Sprezzatura — Italian Men’s Fashion and Its Studied Carelessness

Ever fancied Italian, beyond their Pasta and Pizza? Am sure the ladies have, ahem.. I shall introduce you to a key concept in fashion, which is rightly derived from the Italians. The term – Sprezzatura [sprettsa?tura] It is a key concept in Italian men’s fashion and has earned respect for the race over the centuries. 

 Sprezzatura is an Italian word originating from Baldassare Castiglione‘s The Book of the Courtier, where it is defined by the author as “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it”. The word has since, entered the English language; with the Oxford English Dictionary defining it as “studied carelessness”. Remember that post Riaan put up on how effortlessly chic Ranbir looks in that biker jacket? Exactly.

Now, another word we use quite often without much though, is Glamour! A glamour was originally said to be a spell cast by a witch to make somebody see things in a different way. Who could have imagined that? Late in the 19th century the common meaning shifted to being applied to ordinary objects and jewellery without connotations of supernatural, merely upon the effect that it has on appearance. Today, glamour is the impression of attraction or fascination that a particularly luxurious or elegant appearance creates, an impression which is better than the reality.Italian Men's Fashion

And what is the meaning of this lesson in English? Well, for glamour to be successful in today’s increasingly Fashion conscious world, nearly always requires sprezzatura – an appearance of effortlessness.Italian Men's Fashion

Gone are the days when “wet looking” hair was considered fashionable. Nor is “you look like you took a lot of effort to look good tonight” considered a compliment anymore. It’s all in the effortlessness. Managed bed heads, jackets thrown on “with a lot of care”, loafers without socks, monotones with one single item of clothing in an offset color, mismatched pocket square and neck tie. All of this, you got that right, Sprezzatura. And like we have developed the gut for Penne and Lasagnas, we have grown to develop some effortless style for ourselves over the decades.

Italian Men's Fashion

Italian Men's Fashion

Italian Men's Fashion

(All images courtesy Tod’s Italian Potraits)

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————IMG_273450299690399Allen George, Al Claudius to his friends, is one of UrbanEye’s favourite and most respected guest bloggers. He does not have any formal training in the field of fashion. What he does have though, is an opinion on how you should present yourself. “Clothes maketh a man, well fitted formals maketh a manager” is a term he likes throwing around at his corporate job. He admittedly is a jack of all fancy. Having dabbled in acting, modeling (for a post in Urbaneye.in no less) and DJ’ing in the past he has forayed into fashion blogging only recently and is also a contributing writer for menswearstyle.uk
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