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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

On the Street.....Blue & Right, Manhattan

At this moment in time, I love wearing almost this exact look when I am going to any kind of party or event in the Spring/Summer.

A well-cut blue suit, crisp white shirt and some type of loafer (in brown) can create a look that is just dressy enough and just casual enough for almost any occasion.

I have tried the same look with a blue shirt but it loses the crisp contrast of navy/white and doesn't create as much of a "finished" look.

A black suit/white shirt combination seems a little too formal and a bit cliche.

I keep the look interesting for myself by changing the model and fabric of the shirt - maybe a linen spread collar, maybe a cotton button-down, or maybe a mercerized cotton polo. I also like to change the shape and fabric of the pocket square but I avoid making my choice of pocket square a focus of conversation (that's a whole separate post).

Comments on "On the Street.....Blue & Right, Manhattan"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:44 AM) : 

But where are the socks? IMO the shoes he is wearing need socks!


Blogger maalik ausar obasi said ... (8:56 AM) : 

ah..summer in NYC.

Casual elegance would be the correct reference for this ensemble. I quite like the loafers as well, I believe they are Italian, not sure..

Brilliant, nonetheless...

The location looks like 60 Thomspon, but not sure...


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

Sharp look. Maybe it needs a 1/4 sock, I can't do the bare foot in shoe thing, it feels scummy and it reeks of class pretension, but I'd hate to see a lame ass cream colored sock right there.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:26 AM) : 

Very, very cute!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:42 AM) : 

I love the understated elegance....

~ Miss Mary


Blogger babytea said ... (9:49 AM) : 

I love not wearing socks, but only with certain shoes. I wouldn't try it with those shoes. looks like he just forgot them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:51 AM) : 


I love it, I love it, I love it!
Please continue you’re excellent work that inspires the creative types to dream daily.

Timeless look, exceptional choice of colors (navy blue, light blue, & nutty brown) for the summer time. Loafers without socks (or the illusion of loafer without socks) are a must during this time of year. It gives the impression that, “Yeah I’m well put together, yet I’m comfortable and easy-going)

Magnificent- I’m actually sporting loafers with pegs today while everyone in the office are wearing socks-lucky me!

Work smart but look good while you’re doing so,



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:53 AM) : 

Does anyone know the shoes' brand?

I just love them !



Blogger gem61586 said ... (9:56 AM) : 

i agree (re: morty's comment)... so much of the elegance is lost without the socks.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:56 AM) : 

Good summer style!
I love this casual elegance
My heart rocks between this style or preppy style, its depends of my spirit


Blogger Berkley Magazine said ... (10:07 AM) : 

Very simple attire but yet he made a great effort looking poised and confident. Wear brown shoes without socks does add to the summer dandy appearance.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:15 AM) : 

it's a no sock summer
...especially w/ loafers!

socks would dumb down the look and functionality of staying as lite and cool as possible.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:16 AM) : 

Ixnay on the socks, morty! He looks great without 'em. I would love this even more, though, with a nice flower on the lapel. It just seems so nice in this weather and adds a bit of color without being too serious or overwhelming.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:57 AM) : 

Same here Sart! This look is my bread and butter at the moment: slim cut navy suit, crisp white shirt, I prefer french-cuffed myself, and sockless (Yes, scokless, people must get over this sock thing, it'd completely ruin the look) brown loafers! I'm a sucker for brown loafers so I have tons of pairs and I think they can be the decider for me on whether you're spot on or not. Luckily, this gentleman is absolutely spot on. Doesn't he just look perfectly relaxed, yet put together all at once?! Fantastic.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:58 AM) : 

Ok this guy is HOT. And the look is wonderful. Light for summer and very crisp looking. Epitome of summer chic. Love it. Love the guy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:13 AM) : 

Classic look, good combination of colors... imo, the socks would spell "wannabe", he's perfect without them

the only not so perfect thing is that he looks too old to pull off that hair-styling...


