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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On the Street...Italian Khakis, Florence

Italian khakis are the best!

I love American khakis, but American brands add so much fabric to the back upper-thigh panel and butt that it always visually adds 10 pounds to any guy's backside.

This gentleman's khakis fit almost like jeans, and that's why they look so cool.

Comments on "On the Street...Italian Khakis, Florence"


Blogger Eli said ... (4:31 PM) : 

I wish my dad dressed like this, wow


Blogger Jennie Nguyen said ... (4:34 PM) : 

old man got style! :]



Blogger Nadine2point0 said ... (4:41 PM) : 

The cuts are definitely different. The back pockets in American khakis are not as deep as European wallets and linings sit up higher = bigger booty.

You're right - this guy looks VERY cool.


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

Can't say I like the shirt though.


Blogger zincink said ... (4:45 PM) : 



Blogger Abby said ... (4:45 PM) : 

Those khakis look so worn-in and comfortable. Nicely done, Sir.


Anonymous befashionlike said ... (4:46 PM) : 

A other older man with great style !! you still young


Blogger Shey said ... (4:46 PM) : 

I like that he's not wearing socks, he looks so young with this outfit,totally suits him.


Blogger BlumeBloom said ... (4:49 PM) : 

Oh, it is not the khakis...


Blogger SabinePsynopsis said ... (4:52 PM) : 

Totally agree. Actually, these are the kind of khakis I would want to wear as a girl, too.


Blogger Cara said ... (4:53 PM) : 

I like his shoes


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

any leads on good italian brands with a good cut?


Blogger D. said ... (4:59 PM) : 

what can I say, simply perfect from shoes to hair. great execution.



Blogger Rosella said ... (5:02 PM) : 

I would like to have a pair of pants like thses. They're so perfec in their simplicity. And khakis is a very chic color, classic and casua.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:05 PM) : 

Does anyone know some brands/locations to get some khakis like these. I have the same issue with american Khakis as Scott.


Anonymous Marquis de Lannes said ... (5:07 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:10 PM) : 

That's a great point. Where can you find a well cut khaki in the US? I'm wearing American Eagle, which is about the slimmest I can find, but still too baggy. Banana Republic has a slim one, but they always are cut way to short for some reason.


Anonymous rich said ... (5:11 PM) : 

These are actually british khakis by Folk. completely agree with the style though!


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:18 PM) : 

He does look cool, I also think it's the ankles!


Blogger Tiffany Kadani said ... (5:21 PM) : 

So true! American Khakis are only for the incredibly slim, even for women.


Blogger Alexandra said ... (5:25 PM) : 

Totally true about the backside...I noticed it the other day on my boyfriend's pair, they don't make them in the most flattering styles here.

Looks like we have to go to Italy now...


Blogger Sarah J said ... (5:29 PM) : 

His lack of socks, and rolled trousers make me think of 1930s/40s swing dancing. love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:46 PM) : 

save khakis: the best chinos there are!


Blogger Matthew Spade said ... (5:47 PM) : 

perfect fit, i have some similar


Blogger Jeannie said ... (5:49 PM) : 

rag&bone make good slim cut khakis.


Blogger STREETFSN said ... (5:54 PM) : 

I wish my dad dressed like this, wow (2)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:54 PM) : 

Ha Ha Nice!!!


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:00 PM) : 

Love these soft summerish colours. Seems so comfortable!


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

Uniqlo vintage khakis are cut like this. I think they're only available in the US Store.


Anonymous AlexB said ... (6:03 PM) : 

ive always wondered how people pull of dress shoes sans socks without sweating and being uncomfortable...ill have to look into that.
such a great look


Blogger Wallace Chapman said ... (6:07 PM) : 

liking the cool rolled up pants - w


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:09 PM) : 

Brunello Cucinelli does fantastic Khakis.


Blogger Francesca Robertson said ... (6:20 PM) : 

i completely agree! they look great this way- i think they are flattering on all men too--skinny or plump

F <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!


