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On the Street...Casual Formality, Milan


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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

On the Street...Casual Formality, Milan

I like the idea of the sporty cotton jacket and white jeans with a French-cuffed shirt.

Even when the Milanese try to be sporty it always comes up with just a touch of formality.

Comments on "On the Street...Casual Formality, Milan"


Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (8:44 AM) : 

I like the jacket and the French cuffs. Very nice jeans, a little on the tight side. I'm not crazy about the way the tie is knotted, although it the most casually done detail here. The coordinating helmet is a great accessory! As always, I'd like to see the shoes.


Blogger said ... (8:47 AM) : 

It's true, he looks quite formal. I love the jacket and the white hankie paired with the white shirt, and the tie is also pretty. What I don't like is when the pants are soo tight that you can even see the pocket's lining...

And this looks more like an outfit for the early fall, not middsummer, but if he's fesh enough and works for him, or if goes to places with air conditioning (sometimes they get freezing!) there's no problem.


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

To me, the colors of the pieces make this outfit. The blue of the jacket and contrasts of the stark white of the shirt and the off white of the pants are more visually pleasing than, say, a regular navy jacket and a khaki pant.


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (9:16 AM) : 

Oh, but what a cotton jacket: the pickstitching on the lapels, the working cuff buttons, and the shoulder construction are all a far cry from my Cremieux version from Dillards!!! I dont normally like contrast stitching on light jeans, but the fit of his overrides all. Bella figura is what they say? Jorge from W Palm Beach


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:25 AM) : 

Great detail, I love the stitching on the jacket and the overall interpretation of the classic white shirt, khakis and blue blazer.


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

Miscalculation in the size of the pants, they look really awkward & distracting.


Blogger j'taimee said ... (9:38 AM) : another era those glasses in his hand could have been a riding crop, or something - but it doesn't look too costumy.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:40 AM) : 

hummina hummina hummina!


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

The shirt is white, the jeans are not.
I like most of the components, but I don't think that they work together.
Swap the tight jeans for some lightweight wool slacks in the same color and the outfit would be a success.
Or, exchange the shirt, tie and pocket square for a graphic t shirt and you get a great, casual look.
I'm keeping the jacket in both options, because I think that jacket is great. Love the stitching on the lapels and the pockets, the patch-style pockets and the working buttons on the sleeves.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:46 AM) : 

Great look. But the jeans are WAY too tight. :)


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:03 AM) : 

I love the jacket, and the tight jeans - perhaps too tight,half a size more would be perfect -. The shirt is ok, but i'd add some colour with a light pink one perhaps? Otherwise I'd use a taxi-driver tie rather than a common one..
What about his shoes...where they nice?


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

i agree with olivia- i looked straight down before I even looked at the amazing jacket. He is dapper though- very cute. :-)


Blogger Marianna said ... (10:26 AM) : 

YES! Oh my goodness, you found the perfect words to describe that je-ne-sais-quoi (or should rather that cosa misteriosa) that Milanese (and maybe other Italians too) have: FORMALITY! I always saw it as a natural elegance and classyness no matter how dressed down they try to be! That is what I love about them!


Blogger Gai said ... (10:38 AM) : 

great jacket,with nicely tapered sleeves.The lenght of the coat is also super,very aggressive and milanese.
Love the tight jeans,i wonder though how does it feel at the end of the day..

Great look,even the skinny tie of which i am not a fan,works.

Gai @ Astor and Black


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:38 AM) : 

great inspiration here I'd say

but they are the tightest jeans I have ever seen on a guy wearing a wedding ring


Blogger Jingoist said ... (10:43 AM) : 

I really love that shades of blue other than straight, dark Navy are making their way into the latest(and upcoming) seasons' fashions. Even a mild color variation on a casual Navy sport coat such as this lighter shade are much more pleasing to the eye.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:45 AM) : 



Blogger Miguel said ... (10:58 AM) : 

I love the photo.
In order to understand fashion, you must to understand people, cities, cultures, everyday life. That´s why I love this blogger. This is a great example of how different could be Milan, from Rome, or NYC... its just the way of living. Love the formality of a cotton jacket, with sexy tight jeans, the helmet and the confident smile... just a little question... Who´s this handsome guy?


Blogger Artemisia said ... (11:06 AM) : 

European men (and may I also say South American men) tend to wear their pants much more fitted to the body ( rather slimm) and thank God they do!!

I absolutely despise the slouchy North American cut of the chino pants or heavne forbid the pleated pant!!

So, I see absolutely NO problem with his pant. Very stylish!


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

this guy is sooo chic. His clothes fit him perfectly. A quarter inch smaller he would have the worst camel hump, a quarter inch looser it'd be droopy. Fabulous. Euro tailoring and fit at its best. Kudos


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

corrr, loving those tight pants. i wouldn't look twice at this guy in a jeans and t-shirt, but i'd trail after him in this. sexy


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:39 AM) : 

the pants are a bit tight for me, but the jacket is cut well and the whole look is casual but formal in a way where he would fit into a nice ristorante that might require a jacket and tie. Do the Italians even bother with that kind of formality in their eating establishments? I can well understand with the situation here in the States (people go to church in Tshirts). I think dressing and grooming well projects what a person is truly about.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 PM) : 

Where does this man get off by being so dashing?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:26 PM) : 

I love this look, except... once I scanned down to the pants... man, this guy needs to get it in a size a little bit bigger.


