Done right (first of all, you need to be tall and slender, with "messy" hair) with boot cut jeans and a plain or vintage tee, and with either boots (chelsea or cowboy for the truely brave) or sneakers, you can look pretty damn good. Â On the other hand, get just one thing wrong (be it your build to your boots) and the whole thing falls apart. Â A lot of guys (I saw a lot of this in Germany last year) wore some variant of this to ill effect. Â Most common mistakes: Â tight jeans, substituting the chunky shoes (square toe or round toe, its doesn't matter) for boots or sneakers, wearing a dress belt with the jeans. BTW - note to Joe G. I used to really like Jil Sander as well, but in the last year, I've bought just one piece from the label. Â You're right. Â The quality has really gone down. Â I don't find that the same is true of Helmut Lang. Â It's really sad, because I always thought of Helmut and Jil as the bulwark against the truly horrendous fashion sense of most Germans. Â And Paul Smith and his PS line is terrific.
A few notes: 1) Interesting comments about blazers/sportcoats with T-shirts. Still, even though I don't fit all of your qualifications (I'm tall but more V-shaped than slender, and I'll pair it with everything from black boots to brown bowling shoes to brown suede Gucci-bit loafers) I like the look. I do get the feeling that your comments were meant a bit for white folks. 2) Maybe I'm overreacting to HL a bit, but his stuff used to be really impeccable. Now, except for that coat with the leather band on it, of which I was impressed with the materials and workmanship quality, his clothes' materials and craftmanship strikes me as glaringly average. His cashmere jumpers for F01/W02, for example, could have been on the rack at Banana Republic. I'd rather go to Zara and save hundreds of bucks. 3) Small point, but one my gf would insist I make. HL is Austrian, not German. Looking from far away, it doesn't seem to make much difference, but here in Vienna it's definitely two peoples separated by a common language... 4) Is Wolfgang Joop. available in the LA or NYC? I've seen the fragrances but I can't recall if I've ever seen the clothes. At any rate, if you can find it, check it out. His shirts are made by Jacques Britt, an excellent old-line German shirtmaker. (At least, the paper lining them has that name all over it... Â
) Germans also tend to do accessoires well. I like a lot of German glasses, for example, such as Freudenhaus and ic.-berlin. I also like Silhouette, although they're Austrian. Â