Italian men make glamour look easy…but there’s an art to that ease.
And the greatest artist of them all, the “ultimate in Italian cool,” Marcello Mastroianni, still models the lightness, wry wit, and nonchalance that are the essence of Italian male style.
“Marcello personified La Dolce Vita: the suave-suited evenings, the skinny ties and double-breasted blazers, the dark glasses lifted by a single finger to glimpse the world before slipping back down onto an elegant Roman nose.” Thea Hawlin, Port Magazine, on Marcello Mastroianni
Undeniably handsome, Mastroianni is celebrated more for the self-effacing humor, affability, and grace that made him one of the world’s most beloved screen personas. Raised in Rome and Turin, imprisoned by the Nazis in a forced labor camp as a teen, his work with director Federico Fellini, beginning with “La Dolce Vita” in 1960, cemented his stature as an icon of effortless glamour.
“Perhaps no other character in any other film has done more to establish the classic Italian look for men.” British GQ, on Mastroianni in “La Dolce Vita”
Here’s our Mozzafiato guide to putting all the pieces together, a la Marcello.
- Start with confidence, and a little bit of tailoring. Whether a full suit, a well-fitted jacket, or a neatly trimmed pair of pants matched with a great pair of shoes, good tailoring elevates any outfit from slouchy to sophisticated.
- But don’t overdo it to the point of looking fussy…this is where the confidence comes in. Italian men’s style is a balance between refined and relaxed that let’s your authentic look and personality shine through. Then complement that look with a fragrance that also speaks authentically to who you are.
- For men as well as women, the basics are the same: Get enough sleep, stay hydrated, and take care of your health and vitality. One of our favorite power-packed moisturizers is Perlier’s Hemp Oil for Hair, Face, and Body – the all-in-one oil that helps your skin retain that healthy glow all-year round.
- While a great set of sunglasses can certainly look steamy, you’ll want more than shades to limit the effects of sun and environmental damage. An intensive product like TitanYum’s Anti-Age Cream for Him delivers intense moisture to keep skin nourished and elastic. Paired with a regular mud mask, lip balm, and sunscreen, your skin will have the protection it needs to stay healthy and toned.
“Mastroianni was a major catalyst in shaping our way of thinking when it came to all things chic in European fashion and style.” – Sonny Syah on Marcello Mastroianni’s iconic style
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