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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

On the Street....Cargo Shorts & Sportcoats, Florence

It's a tricky proposition but this photo is proof that cargo shorts and sportcoats can be successfully combined.

Comments on "On the Street....Cargo Shorts & Sportcoats, Florence"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:21 PM) : 

mmm I dunno.....


Blogger GINGER FASHION MONSTERS said ... (4:27 PM) : 

only for the select few and for those who master the art of odd combinations, but looks great here!


Blogger Taylor said ... (4:30 PM) : 

...or not.


Anonymous Juul said ... (4:34 PM) : 

cargo shorts and successful in one sentence? ;)


Anonymous Isa said ... (4:35 PM) : 

I love the italian style !!


Blogger Angel said ... (4:36 PM) : 

Don't like it, I can tell the shorts are much slimmer than most cargo pants, however it just doesn't do it for me.

Angels Point of View - Street Fashion Photography


Blogger Global Girl said ... (4:38 PM) : 

He pulls this off well.


Blogger Dandy Fantastic said ... (4:39 PM) : 

Hmmmm well it doesn't look terrible but I don't think Im convinced.


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

I think he pulls it off. The trick is the really tight fitting jacket that doesn't hang too much at the waist and clings more like a shirt.

Still would take a very confident man to pull off.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:43 PM) : 

I think he pulls it off. The trick is the really tight fitting jacket that doesn't hang too much at the waist and clings more like a shirt.

Still would take a very confident man to pull off.


Blogger IsmeSon said ... (4:47 PM) : 

Not a fan.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:50 PM) : 

I don't think so. Makes an otherwise attractive man look like a doofus!


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

It's times like these doctors cuffs are actually useful... He should unbutton his cuffs and roll them up rather than just tugging his sleeves.


Anonymous said ... (5:05 PM) : 

The sports coat is very casual so, it does indeed look good with the shorts..

He has great legs....



Blogger Matthew Harwood said ... (5:11 PM) : 

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Anonymous Mademoiselle Marie said ... (5:17 PM) : 

i like it!


Anonymous Mr.W said ... (5:18 PM) : 

I think summer's the time for the unconventional and this is a nice change of pace.


Blogger Matthew Harwood said ... (5:19 PM) : 

Maybe with highheels.


Anonymous Josef M. Lloyd said ... (5:23 PM) : 

Never again do we have to choose between going on safari or attending a polo match.
In all seriousness though; cargo shorts will forever remain the bastard son of an Elizabethan man's skirt (the unexplainable slashed pillow thing above his tights). I would rather forget they existed.
Great touch of detail in the sleeves though. The rolled cuff strikes a fine balance between neat and scruffy.


Blogger Prutha Raithatha said ... (5:25 PM) : 

i love the little band on his ankle

cool sporty detail


Blogger Mick "Busyman" Peel said ... (5:27 PM) : 

I must indeed be a confident man then.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:28 PM) : 

Sorry still don't think it was a success!! Maybe if he was BORAT.


Blogger Jordan Morton said ... (5:31 PM) : 

Maybe if they were slimmer and shorter. Baggy cargos are the exclusive province of frat boys.


Blogger Yeraldin Morillo said ... (5:34 PM) : 

A man imposing fashion - good picture !!
my blog :


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

Not so much.


Anonymous L.C.M. said ... (5:47 PM) : 

I'm loving the overall consensus on this look. Cargo shorts can't really be successful with anything. Dark jeans would make this outfit work superbly though.
for art and fashion.


Blogger Ella said ... (5:55 PM) : 

he definitely pulled it of nicely! i like the sporty ankle bracelet!


Anonymous The Styley said ... (5:56 PM) : 

Okay, I'm now convinced that cargo shorts can be chic, but then again, I was wearing black silk MC Hammer-style pants last Saturday night, so I understand if my perspective is seen as somewhat suspect...


Blogger Maca said ... (6:06 PM) : 

I'm not sure if they are successfully combined, but he looks quite well anyway.


