The Pitti Uomo Diaries, Part 3

It’s amazing how the mind works. When I see something appealing, I immediately start imagining ways to get it for myself and being around menswear this week is no exception. There are belts I like, hats that would complete my outfit, accessories that seem fantastically cross-gender and in one particular pavilion, women’s down jackets that I could put on right now. That’s probably the reason why museum gift shops are such a successful concept — we as humans, want what we see.

At Pitti Uomo in Florence, running through Friday, where designers are showing their Fall/Winter 2016 menswear collections, I’ve seen quite a lot I like. From perfumes, to hats, to pocket squares, there was even a ball gown on display, made out of men’s foulards. And don’t get me started on that blush pink reversible fake-fur-slash-down-jacket at Colmar.

Of course, it could be that my style has become increasingly more tailored in the last few years. It’s so much simpler, I find, to travel with a few glamorous suits and accessories than to pack dresses and girlie things. A suit — albeit one that’s a little rockstar like those by French brand Zadig & Voltaire — is always appropriate, for day or on a red carpet and the variety of options out there make for simple purchases. It may cost a little more upfront but if you apply a “pay per wear” calculation, it’s probably cheaper than that impulse purchase you made last summer at Forever 21, and never, ever wore. For me, it’s a no brainer.

Read the full post on The Huffington Post.

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