Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yay or Nay? Earl of Charlemont

I thought I throw you all a wild card last week and the results were kinder than I expected.  Although I did expect a overwhelming rejection of Matilda Stoughton de Jaudenes' potted plant hat, you were all able to see beyond that and her her over-accessorizing, and gave her a Yay.  She could have used a best friend to slap the extra baubles out of her hand (or hair, really) couldn't she?  Enough of that frivolity, it's been a while since we examined some menswear, hasn't it?


Pompeo Batoni paints James Caulfeild (1753) in his colorful gold-trimmed 'I'm-traveling-in-Italy outfit.'  Yay or Nay?

[Yale Center for British Art]

19 comments:

Comtesse Olympe de la Tour D'Auvergne said...

Yay, it has a nice balance and the colors harmonize without competing for attention. I give it a definite yay!

Camille said...

Yay ! It looks really nice !

The Duchess said...

I still can't believe she got a yay! Anyway...

I went back and forth on his outfit but in the end I ended up really, really, liking it. It is actually really nice! It's good to have men back in the yay or nay section, isn't it?

A HUGE YAY! One as big as those Italian buttons!

nightsmusic said...

A happy Yay, though I do admit, I'd rather see the colors reversed. But they're lovely together and he looks very smart.

Cherylynn said...

Love the colours, love the pose. A big Yay from me!

heidenkind said...

He's a cutie, and very stylish! Definitely a yay. :)

Linda said...

Nay. He looks too much like a dandy with pink-orange pants and collar. I would like the jacket a lot otherwise.

Rose said...

Big yay.

The bright colours and rich fabrics, that lovely close fitting waistcoat and baggy trousers - and a lovely frock. It takes a certain cockiness to pull it off, but our boy manages.

The Dreamstress said...

I'm going with Nay. It screams "I'm traveling in Italy and using it as an excuse to wear clothes that I wouldn't be caught dead in back home"

Being a tourist isn't an excuse to dress badly.

Paul Miller said...

He's a little dream boat, though I question the black cravat or tie with the rest of the ensemble. It does emphasize his strong brows and dark hair, but it seems friendless in that mix of fabrics.

Paul Miller said...

Dreamstress: So funny. Once you say it, I get that side of the story, too, although I like to think he was just 'expressing himself'. Perhaps I'm too lenient on account of those pouty lips. Haha.

hester said...

yay. He looks nice

Alisa said...

From me, a nay. I agree with the Dreamstress. I prefer Georgian mens' suits when they use only one or two colours. IMHO the red and green clash too much, and the exotic looking frogs add another unnecessarily eccentric element.

Emily J said...

Oh, I do not like the combination of colors, especially those pink trousers. Big nay from me.

Marchioness de Vogue said...

Thinking about how this looks in real life instead of a painting it probably looks bad. I do not like men in colored pants, and the waistcoat bulges at the middle suggesting improper fit. The pants also don't look like cotton or nylon and anything else being worn for bottoms in Italy is a no-no. So a big Nay-Nay.

Jessi P (AKA Emily Ryder) said...

I'm all for contrast but this really doesn't work for me! I think it's the trousers as I quite like the jacket. Overall, despite the fact that this is just early enough to be an anachronism, he looks like a Christmas Tree - with a red stand to boot! It's a shame, 'cause he's really quite cute, but I say 'nay'.

Susan Holloway Scott said...

Oh, yay. Why not live it up on the Grand Tour? He has his whole life to be Tasteful once he's back home.

ElizaWard said...

Another watermelon! I don't have a problem with actual watermelons, or even with the colors on women, but Nay to watermelon colors on men.

Heather Carroll said...

Maybe there was a season where was watermelon hit all the runways?