Italian Tennis player showing sprezzatura

What We're Reading About: Sprezzatura

Summer has officially arrived at the Duvin Beach Club! We're stoked to welcome our favorite time of year and a new wave of members to our growing entourage of leisure enthusiasts. We wanted to share a new article from our friends at InsideHook that helps explain one of our guiding ethos at The Duvin Beach Club, living a life of "Sprezzatura". According to the Italian Dictionary, "Sprezzatura" simply means effortless or ease, especially in art, sport, fashion, or literature; careless grace. 

Full Article Link: How To Live Your Life With Sprezzatura

Baldassare Castiglione

"Sprezzatura refers to an individual's capacity to make their performance - in the realm of conversation, fashion, art, writing, athletics, what have you - appear effortless. An Italian courtier named Baldassare Castiglione coined the phrase during the Reinassance, in his class The Book of the Courtier, a rambling dialogue on etiquette and persuasion in 16th-century, high-society Europe. The ideal courtier avoids affectation in every way possible as though it were some rough and dangerous reef, allowing their easygoing faculties to speak for them. Try-hards, on the other hand, weren't as successful at court." - InsideHook

italian style for men

A cheat sheet to help get you started living Sprezzatura:

  • Display a casual and composed demeanor
  • Don't get overly flustered or panicky when things don't go as planned
  • Surround yourself with things that make you feel at ease
  • Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident
  • Bring a kind, unruffled, even waggish attitude to the workplace
  • Seek meditative activites that enhance self-awareness and promote a sense of calm

classic photo of stylish Italian gentlemen

"The art of nonchalance is about making things look easy, not perfect. Masters make mistakes - then use them as learning opportunities. In fact, the very poise and humor with which you handle a slip-up is a display of sprezzatura." - InsideHook

Full Article Link: How To Live Your Life With Sprezzatura



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