Blogger Daniel said ... (11:15 AM) : 

I like it. looks very nice on him, and would probably work on just any other guy as well. It's a classic. However. Is that all their is for us guys ? you know... a black suit or a navy suit for elegance, or *casual elegance*? It's just baffling to me, you know, so little to choose from... i have a hard time understanding how the fashion industry can't come up with anything new for us men, it's just seems like same old same old, over and over, 4EVER!... Love the SOCKLESS thing though. It's a breaze of fresh air.


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

Thanks, man. Very useful info. Loafers without socks are just gross though.


Blogger Jay Watts III said ... (11:39 AM) : 

I have to vote with the no-sock contingent here. The gentleman has great hair, too!


Blogger hakka3 said ... (11:58 AM) : 

I understand the difficulties of trying to balance dressy and casual, but a crisp white shirt without a tie just bores me. I'm saddened that this is a growing trend--it even looks bland on Obama! If you have to leave the tie at home, then I say wear a polo shirt or a pattern like tattersall, windowpane plaid, Prince of Wales, etc. And no buttondown collars!


Blogger The Spicers said ... (12:16 PM) : 

This look is perfection!
Why all the concern about no socks? He may be wearing those little liners that keep your feet from getting blisters and don't show above the shoes. Either way, he looks great!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:30 PM) : 

He is very handsome but he needs some SOCKS! It's the first thing my eye was drawn to... I have to force my eye up to his suit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:32 PM) : 

Nice shot!
My personal comment would be :
- add french cuffs with precious cuff-links
- drop the shoas for sandals! I am a Birkenstock fan and I think they look so cool worn with dressy outfits worn casually!!
It's about time, mens are able to play a little with their looks !!


Blogger Cathy Phillips said ... (1:00 PM) : 

Sart - I would like to see that post about pocket squares! :)



Blogger -.,.- said ... (1:03 PM) : 

Nice look. Elegant and simple. But I can't wear shoes without socks. My feet would suffer a lot.
I use to get a similar look: stone-washed jeans, white shirt and black blazer. I know it's more casual than the refered in this article, but I like and not only for summer. I use it the whole year.

And what about a Mao-collar shirt?


Blogger An Aesthete's Lament said ... (1:07 PM) : 

I would never wear socks with that ensemble (class pretensions be damned). Very nice look indeed, though I could do without the tsunami sweep of hair.


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (1:18 PM) : 

I think the key for pulling off the sans-socks look is to choose a pair of shoes that are not too rigid. There are no hard or standing seams in his loafers, if you noticed. Also, the best shoes to pull off this look are drivers, which tend to be the softest construction. Navy and white, even if it is too hot and you dont wear the jacket, is a winning combination, in my opinion. Can't go wrong with those 2 colors together! Jorge from West Palm Beach


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:24 PM) : 

Barack Obama brings fresh air to the black-suit/white-shirt/no-tie look, don't ya think?

I'll bet he's also sported the no-sock loafer.

It may be interesting to see how he and Michelle influence American style.

-- desertwind

PS - my signin word is pure Mad Magazine... kershwug!


Blogger Amelia said ... (1:49 PM) : 

The lack of socks really bothers me. Other than that, a great look.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:51 PM) : 

i like the look and i agree that socks would ruin it, but isn't there a happy medium? someone mentioned 'pegs' and somebody else mentioned 'liners.' does anybody know what this is about?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:00 PM) : 

b e a u tiful! love the navy, crisp white-it'sa mustt to go w/out socks. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:01 PM) : 

I love navy and white for the summer. I also like pale pink shirts; i think the right shade of pink with navy can look good on a man. I like Brooks Brother's navy cotton suit and Paul Smith or Richard James for linen.


