Summer Etiquette : Madras Etiquette Read  -  General Style 50 Comments

JKISSI : We’re well into the Summer in New York City, or as it seems. There are certain staples that occur only when the weather begins to heat up, and people begin to flock to the streets.  The light weight distinctive cotton pattern Madras,  worn predominately in the summer falls into that category with no question. The pattern is substantially known from its ivy style roots , or preppy look that seemed to channel from  previous times to this day. The traditional men’s clothing from the ivy style inspired me a great deal , even though I have been no where close to a Ivy League institution.  There is a book Take Ivy” that gives you a perfect image of how the style was back then, and how we still today borrow many aspects from it. In my opinion I think everyone is inspired by a certain style, but it’s key on how you express yourself with it. Street Etiquette , we are inspired by many various styles from all boundaries alike.

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Fit details – Uniqlo – TM Denim Tie – J.Crew Patchwork Madras pants – Clarks Wallabees

The madras print is used on all kind of different styles from blazers to bowties mostly spotted in the more warmer days of course.  The most frequent style I see the madras print sported in are shorts obviously because of the weather. The style that caught my eyes were the madras patchwork pants style by J.Crew , which are on sale on their site.  I felt it could bring a different style and give you different possibilities on how to wear them instead of being limited by shorts.  This is a summer print that could never fade into oblivion , but reoccur yearly when ever the temperature rises and designers begin to look for ways they could bring it back.

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– Images taken from The Sartorialist , Ralph Lauren and the New York Times


 






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  • jfkjean

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Whoa hoa! Look at the man and his past the knee shorts. Good think your tall though. Only we can get away with doing something like that and still manage to keep the proportions in check. Also thumbs up on the side waist action with the bag lol. It looks similar to my tote.


  • sQuincy

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    nice shots bro..
    the fit is incredible,
    the execution has so much character.
    the pants are amazing!
    the brick wall is a perfect canvas to compliment your attire.
    nicee.


  • Kenny

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Nice look but it would have been immaculate if your shorts were well, shorter. It just looks weird. The wallabees, tie and wrist accouterments are killer! Holla at me, itz ur J.Crew homie!


  • JKISSI

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    JFKJean : Hey man they’re pants! I rolled them up to that length lol , yeah but tall people do get away with a lot of things lol. Thanks man wanted to change it up a bit this time around with a bag in the picture

    Squincy : Thanks man appreciate yeah the brick wall really does work with this outfit I didn’t realize how much it did until after I took the pictures and was looking at them lol.

    Kenny : Whats going on Kenny , they’re not shorts! lol I’m about to go back to the text and put in big words They’re Pants! rolled up lol my brother. I could of went with shorts easily but like I said in the post I didn’t want to be limited with just buying shorts so I bought the patchwork pants from J.crew. Man I haven’t seen you in a while though I stopped by the Mens shop today and spoke with Rinadly for a few. Thanks for checking out the site though man

    You guys must be viewing the post from your phones most likely iphones lol and didn’t really see clearly because for 1 second it could look like shorts lol. Blackberry > Iphone :d


  • Robin "Lefty" Capili

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    i got the same tie. haha


  • Mush

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    dope post! Keep up the good work


  • Fool's gold

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    dope article on madras love the way you guys write , good post!

    question : pants are slim?


  • king

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    J,
    you lost me at the Wallys fam…that fit deserves shoes that a bit more sleek and not as bulky. Anything classic from a canvas shoe, to plimsole, or even an all white authentic…or even tonal natural colors in brogues, boat shoe, ect.
    Clark Nathalie would have been a better finish…IMO ofcourse…

    the rest of the outfit is put together well…not a fan of 3/4 but you did well on those…very well!

    I have yet to see you pull off sweatpants man!!! Rugby has the ILLEST pair im going to cop soon…


  • JKISSI

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    It seems I took a risk, or rather a challenge with the madras pants, but I’m always up for it

    Robin “Lefty” Capili : Word man? .. how do you like it ? ..

