Fashion Travel Essentials
I did a little shopping before going to fashionable Florence Italy to update my look – just a few things I thought would travel well: some trendy jeans, clean walking shoes, tailored cotton shirts, and a lightweight Michael Kors jacket that squished down into a carrying bag should the weather turn, which came in so handy! After all, I couldn’t go to the “Cradle of the Renaissance” looking disheveled. I targeted “neat” because, on most occasions, I’m more of a functional, practically-dressed girl. Fashion was really never my thing.
Beautiful Italian Women
When I got to Florence, there was something about the Italian women that truly inspired me. Many of them were so beautiful! I watched in awe as they passed me by, sunglasses glinting in the sun, tossing their shiny dark hair, smelling good, with big leather bags slung over their shoulders, and leather boots clicking on the city’s ancient cobblestone. What was it about them?
After a while, I noticed it wasn’t that the women’s physical characteristics were so striking (although I did envy their high cheekbones, big dark eyes, and olive skin). They held themselves with such an air of confidence. What is it they say? “Confidence is the sexiest attribute a woman can have.” I saw it for myself in Florence. It’s 100% true.
5 Quintessential Fashion Accessories Inspired by Fashionable Florence, Italy
Now, I know you can’t buy confidence. But I knew it didn’t hurt that they were sporting beautiful pashmina scarves and jewelry from the shops at Ponte Vecchio. Shopping in Florence was so tempting that even I could not help but pick up a few must-haves as gifts as souvenirs. I narrowed it down to five quintessential fashion accessories one must bring to (or buy in) Florence to look more like a local. I was ready for the transformation.
You can find gorgeous pashmina scarves inexpensively at street vendors in and around the Piazza de Santa Croce, a famous and bustling square in Florence. Soft and colorful with intricately woven patterns, they can be worn looped around your neck or gracefully draped over your shoulders like a shawl. Everyone wears scarves, even the guys wrap them smartly around their necks.
2. Leather Boots
You’ll find stylish, soft leather ankle boots in many of the store windows. You will be even more surprised at their affordability. A comfortable low heel makes a great finish to jeans while still looking classy–and you can’t beat the Italian leather. Regrettably, I didn’t splurge on the leather boots while in Florence. (What was I thinking?!) Knock-off boots were the first thing I bought when I returned home.
3. A Stylish Wrap
There is something so artistic about wrapping yourself in a fine poncho wrap and tossing one side asymmetrically over your shoulder. There were many beautiful, woven styles in natural fibers, it was hard to choose which to take home. Again, the prices were so affordable! I settled on a black plaid one that makes a tasteful statement at work or play to complete an outfit or serve at outerwear. I get compliments whenever I wear it, and It’s one of my prized possessions from Florence.
The rich smell of leather will likely draw you into more than one leather shop in Florence. Fine stitching, classic styling, and super soft leather make it hard to leave the shops without taking a genuine leather purse with you. I expected to pay a lot more for the quality of the bag I bought on Via dell’Oriuolo. It’s big enough and so well-made that I even use it to carry my laptop and paper notebooks on short trips.
What woman’s mystique isn’t improved by a pair of great sunglasses? Whether you chose something Sophia Lauren might wear, or some cool Gucci aviators, a look is not complete without them. I negotiated a good price on some cheap sunglasses (10 Euro!) with a little bling on each side and wear them year round. Even when it’s not sunny, they are still my go-to hair accessory.
To feel truly transformed by fashionable Florence, I discovered one must embrace fashion. As I tossed my wrap around me, zipped my boots, threw my big bag over my shoulder and slipped on dark my dark sunglasses for mystique, there I was: finally, perfectly confident and ready to take on the world.
I still love this new look many months after returning home.