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Friday, May 19, 2006

Style Cue

When I approach someone to shoot ,especially if they don't seem like New Yorkers, I often look for some type of style cue that may help break the ice.

Can anyone tell the style cue with this gentleman and how that might help me approach him?

Comments on "Style Cue"


Blogger Steve A said ... (8:36 AM) : 

The narrow part of his tie's longer than the front bit?


Blogger Kelly said ... (8:46 AM) : 

Mini-dot tie? Shades of brown divine? Cary Grant hand-in-pocket stance?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:53 AM) : 

outside of his handsome looks, beautiful hair, my guess would be the great knotting of the tie.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:58 AM) : 

er...wait the knot is good but isn't the tie a tad short?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:20 AM) : 

I think it's something to do with the strangely wide breast pocket - is the suit hand made?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:20 AM) : 

Man bag? Showing the thin end of his tie?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:24 AM) : 

tie length is perfect. just above the belt buckle.


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

Yup, the thin end of the tie is peeking out from under.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:34 AM) : 

I agree with ex isle- it could be that tie or his modelish pose (or was that just for being photographed?).


Blogger FishrCutB8 said ... (9:35 AM) : 

argos: I think the tie is bottom of the buckle...perfect.

My guess: Nice cuff.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:44 AM) : 

you are hott!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:58 AM) : 

the way he stands?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:58 AM) : 

Why is the pocket on his jacket so low and baggy?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:11 AM) : 



Blogger positive_negative said ... (10:24 AM) : 

I thought about what the cue would be and for the longest couldn't think of one. Even though the suit fits well on this gentleman and the color is perfect, there really isn't anything else that pops out. He is simply well groomed, nothing spectacular nor dull about it.

But then it occured to me why you would assume he wasn't a New Yorker, the pleats and cut of his suit which comes off as traditional, american tailoring when all of New York seems to be fascinated with European cuts.

I would simply compliment him on his suit, like I'm sure you have, and take his picture. In this situation, I don't think there is anything else you can tell him without boring an innocent bystander with fashion talk.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:25 AM) : 

he's showing the perfect amount of cuff.


Blogger Solomon Animashaun said ... (10:49 AM) : 

The tie!


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

He is wearing pleated pants?


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

It's gotta be the wide tie and possibly the pleated trousers


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:34 AM) : 

Is this a question or a quiz? I mean, how did you break the ice? I think the tie would be a safe bet (always) and is his shirt subtly patterned? If so, you could talk about how he mixed his shirt & tie patterns...


Blogger SophieA said ... (11:58 AM) : 

Hmmm...the jacket pocket seems unusual or it could be the shadow playing tricks?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:10 PM) : 

Looks European


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (12:19 PM) : 

Some of you have found the cue but no one has said how that would help me approach him.


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:39 PM) : 

you can take a subtly/noticeable double take and say, "oh!" and make eye contact with him. Then say, 'i love your tie (if he is italian say, "mi piace la sua cravata") then he'll nod or say thank you proudly, then you can say, "and I love that knot. forgive me, but would you mind if I snapped a photo of you?" then he will say, probably heavily-accented and in barely discernable english, "but of course you may, but hurry for I am late for a meeting/plane/espresso" Then you will snap, shake hands, perhaps exchange business cards, then walk off in opposite directions, the sun shining on both your faces.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:42 PM) : 

It's definitely the pleated pant. Especially that big open pleat right there. That, in and of itself, demands an approach somewhat like this, "Dear Sir, you are not only flaunting a fabulous suit but you are proudly displaying double pleated pants and in today's world - nobody wears pleated pants, especially pleated pants that are as old-world as yours."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:09 PM) : 

"I'm sorry but I can't help noticing that your suit's breast pocket is rather wide. By any chance, was it made to hold a camera?"

Is that the opening?

Other than showing the thin end of his tie, this young man is very well-dressed. What shade of blue is that shirt? That suit could well support a light warm blue.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:23 PM) : 

he has a strong balkan look.


