The Modern Gentleman’s Guide to Dressing Like an Italian

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  When it comes to fashion, Italians are professionals at merging high style with everyday life. The popular Italian philosophy la bella figura (literally, “beautiful figure”) speaks to a way of life that emphasizes the importance of always making a good impression. The modern American man can easily capture the essence of the sophisticated Italian and la bella figura by adopting these basic style principles.

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Master the art of sprezzatura

Embrace sprezzatura, an Italian term that refers toa certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.” This means that the key to attaining true Italian style is to be put together without looking like you’re trying too hard. This is easier said than done, but remember to keep it simple and try to let one article of clothing take the lead. One way to achieve effortless Italian style is through spezzato, a common aesthetic in Italian menswear, which literally means “broken.” Quite simply, spezzato describes a combination of jacket and trousers that’s not a matching suit. Try pairing a tailored suit jacket with casual pants to achieve a level of understated sophistication.

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Slim, tailored lines 

In matters of menswear, most will agree that the construction of a suit takes precedence over its style. The Italian emphasis on structure gives way to suits that are slim and retain an easy elegance,  distinguishing the garment from boxier British or American suits. Italian trousers are typically shorter in length and have a tapered waist that sits close to the hips. Other distinct characteristics of the Italian suit include jackets with a prominent V shape, padded shoulders, higher buttons and flapless pockets.

Accessorize like an Italian

Italians never overlook the small details. Make a statement with expressive accessories such as lapel pins, bold socks, pocket squares, scarves – or may we suggest - the FIAT® 500 GQ edition. What aspects of Italian style do you like to integrate into your own look? Show us your most stylish looks on the FIAT USA Facebook Page or tag @FIATUSA on Instagram.  

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