    Mush : Thanks man keep it up with your site I have been checking it out from time to time man

    Fool’s Good : Thanks man we try to deliver that goodness in content to readers not too long , not too short, but right to the point with it , yeah the pants are slim cant have these in skinny fit lol imagine that lol

    King : I somewhat agree with you Adrian only because my first thought of this outfit was to have the chestnut suede desert boots from J.Crew , but I ended up not purchasing them with that I think they “could” have been better for the whole fit ! but yeah man def sweats pants steeze soon in the F/W with some boots maybe idk yet I think I spotted the sweatpants from Rugby ? these?


  • Robin "Lefty" Capili

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Love it. Love TM.


  • JKISSI

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Robin “Lefty” Capili : Yeah man they have the black version of it in store now too man, btw man I’m going to most likely change my hairstyle for F/W might have to holla at you man! lol talk soon


  • Prêt-à-Porter P

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    really like the longer cut on the shorts. and cool that you have a denim tie!


  • Lucas

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Ah man. great fit ones again. it’s always nice to see what you can pull off. I really like the combination of the wallebees and the pants.

    Cheers


  • Theman2

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    I think you should have tailored the shorts. Would have been a better look.


  • dayinthelyf

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    All I can say is, it’s about time to pay another visit to the tailor about making some shorts. Do you agree? Nice fit btw.


  • Head person

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Theman they are not shorts read above dummy


  • Steven Williams

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Great write up man I think people are overlooking the full picture here it’s a post on madras print and he executed it to the max I don’t care what anyone says. Think harder guys textures and palettes are simply amazing


  • Joseph A

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    unique fit to say the least, i actually just bought a madras tie from Rugby.com

    BTW you still use the same wave method you posted on 360?


  • Alex

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Hey Jkissi, where do you get your bead braclets from? I’ve been looking for some for a long time, and i cant find any for a decent price….


  • dayinthelyf

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Oh, I saw what you said in your earlier comment to Kenny. I feel you on that


  • JKISSI

        posted on July 26 , 2009 :

    Woo. its getting heated up in here lol

    Pret-a-Porter : Thanks ! I rolled up the pants it probably appears like shorts, and yeah the denim tie was a def must buy, just having a denim tie could bring all kinds of possibilities to your outfit if you’re thinking right that is lol ;d

    Lucas : Hey man was wondering what happened haven’t seen you in a while , but yes thanks I thought the wallys and pants combo looked “cool” not too crazy I mean I had to work with what I had to do the look to its full potential, it sounds like I’m taking this very serious lol too

    Theman2 : Yeah man they’re pants from that angle it looks baggy , but they’re slim and already went through tailor alterations, its all good though I guess, at the same time you don’t want patchwork/chino pants to be too skinny on you like if I was wearing regular skinny jeans, at least I think this way , you want a bit of room.

    Reggie : Yes man a trip to the tailor could never hurt at all , it’s all about what you are trying to do, but yeah shorts would be great I have been getting into it myself , now the question is finding the right tailor not to mess your clothes up like what happened to me! lol

    Head Person : No need to be harsh there my brother If he comes back to his comment he will definitely see it , lol

    Steven Williams : Thanks man I’m glad you saw the full picture on things like I did while typing this up. The madras print is known for its ivy style and I definitely admired that so i trried to put my own twist of things on it with the denim tie and other combos maybe in my perfect world I would not be wearing wallys , but I still love the fit I mean I came up with it lol how can I not ! lol

    Joseph A : Yeah man madras print stuff is dope when wrecked in the right way of course man, I’ll definitely look to see what else I could find. Yup same 360 method , I’m growing tired of waves like I said above to one of my dudes who commented who cuts hair , but yeah same old just falling back more even slacking lol

    Alex : Hey man get the bead bracelets from Topman, its decently priced for sure man check it out on the site
    Topman

    Reggie : Thx!

    appreciate all the comments keep them coming !


  • duzz

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    hey mr kissi…im actually quite impressed u took a risk on this one….but i love it bro….the belt compliments the outfit very well…i jus bought a paige colored belt the other day….no more formal black for me..im down with teh casual look…im just getting into switching up my belts n stuff….the pants are rolled to the perfect length shoes are sort of bulky but i like the contrast of a slim shirt and pants with a larger shoe…:D….btw i commend u for keeping the wave game alive….since its kinda circa 04 swag…but i appreciate it man….this is great… one of my fav posts you’ve made….outfit is GREAT!


