My Style: Andrea Perrone

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How do you define style?

Style is something you’ve got inside. You can appear elegant and stylish even with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, because everything comes from your education and how you behave.

Do you have any rules when it comes to the way you dress? If yes, what are they?

A morning suit should never be black! Colour is acceptable only for a shirt or a tie. Black shoes should never be worn with a brown suit. It is a must to wear a tie with a suit. Every gentleman must own a blue blazer and grey pants. Formal shoes should always be worn with socks (I even wear socks with boat shoes). A tie's knot should never be too big or wide. For an evening suit, you can wear plain blue or charcoal grey with a white shirt (in this case I love to wear colourful ties). Always wear a tuxedo when there is a black tie code.

What are your favourite fabrics?

For knitwear: silk cashmere. For coat and jacket: cashmere in winter and super light wool in summer. For tie: shining silk.

Are there any combinations that you you do not feel comfortable in trying?

A sleeveless shirt with a jacket.

If there is one article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to, it has to be...

Let's summarise by saying that the main rule is 'never be excessive': from tip to toe, the whole should be harmonic related to the moment of the day.

If we could generalise it, which city has the best-dressed men?

I think nowadays it’s difficult to generalise because you can find “the best” in different places and countries. We live in a world of high mobility.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

A part of the total look which represents the first impact: accessories. They are the most important things. Above all, shoes (in terms of chromatic choice) and ties (for the sense of taste on choosing them).

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Let's say both, in different percentages. I am conservative but I could be bold in some details.

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Ties.

A man should always look like...

A man.

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