Mary Costelloe, from Costelloe + Costelloe shares her style advice on getting Italian look.
The Myth - All Italian Women Are Stylish
First of all, I would just like to address the myth that all Italian women are stylish. I have seen lots of badly dressed Italian women but as a rule as you walk down a street in an Italian City, chances are that you'll see a much greater proportion of Italians, men and women who you could call stylish
1. Simplicity is Key
Stylish Italian women know the value of simplicity. And I’m talking here about their everyday wardrobe. They keep the colour palette limited and the shape simple, this doesn’t necessarily mean tailored; a comfy, roomy knit jacket or cardigan (does anyone know a better word for this?) will work, but no fussy details please!
2. Avoid Bright Colours and Patterns
Bright colours and most patterns are avoided like the plague though you will see the odd leopard print bag or scarf but it will be used as the pattern evolved in the big cat….to blend in. The sore thumb look was never a good one.
3. Good Grooming is Essential
Grooming plays a huge part in the Italian look. A lint roller or old fashioned clothes brush will make sure you get rid of stray hairs, fluff or God forbid dandruff from collar or shoulders. Brush your suede shoes or boots to bring them back to life or if they’re leather, wax and shine them. Apart from making them look great you’ll get immense satisfaction from the task!
4. Confidence is Key
Confidence is probably a great accessory to employ if you’re going for the Italian look, and if you don’t have it naturally….you can always fake it, it might just become a habit!