Originally Posted by whoopee
Evidence that Italians are not infallible style gods and, if they come across as well dressed, that confidence on the dresser's part and preconceptions on the viewers' go a long way.
You know, I've never considered them style gods. I've always believed that they've made important contributions to style -- and the Italian male in some cities in Italy are generally better dressed than their North American counterparts -- but they've gone down some incredibly stupid roads as well.
To me, the most important Italian contribution to lifestyle/style is the fact that they still know how to live with a joie de vivre
-- smoking, drinking, eating, woman chasing -- that we on this side of the ocean have given up in favour of being boring.
At any rate, Manton's book confirmed a lot of what I believed (even if I do occasionally throw in a dig about black suits
) but it's most important contribution to my sartorial education was to refocus my attention on simplicity. I occasionally drift towards extravagence (nothing too showy, but undandy-like) so it was a welcome reminder to be careful.