We got back from Italy Monday night and still haven’t fully adjusted to all the time jumping, hence the reason I’m up drinking coffee and writing before 6 a.m. It will all even out soon, but I’m trying to make the most of these spare awake hours while I have them.
Before I post anything about the trip, or post our own pictures I have to get into the Italian fashion trends that were most prominent. I’m not sure you could even call them trends. Actually, I was looking for more of the “fashion average” so to speak. Not necessarily what the most daring among them was wearing, but the feature or fashion that most Italian women seemed to have in common.
I picked up on a few.
1) Well-tended eyebrows
Let’s face it, pretty much everyone looks better with eyebrows that are in check. Most Italian women must subscribe to that theory as well since almost all of them – young and old from all different areas of society – have perfectly tweezed eyebrows. I pointed this fact out to Michael and he mentioned that he had noticed it wasn’t just the women who tended to their eyebrows, many of the men also kept a tweezed brow in a way that didn’t necessarily look over done or even very noticeable, just well tended.
Boots are probably “in” anywhere the temperature falls below 50 degrees, but let’s face it…when you live in a country known for your fashion houses and leather production, you are probably a step beyond the average American town with a Payless or a Target. The boots these women wore were beautiful, in variations much further along than what the average Atlantan wears. There were over-the-knee (which I’ve wanted since I first saw them last spring, as many of you can attest!), ankle boots, strappy boots, heeled and flat in a range of colors that would be very at home inside of a rainbow.
Oh, how I wanted to splurge and buy the most beautiful pair of boots strolling along Via Condotti! But “champagne taste on a beer budget” just doesn’t work for us, unfortunately. I pointed out so many boots to Michael, he told me I should buy some…what a good husband. Although, I didn’t take his advise and our bank account is the better for it, even if my closet isn’t.
Most leggings here in the south are made of nylon or cotton, which may have more to do with the mild winter (even though it doesn’t feel mild to me!) than any kind of fashion sense. But in Rome the leggings were so intricate and made of a heavier wool or cotton blend. I think this look is easily translateable since the Roman climate mirrors our own quite a bit.
4)Skinny or straight-leg jeans only!
I literally didn’t see one jeans-wearing person who wore anything other than these two slim-leg options. I’m not quite sure I’m ready to give up my bootcut during the summer months when a t-shirt, flip flops and a pair of great bootleg jeans make me feel very free and ruggedly American for some reason. But for the winter I’m pretty much with the Italians.
Last but not least, the make-up….We’ve stared in wide eyed wonder at the easy sensuality of Italian women since film starlets like Sophia Loren graced our silver screens. But the thing I noticed is that most of the Italian women I saw – from the metro to Via Condotti and Via Cavour – kept a clean, bare-looking face, only highlighted with a swipe of smudgy eyeliner and mascara. Oh, there were exceptions to the rule and definitely other makeup trends, but pretty much across the board women didn’t leave home without their eyes lined. I’m not talking all smoky and glamorous, just a simple deeping of their eyes. It’s a sensual and mysterious look that dates back to Cleopatra, which is probably where the Romans got the idea in the first place. Because, let’s face it, who couldn’t benefit from feeling a tiny bit mysterious 😉