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:

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

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  2. Yay ! It looks really nice !

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  3. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. yay. He looks nice

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  13. 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.

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

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  15. Marchioness de VogueJuly 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    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.

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  16. 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'.

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

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  18. 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.

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

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