The key buys for your wardrobe
“Italians are understated, so we like basics in black, white and beige. If we go for colour it’s normally a knockout red or a print. And we love florals in summer.”
Italian style is about quality pieces, so invest in these: • A sleeveless, knee-length LBD with a slit at the back. Choose a beautiful fabric, like crêpe, which is wool with a bit of stretch. For embellishment, add a skinny belt or a vintage brooch. • A soft leather jacket in a neutral hue to edge up your LBD or jeans. • A gorgeous and flirty floral dress. • A fitted white cotton shirt with a small collar and cuffs, and skinny sleeves. Go for fabric with some give. • Slim, black ankle-length cigarette trousers. Look for cool details like statement zips or slits on the hem. • Wide-legged trousers that fit well at the waist. Wear with heels for a slim silhouette and to elongate legs. • A knee-length black pencil skirt. • A striped blouse to go with your skinny trousers, jeans or skirt. • A long neutral cardigan that you can drape over everything. • A well-cut, one-button jacket. • An oversized black or brown leather tote, or a backpack for day. • A sparkly black clutch for night. • A silk print scarf for day, a solid colour scarf for night and a wool or cashmere shawl as a cover-up. • Wedge sandals, platform heels and black or nude point-toe heels.