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:35 PM) : 

The whole upper body ensemble is great, but those white jeans are too tight. Slim fit is one thing, but these aren't really slim, and they detract from an overall nice outfit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:45 PM) : 

Is that really decorative stitching on the jacket? To me it just looks like the way the seams of cotton garments get ripply after you launder them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:10 PM) : 

It's almost right but I really think his pants could use to be just the tiniest bit looser. It would be much more attractive that way, in my humble opinion.


Blogger J.P. said ... (1:25 PM) : 

Not a fan of those jeans. Makes me think 1985 skin tight Jordache. The fit is really not flattering and frankly I find it distracting from an otherwise solid look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:22 PM) : 

Well for once the tight pants don't allow you to tell whether or not the guy is circumsised which we too often can tell in my opinion and is indeed slightly distracting. However some will tell that we can testify that his pockets are indeed lined which is not too good either.


Blogger Allen - East Hampton said ... (3:22 PM) : 

Could those pants be any tighter? Great jacket; was looking for something like it recently and came up with zip. Any ideas where I could buy one next spring?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:42 PM) : 

He's handsome.


Blogger bdub u said ... (5:01 PM) : 

I would shorten the jacket and bring it it before I would loosen the jeans. Loose jeans look juevenile. However, these particular jeans bring to mind the John Waters movie, Serial Mom and the pants worn by the band being portrayed by L7... or that song by Fanny Pack.


Blogger Richard said ... (5:34 PM) : 

One of the better outfits on here in a little bit.

The proportions are spot on, at least in my eyes.

The tie and pocket square round off this nice ensemble.


Blogger Linda said ... (6:46 PM) : 

Too bad he's not single. ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:04 PM) : 

he makes me think of mad the twenty-first century


and i LOVE that uplifting of the lips

what a smug look

and the helmet just makes it perfect


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:06 PM) : 

He is handsome and would probably look good in anything... European men do have such style.


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

Marco Polli, who works for Mood Magazine in Milan. Always a snapper dresser and nice guy.


Blogger Karen said ... (9:50 PM) : 

Hard to go wrong with dark blue against a crisp white shirt. The cream tint of the trousers is better than stark white would have been. Interesting detailing on the jacket. I wouldn't have guessed it was deep indigo denim until I looked at the details.


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

love the idea of jeans and a pocket square - so elegantly casual, so italian! and I bet he looks dashing on his scooter


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:03 AM) : 

I want to be able to criticize the size of the pants, but really this is just sexy. I love the dressiness of the top half of the outfit. And the colours are sublime. Points for this guy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:35 AM) : 

a man who dresses to the right.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:55 AM) : 

The tight pants just make it that I can´t help imagining riding boots in his feet - they would also be practical on a scooter, no?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:04 AM) : 

Don't get overexcited guys. The jacket, I am 98% sure, is a off-the-peg number from Boglioli


Blogger Jerry Glue said ... (5:55 AM) : 

Thats my understanding of Milano Lifestyle. Amazing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:51 AM) : 

Only a man in a jacket and tie and a charming smile can get away with jeans that tight.

Don't you love the way that for the Milanese, 'summer informal' means unbuttoning your jacket cuffs a little!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:38 AM) : 

i like the jeans with the coat and french cuff, but these jeans are just too tight. makes him look too dandy and loses the effect.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:56 AM) : 

While I appreciate the look he was going for, he needs to loosen up on the pants...they look incredibly uncomfortable (and unflateringly emasculating).


Blogger Zelmarific said ... (1:56 PM) : 

nice trousers!


Blogger Miguel said ... (2:34 PM) : 

Lie the jeans. Goes very well with the color of the jacet although I'm not so hot about the jacet material... Nice shot. also!


Blogger Kris said ... (2:54 PM) : 

Fantastic, makes me reconsider the role of suitably fitting white jeans for my wardrobe (even if it's already August).


Blogger dalia said ... (4:44 PM) : 

for all the complaints that the jeans are too tight: the man is european for heaven's sake! clearly a different esthetic from north american ideals, and frankly, i prefer it over the saggy, baggy, crotch-dropped versions worn by men here. i'm sure no one looked at him in milan and thought, "basta! è troppo stretto!"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:12 PM) : 

agreed on the saggy, baggy look not good. but i still say his are too tight. european or not. just an opinion. he's hot though.


Blogger john said ... (8:53 PM) : 

Good above the belt; pants are just too tight; they don't even look comfortable.


Blogger emily said ... (9:54 PM) : 

i love the fact that there is a complete and total disconnect between the look face and the snug fit if his pants. it is at once irrevrant and arrogant. he's totally pulling it off.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:19 PM) : 

he's very cool. Love the tight trousers.


Blogger Steve said ... (8:44 PM) : 

I like the look but I think he should lose the tie. The jeans are also a little too tight and do not match the comfortable-fit look of the jacket.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:27 PM) : 

Nice thighs and I love the sublety of the package. Delicioso!


Blogger Edward said ... (1:59 PM) : 

Love the look!! He looks AMAZING!! Great jacket and pants are not too tight!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:20 PM) : 

Che bello ragazzo!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:10 PM) : 

does anyone notice that he's wearing english riding apparel?


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

This would be a nice way of fronting up to a dressage competition if you imagine he's carrying a riding helmet. Can't help wondering if he's wearing long riding boots ...or jodphur ankle-length ones. Enfin, like a lot of things, if he moves as if he means it, I think he gets away with the look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:23 PM) : 

that's it! sometimes I think it is a real pity that Italians always end up being formal...that it is so difficult for them to be just fresh and casual and free like Americans can be for example.


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

beautiful guy...thank god for old guys like that.


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