Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

The (dramatically) roped shoulder, Florence

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Notice the sleeve cap on his jacket. This is what is called a dramatically roped shoulder. A very Southern Italian detail and a very acquired taste—kinda like sardines.

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Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

Elevate shorts by adding a sportcoat, Florence

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The shirt-and-shorts look has long been a staple of the Ugly Tourist in Europe. Adding a well-chosen jacket and an interesting pair of shoes will ensure that you don't look like you just got off a tour bus.

Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

Purple mocs, the it shoe of summer '08, Florence

Purple has been the number-one accent color of the Italian wardrobe for several seasons. For fall, it's often used in a sweater or tie to punch up a suit. A large number of Italian Sartorialists have started sporting the color in summer as well. I took these photos in about a five-minute span and could have shot another half dozen during the day.

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Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

Summer check, Florence

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Traditional seersucker jackets have just about run their course for me. Fast replacing them is a new batch of textured, washed, and finely detailed checked jackets.

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This is the back detail of the above jacket. I love that it has a very light shirt-jacket feel while maintaining great design details like a half-belted back.

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It is a complete coincidence that both of these guys happen to be carrying orange spheres (which don't, to my knowledge, typically come with checked jackets).

Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

Who needs a seven-fold tie?

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Yes, they're made like armor, but a seven-fold tie will never flap around in the wind, all cool like Superman's cape. Simone here definitely has that superhero vibe, with his very, very unconstructed tie, which is basically a tie-shaped scarf. I am seeing them in all the coolest stores of Italy.

Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

A pocket square may no longer be enough

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A corsage tucked in with the pocket square—maybe more modern than in the lapel?

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This is actually a ladies' pearl hat pin piercing the pocket square.
I also love the idea of outerwear with a pocket square, but that is a whole different post.

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This gentleman actually did the hand-stitching around the edge of a plain linen pocket square himself. I like it specifically because the stitches are uneven and maintain a very handcrafted look to them.

I'm not suggesting that European men sit around stitching pocket squares while they watch soccer on TV, but soccer is boring, and maybe this activity keeps them from realizing this fact. If I have offended any European men, please send your hate mail to Tyler. (He hates soccer also.)

Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

Pink pants, Florence

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I guess I always associate pink pants with being preppy, but here they don't look preppy at all. The fact that they're worn with Converse sneakers and not dress shoes gives them a welcome sense of humor and casualness.

Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

Plaid on plaid, Florence

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The reason that Al Bazar's Lino Ieluzzi is Sartorialist #1 in my book is that he's maintained a certain visual vocabulary—slim pants, monk-strap shoes, spread-collar shirts—while playing with the individual elements.

Here, I love the idea of a plaid DB being worn as a sportcoat (I don't see that very often) and I really love the idea of the plaid tie with the plaid jacket. This combination might be something you would see on a store display and think "too much," but on Lino it looks so natural.

Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

Every shade, Florence

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I truly feel that that almost every man can find a shade or hue or variation of blue that will look great on him.

Wednesday,  June 18, 2008

White (with navy accents), Florence

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I think these two images illustrate that a navy tie and brown shoes can be a very good way to accessorize a white suit. Even if you decide against navy, I would still stay away from black accessories and overly loud accent colors—this is a suit, not a painter's canvas.

Scott Schuman trains his keen eye—and his Canon EOS 5D—on the stylish scene surrounding the Fall 2009 collections in Milan, Paris, and New York.
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