Six Style Lessons We Learnt At Pitti Uomo

By Anna Ivanova
13 June 2019
Pitti Uomo, Street Style
Andrew Barber
Venturing away from street style to find the biggest menswear moves of the week

While we're always obsessed with the street style on our annual pilgrimage to Pitti Uomo – the biggest global platform for the menswear industry – we think that there's a lot more to takeaway from it than a decent selection of style found hanging out on the Via de' Tornabuoni. Well, six things to be exact.

1. Skip the shirt

Jackets came minus anything underneath fairly liberally this week. It's not a look for everybody, admittedly, unless you're trying to make good in a boyband. However, there's certainly an argument for skipping leg day (again) and working a little harder on your abs next time you're in the gym. 

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Givenchy

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Nomadic State of Mind - Courtesy of Snow Peak

2. Add some paint

When Jean-Michel Basquiat was at his peak, rumours abound that he would paint decked out in his favourite Armani suits. Well it's time to channel your inner JMB and add some splashes of colour to your wardrobe. This week at Pitti, the fits were big and colour patterns irregular. Yes you could buy a pair that come pre-splattered for an extortionate price, but we suggest making your own. Perhaps experiment on an old pair first, though.

Pitti Uomo

Photography:Andrew Barber

Pitti Uomo

Photography:Andrew Barber

3. Beige is fashion’s favourite new shade

Beige suits seem to be a perfect choice for summer when the temperatures go up and you still need to look smart and sharp. Sandy, nude, caramel or honey beige, neutral tones are perfect to accessorise with and best part is that they won't absorb the sun. The upshot is that you'll look anything but vanilla.

Pitti Uomo

Photography:Andrew Barber

Pitti Uomo

Photography:Andrew Barber

4. Play with pastels

OK, so depiste what we just said in point, three, we take our pastels very seriously at GQ. The great thing is that you can either go all in – if you're feeling confident – or just dip in and out. Choose one colour and stick with it for a full look, mix pastels, pair a pastel piece with something neutral or perhaps add some bright accents. The pastel power is in your hands. 

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Salvatore Ferragamo

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Photography:Andrew Barber

5. Flower power

Big print has been enjoying quite a menswear moment for some time now, and it was in full bloom on the runways of Pitti Uomo. Again, a full look is bold move, but a floral print shirt is an easy way to add the look to your wardrobe without going full print.

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MSGM, Giovanni Giannoni

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Proj3ct Studio

6. The belt reinvented

The belt is a tricky one. You shouldn't wear one with a suit – if you need one to keep your trousers up then they're too big – but they certainly tightened up looks at Pitti Uomo. Whether worn around the waist in the usual style, or rather maverickly around the neck as a tie, the belt is back... and it's just turned your style up a notch.

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Photography:Andrew Barber

Pitti Uomo

Givenchy