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Italian Style Made Easy

If you’ve been following my Style Made Easy you’ve been on whirlwind trip learning about the elements of French Style, British Style, Scandinavian Style, and American Style.  Today we look at Italian Style.

Known for its cuisine, rolling hills and celebration of the finer things in life, Italy is a luxury lover’s dream. But you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to have a bit of la dolce vita in your life- you can simply dress the part instead. Italian women are known for their refined-yet-electric sexual energy, and most of this stems from the way they dress.

Want to turn up the temperature in your life? Read on. Here are some tips for how to master sexy Italian style!

Italian style floral cardigan and pencil skirt

Sense of style and sense of touch

Since dressing Italian is all about subtle sexuality, choose fabrics that feel amazing on your skin. Italian women love silks and satins, cashmere, and velvet. The logic is simple- touchable fabrics can lead to touchable encounters. And if you’ve ever scratched someone with a synthetic knit while hand-holding, you’ll know what I mean! So, go ahead and mix soft fabrics with abandon to get an oh-so-Italian look.

Feeling Feminine

The cornerstone of the Italian woman’s wardrobe? Ladylike, sultry pieces like camisoles, skirts, and dresses. These pieces can be mixed and matched with pieces of more substance to create a boy-meets-girl look (I love a silky cami under a blazer with strong shoulders) or worn together for a total femme fatale feel (think silky cami, soft cardigan, and girly skirt). No matter which way you work them, these items add an extra dose of femininity that could make you fit right in Milan or Rome!

Italian Style

Sensually Showcase…

Italian women look sexy without looking vulgar by alluding to the body rather than letting it all hang out. They tend to choose fitted pieces but never wear anything too tight. Also, they follow a classic rule: choose one body part to highlight and keep the rest covered up. For an Italian look, this means embracing cowl neck and off-the-shoulder tops, which pair perfectly with flowing, wide-leg pants or full skirts. It’s also worth noting that classically Italian looks tend to be very leggy, so on days when you wear a higher neckline have fun with wrap skirts and skirts with slits.

All about Accessories

When dressing like an Italian, forgo big bold jewelry. Instead, opt for feminine and dainty pieces that highlight your erogenous zones. Choose simple dangly earrings that follow the curve of your neck, chains that fall perfectly into your décolletage, and so on. Bags should be made of touchable fabrics, like buttery leather, and shoes should always have a slight heel to add a sexy swing to your step.

And there you have it- how to dress sensually like the Italians! Pass the pasta, would you?

This article by Fabulous After 40 Stylist Morgan Mullin.

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  1. I’m American but my mother was Italian and I’ve spent a great deal of time there and I’d argue that the real key to Italian style is impeccable tailoring. Usually when you buy clothes there it’s in a little shop and the tailoring is just included as part of the service and they do an excellent job. THAT”s how they get that form-fitting without being clingy look that makes the clothes both sexy and classy. To do that in the states you really just have to find a good tailor and be willing to pay for it. But if you get a chance to travel to Italy, always take extra money for clothes – you won’t find a bargain but you will get gorgeous quality for the money and the stuff will wear like iron. It’s a great place to buy investment pieces.