One of the greatest double standards in fashion is that women get judged for wearing stilettos and short skirts in the snowy environs of February fashion week, but stylish and international men still descend on the Pitti Uomo tradeshow – in Florence, Italy, where temps are in the 70s and 80s – wearing three-piece dandy suits and jeans thicker the Marlboro Man’s, yet no one accuses them of ignoring the weather. Perhaps because all that hypothetical sweat can be hidden beneath the layers of workman’s chambray, linen tailoring, embroidered floral shirts, and Neapolitan-style jackets preferred by Nick Wooster, Luca Rubinacci, and Angelo Flaccavento (whom the Cut’s resident man may or may not be patterning his current look from).
While some of these men and women shot by the Cut’s photographer Youngjun Koo look like time-hopping train conductors or Mast Brothers chocolatiers, it’s the rich shades of blue in denim, suiting, neckerchiefs, and oxford shirts that tie it all together, especially when paired with big and burly beards that, once again, seem to be on the trend ascent. All the better to catch the humidity, we say. Click ahead to experience the insanity yourself, and take notes from the women who are out-dressing men in their billowy pleated trousers, vests, thick silk ties, and boater hats.