British Style vs Italian Fashion: World’s Best Dressed Men? (English Gentlemen & Italian Mens Style)

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British Style vs Italian Fashion World's Best
Dressed Men [0:00:00]
Straight up, gentlemen, who dresses better? In one corner we’ve got the Italians. In the other corner, we’ve got the British. And, yes, I know I’m lumping some countries
together. British versus Italian style, who’s got
more of it? Find out, gentlemen in today’s video. [Music]
Round one. Attitude. Let’s start things off with the English. If one word would describe English style,
it would be reserved. English style is all about the man shining,
not the clothing. The clothing sits in the background. Clothing is worn neatly, correctly, and it
follows proper protocols. Also, when it comes to patterns when it comes
to colors, very conservative. In summary, an Englishman’s clothing serves
as a neutral background, so that his actions and his words can stand out.

Now, with Italian style, if we were to choose
one word, I would go with flamboyance. Italian men are peacocks. They love bright colors, they love for their
clothing to stand out and to grab attention. Southern Italians in Milan, they love vivid
colors and edgy styles. Northern Italians in Rome, they’re going
to pull back on the color, but they’re still going to have amazing style with their simpler
cuts and sophisticated neutrals. It’s from the Italians that we got the word
sprezzatura meaning an effortless looking style that actually required a lot of work. So, who wins round number one? It’s tough, it’s like comparing apples
to oranges, but I got to give this one to the Italians. So, let me ask you a question, what if you
didn’t have to choose between British style and Italian style? What if there was a company out there that
took the best of both to British construction, British attention to detail, and mix it with
Italian flair and Italian fabrics? Gentlemen, that company is Gagliardi, the
sponsor of today’s video.

And, if you haven’t checked out this company,
you’re in for a treat. So, there are three things I absolutely love
about Gagliardi. One is the attention to detail. They’re using horn buttons, their stitching
is immaculate. I’m looking at the way that these pieces
of clothing are put together, they are spot on. Next up, let’s talk about their amazing
fabrics; Cerruti, Zegna, Loro Piana.

They make sure that they only work with the
best manufacturers. So, as soon as I saw those names attached
with them, this is a great company that you’re going to get quality fabrics. And, last but not least, gentlemen, let’s
talk price. Gagliardi is a great deal. If you were to go to a store in New York,
London to find something comparable, you will pay three times as much.

Everything I’m wearing right here, you can
find on their website. If you like the jacket I’m wearing, guys,
it’s the [0:02:20 inaudible] navy twill technical waistcoat jacket. And besides looking good, this jacket is all
about performance. It’s breathable, it’s crease-free, it’s
made from a water-resistant material, and it’s got a detachable zip upfront to keep
you warm. Other pieces you should check out, check out
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fit, it’s unique, a beautiful casual sports jacket you can add to your wardrobe. And, if you’re in the market for a suit,
you want something a bit bold, check out their Gagliardi suit, absolutely beautiful in this
vibrant blue.

This suit is going to help you stand out from
the crowd. Gagliardi also has beautiful knitwear. Gentlemen, go check out their website. I’m linking to them down in the description
with the best discount code you’re going to find out there. Use it or lose it, guys. It’s a great one. And, gentlemen, stick around until the end
of this video because I’m going to share with you the Gagliardi story.

I love when a company has an amazing history
like these guys do. Really cool story, but I’ll share it with
you at the end of this video. Round two. Colors and patterns. So, starting with the English, they wear a
lot of dark neutral colors. And, one of the reasons is the gray weather
would actually wash out a lot of brighter colors, so they wear these colors to actually
look good for the landscape and the type of weather they have. Now, in the country and on weekends and for
casual events, we do see a lot of olive and brown. This historically, again, these are country
colors that you would wear when you are out hunting, so the brown, the olive for camouflage. When it comes to shirts, solids are going
to rule. White is the go-to, light blue is accepted. And let’s look at checks, checks are going
to be for the weekends or out in the county. Now, historically where we’re going to see
the most amount of color are going to be on accessories such as pocket squares and neckties.

Neckties especially we’re going to see particular
patterns, the regimental necktie perhaps being the most famous. In summary, when it comes to color, the English
have rules and guidelines they like to follow. Now, let's talk about the Italians and color. So, they've got the sunny Mediterranean environment. They love their bright colors, they love their
Paisleys, they love their large prints, and they love lighter colors in a wide variety
of shades because it's going to keep them cooler in that hot environment. White, off-white, lavender, you're going to
see pink, you're going to see light green mint.

All of these work great to help reflect the
sun, keep you cool and they look great during that warm weather. Now, Southern Italian men, they're going to
wear a lot of candy colors. We're talking hot pink, we're talking apple
green. And, gentlemen, these colors are not just
reserved for accessories or for shirts, you're also going to see these in jackets and trousers. Now, when it comes to colors who should we
give it to? Guys, I'm actually going to give this one
to the English. I like the fact that they've got rules, they've
got guidelines. This helps a man get started and then you
could learn to break those rules. [0:04:55]
Round three. Let's talk fit. So, when I think of English fit, I think of
structure, I think of build, I think of a suit of armor because it's going to accentuate
his shoulders, it's going to build up his chest, it's going to trim up his torso, and
it's just going to make him look great. We're going to see stiffer materials, we're
going to see high arm holes.

