Thursday, October 31, 2013

Inject a little Italian: Classic Style Influence from the Fashion Nation

Italy, she gave the world high-fashion names Dolce and Gabanna, Gucci, Armani and Prada, alongside youthful contemporary designs from the likes of 55DSL, Coolcha and Antony Morfato. The sheer volume of fashion-elite names the county has churned out is nothing but impressive and we could all do ourselves a favour and give our wardrobe some Italian influence this coming winter.

Italian style is more varied than most people think. It’s a big country and trends differ as they do in any other European nation, but one thing that is guaranteed is the emphasis and consideration that goes into Italian fashion. From the graffiti covered streets to marbled floors of bourgeois hotels, style is key to Italian culture regardless of class, sexual orientation or profession.

High-gorge suits effortlessly dressed down, unstructured sweats and graphically designed street wear; premium denim and confidence when accessorising all come to mind when thinking of Italian styles. These are all easy elements we can incorporate into our everyday looks so here are our top tips when doing so.

Starting with denim, the cornerstone of many a good outfit, there are several names that come to mind. Diesel, Reply, Versace all deserve a nod of appreciation, but to inject true Italian style, choose a pair of Armani jeans from the collection available at Diffusion. From a relaxed fit to more constructed styles, there is sure to be a pair suited to you and your Italian influence.

To give your denim a grown-up finish, pair it with a stunning suit jacket from Italian tailoring experts Mr Rick Tailor. Available at Matches Fashion, this two button wool jacket would look effortless worn open with a crisp white shirt, unbuttoned at the top with Armani Jeans for a perfect smart day outfit.

If tailoring isn’t your thing, why not opt for a strong knit. We need all the fine winter wear we can get and this gorgeous Boglili chunky cardigan would look great paired with a Missoni scarf and wool pea coat. It’s the little details that set the Italian fashion elite apart so scarfs and gloves from high-end names are a must to emulate the look.

If casual warmth is what you want, why not opt for a street-ready sweat from 55SDL? The iconic Figgers pull-over is good place to start if any. Pair it with skinny jeans and Italian-American footwear Gourmet for a cool, casual style unique to you and your attitude.

So there you have it, the top tips for injecting some Italian style into your wardrobe. Just remember - Italian style transcends age and never decays, wear it with confidence and you’ll look every bit the fashion icon.

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