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Monday, August 16, 2010

Polo with a Suit, Florence

Polo with a suit?

That's tricky.

Too often it comes off as Master Champ. I think the real key is to wear polo as sleek as the suit.

The next critical question would then be, collar in or out?

Comments on "Polo with a Suit, Florence"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 AM) : 

Tricky indeed! I'm not a fan, but if it has to be done, collar in.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:05 AM) : 

No way...


Anonymous Rich said ... (9:09 AM) : 

I prefer the collar in myself but this guy seems to be able to pull it off.


Blogger James D. Hogan said ... (9:09 AM) : 

Collar in, definitely. I would put this in the same boat as wearing a t-shirt or other collar-less shirt under a suit.


Blogger amber lynn said ... (9:10 AM) : 

hmmm that's a tough one. i am not sure that i can say i am a fan of the polo with a suit.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:12 AM) : 

Ouch. This is bad.


Blogger The Sluice Box said ... (9:13 AM) : 

Blue and brown always look so modern, at least to my eye. The polo shirt collar looks less fussed-over and natural when it resides within the lapels.


Blogger Hiroaki Nagahata said ... (9:14 AM) : 

nice combination!


Anonymous Nicolas Payne-Baader said ... (9:16 AM) : 

collar in i should think, tricky part is where its appropriate to it. Love the high waisted trousers on the suit as well, very flattering and a bit offbeat.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:16 AM) : 

Sadly, you can always tell when the subjects are from Milan. Absolutely no one looks that good in the states.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:18 AM) : 

simone! breaking my heart again with his masculine beauty and god-given italian style. it must be wrong for a man to look so right.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:19 AM) : 

I don't think so


Blogger Notes From ABroad said ... (9:20 AM) : 

Looking at this, first thing in the morning, I see nothing wrong. At all. Perfect.


Anonymous domnideromania said ... (9:22 AM) : 

Good tip about the polo - as slick as the jacket. Nevertheless, to feel the material of the jacket next to my skin is rather uncomfortable.

The collar? Definitely in.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:23 AM) : 

Either way, on this man it looks great!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:23 AM) : 

Or go with the collar up, (London) Chelsea boy style!


Anonymous Ivan said ... (9:23 AM) : 

It depends what color the suit is, also the polo.
2 colorful polo & suit would be better if the collar is out. Same for 2 not so colorful polo & suit.
But if it's 1 colorful and 1 not colorful, then it's rather to put the collar in.


Blogger Sahara said ... (9:24 AM) : 

What attracts you to him, in my opinion, is his confidence, his pose...not the suit!


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:25 AM) : 

I see this guy alot on your blog and in your fantastic book and he always looks great but i'm just not feeling the outside the suit collar, I think brad Pitt over killed it for me in oceans eleven.


Blogger Nadine2point0 said ... (9:32 AM) : 

Collar should be IN for sure.


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

Very charming and ellegant man! Love it! He looks sofisticated.


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

From my perspective, I'd say collar in....he pulled it off though, barely but he did.


Anonymous Bill said ... (9:36 AM) : 

The pocket square looks like some sort of print (plaid?) in colors that complement the polo. That and the orange lapel pin add interesting harmonics to the overall look that make it look more consonant.


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

I like the collar out action, but the waist on the trousers is fantastic. That is the way trousers were meant to be worn. That suit just oozes quality.

This dude always looks crisp and like a real character, but very believable (like the World's Most Interesting Man or something).


Blogger savvycityfarmer said ... (9:43 AM) : 

Polo Tee ... there ya go!


Blogger Kathleen said ... (9:43 AM) : 

Lets see... First I have to remove my eyes from the extremely handsome face of this man to properly address your question!

Okay, the gorgeously tailored suit looks to be linen which in my dress code standards instantly brings with it an "Anything goes, devil may care attitude" when choosing the rest of one's outfit. Extremely casual, moderately dressy, or downright "on the beach".

The choice of a black Polo is the first error here, because it completely distracts from this suit which is perfection and already very dark, really next season, color palette wise. As for collar in or out? With this suit, in for sure!

If he's going to dress it down, which instantly happens when you slip on a Polo, I would have much rather seen a Pima cotton T-shirt underneath in a lighter shade of blue. Now that would have really popped!


