Thursday, November 5, 2009


sprezzatura \sprāt-tsä-ˈtü-rä\ noun: 1. studied nonchalance, 2. perfect conduct or performance of something (as an artistic endeavor) without apparent effort

Etymology: Italian

Apparantly the early 19th-century British dandy would spend excessive time before his mirror tying his cravat in such a manner as to appear hastily thrown on, albeit perfectly so. A contemporary version of sprezzatura as it pertains to fashioin or vanity is the willful cultivation of “bedhead” by means other than having slept in a bed.

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