Anonymous Anabelle said ... (6:57 PM) : 

The fit of them is so perfect; they're perfectly tight and the length and overall fit are just right. I want to see men wear pieces that fit THIS well daily.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:11 PM) : 

I like these, especially rolled up. Not sure about the shirt, I like a denim shirt with khakis. Is this a blue dress shirt?


Blogger Thomas Modeen said ... (7:38 PM) : 

I'm tellin' ya - left handers got it...


Blogger Kat said ... (7:38 PM) : 

You are making me wish I was back in Florence SO BADLY! I need to get back there soon!


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:51 PM) : 

Italian men... they know!!!
-the diary of a belgian stylist-


Blogger Notes From ABroad said ... (7:59 PM) : 

Mmmmm, khakis and a blue shirt .. in Italy .. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture :)

*It also reminds me a bit of summer here in Buenos Aires...


Blogger Andre Gorr said ... (8:45 PM) : 

4:31 PM

Jennie Nhi Nguyen said...
old man got style! :]

who said this guy is OLD?????

he looks like late 30s, or earlier 40s!
and one gal called him OLD?? - shame on you!
and anybody over 50 will be called "ruins" after that????


Anonymous elamphere said ... (8:45 PM) : 

I love this guy.


Anonymous Abigail said ... (8:52 PM) : 

I love this guys hair and sideburns! Stylish!
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Blogger brightlightsbigcity said ... (8:57 PM) : 

The pants... so classic and I love those beautiful Italian leather shoes. Cool picture!


Anonymous Shannen Norman Photography said ... (8:58 PM) : 

so true! american khakis never look this good and that's why "khakis" get such a bad wrap here. Bring these sweet things over and we can change the khakis reputation forever ;)


Blogger Liz S said ... (8:58 PM) : 

Yes, a pretty good cut but just a bit too below the bottom saggy for me. Love the rest of his look but the photo itself is spoilt by all those jogger with trouser/jeans wearers in the background.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:00 PM) : 

come on, they look very bad. the proportions are wrong. the rolled pants and heavy shoes are derivative.
people like cuccinelli, incotex and many other euro brands make pants that fit very
snugly and can be hemmed or rolled to any length. this look is so early 2000's-- clean it up


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 PM) : 

The whole casual put together thing really work for this guy. I think your right Scott, it's the fit of the kaks. Check out America's own Grown & Sewn, either on the web or at their New York shop on Duane Street. Great khaki trousers, perfect jean type fit, great fabric and construction. A total American hit!

Uncle Teddy


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:41 PM) : 

Maybe because American men are 10 pounds or more fatter in general.


Blogger crystalbeard said ... (11:14 PM) : 

I definitely have a very similar outfit to this, but do find the khakis to be rather chunky, thereby throwing off the overall look. This is especially unfortunate, because it just looks like displaced chub, given I myself of am a slimmer body type.

Are you aware of any North American alternatives, that have a similar fit? Preferably Canadian alternatives.


Blogger Ayumi said ... (11:30 PM) : 

Good point-

The lighter density completes the chill yet put together vibe of the look.

Imagine him with American khaki's...

He'd look awkwardly business casual.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:46 PM) : 

I love his look! I wouldn't call him old. He just has grey hair! He looks great.


Blogger the nickel fit said ... (11:51 PM) : 

i like that there's some excess fabric on the butt. see so many excessively tight butt huggers lately. comfort will always be king.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 AM) : 

I can't focus on the pants, who cares.. This men makes me think sex!.. J'aime!


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

Absolutely nothing stylish or sexy about this dude's duds. For God's sake, get him to a good barber; his hair, beard and moustache are an uncoordinated mess. The watch band is obviously too large for his wrist. The khakis sit way too low on his waist giving him a slouchy flabby ass. The rear pocket is too deep. The shoes without socks will reek of ghastly foot odor very quickly. Ugh!


Anonymous SubtleandBold said ... (1:30 AM) : 

the only thing that's good about this is that the photo is good- and the only thing that's good about the photo is how obviously everyone in the background is dressed like this guy. this guy is clearly not uniquely stylish. or whatever.


