The art of 'sprezzatura'

There it is again, the word 'sprezzatura', often associated with the Italian Gentleman-scene. 'Sprezzatura' is an idea coming from the Italian Renaissance. It explains an attitude of nonchalance in order to cope with the day very effortlessly. This 'sprezzatura' which is lived up by plenty of Italian gentlemen, fascinates an always growing community.

The art of 'sprezzatura'
The founder of the brand Fiat, Gianni Agnelli

What exactly makes up that effortless look in our specific outfits?

There are several reasons. On one hand your clothes' fabrics always suppose to be appropriate to the weather (Linen is for Summer, flannel rather for Winter), on the other hand there is an appropriateness in the colors (garments in relation to the weather and garments in relation to themselves). This article I dedicate to another important thing that builds up 'sprezzatura': It is about the attitude in our head! I demonstrate this by a short sequence of thoughts.

The art of 'sprezzatura'The art of 'sprezzatura'
The founder of the brand Fiat, Gianni Agnelli

Indeed there are people outside who could show up a strong elegance with the ugliest blazer and with the ugliest tie. This happens especially with a relaxed way of life: Why should I sit that hard? I rather put the one leg over the other one and lay back, maybe I smoke now. Not maybe, I just do it! Why do I pull the tie's thinner end through the loop of the tie's fatter end? Do I want to hide the thinner end? No, I just don't pull it through the loop but I intentionally show it up as it is even longer than the tie's fatter end, just because it doesn't matter for me. At the arm there are four buttons. Why are they all closed? I open up two, maybe three. Why should I wear a belt today? In order that it matches to my shoes in color? I just don't wear any belt because the trousers fit anyway. When i completely really don't care about anything, the shirt's cuff is not over my watch but my watch is over my shirt's cuff.

The art of 'sprezzatura'
Krenar Havolli

We, in the scene, attach high value to be aware about the rules of the gentleman's wardrobe. It is all about to learn them, to be aware of them and finally to intentionally break them. If necessary it even reflects our way of life. If I sit in an interview or I need to hold a presentation I certainly know how to behave, show my respect to the situation but though I lay back because I cope with the situation very cool. With this article I hope to have explained my idea of 'sprezzatura' to you and I wish for the future there are still a lot of men who attach to a relaxed lifestyle and who don't see their ties and blazers too strictly.

The art of 'sprezzatura'


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About the Author

Clifford Clemens

Clifford Clemens is menswear influencer for neapolitan style, the men's classic wardrobe coming from Naples. There are just a few men who make that much effort like I do. Bringing Naples' traditional tailoring culture to Germany by supporting the so called „Sartorias“ where the tailors do their work for several family generations. All over the world they are appreciated, because of their 100% handmade production, no industrial process. This is what makes the Sartorias that unique.

For me everything started with wearing elegant clothes and uploading my outfits in social medias. I just did this over months and received a quite good feedback from very well dressed men. Some day I began to feel a strong interest for the Italian style and finally I decided to determine that I want to create a completely handcrafted bespoke wardrobe by Italian tailors from Naples. In January 2016 when I was the first time in my life in this great city I visited certain Sartorias and began to make cooperations to fulfil my idea: bringing the tailoring culture to my country. Soon I will release a lovely small online shop called „SprezzaColonia“ and I am sure this could be very successful.

In the end I am only a man who has a strong passion for things that are made with love. I don't want to support commercial stuff that is quite unpersonal, so all I do is making strong for my attitude.

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