Fun with the fashion of Italy - Curt Yeomans

My new black dress shirt has a zipper going up the front.

Yeah, that's right, I said a zipper, and not buttons. Don't get me wrong, there are buttons on it, but they are only for decoration. You don't actually use them to keep the shirt closed, because that is the zipper's job.

Hey, when in Rome, why not indulge yourself in some clothes shopping? You're not likely to ever see such fashion in the U.S.

The great thing about Rome is that, like Paris, there are clothing shops everywhere, and it is not hard to get a deal. The downside is that, as you're walking down the street, the money adds up quickly as you poke your head into one boutique after another.

I was smart enough to limit my shopping to three shops on the Via Nazionale — Celio, Brooks Outlet and Gigolo. Of course, the owner of Gigolo did try to sell me a pair of underwear that matched the zipper shirt, which came from Brooks Outlet. That was a bit weird. I never knew underwear could be closed using a zipper.

But, I digress.

One of the things I like about Europe is that it's fashion-forward, meaning they have evolved beyond the traditional button-down dress shirt with a stripped tie and a cardigan sweater covering it. It's edgy. It's hip. It's what your grandparents (or maybe even your parents) would consider ugly, but you likely think it's hot.

And, nowhere in Europe is that edginess more prevalent than Italy (sorry Paris, but you know it's true!). Let us start with the Italians' links to fashion. One word: Versace. If that is not enough, how about Dolce & Gabbana, or Giorgio Armani, or Prada.

Sure, France has its Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, but in this fight, the Italians win the fashion battle hands down. Plus, Milan gives Paris a good bit of competition for the title of "Fashion Center of the Universe."

Having been to both Paris and Italy, I have to say the Italians get my vote. This one long-sleeve, red-and-white-ßstripped polo shirt that I got at Gigolo with a red flap over the left chest pocket, is just plain hot.

The pair of red pants I got at Celio are tight!

I'm sorry, fashionistas who think I'm wrong, but no. Just, "No." I am not wrong on this one. You need to just learn to accept the truth. The Italians own the rest of the world when it comes to fashion.

And, with that, I conclude my columns about my trip to Italy. Next week, I'll unveil my next international trip, which will include me doing things a little differently.

Just you wait and see.

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5.