With a stacked list of superstar clients including Ryan Reynolds, Rami Malek, Bradley Cooper and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, stylist Ilaria Urbinati is a true maestro of menswear.
âWhen I started there were a lot more rules for men’s fashion. People didn’t pay attention to men’s clothes; they didn’t care or notice,â said Urbinati, who did his debuted as a fashion consultant on Showtime’s “The L Word” at Page Six Style.
âBut these days there are no rules. The game has changed so much.
For proof, look no further than Chris Evans’ Prince Charming-inspired look at the 2019 Oscars, or Donald Glover’s brown velvet Gucci suit at the 2017 Golden Globes. The two Urbinati-style outfits turned heads – and made the headlines.
âWith men’s fashion, there are more parameters. Trying to think outside the box is fun for me, “said the wardrobe specialist, adding that one of her favorite parts of the job is getting clients out of their comfort zones” just enough that they change their style â.
âMen are really surprised when they try something new that they didn’t think would work – and then it works! She added.
Of course, the fashion pro knows that most men don’t spend their days posing on red carpets, nor are they able to keep a personal dresser on their payroll, either. That’s part of what prompted her to launch Leo, her men’s lifestyle website, which celebrated its first anniversary this month.
âI felt that the men’s space lacked a one-stop shop,â she explained of the site, a passionate project she launched at the start of the pandemic.
“You can come here and read about the style, but also read about football, a new book, a new movie or a podcast, get a cooking recipe or a cocktail recipe, or read about cigars or cars,” she continued. “The rule with Leo is, if it’s something that men would like, that’s fine.”
Urbino’s star clients also make frequent appearances on Leo; For example, The Rock reveals his favorite tequila recipe, while Joel Kinnaman talks about his love of jiu jitsu and Casey Affleck shares his guide to Boston.
Of course, there’s also a healthy dose of fashion and shopping advice, straight from the stylist herself – who often highlights trends she’s ‘looking’ on, from sweater vests to chunky-soled derby shoes. passing through vintage Missoni cardigans.
But for those who aren’t quite ready to invest in the “slightly bohemian old man aesthetic” this season (in his words), why not start with the basics? Below, get the inside scoop – and shop! – the five easy sartorial basics that every man should have, according to Urbinati.
1. A knitted polo shirt
âIdeally a long-sleeved model because you can wear it on its own and it looks super professional, but it also looks great under a suit or a leather bomber jacket. I think the pimples are something that kind of went away during the pandemic; they are very uncomfortable for most guys. But a knit polo shirt will be the most durable item in their wardrobe.
John Smedley Payton Merino Wool Polo Shirt ($ 235)
Cos Relaxed Fit Knit Polo Shirt ($ 89)
Todd Snyder Merino Button Placket Polo Shirt ($ 248)
2. A thin belt
âA good, thin belt with a thin buckle is really hard to find. Even for me, when I go to the stores it’s almost always big buckles, big wide belts. But I think if you put on a thin belt – especially if you can have one in a cool color, like a blue or a green – with pants and a sweater, you’re dressed.
Anderson’s Black Leather Belt ($ 165)
Officine Creative Strip Belt ($ 150)
Reiss Leather Belt ($ 120)
âBurn your skinny jeans! I prefer pleated, slightly loose pants – and they can always be tapered. Even if it’s a chinos, if it has trouser pockets on it, it automatically looks higher than a five-pocket chinos, which looks like jeans.
Cos Relaxed Fit Tapered Chinos ($ 125)
Ami Paris skinny pants ($ 410)
Reiss Brighton Pleated Front Pants ($ 245)
4. White low top sneakers
“I like the simple and clean white sneakers. You can wear it with a pea coat in winter and it looks awesome; you can wear it in summer with shorts and it looks awesome. You can even wear it with a suit for a beach wedding.
Axel Arigato White Clean 90 Sneakers ($ 225)
Greats Royale Trainers ($ 180)
Common Projects White and Navy Retro Low Top Sneakers ($ 465)
“A leather sandal on a guy makes me want to jump out the window.” No one wants to see your toes!
CastaÃ±er Navy Suede Pablo Espadrilles ($ 170)
Scarosso Diego Espadrilles ($ 157)
Brunello Cucinelli Suede Espadrilles ($ 695)