Anonymous lila says said ... (9:43 AM) : 

Polo with a suit? Too dated, and it reminds me of suburban, golf-obsessed dads. But this gentleman almost pulls it off, if it weren't for the clash of navy blue and mud brown. And the collar is out.


Anonymous Joanna Roman said ... (9:49 AM) : 

In my opinion this man just look PERFECT! Collar out here is just in its place,l wouldn't change a single element of his outfit!


Anonymous Dana said ... (9:52 AM) : 

The collar must be in!


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

When you are born like this gentleman pictured above, you can pull off anything you want, even the ladies hearts!


Anonymous JM said ... (9:57 AM) : 

I think this person does it even better!


Blogger Vasil Slavov said ... (9:59 AM) : 

I love the fit of the suit jacket. It's perfect! With the collar out, I would have thought that he would look like an Italian guy in a Scorsese movie (Casino or Goodfellas), but he seems to be able to pull it off. Btw, Chelsea, if you are reading this, please email me.


Blogger Jeff_B said ... (10:01 AM) : 

When we closed the door on the 1970s, one of the items left there FOREVER is the collar on the outside. Collars stay Inside. Period.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:06 AM) : 

I like the collar out on him.....he has style and a presence to carry this it...he looks good..thanks...L


Blogger crowsfeet said ... (10:12 AM) : 

Collar in. Best to have a $$$$ horse or a set of clubs at hand, though. In this man's defense I must say I have never EVER seen a pro golfer in such an exquisite linen suit.


Blogger sarah said ... (10:12 AM) : 

you know, it's the beard that drew me in, noticed the polo second?

not sure i like, but as was mentioned above, this guy can pull off anything he likes!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:13 AM) : 

I think he can do whatever he wants!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:18 AM) : 

Collar out for this gentleman. In for everybody else.

When you have a face as handsome as his, you can get away with murder.


Blogger JM Rayner said ... (10:22 AM) : 

I think Kathleen is right about a.) the physical characteristics of the wearer, b.) the material/cut of the suit, and c.) the collar being in! This gentleman has such a striking face, and the lighter beard somehow helps distract but also tie it all together...perhaps by giving the outfit an angularity (though still soft) that is missing elsewhere?


Blogger said ... (10:25 AM) : 

Nope, nope, nope. I really tried to like the polo and suit look, but I can't; it seems rude to the suit (which is gorgeous and undoubtedly an extremely high quality linen) to make it be seen in public with the polo, no matter how nice that polo may be.

This looks needs what, in the 1930's, was called a "lingerie shirt," the nearest translation into today's english might be "sport shirt," but even that calls to mind the wrong thing.


Blogger diane said ... (10:25 AM) : 

I used to work with a guy who looked like him, but he sure didn't dress that nice. Maybe he would have gone further in business if he had.


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

Great scott, Scott! I think for this (fine, fine looking) gentleman, the success is all in the waistline of his pants. High, gorgeous and trim, its an exaggerated detail that carries off the whole look for me.


Anonymous Best of Beehive said ... (10:25 AM) : 

I say treat it like you would a dress shirt.


Anonymous pRiyA said ... (10:30 AM) : 

Wow, that's what I call aplomb! Nice hands too. To hell with collars in or out.


Anonymous Laurent said ... (10:32 AM) : 

Collar in, unless you are John Travolta ca. 1975 or Al Pacino as Scarface. Perhaps a white, beige or other light color polo in a thinner fabric, I don't think this color combination works. Heavy color and fabric. Usually,the shirt fabric should be lighter(in weight) than the suit, such as linen dress shirt or very thin fabric (silk?) polo shirt perhaps? Linen wrinkles are expected, the second you wear it, but this suit looks like it has not been pressed for a long time or perhaps this is caused by the jacket being much too small, tight in armholes, shoulders, apparent from the deep wrinkles. Am I too fastidious? This is about recommendations and comments concerning sartorial style, no?


Blogger Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said ... (10:32 AM) : 

Collar in! Makes a world of difference.
Teresa (Splendid Sass)


Blogger joshylola said ... (10:49 AM) : 

Yes! I like it


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 AM) : 

Ah, forget the collar. Great suit! Not so sure about the pocket square and lapel badge though...


Blogger blake said ... (11:00 AM) : 

I think collar out works here (the color of the polo is not in strong contrast to the suit). Also suitable for his personal style as this gentleman wears his hair in a very casual style.

