Italian style

(60 Posts)
tartiflette Fri 03-Jan-14 21:17:08

Having loved the French women thread (and knowing a little about that having lived there for a couple of years) I'm really intrigued by references to stylish Italian women. What is typical? Despite having honeymooned in Sicily and visited Rome twice, I know very little about what typifies Italian style (though I did notice liberal use of sunglasses). Enlighten me!

MarshaBrady Fri 03-Jan-14 21:20:47

I haven't been for a while, but have noticed a few good pics on The Satorialist. White is good with scarf maybe round the wrist, bangles and sunnies. Well that's one pic I remember.

thisismyYuleTimenickname Fri 03-Jan-14 21:33:09

Haha, I was thinking of starting a thread like this but you already did!

tartiflette Fri 03-Jan-14 21:43:11

grin Totally fascinated by it all.

Dilidali Fri 03-Jan-14 21:53:27

grin are we talking Milano or just everyday?

Dilidali Fri 03-Jan-14 21:57:38

italian fashion exhibition in the spring. A world into it's own, tehee

tartiflette Fri 03-Jan-14 22:14:13

Must see that, Dilidali, thanks. Is Milan more fashiony all year round or just during fashion weeks?
Guess I am most interested in what the average well to do, well dressed Italian woman wears (and how this differs from the archetypical stylish French or other European woman).

claudeekishi Fri 03-Jan-14 22:19:54

Good boots. Sunnies. Swishy hair. Geox jacket.
Less cool than the french ime, more classic and polished and conservative.

santamarianovella Fri 03-Jan-14 22:33:00

Omg! I didn't see this,I just posted a long thread about Italian style on the French thread!

tartiflette Fri 03-Jan-14 22:45:12

I just read that Santa! Is it more bling in Italy d'you think?

Dilidali Fri 03-Jan-14 23:10:42

I read that smile santamaria
I agree about cashmere.
Also silk, lots of silk. And cotton.
The main thing is fitted, tailored clothes. And nice shoes you can walk in.
I started wearing dresses because the trousers here don't fit me. They are cut differently and they're either fitting my bum or my waist. Can't wear tailored shirts, because I look like I am borrowing someone else's shirt.

LaFataTurchina Fri 03-Jan-14 23:17:42

Ooh a thread for me! I'm Italian and was even born in Milan. I'm not particularly stylish at all but have have some very stylish cousins!

I think stylish Italian women tend to look very well put together but not as original as stylish English women. The basics are good boots, skinny jeans, nice hair and a little bit of traditional jewellery - silver bracelet, pearl studs etc. Nothing too low cut.

Vast generalisation alert - when Italian women get clothes wrong it's because when we try and stand out we tend to go for too tight and too blingy.

santamarianovella Fri 03-Jan-14 23:49:42

tart there is bling,and it comes in different variations,some look really great,more like glamazons ,like they just stepped out from Versace catwalk.and some look really awful, like that looney ana dello Russo.

I would say Italian women embrace trends and color more liberally than their French neighbours,but with limits , like giovanna battaglia ,she personifies glam/ classic Italian style.

JennySense Sat 04-Jan-14 00:05:04

Hmmm - Italian done wrong just screams Nancy Del'Olio to me.
I love the colour of Italian style though - I think Italian style may be more diverse than French style and less easy to generalise.

r2d2pink Sat 04-Jan-14 05:09:20

I love Italian style when reasonably sober. What are good labels to look out for? I am thinking high street/ mid level, not Gucci/Prada.

Chottie Sat 04-Jan-14 05:47:28

I think it is more put together, groomed. I went to Bologna one summer and around 5-6 pm used to love people watching all the office workers. One woman really stood out, tan shift dress with tan heeled court shoes, dark sunnies, black clutch bag and chunky bracelet, perfect make up and swishy hair.

bettykt Sat 04-Jan-14 06:25:35

Interesting thread, a while back someone asked about style icons and I mentioned some favourites but I also mentioned the Italians tourists you see in London. Not as conservative as the French but equally as stylish ime. In winter they seem to look stylish with a black puffa coat. I think it's the good quality footwear and bags that helps them pull it off.

Bonsoir Sat 04-Jan-14 08:09:38

Italians are better than anyone for matching their clothes to the occasion, IMO. There are loads of Italian tourists in Paris right now and they are all appropriately dressed for being tourists (eg outdoors a lot) in a Norther European city: smart down coats, woolly hats, decent boots, across the body bag. They bring enough clothes that they aren't wandering around in dirty/crumpled stuff after a few days.

Likewise when I go on holiday in Italy in the summer, they have perfect wardrobes of several swimsuits, strappy flat sandals, evening shift dresses. In Milan or Turin, business women are perfectly groomed for the office (and don't think they have to disappear into shapeless black, London-style). Etc.

Italians are brilliant at accessories, colour and also comfort. Italian clothes have a wildly higher comfort:glamour ratio than French clothes, which is one of the main reasons I prefer them (they also fit me much better, since I don't have a teensy-tiny Parisian frame).

wordfactory Sat 04-Jan-14 09:09:02

Bonsoir yes, yes, yes.

