agree that the shirt, tie, and shoes keep the ensemble from looking careless. As for the suit being 3 piece, it has always been my impression that a 3-piece suit is more formal, which does not quite mesh with the fabric and construction of the suit in this picture. Love the soft construction of the jacket, and yes, I will have to wear my seersucker pants with structured shoes like these! Jorge from W Palm Beach

 

Blogger oj hofer said ... (8:43 AM) : 

in the philippines natural linen is also know as "gusot mayaman" which translates as 'a crumpled look for the rich'. this ensemble looks just like that-naturally rich in a blase way.

 

Anonymous Antoine said ... (9:45 AM) : 

Love the shoes and the tie but not the linen jacket, too relaxed...

 

Blogger sdg1844 said ... (10:02 AM) : 

He looks marvelous. Cherry smile, lived in and well loved suit, excellent tailoring and lovely wingtips. He makes me smile.

 

Blogger hakka3 said ... (10:52 AM) : 

Fantastic, esp. the mix of stripes on the shirt and tie. Lovely spectators as well, and beautifully combined w/the neutral color of the 3-pc. suit. Surely, however, this would look even better if the shoulders on the jacket were narrower and not drooping down.

 

Anonymous DesignGod said ... (10:53 AM) : 

Linen suits are tricky and I tend to avoid them. I am a HUGE fan of the linen blazer, however. The problem with the linen suit is that it always looks its best on the first wearing and is never quite the same afterwords. It gets slouchy and wrinkled and just starts to look untidy.

 

Anonymous Otto said ... (10:55 AM) : 

I love the high tab collar shirt.
Nice color choice.
I like the idea of a linen three piece, but what's with the cape-cod roofline shoulders and codpiece action trou? Sleeve buttons say bespoke, but the fit misses the mark.

Yours, Otto.

 

Blogger norawoah said ... (11:12 AM) : 

I'm not sure if those shoes go with the outfit, but who even cares!?
Those shoes are outstanding!

 

Blogger jkh said ... (11:22 AM) : 

very classic american.

oh those italians again....

 

Blogger Kanani said ... (11:25 AM) : 

Forgot to mention --I love that even with the most casual summer look, men in Florence haven't forgotten the dash of the pocket square. I find it charming and it lends an air of chivalry.

 

Blogger Miguel said ... (11:55 AM) : 

Love the color combinatio, especially the shoes, they compliment the suit in a lovely way...

I am not so sure about the suit's material but linen is linen.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:59 AM) : 

Linen creases, cotton wrinkles. I love this, elegant ease. Great composition on this shot by the way. This guy oozes Florentine style. Comfortable inside and out. I'm in Florence every 3 months or so, this guy looks familiar. Shop owner ? For me this is "real" unlike the runways. Thank You.

 

Blogger Iheartfashion said ... (12:27 PM) : 

It's easy to go wrong with linen, but he does it so well, with the tie, pocket square and shoes.

 

Blogger Dapper Kid said ... (12:40 PM) : 

Love the shoes, they are amazing! Plus that is pretty much a top example altogether of what to wear with a linen suit.

 

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

Beautiful! l love the behavior of summer fabrics. Loose and relaxed. Someone suggested ironing the linen regularly? That's like starching silk. Some fabrics you just have to let be. Linen is one of them.

 

Blogger Laguna Beach Trad said ... (12:57 PM) : 

Awesome pic, Sart. I love linen for suits, odd jackets, and trousers. It's perfect for the Southern California climate. I love the wrinkles in this gent's suit, his striped tie, the Grenson spectators. Absolutely spiffing. My only quibble would be the weird crease or bulge at the top of each shoulder, but I suppose that's to be expected of an unconstructed linen jacket.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:00 PM) : 

Shoulder pads are one solution. Alternatively (and preferably) the sleeves should begin at the natural shoulder.

 

Blogger An Aesthete's Lament said ... (1:11 PM) : 

The shoulder pads are a bit obvious, and though I love the co-respondents, they are a bit too eyecatching.

 

Anonymous Yang said ... (1:21 PM) : 

I'm positive I wouldn't love this look at much if it wasn't for those incredible shoes.

 

Anonymous suzanne nelson said ... (2:43 PM) : 

For me this linen suit is a little too unstructured to support the rigid 'city' look of the pinstripe shirt , tie and two-tone shoes. it could still handle a shirt and tie but in softer, more muted colours and fabrics and loafers - sockless, of course.

