It is common knowledge that Italians have style, a style that is always understated, luxurious and chic. In Britain we pride ourselves on individuality, but in the search for individuality we sometimes end up inevitably buying the wrong items, the wrong cut, the wrong length, oversize bags, earings too small, so as a whole ensemble the whole look can appear quite untidy.
Here you can find some italian style rules to follow!
It is true that modern Italians have been born into great style. It’s a style on which Italy’s fashion industry has been built. Italian mills have always produced the most beautiful fabrics, supreme quality butter-soft leather bags and handmade shoes.
Great style comes from within. Staple pieces are common place in every chic Italian ladies wardrobe. A crisp white shirt, beautiful tailored pieces, sumptuous cashmere sweaters, an elegant pair of heels, a few pieces of deliciously decadent jewellery to add sparkle, but not enough as to appear to be trying too hard or take away the sophistication of the whole look.
The reason the Italians find it so easy and effortless, is because… wait for it….. they simply have a uniform and abide by certain sartorial rules. The rules enable better more savvy buying, ensuring better quality pieces hanging in the wardrobe. Pieces that will be worn, and also last longer, fit better, which will inevitably bring savings in the long run.
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Italian style rules
Italian style rules are simple yet complex. They look at fit, colour and fabric. They are not afraid to analyse their body, see how it sits in its skin, how the skin, shape performs when sitting, walking, lying. They accept the good points and bad which then makes it a much easier task to dress this loved, well known shape, with an ease, respect and much more understanding.
Not mixing too many colours is important in Italian style, maybe just 2 or 3 at a time, incorporating a staple colour palette of black, brown, blue and white, black being the overriding colour in the winter, white in the summer.
Clothes always skim the body, never too tight on the verge of exploding and never too oversized as though something hideous is concealed.
Italian style has a special flair, you know the person has style and paid attention to how they got dressed that morning.
With designers such as Armani, Max Mara keeping quality at the for front of Italian fashion, this country also has an array of designers such as Prada, Versace, Moschino and Marni establishing the new season looks, adding vibrant colours and prints to keep this country miles ahead of the rest in the style wars. Is it little wonder in a country immersed with beautiful art, architecture, great food, quality and luxury from the top of the heady tranquil heights of Lake Como down to the charming crystal blue waters at the pointy toe of the boot in Calabria, that the people of this beautiful country have such an easy uncomplicated love affair with style.
Not being born into this beautiful country does not leave you at a loss. A good start in trying to emulate Italian style is no matter what the season always carry a luxurious leather bag and always, always wear a pair of sunglasses.
Barbara Houghton – Fashion Designer
The Italian Community