  • Prince Shepard

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Def took a risk with the rolled up pants legs–I’m not a big fan of Madras, BUT you my friend pulled it off with the tir and the clarks!


  • Theman2

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Oh Ok. In that case, Its great


  • Tiara89

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    I didn’t even notice that those were rolled up pants. Either way, nice fit. I always enjoy the color palettes that you use. Hey if this blogging/internet personality thing doesn’t work out, you can always get a job as a stylist lol. Good read. Keep it up! ; )


  • VeeUrbanite

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Nice fit and amazing fit


  • VeeUrbanite

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    nice fit and amazing shot


  • Lucas

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Haha yeah man. got a lof of things going on at the moment. never restless you know…keep it up as always


  • Keith

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Great photos. I really like them all. You’ve got a very cool blog. Hope you have a fantastic week.


  • Max

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Yikes! Where’s the volume control on those things?!


  • Dapperdon

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    very good write up , and outfit I think a lot of people don’t understand what you were going for , but I love it man keep the doubters at rest.


  • JKISSI

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Duzz : Really appreciate the good words man same with me I had a bllack all around everyday type belt , but I decided to expand on that a little bit still about to get some more belts like braided ones and such. Yeah I definitely recognized the wallys proportion with the outfit is a bit off, but I was willing to make it work with whatever I had. The waves man growing tired of them ,but still maintaining with them probably not be around this F/W I have to give in lol.

    Prince Shepard : Thanks for recognizing that a lot of people are not seeing the full picture I guess , when you’re not a fan of something , but still able to give a compliment is a good thing in my opinion. I checked out your site nice very good will start to peep it.

    Theman2 : Thanks man its all good lol

    Tiara89 : Yeah a lot of people didn’t notice that! lol but its all cool I guess thanks I try to think outside the box on the palettes and try to bring it out the best way I could with what I have. Lol this is one of my passions so it will never “not workout” that’s why I’m in school also cant place all your eggs in one basket. i feel like if you work hard enough at it , success will come without even forcing it. I never think of things “not” working out only you have the key to what you can do I feel!

    VeeUrbanite : Thanks man trying to get the pics right for the blog ! lol

    Lucas : Yeah man I agree with you that’s what its all about being an idle body at this time would just bring nothing for you, try to stay busy myself.

    Keith : Appreciate it man I just checked out your blog very good , I like the recent post on Fonsworth Bentley very good dresser with real style. Sticks out like a thorn because of the audience that surrounds , but that doesn’t take away from his style at all. Keep up the good work

    Max : Yeah volume down to my feet because they’re pants LOL decided to roll em up.

    Dapperdon : Thanks you can’t expect people to like what you do all the time , I’m perfectly fine with it especially when they give some real solid feedback like ‘king’ did. People fail to realize I’m expecting good/bad feedback when you put yourself out there on the Internet it comes with the territory I have no problem with just take it all in. I really don’t try to please everyone, but really do it for myself.


  • Señor Combs

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Madras has Señor Combs approval! :D


  • Alex

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Thanks for the help man!


  • dayinthelyf

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    you should rock the natural look like me lol. It all depends on the type of hair you got. If i’m guessing your hair is like mine, should work out great seein as african americans like me don’t consider many other hair options.


  • JKISSI

        posted on July 27 , 2009 :

    Senor Combs : Yeah man people always do the shorts madras print its seen frequently during the summer, but other than that I don’t see it occur too much on the streets at least.

    Alex : No problem Alex if you don’t see what you want I could maybe check for you in store just let me know email
    Streetetiquetteny@gmail.com if anything.

    Reggie : I don;t know yet just knowing i’ll let the hair grow my hair is real wavy/curly even when not low so I’m goign to see how this all works out. At the end of the day I think i’ll be content with what I have. This fall/winter will definitely be a different look for me just grew tired of the waves! lol we’ll see.


