In Italy, men take their fashion seriously and they’ve mastered the art of cool, casual dressing, without turning to creased t-shirts.
Most Australian gents stick to a standard and rather conservative dress code, and unlocking the secrets of effortless Italian style can seem daunting, but there are a few simple rules you can follow to add a touch of dolce vita to your wardrobe.
Here’s an easy guide on how to dress like an Italian, thanks to Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear:
Know your body. Embrace the good, hide the bad. Oversized jackets and jeans aren’t doing you any favours, particularly if you’re on the larger side while too-tight garments where the buttons pop are also best avoided. Go for options that slim the body.
Most Italian men have their tailor’s number on speed dial and take great pride in ensuring that their clothes fit their body perfectly. Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear offer custom made suits, shirts, jackets, trousers, overcoats, ties and cufflinks, with made to measure services available for Brioni, Pal Zileri, Canali and Mitchell Ogilvie Tailoring.
Keep it simple. Neutral colours—black, white, red, navy and tan—are a perfect base for your wardrobe as they’re great for mixing and matching back with pastel or brighter colours.
But don’t take neutral to mean you also should shy away from colour; 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.
When choosing pieces to take you through this season and the next, you should live the adage: buy better, buy less. Expensive fabrics perform better over the long term, saving you money down the line.
Visit Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear at 168 Edward Street, Brisbane.