I think one of the keys here is the high-waisted cut of the trousers. This keeps the look chic.


Blogger Judith Ross said ... (11:04 AM) : 

Collar in, collar out, who cares? This guy would look great no matter what!


Blogger Monika said ... (11:14 AM) : 

No matter if collar in or out, if polo with suit or not. The thing is HOW u feel about what u wear. If u feel good about it and it suits u/ur personality well, some "fashion rules" are totally off topic then...


Blogger Maggie said ... (11:14 AM) : 

You have to embrace the Polo. Collar out. (This should be unsaid, but I'll say it anyway: the Polo should only be worn if you take as much pride in the care of your Polo as you should in the care of your suit (wrinkles need not apply).)


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:15 AM) : 

He looks great as it is...
-diary of a fashion stylist-


Blogger said ... (11:23 AM) : 

I like a polo with a suit but it has to be a slim fit 60s cut suit, polo buttons done up, collar in.


Blogger Bell said ... (11:32 AM) : 

Yes, polo is ok, always IN.


Blogger gringo jack said ... (11:32 AM) : 

How about this? Polo, no polo, this guy looks like a badass.


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

Are you coming to Stockholm Fashion Week this week? Will you stop by in Malmoe (in southern Sweden)?
And faboulus blog! I read it everyday :)


Blogger Ivy Lane said ... (11:34 AM) : 

no, no NO! but if you must..collar in!


Blogger SabinePsynopsis said ... (11:39 AM) : 

Plus black and blue... Best to break all (old-fashioned) rules! If you can carry it of with confidence... Collar out!


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

I'd like to think an enormous bear was charging down the street as this photo was taken, and this guy is calmly taking off his glasses before he wrestles it to the ground. That is the kind of manliness that exudes from this fellow.


Blogger Mariana said ... (11:47 AM) : 

Props to him for pulling something like that off! I think I like polos now.


Blogger Nong Bee said ... (11:50 AM) : 

we do that all the time here in Bangkok. Sometimes, not a pretty sight.


Blogger the nyanzi report said ... (11:51 AM) : 

Collar in.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:51 AM) : 

Depends what collar the shirt has, penguin polos have bigger collars vs lacoste polos.

Personal preferance is in.

European or Japanese cut for polo shirts every time. The american "baggy" is an atrocious style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:54 AM) : 

I think we should ask the beard, because the beard seems to have taken over the whole deal here. Beards and belt buckles should blend into the look, not dominate.


Blogger Jazzbuff630 said ... (11:56 AM) : 

I vote "in".

I think this looks better with a sports jaclet and odd trousers.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:58 AM) : 

I think the polo looks appropriate with the casual nature of the linen shirt. Keeps it from looking like a wrinkled mess. But I think I'd prefer the collar in.


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

he did it so effortlessly that I didn't even realize it was a polo! so great of you to spot that detail. Then again, that's why you're the sartorialist!


Blogger I V E S T I T I ! said ... (12:05 PM) : 

Normally I would say never and if you do, collar in, but I think this guy pulls it off, so...who knows?


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

It can be done but the secret is to make sure you pare like with like. If it's a cotton poloshirt go for a casual cotton or linen suit, if it's a marino or cashmere poloshirt (think John Smedley) then team it with a sharply tailored suit.


Anonymous Becca said ... (12:15 PM) : 

I vote in, however there's something so extreme about his outfit (the high waist and the similar tones of the shirt and suit) that just make this work for me.



Blogger Topaz said ... (12:20 PM) : 

Totally agree with the previous poster that the problem here is the beard. It attracts too much attention and needs to be trimmed.

Other than that, there's too much going on with the look. Either take out the pocket square or remove the pin.

Collar in or out? Whatever the wearer is comfortable with.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:25 PM) : 

If your name ain´t Don Johnson....better keep the collar IN dudes! Like all of the time on every occasion....


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (12:27 PM) : 

He looks great with the polo and suit combo. He definitely pulled it off.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:29 PM) : 

Oh yes,I like his individual style,the rough with the smooth,he makes it work for him and got you to notice it.


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

Collar in, collar out? I don't think it matters much to this man, who is handsome enough to pull off anything.


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (12:36 PM) : 

It takes a certain man to pull this off. I like the collar out. Glad it's not UP!


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

I don't like it and if yes, then with the collar in! Definitely in!