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

No, this is proof that they cannot be successfully combined unless of course, you are either 8years old or Angus Young.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:15 PM) : 

Hmm, would this work with tattooed legs??


Blogger amelia said ... (6:16 PM) : 

interesting combination..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:42 PM) : 

I like the bagginess of the shorts. he takes that look ('frat boy') and makes it his own in the inimitable Italian way. I think it looks cool. As others have remarked, it is largely about the tighter, shorter cut of the jacket. And, as someone else also said, it's summer! so why not.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:43 PM) : 

Not sure about this one....


Blogger Phyllis said ... (7:03 PM) : 

Maybe he went clamming before work? :)


Anonymous Angelia said ... (7:03 PM) : 

Interesting, it does work in the photo, but not sure if everyone could pull it off.


Anonymous Diana said ... (7:05 PM) : 

Maybe if we saw his front side we would be better convinced. From the back, not so much. his legs look 2 inches short!


Anonymous Christian Thorsbye said ... (7:12 PM) : 

Just came back from Florence myself. Beautiful city!

After that I went to Chianti to enjoy some of the fine wine ;-)

You can see some pictures from the wine yard we stayed at here:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:18 PM) : 

I think it's only proof that Italians always look good, in spite of what they're wearing!! :)


Blogger life is happy most of the time. said ... (7:24 PM) : 

its true. not easy to do but he pulled it off!


Blogger Francisco Pablo said ... (7:24 PM) : 

would be right on the moola if he wore it with red wings,hi-tops or oxfords/wing-tips,sockless than the sneaks


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

he is so hot!


Blogger David said ... (8:31 PM) : 

Not feeling it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:31 PM) : 

Not sure how well the combination works....maybe he is transitioning into the weekend? But the cargo shorts are sexy. Make me think a he could tack a sailboat, drive a Jeep, wouldn't faint if he saw a big spider.

And look at those legs!


Anonymous Lauren said ... (8:37 PM) : 

Great legs or not, this doesn't work.

The Styleseer


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

better if they weren't cargo...


Anonymous Maryanne said ... (8:56 PM) : 

what makes it work is the material of the jacket & shorts is similar. and the 3/4 sleeves with that bit of white peeking out.
took a plain khaki jacket and 'deconstructed it' perfectly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:10 PM) : 

Yup....He just knows how to do it!


Anonymous Greg said ... (9:59 PM) : 

The top half works for me, though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:14 PM) : 

This is not proof to me, sorry!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:22 PM) : 

what kind of shoes are those?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:43 PM) : 

Love the look especially since we are both of similar proportions. Hmmm...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:59 PM) : 

its sooo specific, while I'm not into it, I get it. And he pulled it off really well.


Blogger fashioneggpplant said ... (12:32 AM) : 

indeed, quite difficult for the majority of males to pull-off though


Anonymous Next Century Sean said ... (12:57 AM) : 

Combined yes, but only in France and/or Italy most likely...even in NY it might just come off as sloppy. But if a man is confident and can carry just might work. A canvas briefcase of some sort would have pulled it all together.


Anonymous candleashes said ... (12:58 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:07 AM) : 

i'm not sure about this.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:13 AM) : 

Not really convinced


Anonymous s said ... (2:41 AM) : 




Anonymous laura venice said ... (2:54 AM) : 

great picture that sums up the Italian male vanity: the strait-jacket to emphasize the figure, the forced performance of arms and legs tanning, the ankle bracelet (no, I can't stand it!), the rolled sleeves (of jacket!)... at least, tell me that you were in a seaside town!


Blogger Claudia Zander said ... (3:25 AM) : 

curious that tape at the right ankle!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:03 AM) : 

Sorry Sart, but in my opinion this is a truly unsuccessful combination of separates!


Blogger Opposite lipstick said ... (4:58 AM) : 

love it!


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

It looks OK from that viewpoint, but would you want to see it coming towards you?