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (1:37 AM) : 

Very cool! I see what you mean about the difference in American khakis...maybe a designer will read this & take a hint!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:39 AM) : 

i rally like this look. my dad wears the same trousers and they fit him perfectly. love the shirt and the watch. all in all perfect look . !


Blogger Dita Grauda said ... (2:50 AM) : 

This summer favorite colors! Looks, that they really are the best :)


Anonymous Middleseason said ... (2:53 AM) : 

Maybe I didn't caught the irony in some comment I've read.
But this man is not old: he has only grey hair!


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (3:00 AM) : 

I like his whole outfit, actually.


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:23 AM) : 

H&M has some khakis similar to these...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:48 AM) : 

Oowee, he's awesome, but look at the three other pairs within two meters!


Blogger Italian Cooking Adventures said ... (3:52 AM) : 

Italian khakis(AND ITALIAN MEN) are the best!:)
Thank for sharing these beautiful photos!


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (3:52 AM) : 

I love the way he wear those pants! wow!


Anonymous Pär said ... (4:00 AM) : 

Italian style khakis. Scandinavian style sleeve roll-up.


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (4:19 AM) : 

Yesterday we met at Pitti in Florence and we talked a little then we shot all the photos ...
garance you and you're really number one


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

these khaki's make me want to put my hands in his back pockets...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:01 AM) : 

I love that 3 other gents in the background are wearing essentially the same outfit!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:01 AM) : 

I noticed that many men now wear trousers rolled. New trend?!


Anonymous sanmiguelense said ... (5:49 AM) : 

I bought some khakis with a similar cut at the Gap, "The Cadet". High rise, deep pockets, button fly. they were on sale for $14.99. they are the most excellent khakis!


Anonymous greybreaks said ... (6:17 AM) : 

i've been looking for a pair of khakis like these. shirt's nice as well.


Blogger Jason Laucht said ... (6:38 AM) : 

he is not an old man people
1 he is a hot daddy! lol


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:05 AM) : 

Have you noticed that three men in this picture wear their watches on the right hand? is that a new trend ,or are they all lefthanded, or is this picture mirrored? Any clue?


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:19 AM) : 

great snap, the mood is definitely there


Blogger Susie said ... (7:24 AM) : 

Love this guy and his khaki's. First of all he is hardly "old". I know there are a lot of young readers of this blog... but I thought (hoped?) that we have gotten to the point now where we don't consider anything over 40 as "old".

I always wondered why I hated khaki's on men and it IS the fit. I've noticed that a lot of men's casual pants are big... and make their butt's look wide and droopy. Not a good look.

This entire look is great and he is very attractive.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:28 AM) : 

The two-tone shirt looks interesting. Makes the whole look edgier. Reminds me of an older Beckham without the arm tattoo.


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

love the hair


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:23 AM) : 

UNIS at NYC in the Nolita neighborhood has created a pair of slimmer, modern rendition of a pair of khakis


Blogger Román Iglesias said ... (8:27 AM) : 

hahah yesterday i was like him hahah
obviously i love it


Blogger the nyanzi report said ... (8:31 AM) : 

This guy's got it.
No question.


Blogger vbd said ... (8:35 AM) : 

AlexB said...
ive always wondered how people pull of dress shoes sans socks without sweating and being uncomfortable...ill have to look into that

there's a thing called low-cut socks, or as they call them over here (portugal) 'save-feet', that you wear to appear sockless and in reality prevent your feet from sweating.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:56 AM) : 

I love his look, and agree that some/most American khakis can make men look either dumpy, or flat in the rear, depending on their anatomy...there's a brand called Bonobos that I saw featured on Eyewitness news awhile ago, that are cut more fitted in the seat. I bought a pair for my husband, and they look great & he loves them!
As always, your site is lovely and inspirational, a minnie vacation each day! Keep up the fabulous work!