My most flattering puffa coat was purchased in Italy. It's not actually made there, but is exactly what women there want.

A lovely mushroom-cum bronze colour, nipped in waist, fur trimmed hood, attention to detail (leather toggle loops etc). Lush.

I've also bpught there lots of lovely dresses and shoes which look glamorous yet I can walk in (built for cobbles of course).

I think one of the best things Italian eomen do, is dress well for their body shape. They're not slaves to what's in fashion.

Jaffacakesallround Sat 04-Jan-14 09:16:25

I've a good friend who moved to Italy many years ago. I think her style is great and the difference is accessories some of the time.
Maybe it's just 'her' but she is happy to wear pearls with jeans etc whereas in UK it might look 'fuddy duddy' for instance. She just seems to have more confidence to add a scarf, beads, hair up, hair down, and not stick to the same old, same old, day after day.

I suppose what I'm getting at is there is less of a uniform look and more individuality.

pinkhousesarebest Sat 04-Jan-14 09:38:45

That puffa sounds great Wordfactory. Finding a nice one is so elusive. Moncler too shiny, Aigle too much, NF too utilitarian...

Eve Sat 04-Jan-14 09:42:22

At this time of year in Italy the shops have racks upon racks of black puffa coats! So many to choose from.

bunnymother Sat 04-Jan-14 10:09:15

I love the style of some of the Mediterranean women (am inc Greek and Maltese women, too). Those who care about how they look can be very glamorous. There are lots of them in Australia where I grew up: for the older women, little or no denim, good quality clothes, often in neutral colours, hair always always styled, make up always worn and often wearing expensive jewellery (eg diamonds and expensive watches). Sometimes designer bag. The overall look is quite glamorous, whether it's on the drab or overt, it's still glamorous.

bettykt Sat 04-Jan-14 10:20:25

Yy bmother I spent some time working in Lisbon and was extremely surprised how chic and well groomed the ladies were. Probably dressed with far more flair than the French. Again it was all to do with looking very groomed and accessories more than what they actually wore. I also think that up until recently a lot of these countries didn't have access to cheap clothes like we have had for decades. Whilst I was there H&M had just opened their 1st shop there. I'm taking around just over 10 years ago.

Bluebell79 Sat 04-Jan-14 11:32:17

So which shop in the uk would I find one of these down puffa coats? Anyone any links to what style you mean? Are they bum covering?

bunnymother Sat 04-Jan-14 11:46:25

I'm a lover of the Zara down jackets - have you looked there?

LaFataTurchina Sat 04-Jan-14 12:01:40

my local tkmaxx has racks of long down coats at the moment. I found a very nice dark grey one.

TiredMule Sat 04-Jan-14 12:41:10

I'm looking for a great down coat as well, but not a black one, hopefully Navy. If anyone knows of an Italian brand/shop I could look at I'd be a very happy bunny!

CrispyHedgeHog Sat 04-Jan-14 13:33:05

ahh santamarianovella, I now have an earworm of Pupo's song in my head grin

I know nothing of fashion so nothing constructive to add

polyhymnia Sat 04-Jan-14 13:49:55

I agree with Bonsoir, Santa Maria and other posters. In general am a big admirer of Italian women's style and prefer it - again in general - to French, except when it goes too bling.
Go to Milan quite a lot and enjoy people/ clothes watching there - but also always impressed by how soignée women in Turin are. If I'm in holiday not work mode they make me feel really scruffy.

All my coats are Italian (Max Mara), including my light down one which gets most wear, particularly at the moment when thick puffer type coats would be too hot. Think they are definitely worth the investment.

Quite a few of my shoes Italian too - Geox carefully chosen.

helzapoppin2 Sat 04-Jan-14 14:07:42

I was in Milan and Venice in September. It was still hot, but Italian women were wearing A/W13 which seemed to be skinny jeans, boots, big scarves and always long, glossy hair.

DrNick Sat 04-Jan-14 14:09:25



terrible in some instances

MadBusLady Sat 04-Jan-14 14:21:53

I love the shoe shops. I don't need "edgy" shoes or fashion colours or 4in+ heels, which eliminates about half of what's available in Britain, I just need classic styles in good colours I can actually wear.

polyhymnia Sat 04-Jan-14 14:29:22

helza, yes we always notice when in Rome in September that, though we're still wearing our warm weather clothes, Italians are immaculately kitted out in 'autumn' uniform of light down/ leather jackets, scarves and boots.

AndTwoBits Sat 04-Jan-14 14:57:25

Is massimo dutti italian?

santamarianovella Sat 04-Jan-14 15:02:54

tierd a very popular Italian down brand is add down, but the first choice for well to do Italians is maxmara down coats and moncler.

polyhymnia Sat 04-Jan-14 16:22:58

Massimo Duttti is Spanish actually.

squoosh Sat 04-Jan-14 16:26:31

Just googled Giovanna Battaglia, she looks amazing.

squoosh Sat 04-Jan-14 16:28:22

.....aside from some fur I've just spotted her in.

