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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pitti Uomo Recap....Bold Solids

At this recent Pitti Uomo I surprised to see so many shirts in bold solid colors. As you can see in these two examples, it can be done very well when toned down with a navy suit.

The choice of color is extremely important. Because of the shirt's boldness, if you make the wrong choice, everyone will notice. To be honest, I can't really imagine a loud purple shirt looking good on anyone.

Along those same lines, I think it would also be a mistake to try and match a boldly colored shirt with an equally bold patterned suit. We'll see how this emerging trend plays out, but let's watch this with a very cautious eye.

Comments on "Pitti Uomo Recap....Bold Solids"


Blogger KristiMcMurry said ... (4:29 PM) : 

Wow. That first man is stunning. That is a beautiful blue...and that watch! So classy.


Blogger STREETFSN said ... (4:29 PM) : 

amazing !! love those styles XO


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:36 PM) : 

Loving that color blue. I dream in hues of blue. Love it.


Blogger Dawn Ius said ... (4:39 PM) : 

This definitely looks good with blue (and even pink) - but I agree about the purple.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:39 PM) : 

I like the idea of a bold flash of color peeking out behind a dark suit and tie. Might be a bit too much if the gentleman takes off his suit jacket though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:46 PM) : 

LOVE, the bold color. Its amazing how many men in Florence were wearing blue blazers. Its great to see men not afraid of color. Its perfect rain or shine.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:54 PM) : 

I love the look of perfectly matching and carefully tucked in pocket kerchief...such a refined look that Italian men have mastered :)


Anonymous Brian said ... (5:05 PM) : 

Love the blue shirt! And the skin tone goes nicely with that. It also looks like a nice watch.


Blogger Antonio_Libero said ... (5:17 PM) : 

The first man is very, very chic.. and i have an identical hand-made tie.. but in my opinion the color of the shirt i too strong..


Blogger Antonio_Libero said ... (5:18 PM) : 

The first man is very, very chic.. and i have an identical hand-made tie.. but in my opinion the color of the shirt i too strong..


Blogger edge and grace said ... (5:34 PM) : 

I love the first man. Such beautiful colors. Thank you for posting!


Blogger stoneandcloth said ... (5:39 PM) : 

that solid bright blue is very striking! looks great with the dark navy. great shot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:55 PM) : 

Just like you can do the same with a wacky tie... You just invert the order. I have tried it so far with a blue suit, a bright pink shirt and a dark blue tie, it looks very nice.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:46 PM) : 

That is a most excellent blue. And I think that a strong purple shirt looks fabulous with a grey or taupe suit--my husband wears that look often and well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:50 PM) : 

I love this idea of bold shirts under simple solid suits....quality and craftmanship would have to be key playas!

If you play wiht patterns on patterns and colors and color upon colors...ETRO is one to look they go in an eclectic direction with it.

I have always like playing with interesting hues of blue itself, like the one he has reminds alot of the blue you see on painted on limestone walls of the mediteranean homes and buildings.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:52 PM) : 

p.s. the guy in the pink shirt looks like the very well put togther short fat guy from NYC
you have featured in the past...



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:10 PM) : 

I love the glasses tucked in the pocket in the second picture, along with the square.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:20 PM) : 

is that a little flower on his tie?


Blogger John B Pritchett said ... (7:38 PM) : 

Absolutely love the colors and style! The handkerchief is def a nice touch!


Blogger Ninjagaiden78 said ... (7:51 PM) : 

That blue is crazy!


Blogger nemee said ... (7:53 PM) : 

i prefer the first look , it makes his eyes stand out .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:58 PM) : 

I love both combinations! Indeed, it's wonderful to see ITALIAN Men not afraid of color. However, if you were to ask American men to wear this same combination there would some hesitation. I rarely see this kind of classic, sartorial dressing for men here in the San Francisco bay area. One would think that with the cold weather this would be most appropriate in this region. But, alas, peeps here are rather slow to adopt such fashion sensibilities. Kudos for these two Italian gentlemen. BTW, on the second gentleman's tie (wearing the pink shirt in minute gingham pattern)is he wearing a pink-dot of a pin? If so, it adds to the allure of his color combination--subtle, yet effective.


Blogger Susan said ... (8:10 PM) : 

I really like the pop of colour from his pocket in the 2nd picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:35 PM) : 

You can get away with a boldly colored suit and equally boldly colored shirt if it's 1984 and you're on Miami Vice. That's about the only time.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:45 PM) : 

They look great, I love bold colours with navy blue. I like the little pocket square in the second picture, it is not at all the colour of the shirt.


Blogger The Original Swedish Blonde! said ... (9:05 PM) : 

I think guys should wear more pink.