 

Anonymous tj said ... (3:13 PM) : 

I like the look of wrinkled linen. If you don't like the look of wrinkles, then don't wear linen.
The tab-collar shirt seems a little too dressy for the suit. I'd go for a buttondown collar with that suit.
I like the individuality he displays by leaving vest buttons undone, and I think that the spectator shoes work with the suit.
But, he should talk to his tailor about the cut of his trousers. When trousers are tailored correctly, you should not be able to tell if a man "dresses left" or "dresses right". This gent is not keeping any secrets.

 

Anonymous Cas Ruffin said ... (3:30 PM) : 

I would say the shoes really make the difference with the outfit. Maybe the suit should be ironed. Maybe not. The wrinkled look of the linen just looks so appropriate for the man's age. I'm not usually a fan of strong stripes but it's a good standout considering all the wrinkles.

 

Blogger mark s said ... (3:32 PM) : 

How classic - nothing heralds the beginning of summer like a mans white linen suit - unconstructed & slouchy, cool and elegant - finished with brown and beige spectator shoes and contrasted a smart, crisp necktie & shirt. bravissimo

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:30 PM) : 

I think it's great beside the shoulders on the jacket. Even though it's a more relaxing linen, the shoulders look like they hang way too far down his arm. The pants are great though, and I love the shoes.

 

Anonymous macera oyunları said ... (6:15 PM) : 

I like the look of wrinkled linen. If you don't like the look of wrinkles, then don't wear linen.
The tab-collar shirt seems a little too dressy for the suit. I'd go for a buttondown collar with that suit.

 

Blogger tanya said ... (9:16 PM) : 

lines lines lines I LOVE THE LINES! and the floor. And the fact that the suit is crinkled :D

 

Blogger cc said ... (11:38 PM) : 

I love the relaxed and organic look of linen. The wrinkles, that seem to be ever present when linen is worn, prove that you can look polished, fashionable, and comfortable in the board room without the rigidity and stiffness of wool. Add to that the airiness of the lightweight fabric and you've got a perfect summer look.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:50 PM) : 

Love the suit and shoes combo. Tie even works but I think it would look better in a button down shirt. He can do "sharp" think blue stripes makes too hard a contrast.

 

Blogger S Watson said ... (1:08 AM) : 

I'd expect to see this in Cambridge or New England, an Italian lad perhaps?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:04 AM) : 

I Love the shoes, but I'm not crazy about the linen suit. Yes I know its supposed to be wrinkled but this is a little overboard. The jacket seems a little to wide on the shoulders as well.

 

Blogger interior primera said ... (11:13 AM) : 

Very relaxed and elegant!!

 

Blogger White Russian said ... (11:48 AM) : 

This makes me relaxed just looking at it.

 

Blogger Catherine said ... (5:31 PM) : 

Mmmm. No. I love a linen suit, but the shirt and tie are wrong (too stiff and dark. . .ruin the breezy look of the linen), and I don't get the point of a vest with a linen suit. The shoes are cool, though. I would give him a white shirt and lose the vest, then he would look great.

 

Blogger Giuseppe said ... (11:52 PM) : 

So we all seem to agree that for now this guy is the king of summer, but everyone seems to have missed the essential detail of his casualness:

look at the way he's butoned his vest. The top button and bottom two undone. spectacularly lazy, in the best of ways.

 

Anonymous Simon said ... (1:07 AM) : 

I live in Tokyo and this guy is some what of an icon here. Although he is not on TV, I have seen him in several magazines here. His name is Harou Suzuki and he is around 55 years old. He has been wearing BB/J Press style clothing for years, since he was a child as I saw photos on him when he was a boy. He was strongly influenced by 1950/60s TV shows and the Great Gatsby.

He used to work at a very cool shop in Ginza called Teijin Mens wear. I have visited this shop a few times in Ginza and it's an institution of classic mens wear.

PLUS he is only one of a handful of Japanese men that wears 'summer suiting' during summer in Japan. 99% of men and salari men here wear awful black suits, off the rack and heavy. Not very nice in 90% humidity.

I hope to meet him one day to talk about clothing and Anglo-American syle.

 

Blogger Rich said ... (7:57 AM) : 

don't like the tie, but then i never like ties.

 

Blogger daniel said ... (2:57 AM) : 

Looks like an Old Etonian tie?

DJSO

 

Blogger miss cavendish said ... (4:59 PM) : 

This linen suit, oddly enough, looks like a sweater and jersey pants. It's a little too slouchy/soft for the hard shoes and crisp shirt.

 

Blogger Nidya R. Wiguno said ... (5:31 AM) : 

i love his oxford shoes! :) niceeeee

 

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

This linen suit, oddly enough, looks like a sweater and jersey pants. It's a little too slouchy/soft for the hard shoes and crisp shirt.

 

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