Summer is just around the corner! And for a country like Italy, where various parts feel like it's summer all year round, it's going to be extra hot and sunny during this time of the year! Would you be able to bear it? To let the seething Mediterranean sun cover you with inexplicable heat and shine? Well, unless you're wearing what the locals wear, you're probably good to go! Italians, known for their sense of style, have always dressed according to the country's climate. And they still look good nonetheless! That's because these staples are what they have in their summer wardrobes.
Whether you're in the postcard-worthy coastal region of Sardinia
or the luxurious paradise that is Lake Como
, you'll need a swimsuit handy when spending the summertime in Italy. In many ways, Italy is all about the sea, offering some of the best beaches, lake shorelines, and the like in this part of the world. And if you want to splash around and keep cool among these calm waters, a stylish one-piece or a daring bikini goes a long way. It's even common to make your swimsuit part of your ensemble, evoking that sexy Mediterranean look that's so coveted in Italy.
Take heed from the Italian designer brand
, Dolce & Gabbana
, and be daring enough to wear your lingerie on the outside. Think lacey teddies tucked under tailored blazers and jackets. Or corsets paired with flowing skirts or skinny jeans. Or even a sexy bra that peeps through a thin white shirt that you left unbuttoned until your chest. Italian women have always been known to be risque with their sartorial choices. Incorporating lingerie, especially in the heat of summer, is fairly normal here. And since you're practically already in your underwear, won't it feel cooler?
A Good Tee
You can probably score a good tee from Italian fashion behemoths Gucci
. These days, turning casualwear and normcore fashion have been these labels' ammo. And it fits perfectly with how Italians style themselves during summer. Since the country is at maximum heat during this season, oftentimes, a good tee is enough to make an impact. A basic tee is anything but basic, especially when paired with flattering denim jeans or even a sweeping maxi skirt. If you want to hop on the streetwear bandwagon, you can always opt for a logo-ed piece—slightly ostentatious but evokes the true unapologetic Italian style down to a tee!
White Cotton Pieces
Despite how sexually liberated most Italians are, the subversiveness of their sense of style makes them appreciate and have an affinity for the virginal look. There's just something so sexy, almost sinful in a way, when a woman wears a white cotton dress on a hot summer day. And, of course, it's a comfortable piece no matter where you are! But it doesn't always have to be a dress though! It can be a set of separates, a pair of culottes, and more! It's the delicate, almost rustic cotton material that brings about the romanticism of the look. Even more so if you decorate it with lace of jewelry from the best Italian jewelers
Sofia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, and Monica Belucci. Among many others, these screen legends are some of Italy's most influential, followed, and coveted style icons. Throughout their careers, they popularized showing off their curves in the most unapologetic yet elegant way: donning a figure-hugging dress. As the saying goes, 'if you got it, flaunt it,' and there's no other season more appropriate than summer to show off your God-given goods whilst keeping cool. Labels like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace
, and Blumarine
have all established signature styles that allow women to practically bear it all whilst retaining their innate sophistication.
Above all else, Italians are romantics. Sure, they can get sexually aggressive at times, even with their social customs
, but that's simply an expression of their love for love. Some would go as far as to say that they're obsessed with romance and many will agree that that's not far off from the truth. And this obsession
reflects their affinity for maxi dresses and long silhouettes. Comfy yet goddess-like pieces that evoke an almost vintage type of romanticism. Notably, Emilio Pucci
are two Italian designer labels that you ought to go to if you want the best maxi dresses!
Apart from their 'sexy' look, Italians are also known for their modern 'baroque' style. And no, this doesn't necessarily always allude to the design style in architecture and painting. In many ways, 'baroque' in Italy also means (but not literally) ostentatious, opulent, and glamorous. And during summer, the best way to convey all that is by going for eye-catching prints. Roberto Cavalli
does it splendidly with his animal-skin patterns, going for that 'cheap-yet-glamorous' look that's become a guilty pleasure. Prada
, on the other hand, tend to go intellectual with their prints, ranging from psychedelic imagery to even photo-printed pieces. Meanwhile, Etro
will want to dress you in paisley print, even from head to toe!
As the saying goes, 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do!' Although when it comes to style, all Italians, not just those from Rome, sport this next staple: sandals! It's no secret that Italy offers up the finest shoemakers in the world. The craft is closely associated with Italy, a defining market in the country's luxury retail industry. So when it's summer, and you're outside where the sun is shining and it's scorching hot, instead of the common espadrilles or boat shoes, a sexy pair of sandals is the way to go. Be they heels or flats, they're 100% Italian all the way!
Speaking of Italy's luxury retail industry, its biggest market is undoubtedly leather goods! Designer bags, purses, pouches, wallets, and the like are all too common in this country. If you go outside, even during summer, you'll see that many are sporting their finest leather accessories for all the world to see. Part of it is showing off their status as style stars and part of it is appreciating the quality of Italian craftsmanship. Either way, if you want to 'do as the Italians do' and dress like them when you're here during summer, a few leather accessories will help!
The Italians' sense of style will always captivate and attract no matter what season it is. But there's just something about how they dress during summer that makes them even more alluring. Why not try it out yourself with these style staples?
These are the sort of summer Italian fashion staples that will make you look good no matter where you are, be it outside, by the sea, or even in just your luxury home