Street style photographers have always pointed their lenses toward inspiring outfits, but lately, their cameras have been steadily focused on Italian girls. We’re equally enamoured. Wearing everything from bold statement pieces to minimal silhouettes, Italian girls have a unique take on personal style that has us captivated. Really, it just seems like they’re throwing out the rulebook and having fun with the clothes they’re wearing.
While each girl has her own distinct style, we’ve noticed some key pieces that are essential to the Italian-girl wardrobe. First, there are feathers, which add a statement flourish of fantasy and whimsy to the plainest of outfits. Then there are animal prints, which no respecting Italian donna doesn’t have in plentiful supply. And we can’t forget (or miss) the bold statements—whether it’s Candela Novembre’s punchy coats or Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert’s rainbow outfits, we can all take something from this fearless approach to getting dressed.
Keep scrolling to see just how stylish they are, and shop the eight pieces you need to get Italian-girl style.
Style Notes: Adoptive Milan resident Tamu McPherson has fallen hook, line and sinker for Italian girls’ predilection for all things feathery. And when they come in chic coat form, who can blame her?
#2: Animal Prints
Style Notes: Animal prints often come loud and proud, particularly when worn by Italians, so do the double like Giovanna some time.
#3: Bold Outerwear
Style Notes: When it comes to bold outerwear, go for maximalism. Try a coat that’s heavily embellished or one in an unexpected fabric, like Candela Novembre’s.
#4: All-Brights Together
Style Notes: Follow Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert’s lead and reach for bright-coloured pieces. They’re even better when worn together.
#5: Thigh-High Boots
Style Notes: Take a risque style note from Patricia Manfield and wear your thigh-high boots with a tailored jacket.
#6: Flat-Top Sunglasses
Style Notes: Flat-top sunglasses make a cool, retro style statement but still feel completely modern when worn with current separates, as Diletta Bonaiuti demonstrates.
Style Notes: Take a leaf out of Eleonor Carisi’s book and as bold as you dare when it comes to co-ordinating your thigh-grazer of choice.
#8: Power Logos
Italian girls love their designer brands (especially the homegrown ones), so the logo trend is going strong in this part of the world.