Summer weather has finally come to Rome! Last week’s surprisingly chilly days called for bundling up in layers and scarves, but the past few days have finally allowed for shorts and sandals. As tempting as it is some mornings to throw on a tank top and running shorts, Europe has a bit more of a “dress code” than we do in the United States. I think part of what makes Europeans so fabulous is that they always consider their style. Most Romans are dressed to the nines every single day, even when the temperature reaches 90 degrees. Men and women drive by on their mopeds in flawlessly tailored suits and 5-inch heels. I personally find it a little difficult to feel glamorous while walking among a sea of sweaty strangers on the sidewalk. So how do you, “Do as the Romans do”? That is, beat the heat while still looking chic?
Walking home from class today, I passed this Fashionista waiting at a bus stop. All black seems to be a go-to for many Europeans, and is something that I love. You can never go wrong with neutrals. This Fashionista’s black cropped T-shirt and high-waisted shorts were a great way to stay fresh in a fashion-forward way. I thought her chunky gold chain, Ray-Bans and printed flats were ideal accessories that added some edge without going overboard. She achieved the perfect balance between style and ventilation.
In a neutral black or white, a crop top is a warm weather staple. Not only do they look cute, but also help you keep cool. I particularly like cropped T-shirts, and think they look adorable paired with high-rise shorts for during the day or with a maxi skirt for the nighttime. There are also a variety of shorts available right now, including lace and printed styles. Dressed up shorts can work for multiple occasions and times of day, and provide a fun alternative to skirts. Pairing shorts with classic strappy heels or a pair of statement flats can further add a dash of elegance to a summery look.