Blogger Jason Lyon said ... (2:13 PM) : 

So many comments on the sockless thing. Personally I have such a hard time with the blisters. I love the look though. Particularly here as notice he has an extra button undone on his shirt. If your letting the breeze in down below it must be balanced up to as he has done here. Again this wouldn't work if his hair was more styled as well. I love the cut he has, looks a touch too long and it is perfect. Someone ehere has mentioned a french cuff. In my opinion they would not look well with how he is wearing this. And my guess on the shoes would be a.testoni or feragammo. Though the only loafers I have ever been able to survive a sockless day have been gucci.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:17 PM) : 

I'm okay with no socks. I'm okay with the hair. I think he looks good.
But, please, put away the cell phone.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:18 PM) : 

Proves once again that sockless is the way to go! Indeed it can be a bit uncomfortable...anyone who tells you otherwise is lying, but the look is definitely worth it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:25 PM) : 

I always like the barefoot look for men but I hope he's wearing mini-socks.


Blogger Jingoist said ... (2:35 PM) : 

I love the debate over sock versus no sock. I never really fathomed how subjective a topic it is, but, well... there you go. I, too, favor the this look sans socks. But bravo to everyone being so adamant. And the look is flawless, socks or no socks. Plus his salt and pepper hair/beard give him an added dimension- nearly giving him character on their own. Well done.


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

Great overall look - and I completely agree Sart - blue and white just works in almost all settings.
A question for you - - as I'm constantly buying my fiance pocketsquares with the hope that he'll use them....can you do a pocketsquare folding 101 for us? It seems so easy, but then when I try to do it for him, it always looks too messy for him. How do you fold them so they look crisp and chic? The ones I've bought are silk (mostly Etro), so my guess is that starch is a no-no..... please help. We're getting married next month and he's definitely going to need one for the wedding!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:36 PM) : 

While I think the gentleman should reconsider holding his phone in hand under the circumstances, no one has mentioned the added touch that his trousers are hemmed, not cuffed. This seems to enhance the effect, whereas with cuffed trousers a lack of socks would indeed seem absent-minded, and not cool.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:01 PM) : 

love it wo the socks!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:02 PM) : 

I am jealous of this look. amazing!


Blogger Zaydoun said ... (4:37 PM) : 

Is that who I think it is?!

Hi Rob!



Blogger Elizabeth said ... (4:50 PM) : 

I still like a man with no socks. Especially with really good shoes like these.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:09 PM) : 

Wearing shoes without socks is never really comfortable. However the overall look and attention stirred is more than worth it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:16 PM) : 

I just wore a nearly exact look to a wedding last weekend - and I felt great.

I wore a navy (w/ subtle sky blue pinstripes) paul smith suit w/ white shirt opened at the neck, and brown gucci loafers sans socks of course. i wore a sky blue w/ white print bandanna as a pocket square. I felt dressed yet summery casual at the same time. i'm going to wear this combo until labor day.

los angeles


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:37 PM) : 

I like this. Perfect ease.
I am one judgmental Mo-Fo. (excuse) I would be let down if he DID have on socks. Some of us have "Elegant" enough feet that get a little care for there wear & tear. Coupled with nice shoes that support the look. I love the luxurious feel of my bare feet in a pair of bench made shoes. Sometimes, I don't want "hosiery" to come between that union. Mens feet & ankles can be sexy to some. But if you do have some funky feet by all means wear socks.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:44 PM) : 

Maybe Manhattan, but certainly not in San Francisco . . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:11 PM) : 

Dolores promises, I met his designs in a presentation of wines, last Wednesday, someone knows of a shop where a manhattan buy their clothes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:04 PM) : 

Sart, a linen shirt with a spread collar? i can't imagine it, but the prospect makes me excited. how much of a spread is too much for linen? more importantly, how stiff can a linen collar be that still holds up as a spread?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:46 PM) : 

I love that even this handsome older gentleman is rocking the charming pigeon-toed model stance. I absolutely admire the formal suit- sockless loafer juxtaposition. Bravo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:20 PM) : 

love the loafers. does anyone know which brand they are?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:38 PM) : 

Wow- people are passionate over the whole sock/no sock debate - fun to read. Personally, as a woman, ie: a viewer looking at a man, i think it a 100% summer look and you need a slightly lower cut shoe than this gentleman is wearing. his otherwise elegant shoes look to me like winter shoes. I think with sockless you need to look as if you intend to be sockless rather then you merely forgot/didn't have a clean pair. love his hair but agree with tj:2.17pm - lose the cellphone. cellphones are not sexy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:57 PM) : 

enough with the sock debate--this man is beautiful as is. Can someone recommend a similar suit so I can surprise my beautiful man for father's day?