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:48 PM) : 

Not many people can do what that man with a goatie can do. It looks good on him.


Blogger brandt said ... (12:49 PM) : 

Collar IN for sure-with the jacket closed!
More important, is if the shirt should be tucked in or not...
Being shorter than most dress shirts, they should probably be worn out, as to avoid pulling and bunching.


Blogger Shoestring Traveler said ... (12:53 PM) : 

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Blogger Unknown said ... (12:59 PM) : 

I like how he's wearing it with the collar out- he pulls it off well.


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

The polo collar out over these short notched lapels does not work too well. All those corners together are unflattering. I would say collar in then, but think I'd have to see first. Might be best to lose the polo altogether.


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (1:07 PM) : 

fab mix


Blogger Stephanie said ... (1:07 PM) : 

To be honest I really like this (I´m not a fan of a polo with a suit, but it looks quiet nice.. but I think the collar should be in!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:13 PM) : 

I think some of you are being too critical...I admire anyone who steps out of conformity. The polo is not common, but he looks great, polished and well dressed...Admit it!


Blogger Ninjagaiden78 said ... (1:24 PM) : 

I don't normally like polo's with suits, but this is Simone we are talking about. He can do anything.


Blogger everyday a floor show said ... (1:27 PM) : 

nice worked for J.F.K. and is popular with the country club set...i would prefer collar in but his look make sit a tad less traditional...i guess i need to pull out the pocket squares like the uomini italiani!


Blogger isus said ... (1:28 PM) : 

I think this guy totally pulls it off! He looks at ease and yet polished - great combination for me!

Just wanted to add that I LOVE this blog! It's so inspiring and shows unique people with unique styles - great work! :D


Anonymous Alec OJ said ... (1:35 PM) : 

absolutely collar in... the idea is not bad I must admit.


Anonymous Leendert de Rijke said ... (1:39 PM) : 

I prefer to wear a shirt with a suit or combination, but sometimes a polo looks cool imo. For example with a linen suit, like the guy on the photo.
I associate wearing the collar out with maffia guys, dealing marihuana and stuff like that. Just keep it in!


Blogger Karen Wallace said ... (1:41 PM) : 

love the blue


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

Out is the better way to wear it, cause both are melting togehter and giving the whole look the character!!


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:44 PM) : 

wow! always amazed at your ability to capture the colour, feeling and style! i say collar in if it were me, however, i think this dude has it pretty well sorted, looks good to me! so either way.


Blogger Rosie said ... (1:47 PM) : 

A polo with a suit (as seen) can be worn if the gentleman who's wearing it has the confidence and stature to pull it off. In this case, he's wearing it as though it was meant to be worn that way .. others I've seen trying this look, have not been as successful.

Collar in or out? .. either, in for a much more polished professor type look .. out to portray a much more relaxed "out of the box" style of thinking ...



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:50 PM) : 

i prefer the collar inside done with a very pressed polo shirt with the buttons done all the way up.


Anonymous Matt Fox said ... (1:54 PM) : 

Not for me but it works for him.


Blogger Tracey said ... (1:54 PM) : 

Collar in!!! But he looks hot! OMG! A sleek suit just does terrible things to women.


Anonymous El Wonger said ... (1:55 PM) : 

I think it could be a British thing.

IMO, the Polo with a suit combo can be pulled off if you're working a Mod/Skinhead look with a trim, 3-button suit paired and a Fred Perry or a Munsingwear shirt with piping. A very Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels aesthetic. That said, I can't say that I like this Italian representation of the look very much. It's probably just me, but I don't think it's working very well with the Italian tailoring.

But that's probably just me.


Blogger 82Brute said ... (2:02 PM) : 

I have no problem with the clothes or the hair styling per se but what I notice is an issue of proportion of his head to his shoulders. I'm thinking if the lost the beard it would make his face smaller and his shoulders appear broader. Or maybe if the shoulders on the jacket were broader the beard would be more in proportion. Just a thought. My American suburban sensibilities haven't caught up with the high waist on the pants yet. They still seem odd to me, like elastic waist mom jeans. I'll get there once I see more of them.


Anonymous evalyn said ... (2:06 PM) : 

If he would just buy a one size larger jacket, it wouldn't matter about the shirt because, then it would fit and he wouldn't look like an over-stuffed sausage.

