It’s common knowledge that Italian men are just as stylish as Italian women. In no other country will you see so many well-groomed and smartly dressed men of all ages. It seems that the citizens of the most fashionable country in the world have a sharp eye for style from the day they learn how to walk. And for a middle-aged lady, the distinctive Italian style can present some interesting choices simply because it allows you to create images of yourself that are both stern yet incredibly feminine.
Italian-Style Clothing for Middle-Aged Women
The biggest advantage of Italian style is its adaptability. Since Italian style is rooted mostly in classic styles, it allows for great interchangeability between items of clothing.
1. Everyday set with a pencil skirt
Evening look in shades of gray with a lace skirt
Everything classy is good: straight, narrowed, flared from the hip, short and standard length. Avoid tight-fitting pants made of loose fabrics. Don’t ignore overalls — classy, not overly open textile wear works great with this style.
Classic straight pants in Italian style
White overalls for everyday wear
There is no place for boring old blues for the Italian look; they look too simple. But you can purchase straight or tight jeans in white, black or light gray. They will complement the everyday sets.
Gray jeans with a blouse and vest
4. Blouses, shirts, blouses, sweaters
A signature of the classic Italian style is the priority knitted, cashmere and high-quality knitted tops have compared to plain old shirts. The wardrobe may hold 1 or 2 shirts in bright colors. The sets look feminine precisely because of the soft textures of the textile. Choose tops and blouses from viscose, lace blouses, sweaters, turtlenecks and jumpers from fine yarn in spring and fall and from thick yarn during the winter. Fitted and loose wear will both do fine. Fitted wear can be worn with any leg wear, while loose only works with tight bottoms. Avoid deep necklines and noticeable embroidery, jabot, decorative buttons, etc. Tunics also do not work with the Italian wardrobe.
5. Jackets, vests, cardigans
As is the case with blouses, soft materials and laconic and feminine design are preferable: jackets from loose wool and always with no shoulder pads, classic and knitted waistcoats. You can completely eschew jackets in favor of cardigans. A variety of types works great, from traditional length to knee-length knitted coats. In Italian-style looks the waist is often emphasized by wearing a belt over the cardigan.
Classics are the order of the day: short coats, fur coats, the laconic design of a sheepskin coat of medium length with a belt, short fur coats, trench coats, etc. All things with an emphasis on the waist, non-voluminous and minimalist, in neutral colors.
Italian style offers a huge number of types of shoes for everyday use: flats, boots, moccasins etc. Avoid masculine style shoes (oxfords, loafers). In addition, any stern-looking models with thin or stable heels are desirable.
These should be mostly functional: watches, medium-sized bags without special decor on weekdays and clutch bags in the evening out. Sometimes everyday looks can be complemented with classy narrow hats. If you want to add jewelry to your everyday set, choose only one avoid conspicuous items: it can be a bracelet, a pendant or earrings. If you put on a gold watch, don’t wear anything else.
A hat for everyday wear
Italian style implies a strict distinction between clothing for a day out and and evening out. Weekday looks are characterized by a greater degree of comfort, they don’t imply high heels, bright make-up or elegant dresses. Evening sets allow for a cutout on the back or chest, conspicuous decorations, etc. In general, the accessory group is not used very actively in both cases.
Lace dress with an open back and large earrings for the evening
Fairly unique dress with open shoulders and stiletto heels
Italian Style Colors
The theme of refinement implies calm colors. That is why Italian style is dominated by achromatic, pastel and natural colors. No bright colors at all, even in decorations. Premier colors are shades of gray, blue, green and brown, as well as black and white. Red can be used in a noticeably darkened or highly lightened shade. Pale yellow and faded or light shades of purple for sweaters and blouses, but everything must be in moderation.
Prints for Italian-style sets are exclusively classic: non-contrast Scottish check or stripe. Occasionally outfits have simple geometric patterns in colors characteristic of the style. However, an outfit should contain no more than 1 printed item to maintain a general mood of restraint.
Italian style set with striped skirt
Softness of fabrics and colors in combination with classic styles make for a striking look for a mature woman. This style is fairly rigid, but the results are worth it. Hardly any other style will allow for such a striking combination of sophistication, femininity and brevity with hints of chic and charm in all outfits.