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“Style Icon Raoul Bova” or “How to Keep It Simple”

I just had to do an article on men style icons. The reason is very simple:there are certain men that simply are fashion heroes, when you pass them in the street you can’t help turning your head over and gazing like hypnotized.

For this, I’ve chosen Italian actor Raoul Bova.

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Outside of his native Italy, Raoul Bova fits that status perfectly. He is the star of many Italian box office blockbusters like Comincio Tutto Per Caso and La Finestra Di Fronte. We, the rest of the world know him best  as Marcello from Under The Tuscan Sun, or Sebastian De Rosa, the archaeologist from Alien vs. Predator.

So what are his secrets? First of all, he doesn’t like to trade tradition for passing fashion trends. Bova wears bespoke suits, not tight ones. The cut is fuller than you might expect,but still it clings close enough to compliment his body frame . Details like peak lapels appear classic yet new again, diminishing the need for any other accouterments. The color of choice is the classic black.

In the picture below, you can see him sticking to the above rules:

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When he is less formal, his color of choice is white, which is a wise decision, considering his darker skin complexion. The Mediterranean gene pool surely helped him a lot.

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The picture above shows him in the movie Under The Tuscan Sun.

He sometimes wears black shirts, and theysuit him really well.

raoul bova in a black shirt


Can I dress like him ?

Absolutely! Just remember the number one rule he likes to apply: don’t over-complicate things. Just keep it simple, and your style will be top notch.

Let’s analyze the following attire, taken from an Italian magazine :
raoul bova in white shirt and blazer


Nothing too fancy, right? He keeps it very simple: a blazer, white shirt, black belt with an oval belt buckle and blue jeans. The white shirt is a very good choice, as I was telling you, because it creates good contrast with his hair color and skin complexion.

So remember: keep it simple, don’t try to impress too much and you might end up the next style icon featured here on Be Stylish!

George is dedicated to fashion and style for men. Based between London and Minneapolis he enjoys writing about lifestyle and fashion from both sides of the pond.

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