Collar should be in.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:06 PM) : 

With that blazer :out. With another, in


Blogger choppie said ... (2:07 PM) : 

Leaving my likes and dislikes aside, this gentleman looks nice.
I would usually say collar in, but unlike the times when we had the do's and don't's, it's so liberating and fun to do what you think it's best for you. I think, collar in/out depends on "who".


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

The trousers are very high waisted, not sure I like that. However the the whole ensemble is pretty cool.


Anonymous Leendert de Rijke said ... (2:16 PM) : 

If you wear a polo with a suit or combination, then rather not choose a regular polo with the well-known collar of stripe-structured fabric, contrasting with the fabric of the polo itself. This type of collar only needs to be stitched on the polo. The man on the photo is wearing a polo like this and most manufactures produce their polos this way.
Some manufactures, like Corneliani - a well-known (at least in Europe) Italian brand with exellent craftmanship - produce polos with a different collar: they use the fabric of the polo itself for the collar, so that the stucture of the fabrics on polo and its collar are exactly the same. This type of collar does not only need to be stitched on the polo but the collar itself also needs to be stitched, like the collar of a shirt, so that a good look shows that the two sides (in and out) of the collar are stitched together: you can see the stitches, just a few millimeters above the edge of the collar. This kind of polo is more like a shirt, so I prefer this one in combination with a suit.


Blogger Bob said ... (2:18 PM) : 

great suit! great look ! why not pop that collar?


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



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:28 PM) : 

If it were on someone different I would probably hate this look, but he appears to have the confidence and swagger to pull off anything; including a conflicting polo and pocket square.


Anonymous balthasar said ... (2:37 PM) : 

that doesn't work at all. especially collar out is horrible. nice suit though...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:41 PM) : 

somehow it works on him!


Anonymous fashionsdirtylaundry said ... (2:46 PM) : 

Tucked it. I don't know if it's the photo, but those colors don't seem to coordinate to me...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:47 PM) : 



Blogger Anita Puksic said ... (3:01 PM) : 

Why not? I like it. Collar out!

Peace and love!


Anonymous JayC said ... (3:30 PM) : 

Tricky indeed, personally- don't think this guy is pulling it off. maybe if the collar was in and the color of the polo was different. Aqua polo, maybe? idk


Blogger brightlightsbigcity said ... (3:35 PM) : 

He looks great. I love when people get mixing navy and brown just right...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:53 PM) : 

I agree with anonymous who said you are being too critical. He is a non-conformist, therefore the collar out. And it looks great. The suit is wrinkled, a little too much, but I thought it was the heat. I like the colour combinatin, the murky brown with the blue, and the cut of the suit is great.


Blogger anthony said ... (3:57 PM) : 

We need to judge. Next time, one photo with collar in and one with collar out. I'm going for in!


Blogger Barbara von Enger said ... (3:59 PM) : 

Ah, this fellow does not conform to your rules or mine - He makes his own rules.

His face is very Strong in that masculine Italian sort of way. The beard blends in nicely with the shape of his face and hair colour, and he has 'Attitude!'
So collar out - he can pull it off better than most;-)


Anonymous IS THIS IT? models review said ... (4:04 PM) : 

Don't know, not an "easy" combination for sure... btw imo he did it the best possible. Even if I have a very general rule: COLLAR IN! ALWAYS!!! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:06 PM) : 

Collar in I reckon. Then the suit lapel shape is retained. It doesn't look quite right here but then one needs to see both ways...Julia


Blogger AFJ said ... (4:07 PM) : 

Sure this guy is from Milano??? I thought Italian men had style...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:17 PM) : 

He could pull off anything! Love the suit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:24 PM) : 

Who are you to say that he doesn't have style? I beg to differ...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:26 PM) : 

He looks fabulous. The colors, the fabric, the cut...everything works. His pant waist sits very high though...actually I don't think the look would work with a lower waist belt.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:26 PM) : 

First of all, this gentleman looks absolutely gorgeous and sexy! Second, I don't know if I care too much about the pleated, high-waisted matching pants of the suit. However, it seems to work very well for him in this ensemble. Third, the black polo and the dark blue of the suit plays off each other very well (very reminiscent of Calvin Klein's past color combination). The polo collar works well OUTSIDE not in...and it's was a wise sartorial decision on his part to have kept it OUTSIDE rather than inside. Why? First, he has a pretty thick-ish neck which carries off the polo collar nicely. Second, and most importantly, the type and construction of the polo shirt he is wearing rides very high on the back of the neck. If the polo shirt was riding low on the back of the neck, by all means, it should be worn inside the lapels of the suit. However, more than likely his polo shirt is from Italy, of course, and when I have bought shirts in Italy, the collars tend to be thicker and rides higher on the neck thus providing more substance to the neck area making the wearer look more masculine, which this look does.


