Dolce & Gabbana Blazer

Yoox can be a crap shoot.

The Italian sale site is roughly a T.J. Maxx for the Dolce & Gabbana set, which means it’s the best place in the world to find an Etro suit for $325. But alongside it you’ll find the worst examples of Bruno-esque Euro excess. (Also, for some reason, a Budweiser hat.) So naturally, it helps if you’ve got a native guide.

This weekend, they’re holding their semi-annual sample sale (it finishes up on Monday), so we thought we’d take the opportunity to guide you through some of the best finds.

Dolce & Gabbana Cotton Blazer, $395
It’s the classic summer blazer with a line of leather running down the end of the lapel. It would look great on a rooftop bar.

Kiton Tie, $78
One of the best silk ties in the world, marked down to sub-Ralph levels. It’s the kind of wide, lustrous neckwear you don’t find much stateside, where sevenfolds are thin on the ground—but it’s always in style in Italy.

Noodle Park Parka, $42
A parka from the cult Japanese raingear label, for less than the price of a bowtie. This is as sharp as bright red nylon will ever look.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Blazer, $285>
This one’s going to go straight into summer storage (that’s sample sale-ing for you), but the velvet blazer might be the most underrated item in the menswear game. It’s more West Village than Napoli, but still a pretty sharp example of the form.

Piombo Overcoat, $260
We’re in the off-season for overcoats too, but this is still well worth picking up. The classic buttons, natural shoulders and gently curving lapels here are perfect examples of why guys fall in love with Italian menswear.

Brunello Cucinelli Flannel Smoking Jacket, $880
To be fair, the chances of you actually needing a formal gray smoking jacket are pretty low. But if you needed something for your footman to wear…

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom