STYLE GURU STYLE: From Italy, With Love

STYLE GURU STYLE: From Italy, With Love

I recently returned from Italy where I had been studying for six weeks. I was living in Florence, one of the fashion capitals of the world, and I must admit I was inspired by the Italian style. Italians are skilled at always looking sharp (even while riding on a Vespa and eating melting gelato). They dress for the occasion and not for the day, meaning they change often and you won’t see someone at the grocery store in gym clothes.

Italians wear a lot of neutral colors, either very dark or very light. They do not wear shorts often and if they do, they are at a classy length. Italians don’t wear flip flops except at the beach. Most often, they wear sandals or nice sneakers because they walk literally everywhere. Clothes with big logos or graphics are a no go. The biggest thing for Italians is leaving the house looking well put together to maintain the “buona figura.” One of my teachers told me that most Italians know where a person is from based on how they dress.

Here my outfit consists of the colors olive, black, and bronze/gold. My dress is a suede material and coordinates with my suede sandals (an Italian purchase). In my opinion, anything that is soft is 100 times more comfortable and classy. I chose this black and bronze statement necklace to show my lion side. Many Italians prefer statement jewelry to complete their look. Finally, my Italian leather bracelets are from a street vendor. The thin one is decorated with the symbol of Florence, because city pride is a big deal there! This outfit is comfortable, easy to put together, absurdly stylish and inspired by the Italian way.

Get My Look: 1. Olive suede dress. 2. Black lace-up sandals. 3. Black fringe statement necklace.