Walking through the streets of Florence has been a bit of a challenge for a few reasons. Not only have I been overwhelmed by the crazy amount of tourists (and attractive Italian men), but I’ve also had a hard time not being obvious as I stare at all of the fashionable men and women sauntering down the narrow, crowded streets. Local Italians, from toddlers to grandmothers, can be found mixed in throughout town with the American tourists, but their accent isn’t the only thing that sets them apart from us. Most Italian people have an effortless style that makes any outfit they wear look easy and natural. I’ve noticed a plethora of flowy dresses and skirts, which are perfect for the steamy heat at this time of the year in Italy. They also have simple, unfussy beauty habits to add to their relaxed look. Most don’t look like they cake on tons of eye shadow or bronzer like some Americans tend to.
With dresses and makeup aside, the most noticeable difference is their choice of shoes. As Florence is a fairly compact city compared to other cities like Rome, which has a crazy amount of public transportation because the city is so spread out, the main method of transportation is walking. In one day, it’s totally possible to browse the jewelry on the Ponte Vecchio, walk to the Duomo (and maybe climb all 463 steps to the top) and then make your way to see Michelangelo’s David statue at the Accademia, all by foot.
With so many sites to see, comfortable walking shoes are a must. This Fashionista, a Milan native who was visiting Florence, rocked a simple outfit that allowed her animal print sneakers to stand out. Though her outfit’s color palette is simple, her vibrant bracelets added cute touches that made a cohesive outfit suitable for strutting the streets of Florence all day.
If animal print isn’t your cup of tea, you could easily swap it out for a tribal or floral pair. Or if you want to look like a true Italian native, invest in a pair of white Converse, which go great with anything from shorts and a tank top to casual dresses.
Captured: I spotted this Fashionista walking along Canto del Giglio near the Duomo in Florence, Italy.