Spezzato Style: How to Wear a Suit Today

Disrupting suit attire

Written by Janet Hu [Feature photos by Instagram
account @PittiPhotos]
What’s new in the world of
suiting? More than you would think.
One prominent wearing style is
Spezzato, and the trend is proving to endure.
“Spezzato,” an Italian word
meaning “broken” or “divided,” is the practice of mixing and matching different
components from different suits. For example, a herringbone suit jacket with
solid dress pants.
Not only is Spezzato a more
relaxed approach to suits, obliterating stuffy notions of a uniform ensemble,
but it’s also a resourceful way to achieve numerous looks from just 2-3 suits.

Different ways to wear
Spezzato style suits:

                                                                     spezzato style suit infographic

Spezzato Style Suit: Mixing

A top bottom mix-match is the
most basic approach. Executed with just suit jackets and pants, this style will
resemble a sport coat with dress pants combo. You can also include vests for
high contrast color blocking from two solid halves.
Up-the-middle Spezzato entails
matching the vest (or waistcoat) with suit pants, and then wearing the jacket
of a different suit.
The most extreme Spezzato
involves mixing three different components from three different suits.
Some Tips on Spezzato Style

“First, keep in mind that
Spezzato is casual suiting. You’ll look incredible at Fashion Week or Pitti
Uomo, but don’t attempt Spezzato for an interview.” 
Consider Fit

While mixing different
patterns and colors is smiled upon, stick to a uniform fit. If you’re wearing a
slim tailored suit jacket, pair it with slim dress pants. The same goes for
loose fits. Suits are worn for their silhouette, and you wouldn’t want to
appear either top-heavy or bottom-heavy.

Consider Fabric

A heavy winter suit jacket
should not be worn with seersucker pants. Remember that suits inherently call
for some semblance of continuity.

Go Rogue, if you want

Some Spezzato styles will even
allow for chinos or jeans in place of dress pants. Hey, that’s not our cup of
tea, but you can “break” or “divide” however you like.

Janet Hu

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.