That's right... old men, with Italian Style. Sexy, yes?
Here's how older men look their best in Italy.
Regazzi, Take notes.
Regazze, enjoy the eye candy...
La Bella Figura... which means the Beautiful (or handsome) Figure, refers to how Italians take care about their personal appearance. Their figura, what they see in the mirror--but more importantly, what others see--matters. You won't see sloppy T-shirts and sweat pants--even when doing some daily chores, like picking up wine at the local alimentari or car parts or hardware. Especially when doing business and during the workday, Italian men really care how they look. They don't just throw on clothes in the morning--they make selections. Even their shoes get stored in a special shoe garage called a scarpiera... shoes aren't just thrown at the bottom of a closet where they might get scuffed.
And of course, any Italian man worth his Sicilian sea salt is going to accessorize with a sciarpa (scarf), but it's much more than an accessory. The history of the scarf in Italy dates back to ancient Roman times, called a sudarium in Latin--literally: sweat cloth. You see, although we all know that modern day Italians loathe drafts and avoid getting a chill (which of course leads to catching a raffreddore--a cold), the scarf is also handy in hot, sweltering Italian summers to catch sweat around the neck or wipe it from their brows. For winter, fabrics such as wool, cashmere and alpaca are used. For warmer months, linen, cotton, silk, seersucker or pashmina (a lighter Indian wool) are worn.
Then there's the jackets. These aren't the angular, harshly cut, tightly fitting suits of the younger generation (which, even on very thin regazzi, makes them look 20 pounds overweight), but a more relaxed fit. Even if an older gent is carrying a few extra pounds, the cut refuses to show them. There are softer lines overall. Softer shoulders. A softer drape to the fabrics. Ties optional. And classic jackets--like the double-breasted--look classy and timeless. In fact, a sports jacket and slacks or jeans give a casual chic look. Their classic selections will mix and match well with most colors and styles. Older Italian men have been around long enough to fill their closets with classic--not trendy--styles that will last for years.
6/13/2018 07:10:41 pm
Love older italian men. The best Kind. Classy
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11/14/2022 08:52:17 pm
I swear I’m an Italian at heart, in my youth I could dance like John Travolta and better in some instances” The Lord is my witness”. I wish I had a camera and put on all my really classic suits and ties on. One beautifull lady I met some years ago who had been to Italy did say she met some one there that I really looked like. What a compliment, I’m in my sixties and I can’t help but put on my snazzy suits to go to church or parties. As a matter of fact at one church the copastor stopped me to tell me something him and the head pastor had seen about me. He told me that they had been praying for The Lord the bring in a really fine very well dressed Christian to be the door man. And I asked so you think I’m really the answer to this prayer? And to my surprise he said yes we saw it as soon as you walked into church. To me it’s really awesome when you dress in your best to honor The Good Lord and He honors you in return with a very honorable ministries as been the doorman of a really great church. But back to dressing up, it’s in me , I’ve always just think about being very stylish just about anywhere I have to go. By the way I live in Texas, the southern most tip very close to the Mexican border. But yes VIVA ITALY where the greatest artist geniuses and most beautiful women and remarkable people live, make me an honorary I talisman Lord that would be great. God save and bless Italy.
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