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How to Dress Like a True Italian Woman

There is no question; Italian women are among the most stylish in the world. Fashion in Italy is a serious business. It´s a country where brands like Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Miu Miu, Versace are from… just to name a few.

It’s a country which gave birth to some of the most legendary style icons in the world. Think about Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci and Isabella Rossellini.

Italians take great pride in the way they look and dress.

To dress like an Italian is not impossible to achieve, let me tell you the most important points so you’ll learn how to do it.

Start With The Right Underwear And Clothes That Fits

Italian women prefer form-fitting clothes and are proud of being womanly… So forget about loose clothes and those that don’t fit well.

Italian women get their confidence from properly chosen and beautiful lingerie. Not only to feel confident and good, but also the clothes will fall more gracefully on you when you wear appropriate and well-fitting underwear.

Classic Items With High Quality

Italians truly understand the importance of luxurious fabrics like silk, linen, cotton, merino and cashmere and takes good care about their clothes.

Timeless, high quality basic clothes are always on trend and last long time. Look for pieces which are well made and not fall apart after a few years. Fast fashion is not what Italians use.

Balance and Harmony

Italian women style their outfits with balance, the point is to never have too much of one thing. Some examples: If you wear a printed top your skirt or trousers have to be simple, if you wear short hems balance it out with long sleeves, bold accessories with minimal and classic clothes and so on. The good rule which is easy to remember if there is drama somewhere, it has to be balanced out with elegance.

Classic Colours

Italians love classic neutral colours like white, camel, brown, gray, dark blue and black. You can never go wrong with these colours.

Brighter and pastel colours are very common in the spring and summer. Italians love to wear light colours in the sun because they don’t attract the heat as much, and it can get very hot.

A Statement Piece

In every Italian woman’s outfit you will find a statement piece. It can be something small or something with more of a wow factor. In all cases, it is something beautiful that adds the right touch of personality. This means building up your outfit around one piece and let that piece do the talking. For example, if you’re wearing a sequin skirt, team it with a white plain shirt.

Jeans and coloured pants

Jeans are popular, even if they are casual wear, they can be also chic depending how you wear them. A beautifully fitting pair of jeans can always be dressed up with boots or heels with a nice blouse and some beautiful jewellery. Classic and beautiful.

Coloured pants are also popular. In winter they range from dark green to taupe but in spring and summer you’ll find all the colours imaginable and they always look great!

Don’t Show Too Much Skin

Even if it’s hot, Italian women would rather show off their curves than their skin. Form-fitting pencil skirts and dresses always looks nicer rather than tiny hot pants and tiny vest tops. That’s the secret of looking always classy, rather than vulgar.

Don’t Keep Your Best Pieces In Your Closet

Make every day special and wear all your clothes at all times. Don’t save the clothes you love for special occasion, they might just stay in the back of your closet and never be worn. Enjoy wearing them!


To top up whatever the outfit is, don’t forget your sunglasses and wear them whether the sun is in or out! A stylish pair can be worn all year around and they add a level of glamorous mystery look.

For an authentic Italian look, buy sunglasses from Italian brands such as Prada, Gucci or Armani.

Shoes And Socks

This thing has a bit changed in recent years, with stylish flats being the norm but still a comfortable and stylish pair of heels can be seen in many Italian woman’s outfit. Heels are another way to elevate an outfit and they don’t need to be sky-high.

If you’re not used to wear high heels, you can always try kitten heels, which gives the same kind of look without the discomfort. Or try some wedge shoes, they are easier to walk in than stilettos.

The important thing is to have high quality fabric or leather in your shoes and that the shoes are in good shape.

Never wear socks with sandals. Wear socks with closed shoes and always match the colour of the sock to the colour of the shoe. In summer wear only socks that can’t be seen.


For a daytime look use a large leather cross-body or a shoulder bag.

Italian craftsmanship is among the best in the world, so it’s no wonder that Italian women always carry a timeless handbag.

Make up

In Italy, red lipstick never looks out of place from the morning until night time, because mostly the rest of the makeup is very minimal. And it's a way to wear luxury without spending a fortune.

Italian women loves to be pampered and go to beauty salons. Take good care especially of your eyebrows and also it’s important to keep your nails beautiful.

I hope this list helped you to understand how to dress like an Italian. Being half Italian myself, it’s very important what to wear and how you wear it.

Feel free to comment, ask any questions and please share this post!

All the best,


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