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.


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    July 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    amazing !! love those styles XO

  2. KristiMcMurry

    July 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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

  3. Miss Tasha

    July 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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

  4. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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.

  5. Dawn

    July 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

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

  6. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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.

  7. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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 :)

  8. Brian

    July 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm

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

  9. Antonio_Libero

    July 14, 2010 at 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..

  10. Antonio_Libero

    July 14, 2010 at 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..

  11. edge and grace

    July 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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

  12. stoneandcloth

    July 14, 2010 at 5:39 pm

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

  13. rEVOLVEr

    July 14, 2010 at 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.

  14. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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.

  15. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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 at….as they go in an eclectic direction with it.

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


  16. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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…


  17. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm

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

  18. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    is that a little flower on his tie?

  19. john benjamin pritchett

    July 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

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

  20. Ninjagaiden78

    July 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    That blue is crazy!

  21. nemee

    July 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm

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

  22. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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.

  23. Susan

    July 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

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

  24. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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.

  25. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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.

  26. The Original Swedish Blonde!

    July 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I think guys should wear more pink.

    Be a little daring guys…;)

  27. Lee Oliveira

    July 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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


  28. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 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.

  29. ksennish

    July 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm

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

    Great looks!

  30. Regiane

    July 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! Ain't those blue eyes amazing???? How abt these looks, people?? FASCINATING!!!
    Great pics Scott!! BRAVO!

  31. Eugenia Woods

    July 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm

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

  32. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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

  33. Anonymous

    July 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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

  34. Lisa

    July 14, 2010 at 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 …

  35. pRiyA

    July 14, 2010 at 11:44 pm

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

  36. Isabelle

    July 15, 2010 at 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 :)

  37. John Wesley

    July 15, 2010 at 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.


  38. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 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.

  39. Amber Whitecliffe and Hilary Johnston

    July 15, 2010 at 1:39 am

  40. Lisette

    July 15, 2010 at 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!

  41. Vince Rizzo

    July 15, 2010 at 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.

  42. Lin

    July 15, 2010 at 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!

  43. Peter Wright

    July 15, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Looks brilliant, but nothing new.

  44. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 2:31 am

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

  45. kathrynnova

    July 15, 2010 at 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.


    July 15, 2010 at 3:42 am

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

  47. Lisa Marie Diary

    July 15, 2010 at 4:19 am

    So pretty … boys

  48. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 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?

  49. thwany

    July 15, 2010 at 6:23 am

    love the shades of blue in the first pic

  50. BasicbutChic

    July 15, 2010 at 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 !

  51. l´habitué

    July 15, 2010 at 7:03 am

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

  52. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    July 15, 2010 at 7:29 am


    I love that color blue.

  53. Diana

    July 15, 2010 at 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!

  54. Much Dutch

    July 15, 2010 at 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 !!

  55. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

  56. MELISSA Z.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:11 am

    love their colorful shirt!

  57. Doctor PS

    July 15, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Loove delicate details:))

  58. Sarade

    July 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

    The bold colors look especially stylish with a tan!

  59. CLAUDIA C.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I love top manager men !!!!!!

  60. Miz.November

    July 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    That blue on blue is SHARP!

  61. Angela

    July 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

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

  62. Liz S

    July 15, 2010 at 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.

  63. Valentine

    July 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

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

  64. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 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?

  65. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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

  66. Laurent

    July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

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

  67. Alexandra G.

    July 15, 2010 at 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…

  68. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Deberías poner más fotos de Pitti

  69. Cloud of Secrets

    July 15, 2010 at 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. :-)

  70. "Guppy" Honaker

    July 15, 2010 at 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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  71. Anonymous

    July 15, 2010 at 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.

  72. Victor

    July 15, 2010 at 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!

  73. Amy

    July 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

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

  74. Stela James

    July 16, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Wow!! This is one of the best post i have read so far.
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  75. Christian

    July 16, 2010 at 7:18 am


  76. Davidikus

    July 16, 2010 at 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 (camaĂŻeux in general) is a Milanese / Italian topos!

  77. theshopwindow

    July 16, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    uy! me encanta la azul….

  78. Anonymous

    July 17, 2010 at 5:42 am

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

  79. Anonymous

    July 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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

  80. Megan

    July 20, 2010 at 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.

  81. wilhelmino

    July 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    i love it

  82. Uptown Twirl

    July 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Real men where pink :-)

  83. Nigel Danes

    July 25, 2010 at 11:47 pm

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

  84. Anonymous

    July 26, 2010 at 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.

  85. Javi

    July 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm

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

  86. Jazzbuff630

    July 27, 2010 at 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.

  87. Anonymous

    October 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    oh, that´s a lovely smile….

  88. Suzanne

    August 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I so wish more men wore suits – they have no idea how fabulous they look. Of course, I wish everyone dressed up more.

  89. Brian

    June 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I disagree about the purple. I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t look good in a purple shirt, but perhaps not with a suit,unless the shirt was lavender. I have a purple military style shirt that I get compliments on all the time. People in the West have extreme color phobia.

  90. Rafael

    September 24, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Men best friend and sign of class its a fine swiss watch.

  91. Ritoot

    February 9, 2017 at 6:13 am

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

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