Blogger heidi said ... (9:07 PM) : 

this guy is too sexy for socks. seriously. And YOU can say you discovered him. sigh.


Blogger pearlaceous said ... (10:50 PM) : 

Where have I seen this man before? I totally agree with you Sart about the navy/white combo, it's fresh and smart at the same time.. The no socks look is what makes this look so interesting..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:27 AM) : 

true. love the shoes.

and definatly no sox!!! not even w/ those 3/4 sox!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:38 AM) : 

Timeless. Relaxed. Elegance. Beautiful suit and loafers without tacky logos or desperate branding to distract you from seeing the effortlessly stylish and handsome individual. Classic and refined, unpretentious and polished. Perfect. Just when I was beginning to wonder if you've lost your touch with the last several portraits, you come back swinging in full force ;-) Thank you sir!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:43 AM) : 

shoes look like the more recent prada collection. i could be wrong though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:54 AM) : 

sart, you have brainwashed me into thinking that men who can show off their ankles are sexy. somehow the combination of a pant that 'ends prematurely' (:P) and an elegant shoe simultaneously makes little sense (In the conventional part of the world i live in-you Never see any man like that) and complete sense..arrh!

lovely lovely,and undeniable charming :)

if you ever care to and find the time to, show us a photo of yourself in this quaint but well-chosen form of men's dressing.


Blogger Zaydoun said ... (4:33 AM) : 

In my excitement at seeing a long lost friend here on Sartorialist - Rob you look great! - I forgot to mention that I wore an identical combination to a reception a few weeks ago, complete with slim brown loafers and white pocket square.

But I wore socks... only because it's REALLY hot in Kuwait where I live and socks are a necessity, for obvious reasons



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:38 AM) : 

I use my old biscuit tins to store my shoes


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:54 AM) : 

i like the combination of elegance on the one side and the summer-here-i-am-style on the other side!!! ;-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:08 AM) : 

I love the sockless loafers. It shows how comfortable he is in his skin, and nothing is more attractive.

Question: Where can one get beautiful, slim suit without spending 2k? I have a summer wedding and would love to find an affordable version of this look.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:49 AM) : 

Love the look - sockless is great, moreover brown shoes with a blue suit look great.

In response to blake's question re: the slim suits, some affordable yet very nice options that I enjoy are: Ted Baker (own a navy one and love it!) which will run you $450-650 and also the Fitzgerald cut from Brooks Brothers ($700-900 retail but Brooks often runs 25% sales, including a big sale starting 6/16). I don't think you can get a Fitzgerald in navy, though.


Blogger Bryan said ... (2:38 PM) : 

What about those of us with pale, hairy legs? I'd rather show sock than ruin a look with my bare ankles, made to look all the more alabaster contrasted against the rich brown of the loafer.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:13 PM) : 

Look closely...his feet are bare inside those shoes. A "sockette" can always be detected, and in this case, the look would be ruined entirely.


Blogger mrtwice said ... (4:13 PM) : 

The socks would spoil the look. The loafers are very nice.


Blogger miss_seph said ... (6:53 PM) : 

With all this sock - no sock contention, I'd be interested to know what everyone's opinion would be on sandals. What kind of sandals would look good with this? I believe that there is a definite lack of summer shoe options for men when it comes to the workplace. Anyone have any ideas?


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

if the suit is cotton or linen then i'd totally go for a sandal - something in brown that's got a chunky strap so it's not too dainty. i love the no-socks look. being from california i never wear socks. i guess it's a west-coast thing.

he looks great btw. perfect summer outfitting.


