Stile Estivo Italiano12/01/2013
One pretends to do something, or copy someone or some teacher, until it can be done confidently and easily in what becomes one’s own style.
- Cary Grant
Italian summers can be hot, very hot, and yet the people dress so well. Italian men seem relaxed and happy, not over heated and uncomfortable, nor do they use the temperature as an excuse to dress sloppily.
This is why I look to Italy as an influence as the thermostat rises here in Australia; the same reason when winter hits, I take inspiration from the English.
I really don't think just because it's hot I need to wear a singlet, shorts and flip flops, unless I'm headed poolside. So today as it hits a pleasant 32c, I feel at home in a light trouser, linen shirt and linen blazer. An item easily removed at the hottest point of the day.
My vintage Gucci horse-bit loafers are worn sockless. These shoes were actually white when I first purchased them, so I had to pull out the acetone and dye them up. The experiment was partially successful, as they ended up more navy blue than black, though I'm very happy with the result.
Jacket and Pants by Phi Phi Tailor
Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
Pocket Square by Henry Bucks
Loafers by Gucci
Sunglasses by Cutler & Gross