The fashionable man is a fairly rare bird in Shanghai, so it’s always nice to pay tribute to someone who can work the casual angle, like this cutie patootie cruising the French Concession on his vintage-y China Post-style bike*. He’s from South Africa, and most of what I know about SA comes from watching District Nine and Blood Diamond, but Wikipedia says that South African men are well known for wearing informal clothes with great success (no it doesn’t). But let’s talk about the outfit.
Cardigans (mandigans?) on dudes have become more than acceptable, they’re downright fashiony. I guess we should be thanking Mr. Rogers, who was WAY ahead of the curve on this one.
Now gaze lovingly at the loafers this guy is sporting. What is it about a man in loafers without socks that makes me so giddy? I love this look and hope we’ll continue to see it in the warmer seasons to come, especially with summer suits. I forced my BF to ditch the socks at a July wedding we went to this year and I have no regrets.
Put it on your body:
- Ray Ban shades – even if they’re not Ray Ban, the shape, as with aviators, won’t be going out of style any time soon**.
- Cardigans on guys: sexy (his is from Paul & Shark)
- Casual loafers: do it without socks
- · Socks
- Denim: we’ve talked about this before…
*I’m told he used to ride a fixed-gear. Good call on the switch up. Brakes = good + safe.
**Friends don’t let friends wear glasses without lenses.