It is once again time for Pitti Uomo, the Florentine men’s fashion trade show that attracts all kinds of outlandish outfits and curiosities.
Considering the event, this gentleman is very subdued, although, in the real world, it would be quite a daring combination. Striped shirt with blue tie and hat band, which is picked up by the blue overplaid on his suit. Because it’s warm, he left his shirt cuffs unbuttoned which is indeed a great way to stay cool while adding a nonchalant touch to your outfit. Note the absence of a belt and dimples in his tie.
Next up is a younger gentleman wearing club masters with a lighter shade of dark blue paired with mother of pearl buttons, open collar, and a pocket square. Not very exciting but certainly summery. Note the patch pockets which seem to outnumber flapped pockets.
Of course, you also find a lot of peacocks at Pitti, and as such a feather is a suiting accessory. Naturally, nobody would wear it in the real world but in order to get some attention one must be creative during Pitti, although you’d probably stand out more in a solid grey polo in this crowd.
Lino has been keeping it rather uneventful for the last few shows although he always incorporated elements on light blue in his outfits. This color works well with his hair and complexion. Notice the dark blue mother of pearl buttons, which are difficult to come by.
On the left, we have a summery color scheme that is light, yet it provides enough contrast. Tobacco brown linen works well with off-white trousers, though the light blue short is not an ideal companion. Either go with the same color as the pants or opt for stripes for checks for more visual contrast. The changeant purple suit is definitely only something that can be worn at Pitti, while the seersucker of Gui Bo could come in handy during a garden party. The hat is a bit too green for my taste – what do you think?
For men of color, high contrast outfits work well. Obviously, a lemon yellow suit is really bold but due to the high contrast it looks better than if a blonde man would wear it.
Even though it’s summer and the double layer of fabric makes you extra warm, many men at Pitti decide to pull off that style. If you want to do so too, keep in mind that it looks sloppy when unbuttoned.
With a jacket like this, there is normally no need for any extra patterns. The shirt and tie are overkill but note the beautiful mustache.
On the other hand, a light pink can work great for summer as this gentleman shows us. Khakis and tassels are great, although the felt hat is more for winter than for summer. Also, when you wear trousers with suspenders, skip the belt loops – it looks better.
Anything other than pale pink, purple or red colors makes you look like you are a musical character rather than a well-dressed gentleman.
If it’s really hot outside and you want to make a statement, the shorts suit may be the right thing for you ;-). In the real world, it’s almost impossible to pull off well, though.
I met this gentleman during my last Pitti Uomo. He is from Korea and is a master in posing for the photographers taking a snap of him. Personally, I like his style a lot. A subtle tie, simple pocket square,and an unusual suit. Daring, but classicly inspired. Not for everyone but he pulls it off well. Note, it’s good to leave your bottom button of a single-breasted vest undone, but for a DB vest, it’s more flattering to keep it buttoned.
Red on navy stripes are rare, especially with super wide peaked lapels on a SB jacket. However, I like this color combination, even though the knit tie is so long that it accentuates anything but his look… Note the size of the waistband. In recent years, it has become the fashion among bespoke aficionados to go with a huge waistband. Some say for comfort; others argue it’s a subtle way to tell people that you can afford bespoke.
We all noticed the trend of short jackets in the last ten years, but this jacket is shorter than the shirt, maybe we see a jacket that ends above the waistband next year ;-).
As always, these outfits are extreme and merely meant to be inspiring.
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