Blogger rog70 said ... (6:02 AM) : 

He pulls it off, but don't let mainstream think it's ok to give it a go!! This takes confidence, love it though.


Blogger Her fashion closet said ... (6:10 AM) : 



Blogger SebsInFortLauderdale said ... (6:20 AM) : 

I think maybe what throws me off is a) the fact cargo shorts have infiltrated Italia, b) the color! If he was wearing one of those denim sportcoats you posted it might work.


Blogger nereide said ... (6:45 AM) : 

Assolutamente bellissimo!!


Anonymous michael jackson pepsi said ... (6:53 AM) : 

oh that awesome a very kooolll loook


Blogger ZHENYA ZHURAVLYOVA said ... (7:20 AM) : 



Blogger EPS said ... (7:25 AM) : 

hmmm, no its not.


Blogger J.Ro said ... (7:34 AM) : 

This look only works if you have sexy calves, which this man clearly does.


Blogger maria 3a said ... (7:49 AM) : 

pulling. it. off.


Blogger Beatrice B. said ... (8:06 AM) : 

the blazer looks awesome on him <3


Blogger Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said ... (8:17 AM) : 

Humm, I don't like it :(


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 AM) : 

I disagree


Blogger Nomadic D. said ... (9:09 AM) : 

Huh. I think it looks great and it doesn't actually look that tricky at all to me. Don't know what I'm missing that this is getting such mixed reviews here.


Blogger Meredith M Howard said ... (10:00 AM) : 

My husband would love this. Can't get him out of shorts in the summer.

- Meredith


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:02 AM) : 

No way. You really missed that one...


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



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

maybe you had to be there? it looks silly to me. the cargo shorts and jacket look bad. those shoes aren't right for the jacket. and with all those pockets available, he still has to carry his camera?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:55 AM) : 

Doesn't work at all...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:46 AM) : 

Really believe your feel of fashion, but can't agree in this exact post.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:09 PM) : 

REVOLVER-I don't think anything works w/tattooed legs.......


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

You think things couldn't get worse, and then there's this.


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

What a great inspiration for most American men this summer!!!! So tired of the same old bland Kaki bermudas!!! Dress it up with a coordinated linen jacket and you look polished already. Can I forward that picture to all my male friends? ;)


Blogger trevor. said ... (12:54 PM) : 

Not convinced.


Blogger Project Curve said ... (1:50 PM) : 

see i like the combination,just not the colours..they don't go together..he looks clean though.


Blogger Spring said ... (1:59 PM) : 

Cargo... as in: escargot my car go? If not dont go there or leave me be while you go at it...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:44 PM) : 

It's all about the proportions, and this guy got them right. The shorts don't balloon out either.

For this to work, I'm thinking the cargo shorts need to stop just above the knee. Going sockless in sneakers helps keep the look casual chic instead of casual sloppy.

Of course, it helps to have a great body and, in this case, muscular legs.


Blogger Catherine said ... (2:48 PM) : 

Interesting combination. Nice.


Anonymous tallulah said ... (3:40 PM) : 

Reminds me of those children's picture books where you mismatch the top of one person to the bottom of another. Sorry - none to keen on this one but does provoke a reaction.


Anonymous Gem said ... (5:52 PM) : 

looking gooood


Anonymous Daniel said ... (6:39 PM) : 

that looks like CRAP! Cargo shorts = the devil


Blogger PAPA NUI said ... (1:25 AM) : 

Why does an item of clothing have to belong to the domain of any one group, in this case frat boys?
If you think that then it says a lot for A&F marketing. Isn't it more about lifestyle? If you live on the coast it makes perfect sense but perhaps less so if you're from the city. Stereotyping sucks at the best of times and with all things there's cargo shorts and then there's cargo shorts. It's like saying polo shirts are only for upper Eastside tossers.


