OK, I know our mantra is…no men’s, children’s, bridal or maternity fashions on this blog, but I just couldn’t resist. Why? On my honeymoon in Italy I noticed something very interesting (from a fashion perspective). Mainly, the women in Rome basically dress like hell, but the men are stellar! Seriously. You know how you can take any man, put him in a tux and he looks infinitely better? Well, the same goes for the Italian man in a well-fitted suit. I couldn’t tell you what these men looked like, but I was wooed by their clothes, attitude and swagger.
These gorgeous specimens walked heel-to-toe and with an attitude that translated in my mind to say "Look at me. I am beautiful (said in an Italian accent)!"
Men in the U.S. could sure use a lesson or two. They look like slobs in comparison (Come on, admit it). Help your man acquire the ‘Roman’ look. Here is what I noticed (with the help of my impressed husband):
It’s all about the suit. These men dress up for work. I don’t think work casual caught on here (Thank God).
- Navy, charcoal and some tan
- Three-button jackets, usually closed (even on bikes and scooters), arm length short enough to show cuffs
- Pants not cuffed, tapered, pleated or plain front, shorter with a slight break above the shoe
- For suit examples: ehaberdasher.com
- Bold colors like purple or patterned
- Spread collars and particularly European spread collars (no button-down collars)
- Example of a spread collar shirt (tips point down): Forzieri.com
- Example of a European spread collar shirt (straight across collar): Vavraitaly.com
- Shorter and wider than in the U.S.
- Large knot
- Lace-up or great Italian leather driving mocs
- Brown and tan with dark suits, or black…but always great quality
- Leather belts matched shoes and some with label buckles (think Gucci or Prada)
- Pocket squares (looked even better without a tie and the shirt opened one-button).
Prego! Very nice…
– Lauren Dimet Waters, Editor-in-Chief (with the help of Michael Waters)