Be a little daring guys...;)


Anonymous Lee Oliveira said ... (9:14 PM) : 

Love that blue shirt. I wish more men would where bold coloured shirts. They really make a statement. Screams confidence.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:35 PM) : 

I think a bold shirt and suit can go together. Frankly, I think men's dressing is much too safe. I would welcome some risks. A deep purple men's shirt? Imagine Javier Bardem sporting that and a well-tailored suit and I think we'd be in business. Masculine man + feminine touches = very hot and very chic.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:43 PM) : 

Beautiful tailored fit jackets in both shots. Both shirts definitely stood out without looking tacky or immature.

Great looks!


Blogger Eugenia Woods said ... (10:13 PM) : 

Loving the red printed pocket square. What a nice finishing touch.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50 PM) : 

Great shots. Real looking middle aged men, not models or twenty somethings. Reminds me of the early days of the Sartorialist.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:52 PM) : 

The man in the pink shirt is from the Netherlands and not the fat gay from N.C.Y.


Blogger fig said ... (11:37 PM) : 

Blue, it is! Liked them both, though the second shot with the red print pocket square reminded me of a picnic napkin ...


Anonymous pRiyA said ... (11:44 PM) : 

Love them both. They carry off the colours with such aplomb!!


Anonymous Isabelle said ... (12:48 AM) : 

The pocket square looks fantastic in the other photo.

On a different note, not sure if anyone (or you, Sart) has seen this blog: It's a bit of a 'hats-off' to the Sartorialist, with a funny feline twist.

Keep up the great work Sart! I love visiting every once in a while to get a taste of what's happening around the world :)


Anonymous John Wesley said ... (1:05 AM) : 

"Devil With The Blue Shirt On"--

A few too many solids. Gimme some pattern!
I think his jacket is too tight through shoulders. Looks constrictive. To hell with being "in Fashion" if it means looking uncomfortable. Besides, shoulders are too narrow for size of head. (Perfect tank watch though.)

"Cherub With The Pink Shirt On"--

Classic jacket. Proper fit. Lovin' the patterned shirt and pocket square. Glasses; great touch.

Both gents carry off color with aplomb.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:11 AM) : 

Seems part of the trick is to keep the tie solid, dark, and simple. That way, the shirt stands out, not the suit or the tie.

Am wanting a neon-colored t-shirt to wear under a black cardigan.


Blogger amber and hilary said ... (1:39 AM) : 

fabulous blue!


Anonymous Lisette said ... (1:56 AM) : 

Am I worng, or is the second shirt not pink, but a red and white mini gingham? That would explain the red and white bandana-like pocket square and the red rose on his tie!

In any event, both looks are well done and fun!


Anonymous Vince Rizzo said ... (2:02 AM) : 

I like how the red pocket kerchief on the second man matches the tiny little singular red flower on his tie. Snazzy.


Blogger Lin said ... (2:19 AM) : 

I think a bold purple (in my mind closer to a bold violet) would look just as good on the man in blue as well, with that suit he's wearing. I can see it. I'd take purple over yellow or orange any day. I can't stop going back to look at the man in the blue - mesmerizing. I would love to know what the rest of the suit looks like, and his shoes!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:28 AM) : 

Looks brilliant, but nothing new.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:31 AM) : 

Bold Solids?
You mean Bond solids.
The man in blue is the Italian 007.
Looks great!


Blogger kathrynnova said ... (2:42 AM) : 

the knit tie on the first gentlemen is what grabbed my attention (directed by the simple bright shirt).

my grandfather wore these kinds of ties and as a young girl i used to love to feel the texture. i loved going through his closet and wondering which outfits he'd worn these ties with - wondered how he must have looked wearing them. they provided me an endless fascination and endless textures to feel.


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (3:42 AM) : 

you're right scott ... I too think the same thing
as always great photos


Anonymous Lisa Marie Diary said ... (4:19 AM) : 

So pretty ... boys


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:31 AM) : 

Not quite getting the shock and awe here surely this is a classic " business" look seen in cities worldwide obviously in both these cases beautifully rendered but hardly deserving of blog speak wows and ahs?


Blogger thwany said ... (6:23 AM) : 

love the shades of blue in the first pic


Blogger BasicbutChic said ... (6:41 AM) : 

I really prefer the colors with the second man : love the association with the pink ans mainly the little red touch in the pocket.
I'm sure the glasses are also very Chic !


Blogger l´habitué said ... (7:03 AM) : 

Love the see man play a little bit more with colors. These are perfect examples!


Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said ... (7:29 AM) : 


I love that color blue.


Blogger Diana said ... (7:34 AM) : 

I think, even purple can go with a graphit-gray suit...If someone has a nice tan, like these two guys, bold shirt is really a good choice. If someone is pale, has to be more careful with the right tone.

greetings from the tropical Austria!


Blogger Much Dutch said ... (7:57 AM) : 

daniel ( the second guy ) is dutch, but always with a very italian touch ! the dutch normally dare wear bright colours. love both looks. in my collections we have veru bright and strong colors for next spring summer. think pink !!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:06 AM) : 

You know how can pull off a bright purple shirt? Ozwald Boateng.He loves bright colors!


