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Italian Street Style: Women’s Edition Part II

Italy is full of the chicest women who bring their flawless sense of style to the streets. Here is the second glimpse into the glamour seen all around Italy–from Venice to Milan.
summer-dress-fashionIn Venice: Brighten up your neutral palette with a bold pair of orange strappy sandals.

 

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In Florence: Break up your punk-y layers and show some skin by rocking capris or even shorts with studded motorcycle boots.

 

IMG_1399In Florence: Style and grace, regardless of age. I love this subtle sheer printed skirt paired with wayfarer sunnies and of course, a bold lip.

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In Milan: Let your look speak volumes by letting your (Burberry) purse be the voice.

 

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In Milan: This is one very fashionable mom! Neon high tops, leather jacket, and a graphic scarf creates and edgy and rocker-chic look.

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In Venice: Dressy flats and a graphic tee paired with slouchy pants of the perfect example of ultra luxe meets ultra casual.

 

Which look would you wear?

~E~

Style. Study. Savvy.

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Italian Street Style-Men’s Edition

The three “S’s” of Italian street styles are undeniably suits, scarves, and slim fit jeans. After two weeks of travelling all over Italy, it was evident that the typical man’s outfit was not complete without one, if not all, of these three “S’s”.

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Slim fit jeans, when tucked into leather ankle boots, add a rock and roll aura to an outfit.

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In Venice: A leather jacket and khaki suit pants when combined are casual, yet polished.

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In Venice: Bring your suit into summer with a light linen blazer over a denim oxford shirt.

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In Milan: Don’t let your style go to the dogs, even in inclement weather. Stay savvy with a neutral duster trench.

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In Florence: Spice up the ordinary with a pair of mustard slim-fit chinos. Bonus points if you add a graphic tee and scarf.

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In Florence: Even the Italian carabinieri (military police) are dressed to the nines.

IMG_1434In Venice: A classic black blazer and khaki chinos are a perfect representation of chiaroscuro (the contrast between light and dark).

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In Venice: This David Beckham lookalike looks back to the ’90’s grunge scene with his sleeveless shirt, plaid flannel, and leather sneakers.

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In Rome: Don’t let your button-up be boring. Add some visual interest by investing in a shirt with a bold alternating pattern of stripes and a small print.

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In Milan: Good style knows no age. This variation on a three piece suit substitutes matching pants for charcoal chinos, and a cardigan instead of a vest.

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In Milan: Add a pop of color in the form a bold tie to your every day suit.

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In Milan: Another example of a duster trench and perfectly tailored suit.

What’s your favorite look?

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy.


Expect the Unexpected

Lately I have been obsessed with exploring Scott Schuman’s blog, The Sartorialist. Forget what you know about perfectly matched ensembles and open up your eyes to some seriously cool street fashion. Schuman “began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.” Schuman photographs real people on the streets, just the way they are. No fancy lighting, props, or gimmicks. Just the individual.

What I happen to love most about this refreshing take on capturing fashion is that every ensemble featured has inspired me to become more brave and curious with my outfit choices. I will be the first one to admit that I love to match and be perfectly coordinated at all times. Which has huge potential to lead to a boring and unmemorable look. Who wants to be boring and unmemorable?

I have collected a couple images of some outfits that I happen to love, that bring in a bit of the “unexpected element”. These two stylish ladies happen to be some of my close friends with amazing senses of style. So, let’s examine the unexpected and refreshing elements in their outfits.

First, let’s take a look at the fabulous Laura S.

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This is an excellent example of mixing blacks and browns. The very neutral taupe color in the snakeskin printed pencil skirt lends itself well to bringing together the cognac colored leather jacket and the black pumps. With the leather and snakeskin, Laura could have tiptoed into the very edgy “biker at a bar” look, which while perfectly appropriate for the evenings and weekends does not translate into a business casual look on a Monday afternoon. The unexpected element of this outfit is the ever so classic and preppy gold-buckle pointy-toed black pumps. The addition of the shoes makes the whole outfit scream “Hey, I’m super fun and sassy…but I’m also responsible and know how to take care of some serious business.”

Clearly, Laura is a shining example of knowing when the right touch can bring an outfit to a whole different level.

Next is Claire B.

double button-upGold earrings. Chambray shirt. Cheetah print button-up. Red jeans. Riding boots. Gold bracelet. This is a lot of color and texture, but Claire pulls it off effortlessly. Claire could have easily just worn the chambray, or the cheetah print, and her look would have been stylish. The unexpected element of her outfit that really sets it off is her layering technique. A button-up shirt on top of a button-up shirt. How cool is that? I just love how the cheetah print peeks out of the chambray near the collar and down near her wrists.

Bravo to you Claire for your innovation!

Try something a little unexpected when you dress yourself next. It never hurts to be memorable, does it?

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy.


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