[Interesting post by Scott Schuman over at GQ on ‘Italian Street Style’](http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/style/articles/2011-05/05/gq-italian-style-the-sartorialist-scott-schuman)
> Now, some people will discredit this and call it “effortless style,” or write it off by saying, “These Italians are just born with it.”
> But it’s quite the opposite. There is nothing effortless about their style, or their look. What’s unique is that they put an extreme amount of effort into their look when they buy the clothes, when they have the clothes altered by their tailor, and when they put them on in the morning.
It’s true, Italians *do* dress better than other nationalities. Even if Rome isn’t the centre of Italian fashion, and they don’t dress as nicely as they do in, say, Milan, the basic level of casual dress is so much higher than the basic level of casual dress in Dublin
But there’s one thing that Schuman misses. Perhaps he can’t see it because it’s being obscured by his enormous boner for Italian style. Yes, the men clearly spend a long time making their style look completely effortless, and their shirts are never anything less than spotlessly clean and perfectly pressed – something you rarely see in Dublin, where crumpled, uncared-for shirts are the norm – but you know what? It’s not the men who are putting in the effort. Their clothes are perfect, but that’s not a challenge when you live with their mother who cleans and irons for you and generally make sure your clothes are perfect for you
As great as Italian style is, there’s also something to be said for people who usually look like a dog’s dinner and then suddenly put in a bit of work. Yes, Italian style is effortless, but sometimes, knowing the wearer has put in a little bit of effort can look good too.
*This post brought to you with a healthy dose of Irish begrudgery*.