Style Lessons from Italians

Summer moments are short and fleeting. I hope you’re enjoying your time readers and are taking a vacation or two! I haven’t traveled yet, but am patiently waiting for my upcoming Turkey/Greece cruise and Roman holiday. I can hardly wait to get my hands on some new leather boots!

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I truly believe we learn a lot about ourselves through travel. It is only by trying new things, viewing the world from other perspectives, and experiencing diverse cultures, that we gain a true understanding of who we are and who we want to be. Travelling can also shape our personal style, as we are influenced by the places we visit. Just like Canadian styling differs from French dressing (for example), there are many fashion lessons we can glean from the Italians.

First, take some risks with your dressing ladies. We sometimes forget that fashion should be fun. In general, our Canadian style is much more conservative than that of the “bellas” in Rome, Florence, and Milan. A look at Street Style photographer Scott Schurman’s site “The Sartorialist” shows the classy and eccentric styles of Italian tastemakers. Be open to colour. Be open to pattern and wear what truly speaks to you.

Second, support Canadian designers. Italians are much more likely to invest in high-quality garments than we are. While their homegrown talent has already taken centre-stage, namely Prada, Versace, Armani, Missoni, Valentino, and Dolce and Gabbana, we need to encourage our fashion folks to keep on designing.

Third, be confident in what you wear. To pull off an outgoing style like the Italians do, you have to be confident! A happy, healthy, and confident you, wearing clothes you love, could make everyday a little more sparkly. Tell yourself you’re beautiful and mean it, because you are!

Backpacking Europe in 2012. Not too concerned with style. :)
                                Backpacking Europe in 2012. Not too concerned with style. 🙂

Want to incorporate the “dolce vita” into your own life? Here’s a fabulous post called 50+ lessons on how to dress like an Italian girl! I’m in love.

xx

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