One of the most frequently asked questions I get on this blog is, “how do I blend in on my trip to Italy?” Traveling somewhere with a reputation for fashion can be a little intimidating for a lot of people. Although I have to say, you should really dress however you want because who cares what people think of you? But, if blending in is important to you, or you just really love Italian fashion, I can help you out.
It’s true that there’s a culture of beauty in Italy. The pros, everyone looks dapper as hell all the time. The cons, some could argue, is that it can create an air of, uhm, superficiality. But if you’re a creative person (like me) and aesthetics are kind of your thing, Italy is heaven for the eyes. Something that I really like about Italy is that fashion is equally important among the sexes in the boot. Unlike the US, where men can wear sacks and actually look homeless while the women are expected to look great all the time. Double standard, guys? The cultural standard in Italy is that both men and women should look their best at all times because why the hell not? Love it or hate it, that’s how it is for the most part. However, that isn’t to say that everyone complies. Plenty of Italians don’t care about fashion at all. Like everywhere, people are different.
Similar to the US, fashion changes drastically from city to city. In Milan, you’ll find more high-fashion, and a lot of people dressed more globally, taking fashion tips from New York, LA, Hong Kong, all over. In Florence, you’ll find that neutrals are a big thing and there’s a sort of bohemian chic feel for women. In Naples, you’ll find a mix of high-fashion, slim cut Italian suits, gorgeous dresses, and also a fair share of bedazzled pants and occasionally adult women wearing Disney character t-shirts. Further south? It starts to resemble L.A. a little bit because it’s on the beach.
The best way to stay up-to-date on Italian style year round is to follow Italian fashion Instagram accounts. And so, voila!
Dress Like a Local: Italian Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now
@emanuelebuono-Just getting started but he’s adorable.
@nastilove-a well-known blogger with a fiery look.
@Erika_boldrin– Super eclectic style I can appreciate.
@giuliatordini– Model and artistic director, she’s polished and high-fashion.
@eleonoracarisi-She travels quite a bit and documents her trips through fashion.
@lucarubinacci-Based in Naples, his suits are famous and so much fun.
@linoieluzziofficial-Amazing street style for the mature man. Keep it classy.
@giannifontana-I’m obsessed with how cool his style is.
@mararomrraro-Classic and kind of sexy like an Italian Bond.
@filippofiora-A young, sassy man who travels. My kind of guy.
@Nicolettareggio-Timeless. Any age can wear her looks and look classy af.
Did I miss anyone you love? Put it in the comments below so I can check them out.