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

um the narrow part of the tie is longer, as many have mentioned.

and HOW that helped to approach him- when he wasn't looking you grabbed it, pulled him towards you, and told him you would let him go ONLY if he let you take a photo?


Blogger Chris said ... (2:40 PM) : 

My guess that he looks like a refined UPS driver.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 PM) : 

I think there were two style cues that inspired you.

The first is obviously the tie - the narrow part peeking out.

Which then highlights and emphasizes the second, and less of a deliberate cue, but one of equal magnitude, the double-pleated pants.

Together, the style is very old skool Italian, very Godfather.

I think you approached him by saying, "You look like Michael Corleone. I want to take a picture of you. But don't kill me."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:32 PM) : 

if it's not the tie (and i have no idea how you'd approach someone on that one) i would think that you could tell this person he pulls off the sack suit very youthfully. (at least i *think* it's a's sort of hard to tell from this angle)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:12 PM) : 

It had to be the suit-

Is this the male version of the female bonding ritual of "I adore those shoes! Where did you get them?" One makes all sorts of new friends that way...


Blogger Travis Trott said ... (4:53 PM) : 

It's the pleats in his pant. Pleats have been "uncool" for quite some time, but he pulls them off excellently.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:02 PM) : 

I would simply ask him if the he intended the thin end of the tie to be longer than the front - maybe it isn't from the continual tightening (over the course of a day, my Hermes and Gamo ties end up this way as I continually snug them up) but actually his own personal "style"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:16 PM) : 

Though I guessed earlier that it was the great tie knot, (not the fact that it is tied short, this is not an acceptable reason to approach someone IMHO, for I believe it is tied one inch to short, not the top of the buckle but the bottom of the buckle is correct) So...

There is something rather unique and unusual about the suit you are wearing sir, including the color. Would you mind terrribly if I snapped a picture as I have a wonderful internet weblog dedicated to showing well dressed men and women found on the streets of NYC.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:32 PM) : 

Maybe it's the tie! The bottom is longer than the top. Of course, after reading the post about the first gentleman with the pink tie, I think I got a hint!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:17 PM) : 

Don't see any style clue besides the thin end of the tie, which I wouldn't consider stylish. He looks Spanish though.


Blogger db said ... (2:16 AM) : 

he's gorgeous, uneven tie and all.



Blogger positive_negative said ... (4:51 PM) : 

"I'm sorry to bother you sir, but I noticed that you're wearing a very well tailored pleated suit and not many men here in New York are sporting those these days. Are you from New York? Do you mind if I take your picture for an internet fashion blog that I write for? I promise that this is legitimate and you won't be exploited in any way. Thanks."


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

..."Joo look likah E-Spanish Cadeee Grant een joorah 40s clothing. The women, they die like flies for joo. Ees okay I take yourah photo, ¿Sí?"



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:50 AM) : 

I would make eye contact, smile, say hello that he looks wonderful. (I am confident he would not mind.) I would then say I am a fan of style and ask how he would describe his own style.


Blogger wanderlust junkie said ... (5:25 AM) : 

i love that tie


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:59 AM) : 

what's the answer, TS? :-)


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (8:31 AM) : 

the answer is in "Style Cue - Part 2 Scusi"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:55 PM) : 

brooks brothers?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:39 PM) : 

easy - he isn't wearing any shoes


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 AM) : 

Tie.... and proud of his pleats. Both very in tune with European details.
Quirky but subtle.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:36 AM) : 



Blogger tronface said ... (8:18 PM) : 

Dear Scott, I have been a reader of your blog for ~18 months and own/appreciate your book. I have been going through your archives and as I read through these comments I knew the cue and how it would afford you with a method to approach him. I scrolled down the list with anticipation, only to see that you finally revealed the answer (although it seems the subsequent posters didn't get it). Keep up your work-you are for many the most important voice in the world of clothing and style.


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