Lifestyle, style

On Italian Time

It might have been more than a hot minute since I’ve lived in Italy, but there are some habits you just can’t unlearn. If we’re hanging out, there’s a pretty definite a chance I will be arriving within a 15 minute window of our established time. It doesn’t matter how early I leave, or how late I leave, I always seem to arrive at this golden time. I’ve dubbed this “Italian time” since that’s just how the clocks all operate in Italy — you’re arriving simply too early if you’re not fifteen minutes late.

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The team over at Rakani is on the same page as me, which is great as their Fashionably Late Collection was basically made for me. Their +5 watch, $170 on Rakani.com, ensures you always have an extra five minutes no matter what — the design of the minute hand means you arrive exactly on time.   

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I’m all about a neutral outfit with big pops of color. I loved the red band on this watch, which was a great contrast to the usual options out there for guys. While those big, bulky metal watches are great, sometimes it’s nice to switch it up with a padded leather option. Even though leather bands are typically a more old school option, the bright color makes the watch seem more modern than even metal options.

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As we’re finally gettting back into warmer weather and more sunshine, an easy way to make your outfit pop is with sunglasses. I think my apartment is starting to be a bit of a sunglass shop, since I can’t stop picking up new pairs of glasses. I’m all for cheaper sunglasses — one of my favorite pairs cost $6 — but there’s also something to be said of investing in a pair of high quality glasses. The guys at Spy Optic sent these over for me to take a test drive, and they’re super sturdy, and I think a great deal for the price. These Bleecker frames are from the Spy Optic Crosstown collection, and I think they’re a great deal at $139.00 — vintage style and quality at a modern price.

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The shoes are a recent purchase, and I’m pretty obsessed with them. I have a thing for red shoes that started with a first pair that I bought as a souvenir in Venice, Italy, and the trend keeps on going strong. They’re suede with a textured tongue in snakeskin that I think is super cool. It’s the little things.

Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Sunglasses and watch c/o brand