Jun 24, 2011 12:00AM

Men's Essentials

Banana shirts and ankle bandanas abound at Pitti Uomo.

Earlier this week, menswear tastemakers flooded the streets of Florence to talk Spring style at Pitti Uomo, Italy's biannual menswear show. Judging from the street style shots it seems that men are locked in a contentious battle of one-upmanship in the fashion accessory arena this season - what began with rainbow socks, bow ties and the odd printed hankie, is now evolving in all kinds of weird and wonderful ways.

The oracles of mens fashion unite in a prismatic celebration of colour, but if Prada banana shirts and ankle bandanas aren't your thing, there's an easier way to adopt the new direction...the devil's in the details. Accent your attire with touches of raffia, leather and rope via the unlikeliest of manly essentials - the bracelet. Now don't be alarmed, bracelets are a welcome highlight to any dapper ensemble, and to prove it we've put together a list of the best baubles on offer.

Words: Renee Warne

Photography: Tommy Ton

www.collette.fr

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