We don't like to reinforce fashion stereotypes, but there's definitely some truth in the rumour that Italian girls go bolder, bigger and brighter than others. Feathers, prints and a whole lot of colour is all in a day's work for the "more is more" fashion flock. Their choices are bolstered by homegrown heavyweight brands riffing on the same vibe (think the vibrancy of Versace and the eccentricity of Prada). Italian girls also are confident in their styling ideas.
Icons like Donatella Versace and Anna Dello Russo have set the bar high, but the younger wave of street style ladies are certainly no wallflowers. Their approach, it would seem, is that rules are made to be broken, hemlines are meant to be shortened and one should always look like the life of the party. Take a look at eight of our favourite looks that embody modern Italian style from some of our favourite It girls Milan has to offer. Say arrivederci to playing it safe and ciao to a whole lot of sass.
A Glamourous Dress in a Bold Shade
Tamu McPherson has lived in Milan since 2005, but she knows how to look glamorous (and truly Italian) no matter where she is. A brightly coloured dress with an interesting cut is the key to looking like you've wandered off a yacht in Positano.
Printed Dress + Western Boots
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Chiara Ferrangi shows us why she's the queen of Italian style. Her gold Western boots and blue-and-orange printed Fendi dress are perfectly fun without being tacky. She balances the playfulness of the print with a classic cut.
Power Suit + Plain T-Shirt
Statement Outerwear + Combat Boots
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Gilda Ambrosio is best known for her part in the Italian fashion label Attico, and with this creamsicle-coloured feather jacket, she shows us why she's leading the Italian fashion flock. The key to making a statement jacket like this work is keeping your tones playful with a dress or skirt in a similar colour. You can also add chunky boots to give the outfit some edge. Brava, Gilda.
Underwear as Outerwear
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Amp up the flirtiness like Giorgia Tordini by letting a lacy bralette peep out from an unbuttoned dress or top. Anine Bing has a great selection of silk bras with lace trims that are perfect for nailing this style equation. Style tip: Opt for long sleeves when trialling this Nina Ricci–inspired trend (it'll help you achieve a polished look).
Animal Print + More Animal Print
Leopard, zebra and snake prints have hit the big time in the UK over the past few weeks. In fact, anything animal printed is on trend for the Italian fashion crew. They're the most adept at wearing brash prints with the same attitude as French girls in jeans and a tee: infinitely relaxed and achingly cool.
Loud Accessories + Sassy Trench
Enter the matrix with a patent trench coat and graphic accessories. Eleonora's sky-high purple boots and yellow purse help lift the darkness of her black trench coat. Go one size up if you want to rock the oversized look and wear your trench coat as a statement piece.
Short-Short Miniskirt + Extra-Long Boots
Steal some outfit inspo from Gilda and pair a miniskirt with a chunky knit jumper and boots to accentuate your pins. The boots and jumper are the perfect way to transition all of your beloved summer skirts into fall and, as a bonus, you'll look like an off-duty model fresh off the runway in Milan. Those boots were made for strutting.
Grazie for the inspo, ladies.