Statement Coats Fill Florence’s Streets at Pitti Uomo

Men are all in on bold outerwear at this winter’s premier street-style event.

Ciao! It’s me. And it’s also Pitti Uomo, the biannual menswear trade show that sees the most outlandish peacocks descend on Florence, Italy, twice a year—even if we're in the midst of a more casual bent. It’s one of the few fashion events at which the best clothes are often found on the cobblestone streets instead of in the halls themselves. Buyers, marketing VPs, press, and countless loudly dressed men gather in the Renaissance capital hoping to get their photo snapped and (gasp!) maybe even have it featured somewhere like this. We’re happy to oblige.

If you flip through photos of the summer edition of Pitti Uomo, you’ll see colorful suede string loafers, all manner of striped shorts, and more pastel linen jackets than you can comprehend. But, in case you didn’t notice, it’s a little chilly outside for tunic tops. So what’s a dandy to do?

The answer is simple: Wear a show-stopping topcoat.

If you have to cover up, there are two rules. Your outermost layer has to be simple but obviously impressive, and what’s underneath has to be interesting enough that passersby take a second look. Whether that means a three-piece chalk-stripe suit neatly tucked under a single-breasted camel topcoat, or an oversize coat with a fur collar doing all the talking over a slim black turtleneck, balance is crucial.

If you need a few examples (and can’t quite swing that last-minute Alitalia ticket), Instagram is the next best thing to being there. Here are 10 of our favorite fits from this year’s Pitti.

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