Living in Italy, not only in Milan where fashion and design are prominent, you will notice that Italians have a natural sense of style. As an expat coming from a culture that values comfort over couture, it is normal to feel like you don’t “fit in”, especially when you show up to a party in jeans and everyone else looks like they are going to a wedding.
Italians have a natural sense of style because they are so passionate about art, creativity and of course, fashion. They have a special love for accessories, quality fabrics and the mix of different patterns – juxtaposing elegant with casual, old with new. Italians are known for having a distinguished taste in design.
Although wearing a designer jacket, drinking aperitvi does not make you Milanese, there are some fashion tips we’d like to share with you that will make you feel and look more Italian.
In a recent post, we talked about The 4 Golden Rules of Milanese Style which touched on the underlying attitude and mindset to “living Milanese style”, here, we’d like to take a practical approach and share some pointers on fashion and a few items you may want to add to your Italian style wardrobe.
Furthermore, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the look – all items mentioned can be found at Scalo Milano Outlet & More at prices up to to 70% off on boutique retail prices.
Shoes are the number one, must-have accessory for both men and women. Shoes are often the final touch to completing a look, but shoes can say a lot about you. In Italy (especially in the metro) you will notice people looking at your shoes.
Choose shoes that are comfortable but stylish. Well-made footwear with quality leather is most appreciated and admired. Fratelli Rossetti have been around since 1953 and started as a small workshop here in Milan. The company is still family run and their footwear for men and women is world- famous.
One fashion accessory that never goes out of style are sunglasses. They’re a fashion statement that is often overlooked as a necessity in anyone’s wardrobe, but it’s important to invest in quality sunglasses. Not only will sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but they can express your personality. Ray Ban is probably one of the most famous eyewear brands in the world and has been run by the Italian Luxottica Group since 1999. In partnership with Italy’s most luxurious sports car brand, Ferrari, the Ray Ban for Scuderia Ferrari collection will rev up your Italian look.
A Nice Watch
Many people don’t even bother wearing watches these days. We have mobile phones, Alexa and Hey Google to tell us the time. Traditional watches are not merely for telling the time – but they’re also elegant pieces of jewelry. They’re heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation, and many people invest in more than one. Many watches, both old and new, are collectibles because of their unique style and iconic status. Just like clothes, you should never judge a book by its cover (or rather, you shouldn’t judge a watch by its age). Vintage designs are increasingly popular today despite their era; they offer class, sophistication and timeless beauty.
“Toglietemi tutto ma non il mio Breil!“
Take everything but not my Breil!
Breil is an Italian brand that has been around since 1939 when it opened here in Milan. The first Breil wristwatch was introduced in 1942 and to prove it’s durability and quality, in 1952 the founder of Breil, Innocente Binda, dropped his watches from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to show that after a fall of 302 meters, his watches would still be fully functional – and they were!
A Fabulous Bag
A bag is a reflection of personal style, and it’s a major accessory in any wardrobe. A bag can tell people a lot about a person, from culture to personality to mood! Bags are not only for women, in Italy many men carry shoulder bags or cross-body bags too. With the new surge of the “work from anywhere” movement, a good briefcase for your computer is essential.
The Bridge is a reflection of the Tuscany way and embodies a natural and timeless quality in its bags and accessories. Established in Florence in 1969, they produce fine bags, boots, shoes, gloves and hats.
A Bold Statement Piece
Last but not least, a bold statement piece is a must have for any personal collection. A statement piece should show off your personality. Do you like dramatic capes and ponchos? How about dazzling sparkly tops? Bold doesn’t necessarily mean big. A statement piece could be an antique brooch or a favorite belt that you always wear.
Show off your individual style with a bold leather coat by Trussardi. Trussardi was founded in Milan as a glove manufacturer in 1911 and has grown to become one of the most prestigious fashion houses in Italy and worldwide specializing in leather goods, ready-to-wear, perfumes and jeans.
Where to Buy
All items mentioned above can be found at Scalo Milano Outlet & More.
Getting to Scalo Milano Outlet is easy; there’s a free shuttle bus from P.zza della Repubblica (in front of the newsstand) or from Porta Romana (in front of Corso Lodi, 2) which takes about 20 minutes, or take the S13 train which stops in front of the outlet at the Locate di Triulzi station, or going by car, a 15-20 minute drive from the center of Milan. There is ample parking and a recharging station for electric cars.
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Article by Celia Abernethy for EasyMilano.com