Paris may be called the ‘City of Love,’ but I’m going to veto that in favor of Venice, Italy. We spent Valentine’s weekend in Venice and in between gazing at gondola traffic jams and sight-seeing in San Marcos square; I snuck in a mini shopping tour of few Italian brands that really really need to have store locations in the US soon.
As I was on the hunt for stylish sneakers (a must-have this year), I crossed my fingers they’d have the size 40 I needed. Thankfully, the salesman assured me there are some ‘Italian girls with big feet’ so they should have my size. Whew! A few stores later I found the perfect pair. Of course, there’s nothing like an exchange rate to put a bit of a damper on retail therapy in Europe. The US dollar is so weak, literally, but I found a couple must-have Italian brands without a trace of Euro sticker shock. Here are the Italian styles to steal…
The Scene – Venice, Italy
Step 1. Italian Denim – When I first met my husband, he told me Replay jeans are the ‘hot’ ones from Italy. If you ever liked True Religion or Rock & Republic back in the day (they remind me a bit of that style minus the huge stitching), replace them with a pair of Replays. They fit well on men and women – plus, they are ‘Made in Italy’ with a stylish edge.
Step 2. Stylish Sneakers ~ They are everywhere in Italy and a must-have for Spring/Summer 2014. This pair by Geox is an Italian brand I discovered and love – Here’s the same shoes I’m wearing in Ivory.
Step 3. Effortless? ~ I have no idea how to do a ‘not trying without trying’ look as I definitely put thought into this outfit, but it seems the stylish Italians are natural born fashionistas. Try to fake that whole ‘oh I just threw on a blazer, jeans, sunglasses and a bit of lip-gloss look’ with casual tailored pieces and well made shoes.
Step 4. I Heart Sisley ~ This top is by a an Italian brand – Sisley – (also where I got this coat) and they have stylish Italian designs for a price point of Zara.
Venice Part 2 – Coming Next
<DETAILS by Dale> Denim (old) ~ Replay, top ~ Sisley (jacket from Sisley seen here), Shoes ~ Geox (collection Scarpe Donna), blazer (old) ~ Forever21, Nail Polish ~ Sinful Colors, sunglasses ℅ Shady Sl*ts, watch ~ Michael Kors
I hope you’re having a great week so far. Any jeans or European brands you’re loving this winter?