Blogger ricola said ... (10:47 PM) : 

We have the same shoes!
I wear mine sockless as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:01 PM) : 

i want to make friends with him!!

i want to make friends with him and bring him to san francisco to teach the boys how to dress!!!!


Blogger Richard Vu said ... (12:09 AM) : 

We see more and more men sockless in their loafers and car shoes. It's pretty clear: ankles are men's new erogenous zone. Just look at Thom Browne!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:27 AM) : 




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:29 AM) : 

I don't think it's a sock vs. no sock debate, but rather who can pull it off and still look good. There are a lot of guys who'd look like a cheesed out salesmen in a loafer / no sock combo. You need some sophistication to balance it out. I also agree that his shoes aren't to "summery." Also, a tip that may sound gross- you can put antiperspirant on your feet before donning the loafers... fwiw


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:40 PM) : 

As Woody Allen once said, never trust a man who wears loafers with no socks.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:49 AM) : 

lol, useless... its the whole sockless thing that makes the whole outfit carelessly elegant.


Blogger Ingvild S L said ... (11:15 AM) : 

He looks like a darling!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:31 PM) : 

maybe he is wearing 'footies'--he looks fantastic. my newest crush.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:15 PM) : 

What are the shoes? They look like a new model of JM WESTON, probably the best shoes I know.


Blogger stellina said ... (11:35 AM) : 

I love men in white shirts! It always least for me. ;o)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:34 PM) : 

The entire look is perfect. There is something to be said for a man willing to endure the discomfort of wearing shoes without socks all day simply to achieve this level of carefree elegance.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:26 AM) : 

I just realised i wont be able to look really good until i get some gray hair. I'm very jealous.

I guess thats not his bag but it would be cool if it was.

I need to buy loafers.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:45 AM) : 

I think I need a navy blue suit now. You can never go wrong with tan or blue!! But the no socks thing works for me. :/


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

The most important thing about this awesome look: the ABSENCE of socks!

If he had worn them it would have given the appearance of trying to dress up, but failing to do so.

I wouldn't be caught dead wearing socks with an outfit like this.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:41 PM) : 

sound sartorial judgement


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:14 PM) : 

his fabulous, fabulous hair is really making this for me.


Blogger Your Vote said ... (4:59 PM) : 

Very slick....
I'm a big fan


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:24 PM) : 

Awesome hair.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:44 AM) : 

Awesome look. I too wear dress shoes sockless. Call it...casual discomfort if you will...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:08 PM) : 

WHO is this beautiful beautiful man?!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:57 AM) : 

thank you, rj!
the important thing about the absence of the socks is that it boldly announces "casual". If he'd worn them, it would've come across as "dressed-down formal" (as if he'd just decided to take off the tie after work).
also good to see him sporting the salt & pepper hair. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:18 AM) : 

no socks is perfect in the outfit! can you even imagine that pic with socks???
why cant we have more guys dressed like this in town?? :(


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:15 AM) : 

I'm just fascinated by this man. Not only he's got the perfect look to me, but also the longer you look at the picture the more you ask youself the Monal Lisa question: Does he have a sublte smile in his face or does he have a very sad look in his eyes?
I would comfort him ;-)
Thanks Sart for the Pic. I'd whish one would actually meet this type of men.


Blogger Steve said ... (8:26 PM) : 

This is my favorite men's shot. I love the suit worn casually with loafers, no socks and all!

This pic has me out looking for a blue suit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:35 AM) : 

I find the look so refreshingly 'Denver' - the embroidered jacket, busy light necklace, bag left seductively open. Great how you managed to maintain an ethereal quality by not showing her face. Who is she? What is she writing? Why is the unshaven guy on her right neglecting her?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:36 AM) : 

I find the look so refreshingly 'Denver' - the embroidered jacket, busy light necklace, bag left seductively open. Great how you managed to maintain an ethereal quality by not showing her face. Who is she? What is she writing? Why is the unshaven guy on her right neglecting her?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:38 AM) : 

This look is screaming out for green stockings


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