Blogger Renee Nabam said ... (4:36 PM) : 

its fine the way it'll look good both ways...anyways thats a and i like his stare!!!


Blogger SheanStrong said ... (4:38 PM) : 

look at the high wasted pant and the pick stitching on the lapel…

i like the color pallet but unfortuanly im not a fan of the 1970s collar out look… if it was in , he would look more put together…. and anytime a man can wear a lapel pin… DO IT.

love the stance… the subtle cigar in hand


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

collar out ?! Uuaahh, a no go, thats reserved for tv presenters and car sales stuff. The rest of him is nice.


Blogger Sara said ... (4:48 PM) : 

I like it! Collar out :)


Blogger Christina said ... (5:19 PM) : 

Not a fan, but that's just me. He is sexy though ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:48 PM) : 

collar in-
like the idea, but polo color seems a bit heavy for the linen suit- suit is great btw.


Blogger RawBeautyRawSoul said ... (5:52 PM) : 

I love tailored suits with a pop!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:59 PM) : 

As others have said, definitely collar in, but this guy pulls it off. Most would not though, so I'd stick with the collar in.


Anonymous Joanna Herrick said ... (6:00 PM) : 

If I hadn't seen this picture, I would have said "in" for sure! But he seems to pull it off nicely here. There are only 2 things I would change here. Its only August--lighten it up with a different color of polo. Too dark. Second, the color of the button in his lapel is a strange choice. Its distracting from the rest of the ensemble and detracts from the impact of the pocket square.


Blogger Matteo said ... (6:12 PM) : 

The Madonnina says NO to armpits pants. Cheers from Milan.


Anonymous Sander said ... (6:14 PM) : 

no-one can pull of wearing a collar (normal shirt or polo) over a jacket, not even 18year old going to their schoolprom, and also not this guy, sorry


Anonymous Helen said ... (6:45 PM) : 

I doubt there are many people out there that could pull this look off however he certainly can. If someone had described this look to me I would have thought 'no way' but on him, absolutely. Perhaps it's the relaxed feel of a linen suit combined with the polo that helps it to work or perhaps it's just that this guy would make anything look good. I like the way he's looking into the camera, there's almost a hint of a challenge there.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:59 PM) : 

I'm more interested in the (very) high-waisted pants! Mom jeans on a guy?


Anonymous Grace said ... (7:07 PM) : 

Collars should almost always be in, especially on women. Nothing says "polyester uniform suit" like a big floppy collar sticking out.

BUT, I think this guy makes the collar out and polo with suit work.


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

This handsome gentleman will always look dashing in anything he might choose to wear.Some of us just have it.


Blogger Samantha Hutchinson said ... (7:37 PM) : 

He looks like a villain from a James Bond movie... like his style


Blogger Archer said ... (7:54 PM) : 

Nice looking suit!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:59 PM) : 

Only if the suit is casual, say linen or khaki; never with fine wool or cashmere.


Anonymous Sinead said ... (8:09 PM) : 

Swoon. Drool.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:25 PM) : 

I just love it. Casual. Confident.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:30 PM) : 



Blogger Jakarech said ... (9:16 PM) : 

Very cool shot, this is the best I have seen it done! I'd say... COLLOR IN!


Blogger Meghan McNally said ... (10:01 PM) : 

Whoa. I don't know if I would like it on a younger man with less panche (less awesome facial hair), but on him this looks foxy!


Anonymous m.edwin said ... (10:09 PM) : 

i like the collar in myself. placing it out makes me think of John Travolta and discotheques. what makes the polo work with this suit is how tightly the sleeves fit around his arms, almost like a sweater, which almost precludes the need for a shirt sleeve. i survive the summer with polos, so i hope this look doesn't get too much flak.


Anonymous Emily and Abigail said ... (10:33 PM) : 

lusting this polo and blazer look!! he looks great :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:37 PM) : 

I think that wearing a collar in or out really depends on the wearer. If you're more comfortable wearing your collar in then wear it in. If you are like this fine gentleman and can pull off wearing your collar out then do it. Wearing your collar in or out (or popped) is all about confidence.


