Italian Dress Code (a Brits point of view…)
From my point of view Italians seem to be conscious about their fashion and they are very respectable about other traditions. The occasions that occur on their day has a major influence on their dress sense, this can be from sites they are visiting to the moment of the day. Showing respect means dressing up according to the level of the place or people you are visiting. So If your coming to beautiful city of florence here is a italian dress code which will give you the knowledge of how to dress in Itlay.
For example if you were going out for a formal meal/ Date at night a women would most likely be wearing closed shoes and an outfit which covers her arms and from her knees upwards. For the Men I’ve Noticed they dress very smartly with a shirt and tie and with socks must not be on seen which is a change from how the english men of today dressing their chinos and vans acting like they own the floor they walk on LOL!
I have noticed that Italian women usually wear makeup but it is very simple and go for the natural look, this helps to make everyone blend out where as if you wear a lotof makeup for example wear bright lipstick then you would most likely stand out in the streets of Italy. For the ladies try not to wear short shorts ( Hot pant shorts) where you can see your knickers when you bend over, instead have more self respect and keep whats the view of whats under the shorts for a loved one, so why not go for a pair of shorts which fall above the knees as it could be seen as disrespectful in many parts of the city especially in sacred places such as churches and out at night if you wear hot pant shorts as this may attract unwanted attention.
When walking through the streets of Florence it has come to my attention that many Italians wear fitted clothing and no oversized shirts i mean why wouldn’t you show of your figure off?, if u have a nice one HAHA!!! Students seem to dress very casualand warm with a simple hoodie and jeans for the spring weather.
Being in Italy I felt the need to cover up to fit in and I felt as if I was disrespecting their culture if I wore shorts dresses and shorts which had my legs and arms showing out, i came to the conclusion that just by simple putting on a pair of black leggings or a cardigan to cover up my arms and legs which made me feel less like I stood out.
Basically for women too fit in;
? DON’T show show too much skin for example; arms, cleavage and legs unless you want guys dribbling all night over you and what you’ve got on show.
? DON’T wear open shoes which show your toes instead go for something moresensible like converse which will save your feet from being hurt when there being stepped on, on the crowded busses.
? DON’T wear a shorts on the evening instead where a nice long sexy dress ortrousers to draw attention to your eyes and the whole of your body and not just your legs.
For the Men out there;
? DON’T have your socks on show and always have matching socks to go with your outfit, so just get in touch with your feminine side and become color co-ordinating your socks with your outfit.
? DON’T wear a tie with a t-shirt instead where it with a smart shirt or a hot one which shows off your muscles.
If you follow this you will be sure to fit it! , Benvenuti in Italia !!!
Article written by Sherelle Benn and Vorn Smith