Ease is a key to style. It makes things natural. Generally older men are better at ease and better at style consequently. Just take a look at these photos from Pitti Uomo in Florence.
I’ve photographed the guy above a few times before. Check here and here. He’s brilliant at dressing. He is conservative, although not dull at all. Notice the combination of bold patterns and subdued blue shades. It reminds of Prince Charles’ combinations.
The title of the photo above could be How to combine a navy blue suit and a navy blue tie. It can be tricky. The style directs the eye to fit, which must be immaculate, and to details, which need final touches. Notice the club shirt collar.
Another well known Pitti Uomo gentleman. Apart from the glasses, which diverges, he sports a very harmonious real-world style.
An exemplary use of blue blazer, striped tie and chinos. You don’t see it that much around, because people are busy twisting classic styles.
And now for the lightweight safari style jacket with plenty of pockets and sometimes straps, also called a sahariana. Jackets and shirts in safari style were so popular in the 1970s that even James Bond (Roger Moore) wore them along with his lounge suits and sports coats. For the last seasons sahariana style jackets and shirts have had a comeback. Usually you will pair them with trousers in a related offwhite shade. However that can become theatrical, too colonial. The elderly gentleman above shows how to bring in more colours.
Royal blue, electric blue, French blue and other loud blue shades are fashionable at the moment, and in bespoke as well a tailor told me. This very cool looking signore combines his navy blue cotton blazer with French blue trousers.
A consistent Zorba look including lots of linen, stubble, a great smile and leather sandals.
Photos: The Journal of Style