Blogger KC said ... (11:05 PM) : 

i personally think it has to be collar in. got no reason for it. i just think it's better like that.


Blogger Where My Heart Is said ... (11:12 PM) : 

I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with the polo shirt and suit look. I thought it was because I am clueless about mens fashion!


Blogger Liz S said ... (11:17 PM) : 

Well, I like it the way it is. I think the WHOLE look is what you need to pay attention to. That is, he is sporting a 70s look where wide lapels with collared shirts over the suit were the fashion.

The wide lapel lends itslef to the collar out--a narrower lapel and shorter jacket says collar in to me. I feel collars in can look awkward, esp if the shirt doesn't sit properly--which can be more so for polos. They are prone to popping out, for uneven sitting as you move around and getting in the way of your chin if you have a shorter neck....not to mention shortening the look of your neck, which is not good if this is your lot.

I also like the colours--dirty deep blue with dirty deep brown--keeping the same tonings can work. The pocket square has both colours in there so does co-ordinate. The only thing I feel could change--a tiny bit only--is the height of the trousers--just a tad too high for me.

Oh and the good rugged looks along with the beautiful head of hair and fantastic goatie completes this for me.


Blogger Mr. Sprezzatura said ... (11:32 PM) : 

Well, it has to be with the right suit.
By all means, casual.

Soft shoulder tailoring, medium to skinny lapels and etc.

It will be a lot more better with a pair of working cuffs. Roll it on for more sprezzatura look.


Blogger Editor said ... (11:53 PM) : 

It's a modern spin. The color makes a difference. Black with midnight blue, that works. Fitted, yes. Polo collar in or out. Just not turned up.


Blogger Arantxa Chavarria said ... (11:53 PM) : 

collar out!! it's a must..


Blogger DeeLight said ... (12:18 AM) : 

Collar in.


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

Oh yeah, that's definitely a tricky thing to pull off. However, this man looks pretty good, even though I think I myself would keep the collar in.


Blogger pieces of berlin blog said ... (2:48 AM) : 

straight haha
like the trousers


Anonymous Florian said ... (2:56 AM) : 

No way collar out.. Ruins the look of the suit!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:57 AM) : 

Colonel Sanders!


Anonymous Catherine said ... (3:14 AM) : 

Yes it's tricky! But brown/dark blue, that's fine even if i don't like polo with a suit.


Anonymous S said ... (3:21 AM) : 

Collar in...


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (3:48 AM) : 

what an elegant man, great pic! wow!


Blogger Jane Kilpatrick Schott said ... (3:49 AM) : 



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



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

the collar on the outside of the suit seems a bit like wearing the gold chain on the outside of the turtleneck....dated.



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

There's little about this man that is 'tucked in' so why should the collar be? It's about an attitude, not so-called fashion rules, which, let's be honest, can be restrictive as well. If this blog is about individualism and personal style, which is why I like it, then, hats off to polos and suits. Or whatever works for the individual in question.


Blogger E.J. said ... (4:45 AM) : 

I love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:00 AM) : 

Collar IN- please! Collar out completely destroys this otherwise slick look...


Anonymous John Wesley said ... (5:09 AM) : 

The perfect trousers for pocket pool!


Blogger galatea. said ... (5:21 AM) : 

what a classic and gorgeous gentleman x



Blogger Miss Molly said ... (5:56 AM) : 

he pulls it off, but think i would prefer collar in


Blogger Much Dutch said ... (5:59 AM) : 

collar should be out but it depends on the collar. if it is a flatknit ( most common ) that is Ok. as a manufacturer i developed i new collar in body fabric with a very nice wide spread collar so the polo can be worn as a shirt. i noticed this development and some customers confirmed the idea. i think it is a new way of "dressual" and comes great with the cotton/washed jackets/coats ! I love it !


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

Look at his magnificent hand (forget the cigar..we're in italy, they smoke, hold the lectures) he could have been the hand model for michaelangelo. Beautiful.

collar in/out? in his case, who cares. think hard scrabble swagger Mark Wahlberg.. who can also melt your heart. or even Streep..who just picks you up and sucks you in.

like this gentleman, neither are thought of as style icons, but just standing still, few have more style.



