The word “spezzato” in Italian means literally “broken”. When brought up in a conversation clothing-related, it indicates a broken pattern between jacket and trousers.
In Italy, just like many other customs in clothing, knowing how to pair separate jacket and trousers is an art. Italians are passionate about everything, lifestyle above all. Versatile and extremely chic, the mixing and matching has become a part of contemporary culture.
The art of spezzato is the perfect secret for keeping a suit’s elegance, with an extra touch of personal creativity.
Matching different patterns and fabrics is not always easy so we suggest 4 simple tips that will help you build refined elegance, without making mistakes.
a. Contrasts make all the difference
Play with shades of the same color scheme (blue-light blue, black-grey, brown-beige) in order to keep a formal attire. But if the situation allows you, don’t be afraid to match dark tone blazer (burgundy, green, dark blue) to lighter trousers and be daring with patterns and colored pocket squares.
b. The fit
Whenever you decide to go beyond the line of formality it is important to do it stylishly. If you decide to treat yourself to a spezzato, combine well-fitted blazers and trousers, possibly tailored. A well-cut suit will allow you to play with colours and patterns, while maintaining the right dose of sophistication.
c. Sprezzatura always on!
Spezzato is not to be confused with sprezzatura. They are not synonymous, but the truth is that one is the secret of the other. Sprezzatura is the ability of wearing any style with absolute nonchalance and that’s definitely an essential attitude for those who decide to dress out of the ordinary conventions.
d. Bon ton, grazie
Express yourself, but please observe etiquettes. There are situations that require a precise dress code in order to adapt yourself to the context. In this case it is better to retain the flair to make room for conventional elegance. An important meeting? A job interview? A classic blue suit is the most appropriate choice. For a wedding? In this case the only admitted spezzato will be Mr. Tight.
Italian Custom Clothier