Blogger lollipop4598 said ... (2:00 AM) : 

Its nothing terrible. But it doesn't exactly work. He either needs to take off the jacket and shirt and put on a henley or t shirt; Or else, he needs to take off the jacket and put on some summer slacks or jeans. They just don't go together. I like the shorts, and I like the jacket. But not together. I do like the ankle thing he has going.


Anonymous art deco engagement rings said ... (7:53 AM) : 

I love his individual style!


Anonymous Simon Brown said ... (7:56 AM) : 

Your caption appears to have been shortened Scott, the words "to make the wearer look an utter mess" appear to have be missing. It's fair to say I'm a fan of neither combats (whatever their length/fit) or pushed up coat sleeves on a suit or other semi formal coat.

Good photograph though, held detail throughout the brightness range.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:46 AM) : 



Anonymous John said ... (10:01 AM) : 

I like this ... never thought I would say that as I normally hate cargo shorts.


Anonymous Tanica said ... (11:30 AM) : 

That is interesting.


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

I'm against the cargo shorts look. OK, at the beach, in the country, maybe. I think it's dumbing down men, just like the baseball cap (esp. backwards). I'm tired of men dressing like third graders. I want them to start looking like men again. Put on the long pants, dudes!


Blogger Andre Gorr said ... (1:14 AM) : 

to rEVOLVEr:
Black classic kilt will work good with tattoed legs, if you can pull off the "badass look"
good luck


Anonymous Martin Cole said ... (1:15 AM) : 

Fashion conscience Dads often rock this look in early Fall.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:18 AM) : 

I completely agree with Charlotte K.


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

Hate it. Looks far too sloppy and those shoes are the final nail in the coffin! Sandals would have maybe rescued this outfit? Maybe. Doubtful though


Blogger Jet Tech said ... (4:47 AM) : 

i like it. very bold


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:23 AM) : 

I definitely believe that he gets away with it. Someone else might not have done it but that´s exactly what style is about, to know what suites you and what doesn´t.

Ciao Daniela


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

Nope. This just doesn't work. Maybe if the shorts were a few inches longer, and the cargo pockets were lower. Or if he had skinnier knees. And that little ankle bracelet just emphasizes the stubbiness of the whole ensemble. A hat could possibly redeem it somewhat....


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

This is a guy who does what he wants - I like it because of that! Not everyone would have the guts to wear this.


Blogger Benji said ... (4:45 PM) : 

Perhaps if everything else was a little more rugged looking or had a military style to it. But with everything else, the shorts look out of place in my opinion. The colors all match but that's about it.

Without the cargo pockets this would have worked well in an understated way.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:56 AM) : 

I love it ;)


Blogger alastair said ... (6:01 PM) : 

Oh I dunno if I would agree with 'successful', but then I have a very healthy bias against cargo shorts!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:10 PM) : 

just wondering where he's headed. he wouldn't get past some doors. :)


Blogger Filipe Costa said ... (11:52 AM) : 

Great Look ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:47 PM) : 

No. No, they can't.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:52 AM) : 

Ummmmm... no. The top half looks ok in and of itself, as does the bottom half (though I'd lose the ankle-watch affectation). But put the two together and the result is what looks like a superannuated frat boy, bless his earth-toned little heart, desperately clinging to his youth.


Blogger lollipop4598 said ... (1:21 PM) : 

I don't see why people don't like cargo shorts in general. I think they can look great on a guy. I am also a bit weirded out that people talk like a fashion choice is a sign of intellect or maturity. You can't tell any of that from what a person wears. Some of the smartest people I know dress like crap.


Anonymous Dane said ... (1:32 AM) : 

What is everyone's beef with cargo shorts? Its not going away anytime soon and, for men at least, its a staple. Some people even look great in them. This pair of shorts are perfect. Slightly above the knee and with just enough room in the fit so it does not look like a tent. THe color palette works but I wished you shot a frontal to see the rest of the outfit. Not for eveyone but inspiring nonetheless.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:02 AM) : 

What a spontanious, cozy , LOOK


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