If you’re looking to reinvent your style this season then maybe it’s time to look across the Atlantic and revisit the exciting world of Italian fashion.
Italian men have two things: swagger, and the ability to pull off almost any colour! The hot Italian sun means they don’t often choose black tailoring, instead opting for beige and brown suiting, white fitted trousers, and blazers in a wide array of shades from navy, to periwinkle blue, and even lavender.
If you want to look like an Italian man then you simply can’t shy away from colour! If you don’t want to opt a head to toe vibrant look and wear too many stand out brights then instead add colour to your outfit slowly, in small manageable chunks. Choose a navy blue suit instead of a black one. Replace your brown belt with an orange one, and pair it with your favourite jeans and a pastel shirt for laid back weekend casual wear.
Italians favour neutral colours because they tend to reflect sunlight much better than black or vibrant shades: this is how they are able to wear suiting and still stay cool in the hot Italian sun.
Of course that doesn’t mean that you can’t rock white jeans with a lilac blazer and mustard tie, if you’ve got the confidence! But this is definitely a look that will be easier to pull off during the summer months than it would during the winter months. If you’re thinking of experimenting with white jeans, then here are some of our favourite options:
If the key to getting Italian dressing is wearing the perfect blazer then the icing on the cake are the accessories you pair with your blazer. From oversized watches which sit permanently at the cuff off their jacket to vibrant pocket squares with add flourish and colour to every outfit, your accessories will set you apart and help you to stand out from the crowd.
During the summer months a panama hat is the perfect way to keep the sun off your face and help you to keep your cool: when choosing a summer hat it should always be wide-rimmed and have a grown-up gentlemenly feel. An Italian man would never wear a baseball cap, so leave yours in your closet!
The dapper wide rimmed hat is a quintessential Italian man’s accessory, and it doesn’t have to be left behind when the weather turns cooler either: simply replace your lightweight straw or cotton hat with its heavier felt cousin. You could also choose to inject some colour into your outfit here, as red hats are growing in popularity when paired with super-slick tailoring.
Other accessories favoured by Italian men include soft leather briefcases or document holders (usually in shades of tan and with distressed detailing) and wire rimmed sunglasses: another nod to the need to protect themselves from the blazing Italian sun.
Say So Long to The Slogan
Whilst slogan tees have become incredibly popular for the last couple of seasons, the modern Italian man would never be seen wearing a tee with a slogan, branding, or any other kind of brash detailing on it. When they choose to wear laid back tees, rather than more formal shirting (which is relatively rarely) they will always opt for a plain white or grey tee, with or without a small pocket detail.
The plain white or grey tee is one of the most versatile pieces that you could ever have in your wardrobe. You can either wear it alone, with an open shirt worn over it (perfect for vacations and casual beach styling), or even pair it with your favourite fitted blazer for a look that is both casual and formal: this would be ideal for Friday night drinks, laid-back dinner dates, and casual office events.
Investing in a high quality plain cotton tee is one of the very best ways to inject Italian style into your wardrobe if you don’t have the budget to invest in high-end tailoring.
Italian men have an incredibly distinctive style. They have sartorial skills so sharp that walking through the streets of Milan can feel like walking through a photo shoot for Vogue. Whilst many women look to the streets of Paris for their high fashion inspiration, there is no better style icon for the fashion-forward gentleman than the Italian man.
Dressing like an Italian man is surprisingly simple, provided you’re prepared to pay attention to the smallest details. The key is tailoring, and ensuring that every piece you wear has been tailored to fit you to perfect. Add the right blend of low key accessories and a pair of super soft loafers, and you will have people convinced that you’ve just flown in from Italy!