This popular Italian look is known for being loud and maximalist but at its roots it’s a very classical style.
Few styles have influenced the fashion for dapper menswear in the past five or six years more than the Neapolitan. This slightly extravagant and expressive approach to the classical style has encouraged men from all over the world to don colourful jackets in plaid, white anklelength trousers, suede shoes and five bracelets at the very least. This isn’t quite representative of the real Neapolitan style, instead it’s a ‘maximalist’ interpretation by a lot of people who haven’t even set foot in Naples. On the contrary, the Neapolitan style is originally very classic and the city has been home to many a well-dressed aristocrat and dandy over the past centuries. The modern and contemporary tailoring style began to take shape at the start of the 20th Century and was strongly inspired by the British style, hence the name Stile Inglese. The interpretation of the British tailoring tradition was a natural consequence as many of the city’s tailors had visited and worked in England. During this time it was also common for a lot of British upper-classes, who wore tailored clothing, to visit Naples which would also have had an impact on Neapolitan tailors. Contrary to what you’ll see today, the style was rather stiff with structured shoulders. It’s unclear exactly when the soft Neapolitan jacket was first invented but many people believe that Vincenzo Attolini was one of the most influential in terms of developing the style and construction. As a tailor working for an atelier in the ‘30s he became inspired by Rome-based Caraceni’s softer jacket construction. Attolini took this a step further and removed all the padding and structure to create the super soft and light jacket construction that we now associate with Naples.