There’s something particularly alluring about Italian-girl style. Striking the perfect balance between minimalism and maximalism, the Italians truly know how to dress. They know their way around a fab party frock and aren’t ones to shy away from mixing prints and colors. Plus, their impeccable street style always serves as inspiration for seasons to come.
In terms of summer style, I like to source my sartorial inspiration on a global scale. I look to Parisian girls for their chic, effortless approach to dressing, while I admire Scandinavian girls for knowing a thing or two about layering bold colors. But without a doubt, Italian women are some of the most stylish in the world, and there’s something about Italian summer style that I just can’t get enough of.
From Milan to Capri, I scoured the Instagrams of Italy’s resident cool girls and rounded up the seven essential wardrobe staples of the summer. (See: relaxed, menswear-inspired trousers; kitten-heel mules; and much more.) Keep reading to check them all out, and of course, shop them for yourselves without making a serious dent in your wallet. Prego!
The Breezy Wrap Dress
Italian girls are loving wrap dresses right now—and we’re here for it since it's a classic style for summer. Whether worn as a beach cover-up or for a night out, there’s something inherently romantic about these breezy staples. Dress them up, or dress them down.
H&M Long Wrap Dress ($31)
Eloquii Satin Maxi Dress ($140)
& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Maxi Wrap Dress ($129)
Ganni Printed Cotton Poplin Wrap Dress ($325)
Sure, Italy may be known for its food, but the country’s most stylish women have also been sporting food-printed clothing—particularly that of the fruit variety. This summer has seen puff-sleeve blouses, breezy button-downs, and sundresses adorned with sweet summer fruits like lemons, oranges, and more; no fruit has been left unpicked.
Lisa Says Gah Tessa Button Down in Farmers Market White ($119)
Farm Rio Green Raining Bananas Mini Dress ($165)
Rails Clement Midi Dress ($178)
Simply Be Wrap Top with Puff Sleeves in White Fruit Print ($29)
The Kitten-Heel Mule
As the world continues to transition from comfy indoor slippers to, well, actual shoes, low kitten heels have made for the perfect choice for summer—and Italian girls are loving closed-toe mule styles. The best part about them? No pedicure required.
Charles & Keith Black Gem-Embellished Square Toe Mules ($53)
Zara Pointed Toe Heeled Mules ($50)
Louise et Cie Fionnah Mule ($149)
COS Leather Slingback Pumps ($225)
The Relaxed Trouser
You can’t go wrong with classic, relaxed trousers—at any time of the year, for that matter. In the summer months, Italy’s most stylish have been pairing them with simple tanks and tees. The result? A look that’s low-key but still polished.
ASOS Edition Pleat Front Wide Leg Pants in Tobacco ($93)
Zara Wide Leg Menswear Style Pants ($46)
Violeta by Mango Side Slit Linen-Blend Trousers ($50)
The Straw Tote
The essential summer carryalls, straw totes bags are trending big time in Italy. Perfect for any occasion, these oversized bags pair nicely with all of our favorite summer trends—including the ones on this list.
H&M Straw Bag ($50)
Frame Straw Tote ($348)
Anthropologie Rattan Basket Clutch ($148)
Kayu St. Tropez Tote ($125)
The Oversize Button-Down
By far one of my favorite summer trends is the oversize button-down, which, unsurprisingly, has become an Italian-girl wardrobe essential. Consider this easy, no-fuss style the finishing touch to any effortless summer look. Also nice: It makes for a great beach cover-up, too.
Mango Contrasting Seams Cotton Shirt ($60)
Good American Tabbed Poplin Shirt ($125)
The Frankie Shop Melody Oversized Organic Cotton-Poplin Shirt ($135)
Pixie Market Green Wide Stripe Shirt ($94)
The Silk Scarf
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been trading in our scrunchies for silk scarves. While these multipurpose items can be worn in a multitude of ways, Italian girls have been treating them as a stylish way to tie their hair back. Windy day at the beach? No problem.
Urban Outfitters Clarissa Hair Scarf ($12)
& Other Stories Tropical Print Satin Scarf ($49)
Fonyve Silk Feeling Scarf ($10)
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