Now, with English trousers were traditionally
going to see a higher waist, we're going to see more use of heavy material, we're going
to see double pleats, and we're going to see cuffs. Now, when it comes to the jacket gorge on
the English suit, we're going to see a lower gorge with the placement of the button being
lower. Now, historically they had a bit of a looser
fit. We're not talking sack suit looseness, but
we are talking a little bit of room. Now, the pendulum had started to shift and
we are seeing a closer fit especially on shirts. Now, let's talk about Italian fit. So, when I think Italian fit, I think no structure. I think a work of art that is made to fit
onto the body. We're going to see soft shoulders, we're going
to see a full floating canvas, or we're going to see a front jacket that actually has no
canvas and is simply made to lay on the body, but it's cut in the way that it looks and
fits amazing.

Trousers are going to have a tapered waist,
no break no cuff. Now, with the Italian jackets, we're not only
going to see them cut shorter, but we're also going to see the gorge raised up because they're
going to make the placement of the button a bit higher. All right. So, who wins when it comes to fit? This one is tough, gentlemen. I'm going to give it a draw. Round four, gentlemen. Fabric. In general, when I think about English fabrics,
I think heavy and durable. This is all about the environment. You want a fabric that's going to protect
you from the rain, from the elements, from the cold weather, from the wind. The fabric that's the King of England – wool. Why? Because wool can take on about 30% of its
weight in moisture and still feel dry still keep you warm. So, we're going to see wool being used in
a wide variety of garments predominantly in jackets and in trousers, but you also see
it in shirts as well.

Some of the most famous fabrics to come from
the British we've got tweed and there's a wide variety of different options here. Perhaps the most famous we've got Harris Tweed. It comes in a wide variety of different colors
and with different patterns. Other great English fabrics, we're going to
see corduroy, we're going to see moleskin, we're going to see gabardine. Now, over in shirts as I said we will see
some wools, but in general we're going to see heavier weave cottons, we're going to
see twills, we're going to see broadcloth, we're going to see oxford, and we're going
to see flannels both in shirts and in jackets in trousers. Now, with Italian fabrics, it's all about
being lightweight, breathable, and having a nice flow in drape.

Similar to the English, wool is going to be
very strong, but we're going to see a tropical weight weave wool and sometimes mixed with
a cashmere or even a mohair. So, the suit fabrics that they mill from these
yarns, they are amazing. They've got a very nice drape to them. When you touch them they feel incredibly luxurious. Let me give you a little bit of history here. The Italians have been doing this fabric thing
for a long time. We're talking many of these mills have been
in business for well over 500, 600 years. Now, when it comes to particular weaves and
types of fabrics, we're going to see jersey, we're going to see hopsack, we're going to
see a gauze weave oftentimes that allows the air to go in and out.

Now, with shirts of course we're going to
see cotton and we're going to see a wide variety of weaves, we're going to see a basket weave,
we're going to see poplin. But, when we look at shirts we're also going
to see silk, but you'll also see linen. Yes, it takes a bit more ironing, but very
breathable because of the weave and the way the fiber is actually made. So, who wins when it comes to fabrics? Again, gentlemen, I got to give this one a

Both countries are kicking butt here. Now, gents, if you're enjoying this video,
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these videos when they first come out. Round five. Let's talk about the reasons, the why men
dress sharp in each of these countries. Now, I know I'm about to make a big sweeping
statement, but when I think of an Englishman getting dressed thinking about the reasoning
for wearing what he does, it's all about society and where does society and what do they expect
what is the uniform. If he wants to fit in at one level fit in
at another one and there's a system there's a set rule set layout of how you need to dress
to look that part.

Now, with the Italians, it's all about the
individual. You can wear a wide variety of pieces. Yes, people are going to make judgments depending
on what you were if you were really something outlandish, but in general you're going to
see a lot more the peacocking a lot more of these guys wearing things that they feel and
they want to look great. A lot of this comes down to history. The Italians didn't really get into the suit-making
game until the 1940s and so we see that the suits over there are not so much constrained
to class in order. All right. So, who wins this round? I got to give it to the Italians. All right, gents. So, it looks like the Italians just barely
edged out the English, but I know a lot of you guys are going to disagree, so let me

Down in the comments, I want to hear from
you guys get down there let me know what did I miss, what should I have talked about, what
did I completely forget in today's video. And, gents, if you want more, go check out
this video right here, I compare Italian versus English shoes really talking about the Goodyear
welt versus the Blake stitch. All right, gents. So, as promised, here's the amazing story
about Gagliardi. So, apparently Salvatore, the founder, he
actually served in World War II with the British military and after he got out he decided to
join as a sailor merchant traveling around the world, spent a lot of time in Italy, developed
taste for the finer things in life.

So, here's a guy that it actually gone on
Savile Row. He checked out higher-end tailoring, knew
what — he really appreciated the attention to detail and then he's looking at the flair
the fabrics with the Italian and he wanted to mix it together. And so, in 1964 he started this company with
this vision this dream of actually bringing these two countries and this style together
which was a big concept in that time period. And, what I really love, gents, is it's a
third generation family-run company. So, Salvatore, his son Peter came in, and
now his grandson Sam is working with them. So, I love stories like this. And, if you go check out the website, guys,
tons of great reviews, free worldwide shipping. And, again, guys, an amazing discount. I'm going to be linking to him down in the
description. That's it gentleman. Take care. I will see you in the next video. [0:10:50] End of Audio.

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