Dress Like a Local: What to Wear in Italy in the Fall

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This is a big one. You have a handle on the language. You know how to order food, have small talk, ask for directions, and you want to blend in. So, what should you wear?

When it comes to fashion, there is no better season than fall. For me, I can’t wait for it to be cool enough for me to justify wearing a big comfy sweater and leggings. Well, do as I say, and not as I do— here are my best tips for fall fashion in Italy.

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to travel in Italy for a number of reasons. There are fewer tourists, you’re not sweating through your clothes as you walk through the cities, and it costs less to travel. That being said, it can be intimidating because you don’t know what to pack, and your suitcase fills up fast with the heavier material of fall clothing.

I put together some photos from Pinterest (they’re linked) to get a taste of what the most fashionable Italian (or European) women wear during the autumn months.

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1. Neutral colors

Leave the neons at home. Italians dress for the season, so leave your brightest brights for the summer months. If you’re traveling the peninsula in the fall, a safe bet is to pack your blacks, greys and neutrals.

2. Layer up

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I’m having flashbacks to the time I was heading up to the Corciano Festival in August (yes, AUGUST) and I went to say goodbye to my hosts. The nonna wrapped a scarf around my neck so tightly I couldn’t speak, scolding me about the colpo d’aria (literally, getting ‘hit’ by air) and sending me on my way in 80 degrees with a winter scarf.

TL;DR — pack a scarf or two and wear one every day or you’ll get hit by the air and catch a cold, a fever, a neck ache, or any other ailment you can think of.

4. Shoes

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Leave your stilettos at home unless you’re European and have experience avoiding every crack in a cobblestone street. Go ahead and leave your running sneakers at home, too. I promise you, you will not need them. All of the travel guides telling you to “pack comfortable shoes”? Well, in Italy, this means a comfortable pair of wedges, boots, fashion sneakers, or sandals. A little height will never detract from your outfit–but gym sneakers certainly will. And remember, make sure your footwear matches your purse. 😉

5. Accessorize

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Besides matching your bag with your shoes, a pretty scarf, a nice watch or a pair of earrings can be the difference between blending in and turning heads. Make sure to bring a pair or two of sunglasses with you, for two reasons. 1. To protect you from those dang UV rays, and 2. So you can people-watch without anyone knowing that you’re looking at them up and down.

4. Walk the walk

After going through the effort to really look Italian, blend in, and avoid being a fashion victim, will Italians still know you’re American? Probably, but it’s not for a lack of effort on your part. One thing you can do to seal the deal is to walk with confidence. Hold your shoulders back, your head high, and J-walk your way all over Italy.

What other fall fashion tips do you have for traveling in Italy? Leave them in the comments below!

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