Pitti Uomo, a 4-day market tradeshow held annually in Florence, continues to be at the front of the fashion battle line when it come to picking trends for menswear – particularly for tailoring and footwear. Now in its 87th season, the Pitti Uomo street style is prime, as editors and buyers swarm collectively, dressed so sartorially we can’t help but pine for their wardrobes.
More than that, these men give permission to be bright, bold and a little bit more daring than the average bloke, overriding the rules of keeping muted colour palettes for dress pants and button ups. With a nod to gentlemanly class, here are our top five trend picks from the streets of Pitti Uomo 87, to be worn now.
The Lowdown: Pitti Uomo Street Style
Camel has a classic air about it when worn as a coat. A less serious approach to cold weather than black, grey or navy, the dusty hues of camel go with any colour palette, making it a staple piece for the winter wardrobe. Pair a camel coat with white trousers, textured linen shirt and tan loafers for a cool daytime look. Or for more sophistication, get suited-and-booted in navy wool trousers, blazer and shiny derby shoes.
Blazers are adopting more casual, deconstructed looks at Pitti Uomo 2015. Can’t decide on a fabric? Sport them all. From Herringbone tweed to checked squares, or corduroy lines to panels of linen, suit jackets have never been so personalised, taking bespoke to another whole level. When wearing the pieced-together look, keep the patchwork somewhat symmetrical and don’t hold back on mixing textural heights and grains between fabrics. Be experimental with the coat, but simple with the trouser, opting for neutral tones such as black, navy, grey or white.
The wearing of a coat like a cape over the shoulders is inherently Italian. And it meets helps those overheated and lost as to where they can put down their heavy coat. Cloaking makes for a statement look that appears carefree and is practical when sporting heavy outerwear. From parkas to knee-length trenches, perch the jacket squarely on the shoulders, with the hands visible at all times to avoid looking armless. How so? By remaining accessorised – carrying a document holder, smartphone, or simply hanging onto a briefcase during the daily commute. Wear some leather gloves to synch the look.
The endless colour options associated with mirrored sunglasses is what sets this style apart from other styles (as well as the fact you have a portable mirror when food-in-teeth moments arise). Mirrored lenses add a sense of mystery to the face, exude confidence and freshen up a stale suit look for work. This look comes best in aviator or wayfarer style and in bright colours (think red, green and blue), enhancing the retro vibes of the eyewear. Coordinate the lens’ colour with your jacket tone and wear to summer parties where you are likely to be snapped- the mirrored lenses looks great when photographed.
Once associated with bleached-tipped Russians guilty of wearing neck chokers, the white jean has been officially welcomed back in recent seasons, thanks to its presence everywhere on the streets of Florence. White is, in fact, cold-month appropriate, despite a favouritism for darker hues in winter. And the lighter hue is a no-brainer for summer wear (think Ralph Lauren perched luxuriously on a yacht). White chinos are great for day-to-evening events, and the neutral palette runs seamlessly with pretty much everything that’s already in the wardrobe – from a tan linen blazer to navy wool pea coat.