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The Spezzato Suit: Here’s What You Need to Know

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We’re living in a time when stylish men wear sweatpants on late-night TV, leather blazers are cool and not in an ironic way, and the only menswear taboo is talking about menswear taboos. Is there a place for traditional menswear in this, the land of faux-fur coats and platform sneakers? You bet your brogues there is.

Take spezzato: a beautiful-sounding word for the Italian art of mixing and matching your suit jackets and trousers to come up with a new, mismatched suit. The word—which you might have learned from Armie Hammer this week—literally translates to “broken” in Italian. (Get it?) But this isn't just for our double-breasted brothers. After all, what could be more 2019 than treating your suits like your workout clothes and assuming everything goes with everything? What could be more wild-style than taking your suit exactly half as seriously as your dad taught you to?

What we’re saying is: You can still be a Pitti Uomo guy and dress for our athleisure times. That’s because some menswear “rules” are actually secretly complete anarchy designed to make you look awesome. Here, three ways to let your spezzato flag fly, from Florence to Foot Locker and back again.

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