I've been living in Italy for almost three weeks now, and have been trying to pin down the quintessential Italian style. I've sat in every piazza and pizzeria scouring and taking not so discreet pictures of locals to try and identify what makes up the Italian way of dressing. For me, it is much easier to describe how the men dress here. Tailoring is extremely important to Italians. Whether their clothes are from Dolce&Gabbana or Zara, everything is tailored and fitted perfectly. A pair of twenty dollar pants can look like a million dollars if you spend an extra ten dollars to get them hemmed to the perfect length. Italians in general but especially men do not have huge closets stuffed with things that are never worn, but strive to spend money on quality classic pieces, that are timeless and will last for a long time. It's a lesson that Im trying to learn, however my shopping addiction doesn't agree with it. I think all american men, especially college students should take a hint from the Italians, and take pride in the way that they dress and present themselves. Italian men are innately chic and fashion forward.
Images above are from The Sartorialist, photographed in Florence, Italy