Anonymous Jeremy said ... (9:14 AM) : 

Levi's makes a 511 khaki that fits wonderfully. If you like the jean-emulating fit, the 511 are exceptional. I haven't worn my gap khakis since.


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

I actually bought a pair of Dockers Slim Fit (in Sweden though), cut pretty much like those in the picture above. A lovely pair of trousers!

Maybe they are only for the european market?


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

I echo the earlier comment about the new men's company, bonobos. These guys are out to change the business model for selling men's apparel and are on a crusade to end "khaki diaper butt." Do check them out ~


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:41 AM) : 

These khakis are great. However I have to disagree that they are the best, you can easily find "American" khakis that fit like this. Just look for ones called 5 pocket khakis and they will fit like jeans. Banana Republic has them as well and my favorite Levis 511.


Anonymous David Guzman said ... (10:46 AM) : 

I see selvedge on the double cuff roll up. I am travelling to Italy soon, any ideas where something like this can be picked up??, Piombo, I believe, was mentioned a while back. Any information would be appreciated.


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

I think i'm going to look like him in about 25 years. Or at least i hope so! The little beard, the hair very nice.

Greets from Tilburg, The Netherlands


Blogger Juan Manuel Trejo Sánchez said ... (11:03 AM) : 

I'm confused, I've always been told khakis (american style) are a DON'T.

I wouldn't call these "khakis".

And I don't know if I could wear those shoes without socks, not because of the look, but how they may feel, I don't think those are comfortable at all.

Well just my thoughts. I think this guy would look much better in a suit.


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

old? how young are you folks. this guy is probably 40. equating gray with old is just, well, sad.

all that withstanding, he needs to get rid of the wallet and pull the pants.


Blogger miss anna katie said ... (11:07 AM) : 

ha i love the rolled up trousers showing the bare ankle.. it just somehow perfects it.


Blogger belen torregrosa said ... (11:34 AM) : 

I know him!! He works for a super brand named Preventi! Second coincidence in 2 days! The first one was to see Garance and you life at the Pitti yesterday... ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:57 AM) : 

I agree that most brands here in the USA are cut way to wide and short in general (not just khackis but also shirts and even polos) but there are plenty of option in every price range if you favor the long and lean cut/fit. Most pieces at Zara, diesel or HM have an european cut like this, also Club Monaco has plenty of very well tailored basics. Even BR and CK's cheap line have usually "slim" models of everything, and the good thing is they usually go straight to the sale rack. If you want to go high end or Designers then there are even more options.


Blogger FABianna said ... (12:31 PM) : 

This picture is one of my favorite pics in a long time. I like them all, but this guy gets it ALL right. my favorite look hes casual yet chic. from the dark brown shoes, to the slightly rolled khakis, rumpled perfect-shade-of- blue button up with a little peek of white T underneath, and the BEST part of all his long greying hair pulled back into a pony tail. PERFECTION.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:30 PM) : 

this look makes me to want to grow my hair long.... in my 50s i still have a full head of curly hair, but keep them short - as considered "appropriate to my age"
Maybe, we better bend the "rules" - life is too short for this bullsh*t???? and wear what suits anyone(and myself) most?


Anonymous Anna said ... (2:55 PM) : 

For this style of pants - look for Swedish brands Acne or Whyred (Acne more easy to find). They are slim and comes in many colours.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:07 PM) : 

Dockers Slim Fit...absolutely perfect. Hard to find in the US, but stocked in the likes of Oipolloi, End Hunting, etc.


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

So I'm in Italy (Rome though not Milan or Florence) - where to go to find this stuff? Also I agree that this is not an "old man" and I'm in my early 20s. Maybe some confusion with the real "old men" in the background? (Any other good stores in Rome I should check out before leaving?)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:19 PM) : 

To be honest, the way this gentleman is wearing his pants does not look good. It looks like "pants on the ground" to me. The slim, modern fit is right on, though. Americans can make the chino just as well. Check out Unis or Save Khaki brands based in New York. The model in the blog below is wearing the khaki well-tailored.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50 PM) : 

Dr Denim (a Swedish brand) make great khakis... my partner just bought some amazing light blue ones but they do the regular colour as well... fit like jeans around the butt (and he's got a great butt :D)

love the rolled up with no socks look as well
totally stylish


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 AM) : 

I grow old…I grow old…
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
J. Alfred Prufrock


Anonymous men's t-shirts said ... (8:20 AM) : 

Not seen that type of shoe with this combo before!


