How to dress like Gianni Agnelli

Take your style tips from one of the most stylish men in history…

A lover of art, cars and women, Gianni Agnelli was the quintessential Italian playboy. He had quick wit, a devilish charm and the natural style prowess inherent in only the most debonair of gentlemen.

Agnelli was the oldest son of the Italian industrialist Edoardo Agnelli and Princess Virginia Bourbon del Monte. Named after his grandfather Giovanni Agnelli, the founder of the Italian car manufacturer Fiat, he moved in jet-set circles of yesteryear, leading a glamorous life of parties, yachts, fast cars, and luxurious villas.

Beloved as much throughout Italy as he was the world over, upon his death over 100,000 people (including the president and Prime Minister) made their way to the Fiat headquarters to pay their respects to one of Italy’s most successful businessmen. If the true testament of a man is the number of people at his funeral, then Agnelli beat them all. But his lasting legacy is not just that of a businessman, gentleman or Jet Setter, but for his impeccable and often eccentric sense of style, which continues to influence men today.

Agnelli’s enviable style was a winning combination of beautifully cut classic suits, combined with nonchalant personal touches. Here are 6 ways to emulate this distinguished gentleman’s style…

The double-breasted suit

Agnelli’s signature brand of choice was the iconic Caraceni, with the typically wide lapels of Italian tailoring, a dapper slim-fit and more often than not, a double-breasted jacket. His accessories were always impeccable – with coordinated pocket squares, ties and shirts.