Sure, the French Riviera is nice with its Chanel-inspired Breton and Hepburn-esque straw boaters, but when it comes to the ultimate hot spot for chic holiday-making, 2017’s crown goes to the dramatic coastlines, rustic countryside and city streets of Italy. From Capri to Cinque Terre, Tuscany to Puglia and the Amalfi Coast, the fashion set has descended upon Italian shores this summer, packing major holiday style inspiration for the rest of us.
Seemingly in answer to our burning packing questions, Emily Ratajkowski, Pandora Sykes, Lucy Williams and more have all dedicated their Instagrams to showing us just what to wear when sunning it up in Italy, from cute bikinis and poolside pull-overs to sightseeing outfits and dinner-date dresses. So, of course, we’ve scoured their feeds to build the ultimate influencer’s guide on what to wear on an Italian vacay. As they say, when in Rome…
Want to know what to wear on holiday in Italy? See our influencer guide below for serious style inspiration, and then keep scrolling to shop the key pieces now.
#1. The Statement Bikini
Italian fashion is nothing if not bold, even on the beach—or sun-drenched luxury yacht, if you’re so inclined. Think monochrome ruffles like Emily Ratajkowski or demure Bardot-style cuts like Lucy Williams.
Style Notes: Emily Ratajkowski’s Flagpole x Oscar de la Renta bikini makes up in shape (and voluminous layers) for what it lacks in colour.
#2. The Poolside Cover-Up
Think effortless, think floaty, and forget what Coco Chanel said—more is more when it comes to accessorising on the Italian coast.
Style Notes: The beach bag of the season? Nannacay’s now-sold-out Ciao basket bag, of course.
#3. The Sightseeing Getup
When in Rome (or Puglia, or Portofino), do as the Romans do: Never worry about being overdressed. Just because you’re sightseeing, it doesn’t mean maxis, frills, stripes or gingham are off the menu.
Style Notes: Pandora Sykes’s basket bag and billowing Lisa Marie Fernandez dress make for perfect partners.
#4. The Dinner-Date Dress
Sultry, slinky, glamorous; whether you’re dining out on candlelit focaccia or crunching down on rustic pizza, dressing up for dinner is a must.
Style Notes: Veronika Heilbrunner and Shermine Shahrivar nail it in colourful satin slips by Anna-Christin Haas of Galvan.
Style Notes: Camille Charrière and Monica Ainley cut romantic figures in nude Dior and pastel Peter Pilotto respectively.
Need more shopping inspo? Scroll through the gallery below for our pick of the best Italian holiday essentials.