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

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
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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
draw. 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
know. 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

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

  1. British vs Italian Fashion – Which is more stylish? – Click here to check out Gagliardi clothing. Use code RMRS20 at checkout for a 20% discount.

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    Video Summary:
    0:22 – Round 1: Attitude
    3:12 – Round 2: Colors & Patterns
    4:54 – Round 3: Clothing fit
    6:12 – Round 4: Fabric
    8:25 – Round 5: Philosophy

  2. I'm a larger man, 5'11 250 pounds. I have never liked single breasted suits, they don't feel snug enough and I don't like the open sensation it creates around the middle. I have heard that double breasted suits make larger men look bloated by adding material to the waist. Is this a legitimate concern?

    The number of buttons on a double breasted suit also somewhat baffles me, what signal is sent by four versus six buttons?

  3. I am Italians, sorry, the British dress much much better. Possibly the Italian – americans dress much better than the Italian in Italy, because they kept the tradition. Milano is in its decadence. Ironically, you will see much more British and most of all, Italian americans, wearing the italian brands you mentioned (cerruti, ermenegildo zegna, loro piana) than Italians in Milano. Thank you very much for this video.

  4. Living in NC, I can do British color and style during the cooler months and Italian during the warmer months. Thanks for the link to the company

  5. Italy seem better as selling their clothes around the world. English taylor are more snob and less business oriented. They also are more traditionnal which is not necessarly Good in fashion business.

  6. Despiting the winner, it was the best (non technical) comparative beteeen both. Very helpful to chose the best for your own style.

  7. Yay for Italy!!! We are, in fact, as a people, very loud in every aspect of life. Peacock is actually a good metaphor. But I gotta say I agreed with everything you said in each round, and as a woman I actually am very drawn to that English man style. Good content! I love your channel even though I am a woman.

  8. You're comparing old English to new Italian. I don't see people my age under 30 dressing like you've said with the "rules". If you're talking older people sure these rules apply

  9. Amazing video! As a British Italian I can confirm everything you say. I always try to explain my friends over in Italy we don't wear a lot of bright colors over here 🙂

  10. Well, I’m Italian but I will try to be objective. Pretty much every man can look good in the English style because it’s very elegant and sophisticated. Whereas to look good in the Italian style you have to have style, you have to feel confident in order to pull it off. It’s part of our culture we like to stand out with bright colours. I’ve read the comments and they pretty much all say that English is for work and formal events and Italian is for informal ones; let me say that it’s not true at all, in Italy you can easily go to work wearing light blues, magenta, darker yellows and so on, we don’t judge. Not everyone can pull of the Italian style, you pretty much have to be born in a certain way, you have to be extremely confident so this is why
    I give it to the Italian style. I must say that I appreciate a lot the English style too because as I’ve said before it’s very elegant and you can’t make mistakes just follow the rules.

  11. Probably depends on the season and where you live and the occasion as what the most applicable style to where would be.

  12. i like both… but when they are pushed to excess ( too much " formal" or too much " sprezzatura" ) , they lose Harmony. less is better for me. but i have to say that always liked the Roger Moore style … cheers !!

  13. I hate to say that you have to be a little self centred when you wear a suit that SCREAMS "NOTICE ME!!!" Don't dress like a mannequin, YOU wear the clothes, they represent you. Don't let the clothes take over the person that wears them. Subtlety is Key and sophistication comes at a price….Unfortunately the rest of Europe doesn't quite fall in line with a life on the Amalfi coast. Bright blue? no, try petrol blue. Beautiful colour, easily pair able and removes any possibility of it being perceived as ostentatious. What you wear speaks volumes, if you wear shouty, in your face clothes, expect people to assume your personality matches. After all, what we wear on the outside generally reflects who we are on the inside. There's confidence and then there's being over-elaborate.

  14. I ve never seen a man clothes with that colors in Italy. Also this video is a little stereotype. In northern Italy you will take like an attention seeker if you clothes like this video show and maybe in south like a homosexual. Bye gentlemans.

  15. Can someone please tell me persons name in 4:07 – 4:19?
    I’m impressed, how he dresses. Want to follow him on instagram.

  16. It is good to know the differences between the English and Italian (and French) styles, but arguing which one is better is pointless; it's like comparing a Land Rover with a Ferrari.

    And apart from the climate (good luck with wearing loafers and above the ankle trousers in Wisconsin when there's 1 ft of snow) it also depends on your body shape. British style is inspired by military uniforms and hunting clothes, so it will make you look more masculine and dominant, while weighing 200+ lbs and wearing a bright cyan or pink jacket will make you look either like a wannabe Italian mobster from the 70's or like a clown.

  17. In Brazil we tend to prefer the Italian cutting but with the most sobriety in terms of colors. Most man would only use black, grey and blue suits. It's actually very rare to find the British cut here to buy, and it's seen as appropriate only to old men and not very elegant. I imagine that's because the climate, and the strong Italian immigration probably has something to do with that too.

  18. Italian for me. The tie is only for very formal occasions. never liked ties……feel strangulated. But I understand different cultures have different norms. So…well will adapt as needed.

  19. Fuck me, I live in America, so many people dress like slobs here. I can't to move out of here when I'm old enough.

  20. I am italian but I prefer english style(as it has been depicted in this video). For the simple reasons stated in point #1. Simple is always best, all the rest is smoke. That said, I appreciate the creativity and rule-breaking of italian style. There is no progress with stagnation

  21. Americans were wearing suits before the Italians. Oscar Wilde wrote about it in his American essay. What about the American suit?

  22. Being a lover of both Brittish and Italian styly myself, I really appreciated the way you carefully weigh the two styles here. I wasn't expecting any "draws", because I was expecting your own taste would make either side win in the end, and so I think it was very persuasive and cunning. Thanks for another great clip I saw by you! We'll see if I ever get to become a subscriber. 😉

  23. Suit is not fashion, it is classic dressing. We don't need those peacocky stylish colours in suit. Suit is serious dressing, it has to follow a set of code of conduct or guidelines. English suit and its British tradition wins. If you want fashion and stylish then suit isn't the right garment for you.

  24. all he said for the English, fits for Italians too, we have 4 seasons in Italy, and in winter from October to March it's cold, you won't see the bright colors on people. All that has been shown about Italy seems to be summer clothing only. By the way I find that the English are very elegant and full of charm.

  25. Italian is made for men of smaller stature. British is made for a larger man, particularly appropriate for a taller more muscular man. Also, Italian suits are cut so tight fitting they aren’t functional to wear every day

  26. I prefer the more conservative style of the Brits…by the way I still can't cope with the idea of not buttoning the bottom button of my blazer cause the lower part of my tie shows.

  27. I prefer the subtle, understated tones and structure of the British suit design and style. An elegant suit of armour that works for most men

  28. No, in Milan men don't wear vivid colours. They're not flamboyant. They're understated. It's from Florence to the South men are flamboyant. Sorry.

  29. YouTube has made a good recommendation for this channel. I'm beginning a new lifestyle change and want to dress better this is an awesome channel!

  30. Italians wouldn't have the modern suit without the English – the English made the rules, because they created the suit …. English all the way. There is no Italian James Bond.

  31. Italian is better. British are more subtle because the people there are more envious, so they try not to get too much attention.

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