Easy and Elegant Life

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Italian Touch

I’ve done a little heavy reading — about 6 1/2 lbs worth — looking for some inspiration into the smart casual world. Italian Touch is full of beautiful images of beautiful people lounging about beautiful places.

It’s also full of men wearing blue shirts with everything from jeans to white trousers (and Tod’s gomminos, of course). Without relying on the visual interest of a tie, the blue shirt is a quick and easy way to spruce up your smart casual. And don’t be shy about choosing a strong colour other than that perfect pale that has served you so well. This one is almost electric and plays up a blue overcheck on the sportcoat. If my trouser legs were a bit narrower, I’d say I’d have that full Italian touch down.

5 thoughts on “Italian Touch

  1. I loved the Italian Touch! Such beautiful pictures, I often look through the book and daydream as a means to unwind after a long day at work, to celebrate a special occasion, because it’s the weekend, because our guests didn’t finish all the Champagne and there is some left over to share with my wife, etc….

    I was hoping to buy it from Amazon as a gift to myself to celebrate the birth of my daughter, yet for some reason Amazon was unable to get it done.

    In desperation I went to the Tod’s store in Chicago, and yes they had some extra copies of the book. Even better, since they thought of it as advertising for the brand, I could have it for free! There were a few scratches on the cover, but nothing I couldn’t overlook for that price!

    Due to their generosity I’m now pinching my pennies and formulating excuses for my wife to justify a new pair of Tod’s!

  2. I do love Italian clothes – for men and women. My theory on the ubiquity of the blue shirt is that is a universally-flattering color and is pretty close to being a neutral (even though it’s a color). I love blue and need to wear more of it.

  3. Welcome Mr. Terry. I applaud your quest for a simple life! Feel free to pipe up with ideas here, too. (Would have left a comment on your site, but there is a broken link or something.)

    Rebekah, I think you’re on to something. The challenge for me is to veer away from white during the hottest days of the year. It seems cooler somehow.

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