  • Trav

        posted on July 28 , 2009 :

    excellent post. I am also a fan of madras mainly because of the different patchwork prints developing into one piece. I love the fact that madras can easily be extremely tacky with poor execution, this makes the fits all the more interesting. I actually just got some black and white patchwork pants from Club Monaco that i cant wait to wear


  • sQuincy

        posted on July 28 , 2009 :

    360 method!?
    i think i missed that post..
    or i didn’t get a memo lol.
    im curious?.. (i need that link)
    i have waves myself. naturally
    all thru high school, i went crazy..
    different greases and pomades, different brushes.
    different du-rags. i used to keep em real tight.
    and.. i used to wear alot more caps back then
    people liked my hair back then.
    now-a-days no gives a hoot! i take less care of my hair
    so i just let ‘em rock, but every time i cut my hair
    they so sharp again. i feel you on the fact that it does get old.
    im not to keen on my growing my hair, i just started to do the beard thing
    - not bad!


  • Dior's Princess

        posted on July 28 , 2009 :

    Great outfit josh looks good! , and also nice write up!


  • Steven Wilson

        posted on July 29 , 2009 :

    just discovered this blog , and I must say I’m impressed a lot other people need to know about this site. Before we know it everyone will so guys appreciate it now ! lol


  • JKISSI

        posted on July 29 , 2009 :

    Squincy : No no lol we never posted a blog about 360 waves lol Joseph A is referring to a forum I’m apart of where the topic and purpose was just achieving waves and improving lol. Everyone came up with methods they thought worked best for them and I had one of course. yeah man I’m back on the growing hair thing for right now I know what you mean with the different brushes/greases/durags its all a quest. if you do want the link to wave site its here http://www.360waves.net

    Dior Princess : Thanks! always appreciate your comment

    Steven Wilson : Appreciate it man especially hearing that from new readers who discover the site through another site or some sort, we’re trying to push this far so accompany us on this quest.


  • jfkjean

        posted on July 30 , 2009 :

    Ok, now I see how you rolled them up that high. Very clean cuff to b/c you obviously can’t tell unless from up close. Dude, this fall is gonna be a problem. We’re gonna need a post from you about your F/W essentials/what you plan on investing in the next couple of months. I’m gonna start working on mine later today


  • obia

        posted on July 30 , 2009 :

    I love the length of the pants.


  • Alex

        posted on August 1 , 2009 :

    i sure will, thanks again, I’ll continue to keep up with the blog, love the style as I’m tryin to define mine now.


  • JKISSI

        posted on August 1 , 2009 :

    JFKjean : Thanks man man I been complaining about this summer like none ever, I’m ready for a change of seasons this is getting too boring now! lol, Yes you already know once Fall approaches we will definitely throw some madness up on the site for everyone to spend money on ! lol

    Obia : Thanks appreciate it , you have a nice blog there keep it up ! read some pages

    Alex : Alright man we got some good stuff coming!


  • Jeina Chen

        posted on August 2 , 2009 :

    That Madras patchwork pants is really gorgeous! And the guy wore it like he was meant to wear it.

    Patchwork detail always fits into my retinue because it’s timeless, edgy, and sometimes, homey. Makes for all those confusing emotions that seem to always linger around me.

    Although you refer to it as a summer print, I think it’s also good to wear during the winter. To counter that dreary feel of those cold months.


  • The Ca$h

        posted on August 2 , 2009 :

    The Dress Shirt Plus that jeans jacket look awsome


  • Victor Wang

        posted on August 2 , 2009 :

    damn son, good stuff on the site. i happen to be visiting NY from LA, but man i’m getting rained it. bumm deal! time to bust out your beans again.


  • James Field

        posted on August 2 , 2009 :

    I love how you paired the shorts with a neutral belt, but if one were to wear a blazer with this look, what color and style would you suggest?

    Thanks a million!

    James


  • JKISSI

        posted on August 3 , 2009 :

    Jeina Chen : Thanks that ‘guy’ is me above lol by the way. I like that you put a spin on the madras material, I see it mostly in the summer not so much in the winter. There are other patterns such as tartan/ others thart occur all fall/winter though. I couldn’t imagine somehow wearing a madras blazer when its like 20 degrees outside lol.

    The Cash : Thanks man appreciate it the jean material really sets the tone imo

    Victor Wang
    : Thanks man , I visited your site very good content on there man sad that I have never heard of it yeah man the weather this summer hasn’t been the usual if it is your first time in NYC please take into count this is not typical NYC summer weather! lol

    James Field : If one were going to wear a blazer with this look I would recommend a khaki blazer would go perfect with this look, and thanks man always droppin good comments.