Last month, we travelled to Florence with A. Lange & Söhne for an exploration of Tuscan craftsmanship and the timeless tradition of gentlemen’s fashion. As host to Pitti Uomo, Florence has long enjoyed a reputation as the ultimate destination for classic men’s fashion. Joined on our trip by punk rock tailors Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh – the sharp-dressed menswear consultants behind Art Comes First – we gathered a few tips for dressing like the perfect gent.
Read on to find out the finishing touches that will elevate your next ensemble into a gentlemanly masterpiece. And don’t forget to take notes.
1. Always top it off
Like the cherry on an ice cream sundae, no menswear look is complete without the perfect hat. We’re not talking about skater boy beanies or frat bro snapbacks. No, we mean a handmade, well-structured bowler or even a lightweight panama for warmer months – just like the ones being produced at Florence’s very own Super Duper Hats. This season, why not try an earth-toned beret in corduroy or leather, as seen in Prada’s AW17 menswear collection.
2. A mobile phone should not be your primary form of timekeeping
Do you think James Bond looks at his mobile phone when he’s curious about the time? Our guess is a big, resounding no on that one. A high-quality, handmade watch means that never again will you have to embarrassingly pull your cell phone out of your pocket at an important dinner or meeting. Since 1845, the German luxury watchmakers at A. Lange & Söhne have manufactured timepieces that aren’t just beautiful, they’re technologically impressive to boot. Offering chronographs and perpetual calendars among others, each watch contains mechanical movements that work to ensure you’re always on time, not a second to spare.
3. Always have your suit custom-tailored
There’s nothing worse than a man in an ill-fitting suit. Not only does it look unkempt, it’s uncomfortable to spend an evening in, too. Do yourself a favour and have your suit custom-tailored to ensure the perfect fit. At the Florentine favourite Liverano e Liverano, Antonio Liverano has kept Italian men looking confident and dapper for over 50 years. Nowhere near Florence? No need to worry, a little research is all it takes to find the perfect tailor in your area. Just make sure they aren’t like Joey’s from that episode of “Friends”. Tweed and plaid are perennially fashionable, but keep the fit relaxed for a look that’s perfectly on-trend. We can’t stop looking at Martine Rose’s AW17 lookbook for inspiration.
4. Never leave the house in a scuffed pair of shoes
Just as a hat is vital for a flawless gentlemen’s look, so is a well-kept pair of shoes. Invest in genuine leather, which is guaranteed to hold up for more than a few months. When it comes to what style to go for, the Chelsea boot has seen a revival and is excellent for daily wear, while a sophisticated smoking slipper, like this pair by YSL, is great for formal events. Just be sure not to forget about regular shoe shines – this is the step that really separates the boys from the true gents.
5. When in doubt, go with blue
Oftentimes, black can come off as too austere, and a Technicolor-hued suit is difficult to pull off unless you’re Donald Glover. Thankfully, navy blue is a classic option that is neither too serious nor too casual. Following this rule is A. Lange & Söhne, which recently released its Blue Series. Boasting four beautiful white gold timepieces with navy dials, each of these alluring wristwatches serve as the perfect companion for a timeless all-blue ensemble. For its AW17 presentation, Lanvin debuted cosy knitwear and classic trenches in various shades of blue. Follow the brand’s lead and pair your favourite hue of blue with black for a look that defies tired fashion stereotypes.
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