From the desk of Mr. ANGELO FLACCAVENTO in Sicily, Italy, comes an urgent call to action in evaluating one’s wardrobe: “I often feel like my wardrobe is missing something: too many choices, I’m afraid, feel like no choice at all. Rationalising is the solution. Part detox, part re-start, the rational wardrobe – not the ideal, but one that functions – is efficient, modular and mistake-free. Based on accurate case studies, it is equipped with a tightly-edited choice of matching pieces – making permutations virtually endless – suited for every occasion facing a modern day gentleman in the course of the day. It should be compact and be able travel in its entirety, just in case. It should be renewed almost seasonally, too, to keep it fresh.”
Mr. FLACCAVENTO’s quest for a rational wardrobe is inspired in part by an image, part of which appears above, from the transfixing new book “Fashion at the Time of Fascism”, which includes only one sweater, no sportswear to speak of, and twenty-two handkerchiefs. “Maybe a contemporary version should include at least one pair of jeans and a cardigan,” suggests ANGELO, “but for the rest I’d keep it mostly like that, with a few trims in the coats and suits department, and the addition of some casual items – chinos perhaps?” Sneakers, suitable only for workouts, do not make his final edit. Ultimately this rationalization is a mental exercise that is sure to pave the way for a focused and spotless year of self-presentation.