The Italian Dress Code – Travel in Style

The Italian Dress Code - Travel in Style -

Packing the Right Clothes

On the relatively short time I spent planning my trip to Italy the priority on the top of my mind was researching the Italian dress code. Yes, transportation, hotels and activities are important but we can plan half of that once we’ve arrived. There is only so much clothes you can bring with you when traveling so packing the right clothes is very important.

I was a little worried if what I brought with me would be comfortable and “stylish enough.” Would I look like a local? Would I look like an American, trying to look like a local. A tourist! gasp!

We ended up paying over $250 in baggage fees so we brought way too much. That’s what happens with last minute packing.

I’ve been working on a travel packing checklist that I’ll share soon. The packing checklist will be a quick one sheet page that you can use for reference every time you go on a trip from local weekend road trips to month long vacations. Look for that soon.

The Winter Italian Dress Code

I’ve shared with you a variety of outfits I’ve worn while traveling in Italy this past November and December: A Stylish Winter Outfit for Europe, Stylish Winter Travel Outfit, What to Wear in Italy When Sightseeing and Italy in November: Stylish Rainy Day Outfit.

Italy in the winter can be chilly depending on where you’re going, so bring stylish warm clothing. Out of all the locations we visited, Venice was the coldest. We travelled to Italy November and December and visited Rome, Modena, Venice, Florence and the Tuscan countryside.

There are a few key points I kept in mind when packing and putting together outfits while I was there.

  • Wear a classic coat in a neutral color with clean lines so it matches all your outfits.
  • Cozy scarves in neutral colors and patterns will keep you warm and add a stylish touch to a simple outfit.
  • A stylish pair of sunglasses is a must, even if it’s winter.
  • Wear black leather riding boots instead of galoshes, they look much nicer.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of earrings. It’s the only jewelry you can really see besides rings in the winter since you’re covered up. Wear a cute pair of earrings with every outfit.
  • No sneakers, instead wear flats and chunky heeled ankle boots.
  • A stylish structured handbag that matches every outfit and is large enough to carry anything you want to use for everyday is much better than a fanny pack.
  • Don’t go overboard with color, neutrals with maybe a pop of color will do.

Keeping these simple points in mind while in Italy helped me follow the “Italian dress code.”

Stay Stylish,

PS: Let me know if you have any questions in regards to Italian dress or packing for your next trip. Leave me a comment or send me an email!

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Sweater from LOFT / Handbag from ZAC Zac Posen / Burberry Sunglasses gifted from DITTO / Earrings from LOFT / Booties gifted from Klub Nico / Jeans from LOFT

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    Can you recommend an online retailer as a ‘go to’ site for clothes for traveling? I am going on my first trip to Europe, and will be in Italy (Milan, Venice, Cinq Terre, Naples, Tuscany) in October/November. I am 50 years old with a horribly inappropriate wardrobe for Europe – or most places, really – as I have spent the last 25 years living on a sailboat, or in the Bahamas on an out island! No clue where to start to shop for something other than tank tops and shorts or bikinis! Your outfits look great, I just need a direction to head!

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