Pitti Uomo street style: The Italian mecca for the world's most fabulous men

It's been dubbed the "menswear mecca" - a place where the most stylish men in the world come together for a few days to rub (perfectly tailored) shoulders.

Its actual name is Pitti Uomo. Held at the 14th Century Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Pitti Uomo - or "Pitti" to regulars - is where you'll catch some of the sharpest street style looks going.

Founded in 1903, Pitti is the most important menswear trade show, bringing together top brands and buyers. Attendees have been nicknamed the "Peacocks of Pitti" thanks to their lavish sartorial displays. Here's a few great looks we spotted out and about this year - and what we can learn from them.

The best street style looks from Pitti Uomo AW19

(David Nyanzi)

Why it works: A double-breasted suit is like armour on a knight. If you want to stand out, make one your go-to. Here seen in grey and paired with a blue shirt and tie, covered by a green overcoat and topped by a contrasting hat, this look is classically dapper.

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Why it works: Navy on navy on navy isn’t seen a lot in fashion, and when it is, it often doesn’t work. That's certainly not the case for this Pitti Peacock, who smashed his look by playing with textures. A felt hat, baby lab coat, wool suit and vertical line textured turtle neck with matching socks made him a style winner.

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Why it works: There's something to be said for mixing textures in menswear, especially when one of these textures is a fabulous beard. This old chap schooled the young ones by mixing a fur and tweed coat with a fine check blazer, chunky sweater, and cotton trousers.

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Why it works: It’s all in the details, which is why this smiling Adonis captured our eye. From the wide lapels of his double-breasted coat to his impeccably knotted knit tie (a resurging trend) and unstructured grey and black check blazer, this guy gave winter a wink and said: “I’m ready for you.”.

(David Nyanzi)

Why it works: A mishmash of black, white, and grey with a pop of colour makes for many a menswear moment at Pitti Uomo. This is just one of them – but it's one of the best. This dapper dude’s multi-textured styling finished with a beanie gave him the edge of cool.

(David Nyanzi)

Why it works: Grey might as well be dubbed the colour of Pitti Uomo 95. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say virtually every attendee at Pitti wore some shade of grey, and everyone who did wore it well. Take these two dandies, who wore different fabrics and pieces to create looks worth looking at. On the left, a classic approach and on the right, a casual one. Overall, both scored.

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Why it works: A standout fabric this season is corduroy. Seen on the runways from London to Paris, it was moulded into workwear, streetwear and formalwear by fashion’s best. Corduroy was everywhere at Pitti Uomo, but mainly in the form of suits. This double-breasted ensemble paired with a pink turtleneck and socks was a look that proved the old rule that grey and pink always work.

(David Nyanzi)

Why it works: If you don’t want to wear a double-breasted suit, try a double-breasted vest. Further, try the vest over a contrasting shirt, encased by a contrasting suit, and then layer a contrasting coat on top of it all. This is what this snappy dresser did - and it worked.

(David Nyanzi)

Why it works: There were many brightly coloured style offerings at Pitti Uomo, but this blue and white corduroy combo was a real hit. A peak lapel double-breasted jacket mixed with a white trouser in matching corduroy won over many of the style photographers. Furnishing this look with a navy velvet slipper and hat was just auxiliary style support – on their own, these corduroy pieces would hold their weight.