Anonymous aurélie-letizia said ... (7:41 AM) : 

I'd prefer collar in, but it's cool!


Anonymous Jayne said ... (7:54 AM) : 

No no no NO


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:13 AM) : 

I can't stress enough to ALL MEN! Collar IN! When wearing your tailored jacket(s)...

There is NO class to having your collar out, end of story!

Just walk down your local city streets, and you can find an example of any man proving poor class, even in PARIS (but real Parisians don't dress badly anyways)...

Though strangely, this Italian can pull the look...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:34 AM) : 

Same eyes and confidence as the late Patrick Swayze.


Anonymous Key said ... (8:36 AM) : 

Scott - I love the wonderful men you've been showing wearing blue. This guy is an obvious bad boy, his look wouldn't work on the lovely man on the bicycle immediately below this picture but it definitely works here. If anything, I'd trim up his beard a bit but that is also a part of his look. Individualism is why we like looking.


Blogger Lauren said ... (8:48 AM) : 

This guy might be one of my favorite characters on the Sartorialist... He always wears his clothes with a devil-may-care attitude. Regardless of anyone's opinion on polo with suit, collar in or out, etc, this man is wearing it how he wants it. To hell with everyone, his stance says! I love it.

Hand drawn:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:43 AM) : 

The shirt is less of an issue with me - it's the high waisted pants that are a turn off. He also has a Charlie Mansonish look to him.


Blogger Cecilia said ... (10:05 AM) : 



Blogger Ben Hatke said ... (10:26 AM) : 

With a beard like that I think you can look dashing in anything.


Blogger waisted blazer said ... (11:10 AM) : 

Linen suit, nice colour and I am guessing he is trying to match the shirt with suit buttons. I think a lighter polo shirt would have been more successful or alternatively a proper dress shirt. Also the collar should have been better pressed and sat inside the jacket collar (as was mentioned on earlier comment). Other details are nice though, pocket square and button hole. Statement-making two buttons on the cuffs as well is interesting but not sure his trousers fit - a bit baggy? Perhaps relaxed Italian style?....


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

This look is by no means stylish.It's good to cross limits but this goes too much off the beaten track.The collar out makes it look dated and messy.Navy linen suit that looks too tight,high waist pants and brown polo with the collar out is not the strongest combination.The beard gives me another reason to give another thumb down to this.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:54 AM) : 

The man in the photo is confident, and has impeccable grooming. That being said, I can not agree with a polo shirt paired with a suit.


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

The collar of the polo should always be inside the jacket. Period.


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

I'd try collar in just for the sake of it but overall I don't think you should reinvent the wheel here. Suits are meant to be worn with button down shirts. You can play with different colors, prints, fabrics and ties to create different looks. Polo shirts look better with more casual clothes.


Blogger The Clever Pup said ... (1:53 PM) : 

I reckon Simone can pull off anything


Blogger Olivia said ... (4:29 PM) : 

So classy!


Anonymous Emily said ... (6:18 PM) : 

Deff. OUT! no way could you hide a collar!


Blogger wiljello said ... (9:04 PM) : 

this gent has the swag to pull this look off! confidence....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 PM) : 

I say "collar in" but it does work for this guy. It find it only really works with a premium, luxury polo. Lacoste-style cotton polo shirts, while classics in their own right never seem to look "right."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:26 PM) : 

one word! sexy~


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:04 AM) : 

collar out!


Blogger Cobalt Violet said ... (2:05 AM) : 

It's not the worst thing ever by any means but not the best either.


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

Crumpled linen suit with patch pockets and polo top; a perfect combination. Relaxed summer comfort without being lazy. Wear the collar how you want.


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:34 AM) : 

I would probably not wear those two colours together (black and blue) but, collar in sounds like a better idea, in most cases. Here the superposition works because the fabric of the jacket is fairly lightweight and flexible (in other words: it has a "tombé" very similar to that of the polo). The jacket also has patch pockets, and is not as formally cut as most suits would be (the cut is, in fact, closer to what people used to call a "sports coat" in the US than to a suit jacket). In general, polos do work with jackets / sport coats over a pair of trousers better than with a whole suit.

Last but not least, Lacoste polos work well with jackets if you pick them in the right size (i.e. with the shoulder seams falling on your shoulder, not midway through your arms).

All of this IMVHO, of course.


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