We might not be able to travel freely at the moment, but that doesn’t stop the occasional day dream of relaxing on a rooftop bar somewhere warm. And with that thought comes the question of what we’d wear on such an excursion. As is usually the case with summer style, the Italian way of dressing is endlessly appealing, with a certain mix of elegance and sophistication often matched by an appreciation for cut and fabric choice.
Inspired by such films as The Talented Mr Ripley and The Great Beauty, the first in our new series of Looks is ideal for wearing on the Italian Riviera. Or, indeed, in the back garden for a BBQ.
A shirt that could easily be seen on the back of Alain Delon in the 1960s, this Ripa Ripa design is cut from 100% Italian striped linen and features a casual spread collar. Designed as half way between a polo and a shirt, its laid back fit ensures it’s ideal for warm weather.
Chinos have long been a riviera staple, most likely for their soft cotton construction which remains both breathable and comfortable under the summer sun. Unrecorded’s chinos are made to be durable - their GOTS certified 290gsm cotton is designed to take a beating, and will likely only get better (and softer) with wear.
A very Italian shoe, tasseled loafers are the go-to choice for those who value comfort as well as style. The ideal finishing touch under a pair of slightly cropped chinos, these GH Bass Weejuns loafers boast hand-stitched seams, a natural polished leather sole and a single tassel at the front.
A riviera inspired outfit wouldn’t be complete without a good pair of shades. Taking their inspiration from retro sunglasses, this VIU pair is made from hard-wearing acetate, featuring a strong, angled silhouette that will suit a wide range of face shapes.
An accessory that’s often overlooked by many, a good quality belt can work as the finishing touch to an otherwise incomplete outfit. This Carl Freidrik design is slim, elegant, and features the brand’s signature solid brass ‘blade’ buckle, giving it a subtle statement feel.
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