The Style Secrets Italian Women Swear By

By Ashley Tibbits

For decades—nay, centuries—there's been an overwhelming fascination with French women and their signature je ne sais quoi. And while we appreciate some Parisian style, there's another country that delivers an equal dose of sartorial inspiration (if not more so) and has flown under the radar for far too long: Italy. How and why we've allowed the exotic and naturally stunning women of the boot-shaped peninsula to go unrecognized for so long is beyond us, especially considering some of the iconic females that have called it home (Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci, Isabella Rossellini and Chiara Ferragni to name a few). Like the French, Italian women possess an effortless flawlessness about them that we can't quite source, explain or deny. While simplistic in nature, there's a romantic elegance in their walk, talk and overall demeanor, a sultry essence that they exude without even trying—and we want it, too.

So, in an effort to channel our inner Sophia Loren, we're taking notes from the bella Italianas for the new season. Here, the style tips all Italian bombshells keep sacred. Godere!

A Fiery Statement Piece

Italian women know that an unforgettable look starts and ends with one bold move. Whether that be a vibrant handbag or clutch, these statement items deliver a strong foundation from which to build a truly head-turning ensemble.

Timeless, Quality Staples

One thing all Europeans appreciate is a solid, well-crafted accessory that will withstand the elements and ever-changing trends. Stylish Italian ladies are no exception in their love for elevated everyday essentials rendered in classic silhouettes and neutral palettes. The goal is to make these pieces as versatile as possible so they can take you from morning to night (as you never know where the day will take you).

Charming Add-Ons

If there's one thing Italians know how to do it's enjoy life. In an effort to avoid taking their style or themselves too seriously, a whimsy move in the form of a cheeky or striking accessory will be made. We're into it.