About a year or so ago, I made my first voyage overseas and got to see the brilliant lifestyles of The UK and of Italy. From the food to the fashion, I was able to learn a lot. In short, the Italians know how to eat, and the English know how to dress.
London, England was magnificent. It was a bit more Americanized than Italy was, which may have made things a bit more comfortable and enjoyable for me, but all in all both places were great. The UK are far from being known for their food. I won’t focus on their lack of enjoyable food, but rather on their brilliant sense of style.
As I walked up the street of Piccadilly, in downtown London, I immediately realized I was underdressed. Yes, I was walking through the city and I was underdressed. That’s tough to do. It seemed as if every man in that city was rocking his best suit. I recall my first view of the overall population and the look on my face read an obvious, “What the fuck?” expression. From 3 piece suits, to pinstripes, to jackets with slacks, to the shoes, these men were dapperly attired. Thinking back on it now, this trip may have reignited my desire to the fashion game. When everyone else in the city is dressed better than you, you begin to feel a bit insecure. It is not too often you are going to walk through downtown Buffalo and see men that look like they just stepped out of a GQ shoot. Well, in London, they do.
Everyone wore nicely tailored suits. The general theme seemed to be dark navy or black suits, but sport coats and grey suits were also added into the mix. I think more men were wearing ties than those that were not. Pocket squares were not worn by all men, but definitely were recognized on those that were. Tie bars were certainly seen, but once again not by all men.
As the work day ended, and the crew headed to the local Pub, you were really able to see the quick lifestyle of the English. They love to drink beer, they love to smoke, and they dress impeccable. As we walked into the pub, through a cloud of smoke, and through a crowd of sharply dressed business men and women I met a few more individuals of our work crowd. Great guys! More beer, more laughs!As we talked on over a few pints, I was introduced to the European sporting world. Never really being a soccer fan, I saw what passion these guys had for their clubs. I can’t remember who roots for who, but all I know is that soccer (or futbol) is taken incredibly seriously over there. The hooligans and the rioting are just another way of life. Cricket was mentioned briefly in the sporting conversation, but it was obvious that soccer was the number one.
The English certainly live a different lifestyle from Americans. Where I like to wake up, do the work thing, head home, workout, shower, eat and relax, I do not see them doing the same. Which lead to a very concerning question of mine: With all the drinking and smoking how are all of these people skinny?! For short, everyone walks everywhere in London. I guess this constant, easy exercise really pays off.
The city is amazing. The buildings have such a great history to them, the scenery is so clean and beautiful, and the people seem to be genuine and friendly (or maybe it’s just their accents). Do a little research on the UK and see what you can discover, and if they follow a lifestyle you might like.
Stay tuned for the Italian Lifestyle.