Italy Part 4: Fashion

So of course I had to do a post on Italian fashion! Unfortunately, because I’m trying not to be a total tourist creeper, I haven’t been taking pictures of actual Italians, just the mannequins in the shops that show my favorite trends.

Leather. Leather. Leather. Leather belts, leather gloves, leather jackets, leather everything here. I really want one of the cowl necked leather jackets but unfortunately I don’t have an extra $200 laying around.

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Another thing I’ve seen a lot of (and actually had enough money to get) was a lace patterned jacket. I’ve seen quite a few of these and mine might be my favorite thing I’ve bought so far — I get compliments on it wherever I go.

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Orange is everywhere.

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Jackets of any style are really popular. Everyone wears jackets. Jean, tweed, leather, lace, silk etc.

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I like to call this the “professor look” and I see girls and guys wearing these everywhere.

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Love these belts.

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I think I mentioned in a previous post that everyone wears scarves. Everyone. All the time. I’ve spent more money on scarves than anything else so far I think. You can find them pretty cheap in the outdoor markets, especially if you know how to haggle.

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I love these dresses, probably because they remind me of Mad Men.

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This is actually a jewelry collection at the Uffizi. Not necessarily a trend, but I did think it was really cool that you could get jewelry to match what the people in the paintings were wearing (the little cards next to each item show the painting the jewelry corresponds to).

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As for our fashions, we have no dryer so we have let our laundry air out for a couple of days each time we wash it. Having a dryer is one thing I do miss about the states.

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And let’s not forget fashion row: there is one area of town in which you can find Valentino, Prada, Tiffany, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci, Burberry, Ferragamo, Michelle Negri, La Perla, Twin Set, Armani, Emilio Pucci, etc. all sitting next to each other, reveling in their own gorgeous, expensive, black suit body guard protected glory.

The one store you won’t find there is Chanel. They’re too good for everyone else so they have their own special location in Piazza della Signoria.

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