Pitti Uomo: Style Mecca

Once the various fashion weeks around the world kick off, it can be a bit of a struggle to keep up. With so many shows going on within the space of three weeks, it’s hard to see the wood for the trees. (Or should that be the classics for the trends?)

Luckily, that’s where FashionBeans comes in – each season we help identify all the major trends and show you how to incorporate them into your everyday life.

However, the one fashion event I personally pay most attention to is actually a trade show. Twice a year, flocks of stylish men descend upon Florence, Italy, for Pitti Uomo: 59,000 square metres of exhibition space filled with everything from suiting to streetwear. It’s a buyer’s dream for all things related to men’s fashion.

Not only does the event provide a realistic idea of what will be on our radar in the seasons to come, but it’s also a street style frenzy – with every step, corner and walkway containing the very best dressed of the menswear realm.

Over the years it has become the sartorially-inclined man’s style Mecca and I can honestly say that when I die I want my ashes scattered on the grounds. Hopefully a little piece of me will get stuck in the lugged sole of the future Nick Woosters and Tommy Tons of the world.

So, rather than having to sift through every blog post, sneak peek preview and street style shot yourself, I’ve compiled a list of every key piece and trend that came out of Pitti Uomo AW14…

1. Blues On Blues On Blues

Or, specifically, wear more navy together. You’ll have a hard time finding a colour that is more masculine or versatile. It’s a flattering hue for all skin/hair tones and communicates sophistication and style effortlessly.

The key to successfully pulling off a single colour ensemble is to make sure that you vary the texture of the items you are wearing.

For example, why not pair some indigo jeans with a navy Oxford cloth shirt and a navy tweed jacket? Although all of these fabrics and textures are different from one another, helping create definition between each piece, their heavyweight nature ensures they are seasonally-appropriate and extremely complementary.

Tonal Blue Ensembles At Pitti Uomo 2014Tommy Ton for GQ.com

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Tonal Blue Outfits Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Dz Studio Cashmere Blend PoloDz Studio Cashmere Blend Polo
  • Allsaints Redondo ShirtAllsaints Redondo Shirt
  • Allsaints Juku Knitted Bomber JacketAllsaints Juku Knitted Bomber Jacket
  • Rag & Bone Dotted Cotton ShirtRag & Bone Dotted Cotton Shirt
  • River Island Navy Chunky Cable Knit JumperRiver Island Navy Chunky Cable Knit Jumper
  • He By Mango Corduroy Collar Field JacketHe By Mango Corduroy Collar Field Jacket
  • Topman Navy Flannel Skinny Suit JacketTopman Navy Flannel Skinny Suit Jacket
  • Topman Blue Flecked Herringbone Suit TrousersTopman Blue Flecked Herringbone Suit Trousers
  • Reiss Wickham Fine Twill Chinos NavyReiss Wickham Fine Twill Chinos Navy
2. Pick A Bold Scarf

This is an accessories trend that has been developing for a while now, but it was particularly prevalent this year.

Whether it’s a lilac cashmere scarf paired with a grey suit or a polka dot silk version combined with a checked blazer, try contrasting a coloured/patterned scarf against the rest of your outfit this season.

They offer an effortless and inexpensive way to add individuality and flair to your looks.

Bold Scarves At Pitti Uomo 2014Tommy Ton for GQ.com

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Bold Coloured or Patterned Scarves Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Etro Silk-mix ScarfEtro Silk-mix Scarf
  • Gucci Paisley And Polka-dot Silk Scarf 183036Gucci Paisley And Polka-dot Silk Scarf 183036
  • He By Mango Printed Wool ScarfHe By Mango Printed Wool Scarf
  • Paul Smith Paul Smith Two Stripe ScarfPaul Smith Paul Smith Two Stripe Scarf
  • He By Mango Camo-print ScarfHe By Mango Camo-print Scarf
  • Reiss Cambridge Polka Dot Dress Scarf OliveReiss Cambridge Polka Dot Dress Scarf Olive
  • He By Mango Textured Wool FoulardHe By Mango Textured Wool Foulard
  • Austin Reed Mustard Cashmink ScarfAustin Reed Mustard Cashmink Scarf
  • He By Mango Contrast Trim Linen-blend ScarfHe By Mango Contrast Trim Linen-blend Scarf
3. Mix Up A Three-Piece

A three-piece suit has always been one of the most versatile items a man can own.

It’s perfect for those moments when you need to look on point, be it business or casual, but the real benefit of this suit lies in the amount of combinations it provides when utilised as separates.

I can regularly be found leaving the jacket at home and wearing the trousers and waistcoat with a chambray shirt and knitted tie. But the look I liked most from Pitti this year saw the jacket and waistcoat being paired with complementary chinos.

