I, like many other gentlemen, get excited around one particular time of the fashion calendar. It’s not fashion week or buying season, and it’s not even the ever so sexy Victoria’s Secret fashion show. I’m talking about Pitti Uomo; the style Olympics of menswear! It’s all about the most dapper gents from all over the world peacocking around the streets of Florence looking for new and up and coming brands and designers to fill their stores and closet space.
As a teenager, I remember looking at all the street style photos that would come out of Pitti and just be in absolutely awe of each gentleman’s sartorial choices. I can honestly say I take a lot of my inspiration from Pitti Uomo and it’s still one of my most favourite style events of the year. One piece that always sticks out in my mind when I think of Pitti Uomo is the double breasted blazer.
You wouldn’t believe how long I have been looking for a piece exactly like the one above. It’s unconstructed, has large peak lapels, six white buttons, it’s navy, has a cropped length, patch pockets, and, most importantly, it’s cut slim throughout the body.
Slim Navy Unconstructed Double Breasted Blazer - Zara Blue Pinstripe Semi Spread Collar - Le Chateau fleur de lis tie - Vintage
There’s something about this silhouette that is just so typically Italian. Italians always seem to wear it so effortlessly and look stylishly put together while, across the Atlantic, it’s been the biggest style don’t for the past couple of years.
Slim Mint Green denim - Mavi Blue snakeskin printed loafers - Pelle Pelle
I feel like the younger generation may look at the double breasted silhouette and be reminded of the old boxy suits our fathers wore with t-shirts in the 80’s, but that just isn’t the case anymore! There’s a whole new fleet of double breasted blazers that are slimmer, more cropped and easier to wear!
Club Master Sunglasses - Vintage Tie Bar - Le Chateau
When choosing a double breasted blazer, opt for something with 6 buttons. This will make your waist look smaller and leaner as well as making your chest appear bigger.
Another great tip is to always fasten the anchor button on the inside left panel of the blazer when you do up the buttons. This will make the blazer fall better and will give your second button a little extra support.
Blue & White Nato Strapped Watch - Daniel Wellington Blue Paisley pocket square - Vintage
When it comes to styling your blazer, look at this piece as an alternative to a jacket. It’s versatile enough that you can throw it on over a t-shirt and jeans but formal enough that it can be paired with a shirt and tie. As always, experiment with your look, and don’t be afraid to throw on a pocket square or try a coloured chino as opposed to a jean.