How to Dress When You’re on Vacation in Italy

Italian fashion is world renowned. I am happy to have Justyna, from The World by The Brunette guest post for you, on a a very important subject to Italian way of life – MODA (aka Fashion)! You may have seen Justyna on touristbychance.com before, as she kindly sent us a few photos of her visit to Civita di Bagnoregio

Italian Fashion: How to Dress When You’re on Vacation in Italy

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Piazza di Spagna by The World by the Brunette


Dress for the Occasion

First of all, always try to dress according to your plans for the day. When putting together your outfit, take into consideration the weather, the place you are going to visit, and the amount of walking you plan to do. This means that if you are visiting the countryside in Tuscany, your outfit may be relaxed, but if you are going to spend a day in the city, you may want to match your jeans with something more elegant, like a jacket or some stylish accessories, to elevate the look. If a major part of your sightseeing consists of visiting churches you should cover your arms and avoid mini-skirts or shorties. In general, the south of Italy is more casual than the north. Rome is a very touristy city where you can see street style from all around the world. Milan is a fashion capital, so it’s a place to dress up.

Classy Travel Staples

My personal staples for looking classy when traveling are button-down shirt, well- cut blazer, jeans that fit like a glove, a pair of nice walking shoes, and a versatile day-to-night dress, which can be worn during the day with a jacket and flats, but can also be accessorized with jewellery and heels for a night out.

Hot Summer in Italy

The south of Italy is a bit warmer than the north. Summers in Rome tend to be very hot with temperatures often reaching over 100°F (38°C). Air conditioning in many old buildings isn’t that great, and some restaurants don’t have AC at all, so dressing light during summer is crucial. I would recommend flowy dresses for women and breathable cotton or linen shirts for men. Strappy or capri walking sandals are ideal for long walks on hot days. Fore more tips on what to wear in Rome during summer – see my blog post at The World by the Brunette

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Justyna at The World by the Brunette

Italy Travel Essentials (Italian Fashion)

  • A shawl will keep you warm on chilly evenings (put it in your carry-on so you can use it as an extra blanket on the airplane); it will also protect you from the sun on hot days, and it may be used as a cover-up when visiting churches.
  • A hat will provide you some shade on a hot, sunny summer day.
  • Sunglasses are always a good idea!
  • Comfortable walking shoes are essential for every traveler. For your vacation in Italy, I would also recommend bringing a pair of smart shoes that can be worn for dinners and in places that don’t require a lot of walking.
  • Bring a jacket or a trench coat for layering and protection from the rain during colder months.

Don’t forget a bathing suit if you plan to visit the coast.

Casual Chic

Many Italians have sophisticated taste when it comes to style. Milan, a home to leading designers, is one of the world’s most important fashion cities. Rome houses some of the world’s most beautiful and culturally significant architecture and art. Being in such inspiring surroundings may make you feel obligated to dress well. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your wardrobe, but choose something well cut and good-looking when you are packing your luggage. If you want to look crisp, avoid flashy logos, printed t-shirts, cheap materials, and too-tight clothes. Dress smartly, but comfortably, so that you can enjoy your vacation instead of focusing on some wardrobe malfunction.

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Justyna from The World by the Brunette

Dress Your Appearance

As the old saying goes, “How they see you, that’s how they perceive you.” There is no doubt that people judge us based on our appearance. However, appearance is much more than the clothes we wear. Our behavior and good manners are way more important than our looks. A polite, undemanding tone of voice and a smile, will take you farther than the most fashionable, well put together outfit. Your positive or negative attitude toward other people usually determines how they treat you. Therefore, if you want to be seen as a decent person, act like one! There are three magic phrases that you should learn in Italian: grazie (thank you), per favore (please), and prego (you’re welcome).

You want to feel good during your vacation, so wear what you feel best in (whether it’s casual or dressy) to enjoy your break free from any stress. Remember that your general appearance, not your wardrobe, determines how you come across to other people.

Make sure to check out more from Justyna at The World by the Brunette and follow her on: Facebook & Instagram! What do you think of Italian fashion? Leave your comments below – I would love to hear what you think of fashion in Italy! 

Ciao e buon viaggio!

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