Italy and the Southeast have a lot in common: both are hyper-masculine places where true power nonetheless rests with the matriarchy, and neither give a crap about Vanderbilt football. For below-Mason Dixon clothes influenced by the Boot, try Southern Tide.
Tide's a line of dressy-casual threads that meld genteel Dixieland styling and colors with Italian-inspired cuts and textiles, chiefly proprietary breathable stretch fabrics; the company was launched by a young South Carolinian who abandoned medical studies when he realized he was only interested in one word from "drop your pants and cough". Among Fall's freshness:
Shirts: Five new woven button-downs run from a light blue twill job to the zippy "Autobahn Stripe"; the brand-anchoring polos now feature a "Sport" line in SEC colors like Crimson, UT's Endzone Orange, and Florida's "University Blue" -- the color of Urban Meyer's face when he died and went to a place where he could lose to the Maroon & White.
Â¼ Zip Pullover: These all-cotton, rib-knit outer-layers come in chocolate/ spruce/ midnight blue, and feature a riveted antiqued-brass zipper pull, trim-fit sleeves, and a mock-turtle collar -- though you shouldn't mock anyone who can spend 7 years getting paid for being fat and stupid.
Pants: Leg-wrappers range from the sand-or-bark RT-7, with a lightly formal five-pocket design and elastic-impregnated canvas textile & brown leather-trimmed rear slit pockets, to khaki or ocean blue logo-print Lounge Pants covered with tiny images of Tide's logo, the Skipjack tuna -- appropriate, since elastic waistbands make it easy to tell if you've caught something.
Colors and patterns have been broadened among Tide's standard polos and tees as well as its button-fly boxers; also new are their tuna-logo'd, stoutly insulated Yeti coolers, designed to hold plenty of the stuff that make-a you love you mama.