Blogger greenbeenfood said ... (8:35 AM) : 

omg u r right...about the pants! he is lovely...i am asuming a candid shot?? i would give him a spontaneous kiss!!!


Blogger Yoshi said ... (8:49 AM) : 

guy put on cool darby shoe. great



Anonymous said ... (9:46 AM) : 

You cannot compare anything from the US to the Italian style. Italian fashion is the best in the world. You will never encounter the class and elegance anywhere in the world the same way that you see on the Italian streets.

A bit strong, I know, but I firmly believe it.


Blogger leyla said ... (10:07 AM) : 

Love everything about him. Down to his sockless foot.


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

i really hope hair isn't pulled into a mini ponytail, and those pants - which do fit well - are too short.


Blogger Adrian said ... (11:40 AM) : 

this is great style!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:56 PM) : 

He's a perfect example of how touches of personal style and attitude--the stance, the hair, the expression on his face, the sleeves, the heavy shoe-bare ankle combo--can make an otherwise ordinary outfit sing.

And those eyes... oh my.

Incidentally, the "word verification" letters for this post are "hotmen." No joke! That has to be the funniest computer-generated coincidence I've seen yet. :)


Blogger Stephen said ... (5:29 PM) : 

Topman do fantastic slimmer fitting chinos. And I also think American Apparel's chino fit is a lot more 'European' than the US.



Anonymous juan said ... (5:31 PM) : 

check out the dockers ankle chino at urban outfitters. only $50 and the fit is superb, just like this. i know i got myself a couple...,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=0&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=M_BOTTOMS&popId=MENS&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=


Anonymous KatyE said ... (6:52 PM) : 

Where is this- Heaven?


Blogger Cary Randolph said ... (8:12 PM) : 

It's the hair.


Anonymous Nathalie said ... (1:33 AM) : 

This is the man of my dreams... and I am only 25 yrs old. Yummmmy. I hope I run into him one day. x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:33 AM) : 

I first saw this mans picture in garance dore's blog, and all i can think of is "EYE candy! sooo HOT!, Sexy, manly.. delicious" and i recognized him again here ! its the very same side look !
grey hair suits him and the beard.. not so sure of hair but it still looks like a lions mane :)
i like how he neatly rolled up is pants .. something i admire about european style in men is that it looks so effortless .. but soo chic !
wish i was at pitti huomo !


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

sart, plenty of american labels sell chinos that fit this trim: rag & bone and UNIS, to name two.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:38 PM) : 

the pants - yes. with those shoes + no socks? no.



Blogger Don Richman said ... (11:28 PM) : 

Another American label that was founded based on better fitting chinos - Bonobos (


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:11 AM) : 

First off, this man is tall and well-proportioned, and has an interesting, incredibly attractive face. With that foundation, everything about him works even though it sounds like a nightmare -- cropped rolled-up pants, no socks, gray ponytail, shiny oxfords. Also, this outfit would look trite on a 20-something hipster. But on a man who looks like he has a little life behind him, some substance, and a world of je ne sais quois in his eyes, the items look grounded, classic, and classy even as they're tweaked and modernized. He is breathtaking and inspiring, and makes almost every other man I've ever seen seem contrived and overdone.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:45 PM) : 

Ah, I love when people show some abkle, and show it well. It really makes a unique kind of outfit, yet subtle.


Anonymous Strabik said ... (7:58 AM) : 

awesome trouser (and his has got 2 others frineds with the same in the background ... ;-) )


Blogger C of SWE said ... (6:27 PM) : 

You should try NN07´s khakis...slimmer fit for slimmer legs!


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