Blogger Doctor PS said ... (8:11 AM) : 

Loove delicate details:))


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (8:11 AM) : 

love their colorful shirt!


Anonymous Sarade said ... (8:17 AM) : 

The bold colors look especially stylish with a tan!


Blogger CLAUDIA C. said ... (8:30 AM) : 

I love top manager men !!!!!!


Blogger Jo said ... (10:03 AM) : 

That blue on blue is SHARP!


Anonymous Angela said ... (10:26 AM) : 

Loving this! The look is especially polished and stylish paired with a beautiful watch.


Blogger Liz S said ... (10:29 AM) : 

Love them both--but agree with some others that purple can look great too--any colour can really, used in the right way. I don't think the beauty of colour should ever be frowned upon--each person has certain colours (and styles) that suit them more than others and it can take time to work this out.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:07 AM) : 

Class all the way !!!
-the diary of a fashion stylist-


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:23 AM) : 

May I ask? What is the first man wearing as a tie? Because to me it looks like it is knitted (or textured or something...)knitted tie or knitted scarf as tie?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:08 PM) : 

Not sure that a brightly hued shirt is an 'emerging trend'......


Anonymous Laurent said ... (12:52 PM) : 

The bold shirts are very nice, as is the return to knit ties. Red pocket square with pink shirt? Harsh!


Blogger Alexandra said ... (1:16 PM) : 

Wow so chic...and I'm sorry but how good looking are these men? I know this is about fashion, but seriously...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:19 PM) : 

Deberías poner más fotos de Pitti


Blogger Sarah said ... (2:40 PM) : 

I want to write a spy story about the blue-shirted man. He's got more rugged, settled maturity than a James Bond figure, but maybe he's a spymaster who occasionally takes on missions himself to make sure they're done right. And he wouldn't fall for vapid twentysomething beauties. He'd fall for character-filled, intelligent thirty- and forty-something beauties. :-)


Blogger "Guppy" Honaker said ... (3:12 PM) : 

My favorite is the dark blue shirt in the first (very handsome) model. Bold colors work, I think, for most people.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:56 PM) : 

A fellow commentator writes that he/she doesn't understand all the oohs and aahs over these classic business looks. In America at least, our eyes have become so accustomed to seeing grown men in graphic print t-shirts and backwards baseball caps, seeing a man actually dress appropriate to his age and station in life DOES give the Shock of the New. These guys are absolute head-turners because of what they DON'T wear.


Anonymous Victor said ... (4:16 PM) : 

Hey Sart

Best couple of pics in a while.
These are a class act, they have style, they know it and want to let the world know how to dress right.
A source of inspiration!


Anonymous Amy said ... (6:53 PM) : 

I love this bold look! Very few can pull this off!


Blogger Stela James said ... (5:55 AM) : 

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Anonymous Christian said ... (7:18 AM) : 



Blogger davidikus said ... (9:17 AM) : 

Ah! I hope I can prove you wrong about loud purple shirts one day. I like bold colour shirts. A very inspiring post. I don't think they are tone down here; it's more a case that they are accessorising the suit, really. Blue on blue (camaïeux in general) is a Milanese / Italian topos!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:10 PM) : 

uy! me encanta la azul....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:42 AM) : 

it seems the first man pluckled his eyebrows, so feminine...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:47 PM) : 

who IS the blue shirted man, and does he ever take his wedding ring off?


Anonymous Megan said ... (1:58 PM) : 

I really like the bold fashion statement made with these bold colored shirts. It doesn't overpower the look or their style but seems to enhance it. I do hope to see well put together outfits like ths more often in the future.


Blogger Uptown Twirl said ... (3:51 PM) : 

Real men where pink :-)


Anonymous Nigel Danes said ... (11:47 PM) : 

Is the second guy wearing/pocketing a Person 2892-V in color 480 (Honey)?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:28 PM) : 

I love that they're using what they put in their pockets to really spell out what they want to do with their whole look. The first one is very classic, geometric, and clear-cut. The second has a touch of still-masculine delicacy and playfullness. Also, I've been noticing men with their glasses poking out of their pockets like that, but I didn't realize those pockets were that deep! Womens pockets are so shallow, everywhere. Sometimes I get jealous.


Blogger Javi said ... (2:19 PM) : 

What color shoes would go best with a blue suit like these?


Blogger Jazzbuff630 said ... (2:25 PM) : 

I feel like Daisy in "The Great Gatsby". Both shirts are so beautiful, that I'm verklempt.

I like the scale of the lapels on both suits. Style, as opposed to fashion. Suits I'd wear, as a "man of a certain age", as opposed to those skinny, "Pee Wee Herman" suits.

I have a preference for solid navy ties, and probably own 25 or so in many different weights and textures.

Classic dressing will always look correct.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:09 PM) : 

oh, that´s a lovely smile....


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