There is nothing more classic than a sartorial ensemble on a Fashionisto or Fashionista. A timeless tailored look is dressy enough to impress a potential employer and casual enough to wear to class, but ironically enough, is pretty rare on a college campus despite its recent dominance on the runway.
Antonio Azzuolo, a self-proclaimed “sartorial” menswear designer and 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, has reestablished and redefined classic tailoring techniques to create a collection of separates that add a sophisticated, yet fresh versatility to any man’s closet. Azzuolo focused on the classic layering techniques, seen in every campus, but fitted all of the separates in a way that prevented bulk and created a streamline look. And, believe it or not, his aesthetic is easy to translate to street style.
I spotted Fashionisto Steven Oranges on his way to class in a tailored New England prep look. His strong attention to detail, note the argyle socks, tie bar and pocket square, dominated his look and made him stand apart from the typical business suit wearing student. Steven has mastered and personalized the sartorial overview of Azzuolo’s collections by wearing a fitted blazer and cuffing the bottom of his trousers. He also experimented with different color and fabric combinations to mark his unique personal style.
Name: Steven Oranges
Major: Business Management
College Fashionista: How would you describe your personal style?
Steven Oranges: I would say my style is a more casual business casual. A mix between casual Italian and traditional prep.
CF: What inspires your daily look?
SO: I get inspired a lot by some of the blogs out there, especially the street ones — you can see every day people (not models) pull off great looks with pieces that probably aren't the expensive, high designer labels you see in magazines. I also try and adapt/modernize a few of the looks by classic style greats: JFK, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. Those guys definitely had it right.
CF: Where do you usually shop?
SO: J.Crew has really been on its game lately so I've been spending some good time there; then Barneys, an occasional golden find at Benetton or Zara, and I definitely try and take advantage of the upscale consignment/vintage stores that we have in Boston.
CF: Do you have any tips for your fellow Fashionistos?
SO: Fit. That's the hardest thing for me — finding something that sits on my body properly. There's no point in spending a boatload of money on a Brooks Brothers cashmere blazer if it fits you like a sail. Invest in fit (or find a good tailor) and find a few solid color/pattern combos that work for you. Or just copy the Italians.
How To: To get this Fashionisto’s look, start with a tailored navy blazer and a pair of oatmeal colored corduroy pants. To put a fresh New England spin on the look, wear a pink or lavender collared shirt. Keep the look consistent with a similar brown leather and gold buckled belt and shoes. To give your look a Chuck Bass vibe, wear a patterned silk pocket square and a pair of argyle socks that match your outfit. And don’t forget my favorite part of the look — the ambiguously placed tie bar. Just make a quick stop at the tailor’s and you have mastered the casual cool sartorial look.