Three-Piece Suits At Pitti Uomo 2014Tommy Ton for GQ.com

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Three-Piece Suit - Full and as Separates - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Light Blue Skinny Fit Suit: JacketLight Blue Skinny Fit Suit: Jacket
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In CharcoalAsos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Charcoal
  • Signature Navy Slim Fit SuitSignature Navy Slim Fit Suit
  • Reiss Steven Three Piece Textured Suit GreyReiss Steven Three Piece Textured Suit Grey
  • Topman Light Blue Tonic Skinny Three Piece SuitTopman Light Blue Tonic Skinny Three Piece Suit
  • Topman Camel Plain Skinny Three Piece SuitTopman Camel Plain Skinny Three Piece Suit
4. Pretty Green

Green was extremely popular at last year’s event, but it appears to be even more so this time around.

Emerald was one of AW13’s biggest colour trends, but for AW14 every other dark shade of green is being pushed – from olive to forest green.

I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever liked green as an accent colour – such as a cardigan/jumper under a blazer – but after seeing the ways it has been worn at Pitti I’m starting to come around to it.

A dark green suit would make a great investment for this coming winter, especially in a flannel or worsted wool. Pair it with blue, grey, white and brown for the ideal twist on a cold-weather classic.

Shades of Green At Pitti Uomo 2014Tommy Ton for GQ.com

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Dark Green Key Pieces - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Gloverall Duffle Coat In Checkback WoolGloverall Duffle Coat In Checkback Wool
  • River Island Oxford Shirt In Emerald GreenRiver Island Oxford Shirt In Emerald Green
  • He By Mango Polo Collar Silk Cotton-blend SweaterHe By Mango Polo Collar Silk Cotton-blend Sweater
  • Mcq Alexander Mcqueen Cotton-piqué Polo ShirtMcq Alexander Mcqueen Cotton-piqué Polo Shirt
  • Richard James Quilted Harris Tweed Bomber JacketRichard James Quilted Harris Tweed Bomber Jacket
  • River Island Dark Green Slim BlazerRiver Island Dark Green Slim Blazer
  • Marni Slim-fit Cotton-gabardine TrousersMarni Slim-fit Cotton-gabardine Trousers
  • Reiss Finch Salt And Pepper Cardi GreenReiss Finch Salt And Pepper Cardi Green
  • Band Of Outsiders Regular-fit Cotton-twill ChinosBand Of Outsiders Regular-fit Cotton-twill Chinos
5. Stripe Up

Pinstripe suits are back and better than ever.

Whether you’re wearing it as your go-to ‘get sh*t done’ suit, pairing it with a classic white shirt and neutral tie combination, or breaking it up as separates, the pinstriped suit could become the most versatile piece of tailoring you own next winter.

Why not try wearing the trousers in the same way you would your jeans? There’s something about a pair of navy pinstriped trousers with a white tee and black leather jacket that just screams Parisian chic.

Nick Wooster In Pinstripe Blazer Pitti UomoStefano Carloni for HighSnobiety

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Pinstripe Suits Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In PinstripeAsos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Pinstripe
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In PinstripeAsos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Pinstripe
  • Savile Row Inspired Pure New Wool 2 Button Pinstriped SuitSavile Row Inspired Pure New Wool 2 Button Pinstriped Suit
  • Austin Reed Contemporary Fit Navy Pinstripe JacketAustin Reed Contemporary Fit Navy Pinstripe Jacket
  • Ted Baker Angton Wool Pinstripe SuitTed Baker Angton Wool Pinstripe Suit
  • Richard James Hyde Navy Pinstripe Wool SuitRichard James Hyde Navy Pinstripe Wool Suit
6. Blue & Brown Won’t Make You Frown

It’s always been a classic colour combination, and was recently identified as one of the ways you can instantly upgrade your business style.

When worn together, blues look deeper and browns appear richer. Learn to love this colour combination because it’s so easy to pull off and elevates any look you put together, be it casual or formal.

Brown and Blue Colour Combinations at Pitti Uomo 2014Tommy Ton for GQ.com

Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Brown and Blue Colour Combinations - Outfit Lookbook Inspiration

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7. Know The Rules And Then Break Them

It’s easy to look at some of the photos coming out of Pitti and think that these men have a truly unattainable sense of style. While there may be an element of truth to that statement, it’s important to remember that, at some stage in their lives, they were exactly like you.

The only thing that happened was they studied and learned the rules of menswear inside out, and then started to break them.

Whether it’s giving a classic look a slight twist, or simply combining casual and formal pieces in a way that is unusual and eye-catching, once you understand the foundations of how to dress, the next big step in developing a truly personal style involves bending and breaking a few of these unwritten rules.

However, there will be much more on this particular subject next week.

Final Word

So there you have it, a brief rundown of the key pieces and trends we should all bear in mind for next winter, from this year’s Pitti Uomo.

I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who follow the event as avidly as I do, so if there’s anything you feel I’ve left out or forgotten, as always, give me a slap on the wrist in the comments section below…

Matt Allinson