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What Is A Spalla Camicia?

Today I answer one common question I get from my client's and that is "What is a spalla camicia?" 

Let's dive right into it.

1. What is Spalla Camicia?

  • "Spalla Camicia" directly translates to "shirt shoulder" as it is how Neopolitan tailors put sleeves onto shirts. 
  • This tailoring technique is known for its relaxed and distinctive appearance.
  • It refers to the unique pleating or puckering effect on the shoulder of a jacket.

2. How it's done:

  • Neapolitan tailors take a wider sleeve and tuck it into a smaller sleeve opening.
  • The excess fabric of the sleeve is tucked inside of the top of the shoulder, creating small ripples or pleats.
  • This technique offers more mobility and flexibility in the shoulder area.

3. Waterfall Spalla Camicia:

  • In this style, the shoulder slopes down seamlessly without a pronounced sleeve head.
  • It creates a natural, graceful line on the shoulder, resembling a waterfall.
  • Ideal for those who prefer a more relaxed and unstructured look, perfect for casual occasions.

4. Structured Spalla Camicia:

  • This variation retains the pleating effect but adds a bit more structure to the shoulder.
  • The shoulder tends to puff up slightly, creating a subtle roping effect.
  • Great for those who want a Neapolitan-inspired look with a bit more presence, suitable for both casual and slightly dressier occasions.

5. Style Considerations:

  • Spalla Camicia jackets are inherently casual due to the pleating in the shoulder.
  • They may not be the best choice for formal events, like weddings, where a sharp and clean look is desired.

Spalla Camicia is a distinctive and stylish feature that adds character to your jacket. Whether you prefer the relaxed elegance of a waterfall style or the structured appeal of the roped shoulder, it's important to choose the one that aligns with the formality of the occasion. Now, when someone mentions Spalla Camicia, you'll have a clear understanding of this unique tailoring technique.

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