Bonsoir Sat 04-Jan-14 16:54:37

I have a great navy down coat with a shawl collar, belted waist and sticking out skirt to above the knee - very cosy and still sexy - from Blauer (made in Italy).

helzapoppin2 Sat 04-Jan-14 17:03:40

Polyhymnia , it was in the 30's C and I saw down jackets being worn. I thought they must just feel the cold more than us cold climate types. There was, of course, no perspiration involved.

nkf Sat 04-Jan-14 17:04:57

I think you are all too dismissive of the blingy look. I don't wear it myself but I like to see it. Those bottom clinging Versace dresses for example with skyscraper heels. It looks flashy and flaunting and really rather splendid. I thought Princess Diana really made those dresses work.

Dilidali Sat 04-Jan-14 17:21:23

nfk, that look done properly works in certain situations. Most Italian women work, look after the kids, are married to their husbands and the mother in law at the same time. Got cousins like mine who would tell you exactly what you look like if you get it wrong. We're talking day to day life. Practical but stylish.

I have lived here (UK) for nearly 20 years, can't tell you exactly if what I pay at the beautician, hairdresser etc in Italy is the right price, or is it just because my mum's cousin thrice removed knows this girl who's neighbour owes her a favour so she's 'doing me for a price'. Dunno, learnt not to ask these things.
But, it is affordable, it's not going to bankrupt me smile. Whereas in the UK, the prices for a facial, waxing, haircut.... Put it this way, my mum has a fit every time I go there and I am not groomed to an inch of my life. I remember twice a month appointments for manicure and waxing. In another life. But with the women I know, that's the norm.

DrNick Sat 04-Jan-14 17:44:36

Every summer here we get loads of tourists. Italians in gloves in June. Weaklings

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 04-Jan-14 17:47:33

Same here, all the young french/spanish/italian tourists in down coats in June.

I do love a bit of bling though.

The regional variations are interesting and very much the same in the UK - I'm near Bath/cotswolds and its very very understated here. But then we don't even have a Zara shock

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 04-Jan-14 17:48:16

Obviously I know zara is spanish. Actually are there any equivalents for Italy - where does your normal Italian woman shop?

gaggiagirl Sat 04-Jan-14 18:22:22

I go to Rome a lot. My best ever sighting was of a bin lady. She stepped down from the trash truck in blue overalls tied around her waist, heavy duty boots, white vest, shades and perfect hair and make up. She looked stunning,glamorous and was practically dressed for her occupation. So jealous.

nkf Sat 04-Jan-14 18:32:06

Love the image of the well-groomed bin lady.

nkf Sat 04-Jan-14 18:33:44

In my high earning days, I loved the loose linen look of Giorgio Armani. It was so easy to wear and I always felt marvellous.

babybarrister Sat 04-Jan-14 18:36:12

I would just like to big up some of the Spanish designers though too - Adolfo Dominguez, Massimo Dutti, Sfera, Agatha Ruiz, Roberto Verino, Farrutz [shoes], Amaya Arzuaga, Pull & Bear

nkf Sat 04-Jan-14 18:37:27

Actually, I meant Emporio Armani. Cheaper but still not cheap. Just googled it. I still like it. Who does it cheaper?

charitygirl Sat 04-Jan-14 19:19:23

Am LOLing at wordfactory's 'mushroom-cum' coat.

Agree that while leathery bling look is not for me, I do love to see it done well.

Annunziata Sat 04-Jan-14 19:23:08

I am Sicilian and it can be baaaadddd down here, velour tracksuits seem to be popular atm.

DrNick Sat 04-Jan-14 19:28:53

But let's not forget that awful desigual. Oh em gee

squoosh Sat 04-Jan-14 19:30:52

This Desigual?

Looks classy.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 04-Jan-14 19:34:08

I loathe desigual.

Bonsoir Sat 04-Jan-14 19:47:09

Desigual is clothing for people not interested in fashion and with no style or taste.

LaFataTurchina Sat 04-Jan-14 19:56:09

I love upim it's like a cross between a tidy version of primark and tiger(has funky tea towels etc)

I like intimissimi for underwear and layering tops (good if you are small of boob)

zara, vero moda, united colours of benetton, and H&M (for youngsters) are also popular.

Dilidali Sat 04-Jan-14 20:56:53

Hehehe, lafata, just placed my annual order with intimissimi smile.
Stradivarius is a place I often pick bits from.
I seem to have accumulated lots of stuff that have Nuna Lie written on the inside label. I vaguely remember going in a shop and coming out with lots of stuff, thinking:I'm never going to get away with wearing these in the UK, but I did. But which shop, I could not tell you.

babybarrister Sat 04-Jan-14 21:58:52

Stradivarius also Spanish - part if Zara chain I think!

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