We sometimes describe someone as a person that is always well-dressed and elegant, yet we find it difficult to state precisely what makes that person stand out amongst others. Why is this so? Because true elegance has no distinctive features – it does not shock nor is it an eyesore; it is like a second skin. Only when we take a closer look can we notice the premium fabrics, excellent cuts, perfect stitches and top-notch finishing. And this is what matters – these details that are of the utmost importance and that I presented in my post “Materials for men’s clothing”.
Flashy clothes will never be elegant – in the past they were reserved for the lower classes; higher classes always chose a simple and subtle style. The rule was to not stand out. Please pay attention to the fact that the suit has never been a latest craze or avantgarde. For this reason, no matter if someone is Italian, English or Polish – the higher the position a person holds, the simpler the clothes that are worn, not meaning cheap, but in fashion and caring for top quality.
Paris is indisputably the capital city of women’s fashion, and as far as men’s fashion is concerned, London definitely takes the lead. We should not, however, forget about Milan, the representative of Italian fashion. Italians are masters in wearing perfectly fitted jackets. They love dark blue jackets and consider them most elegant.
Italians have impeccable taste and the ability to play with fashion. It would be an overstatement to imply that this applies to all Italians, but Italian streets undoubtedly are characterised by wonderfully dressed men, wearing perfectly cut suits with very attractive, often even extravagant, accessories. This is complemented by carefully-chosen sunglasses, worn by Italians practically all year round.
Italians can make themselves handsome and bring themselves to the forefront. English people, in turn, pay less attention to making their clothes more attractive – for years a classic style has been setting the pace (with no extravagance, like e.g. large patterns that – as I already mentioned – were always inadvisable in higher spheres, and this unwritten dress code has been followed in England to this day. They even most often choose subtle pocket squares, folded in a breast pocket in a simple manner, tucked away with about 0.5 to 1 cm showing.
This English style (Business Formal) is recommended for men working in corporations, civil servants, lawyers, or for those who run business activities and have contact with customers. But does it make this style less attractive – or to put it more bluntly – geeky? Quite the reverse, this is a symbol of refined elegance that fascinates us with its simplicity and is suitable for any occasion.
In order to achieve such a chic effect, very good fabric should always be the starting point in choosing a jacket or shirt. And this is not about manifesting textile class divisions or emphasising one’s wealth on purpose. I encourage you to buy clothes made from such fabrics due to their irreplaceable features: longevity (the very long time of use) and pleasure derived from wearing them – good fabrics are soft, delicate to the touch, body-friendly, have heat-insulating properties and do not crease. Their advantages are infinite, but what is most important and worth emphasising is their beautiful structure, characteristic for any material made from natural fibres. And this is what matters in this elegance – this effect that any good eye will notice. Let’s look at the most recognisable Oxford weave.
When preparing our clothes, we should not forget about accessories as – as I have already mentioned many times – they give our outfit a distinct personality. For this reason, in my previous posts – “All about pocket squares: materials, patterns, sizes” and “Attractive accessories for men’s clothing…” – I devoted a lot of attention to the high-quality fabrics used for making all those nontrivial details and accessories. I especially recommend them to those men who wish to be perceived as well-dressed, and to those who wear suits every day.
An elegant man should be characterised by well-thought-out attire with perfectly matched elements, not just in terms of visual aspects, but also in quality.