Posts Tagged Italian fashion
I’ve noticed over the past few years that more and more people are passing off things, big and small, as accessories. Now a days just about anything can be considered an accessory. From your luxury sports car that drives at unbelievable speeds to your gorgeous Italian designer handbag. So, I decided to give this a bit of a twist myself. I, for one, love driving and more than just driving, I love driving fast. And yes, I do the whole stare and drooling routine everytime I see a lamborghini casually zoom past. Unfortunately for me, this happens way more than I’d like to admit since moving to Italy, it’s like I’m in a constant state of stupor.
Here are my thoughts on the matter, if you’re driving a nice car or just driving fast, you might as well look good while doing it. And, of course we don’t want to forget, safety first. I would have felt irresponsible, had I not mentioned that at least once. So what have I found that is both stylish and can serve a purpose? Driving gloves, of course.
In my particular case they’re a bit more for style but for those that use them regularly, they’ll tell you they improve the grip you have on the steering wheel, increase your feel of the road, and protect your hands while driving. Overall, driving gloves give you more control.
Typically drivers gloves are made of a soft leather like lambskin and are unlined with external seams. They also feature open knuckles and back to allow the driver as much flexibility and comfort as possible. In addition, there are small holes cut in the fingers and palm area that allows for ventilation. To ensure the glove fits properly and stays in place, there is a snap closure on the backside of the hand that fits around the wrist. There are, however, variations of the glove. Some include a lining to keep the hands warm while driving, others prefer fingerless driving gloves.
The history on driving gloves goes back to motor cars. The original purpose of them was to serve keeping ones hands clean while driving. And many early steering wheels were made from wood, making them much more difficult to grip, hence the driving glove eventually becoming popular for both men and women.
With so many choices to chose from I went with a classic white glove, very similar to the ones posted below. They’re simplistic and elegant, not to mention the rush and need for speed I experience every time I throw them on. Sometimes I just couldn’t be more pleased with my purchases. Once you put on a pair of driving gloves and set off on the road, driving will never be the same.
Go Gold this season. I have been talking a lot about black. Black can be many things, it’s magic really. It can make you look slimmer, more sophisticated, sexy, and incredibly professional. Overall, black is a winning color for most people’s wardrobes or I suppose just for most people. But you know what you should never forget, is metallic. And no, I am not talking about the trendy, overly bright 80′s colors that have made a very unfortunate comeback. I’m talking about keeping it simple and classy with silver and gold. Add just a touch of gold to your black evening dress and you have turned something so simple into the dress of the night. I think sometimes, we really do have to realize that less can be more. Making those simple adjustments to your wardrobe, like a hint of colored accents to black can go a long way. I have to say this has been a good rule of thumb even for myself. I, too, have fallen into Italian ways, I wear black all the time but I’m also obligated to wear black at work. So, I casually throw in just a hint of color every now and then. It keeps things exciting and that way I can steer clear from the monotony of all black, all the time.
It’s Sunday, practically a holiday for most in Italy or at least it feels that way for those of us who are working. But Sunday is no excuse to put on your comfy sweatpants here in Florence. I know, I know, we all like to enjoy that day when we don’t have to dress up and put our suits or work clothes on. A day where we can just be free and frumpy. Well, Sunday is a day like any other here in Italy (maybe with a little more family time and hopefully with a little more wine) where you wake up, dress to impress, and take a wander around the beautiful city you live in. Trust me, no one is impressed with your comfy sweats outfit, no matter how amazing they feel on. Whatever day of the week it is, where you’re going or what your objective is, it’s essential that you start off with a black base and from there work color into your outfit. I have learned my lesson, black is something the Italians are quite passionate about and I know now, it’s a contributing factor to why everyone always looks so well dressed, well that, and there is no one walking around in their sweatpants. Take a look at what a touch of Tuscan Green can do to a simple black outfit. Black really allows whatever color you’re wearing to stand out and pop. So if there’s a color you love trying pairing a simple colored blouse, like below, with an all black outfit.
€145 - theoutnet.com
€32 - boohoo.com
€145 - toryburch.com
even if they aren’t into blogging, fashion, Pinterest, FB or Tweeting.
I mean after the time spent gushing over photos it becomes necessary to find some kind of logical justification for having saved all those opposite sex fashion statements. So I figured I would put together a wish list for my DH, what he doesn’t know….
And though with some things I have a hard time actually imagining DH wearing them out and about, I guess that just is part of the dreaming that I am already doing on MY wishlist !
In one corner we have Italian designer Marco Campomaggi, in the opposing corner we have Italian designer Caterina Lucchi. Yes, it’s true, not only are these two very talented Italian handbag designers but they’re also husband and wife. While their handbags do share some similarities, for the most part, they each have a very distictive style that can’t be mistaken. So who do you prefer, Campomaggi, a vintage looking collection that uses washed leather and natural colors, typically more unisex in style or Caterina Lucchi, a handbag line unmistakably feminine that combines washed leather in an array of unique colors?
$78 - lipsy.co.uk
$365 - pierotucci.com
$235 - pierotucci.com
$130 - pierotucci.com
There are many ways to express yourself in Italy. There are hand gestures flying about on a regular basis, all sorts of facial expressions, hello and goodbye kisses from cheek to cheek, not to mention the slang and funny sayings the Italians have. But these things just add to the reasons why we love and adore Italy and the Italians.
Getting back to “caro asserpentato”, this is an old Tuscan “modo di dire” or saying originating from the fact that reptiles skins, even way back when, were something to be desired and typically more valued and considered more precious than others. Nowadays the Italians use it to express something that is exclusive and if you combine exclusivity with python you get a beautiful handmade Italian leather handbag by Caterina Lucchi.
The new Fall and Winter Collection is one of a kind. One style, which is made in two sizes, comes in both auburn orange and a gray-blue. This style, in orange for example, boasts a canvas base with an array of rustic orange colored leather work on the front of the bag and the larger one even has a unique external leather cell phone pocket on the backside.
And my personal favorite is the larger Senape colored tote with frilled, zipper leather detailing on the front of the bag. This too, comes in a smaller clutch version, both which can be worn with an optional cross body strap.
It’s all in the details with Caterina Lucchi. Between the original vintage coloring, the washed leather, and feminine deatils, you won’t find handbags like these anywhere else.
Campomaggi is breaking into color with a new style of bags that combine a vintage look with a touch of edge. Stepping out into the wild world of color, this new line up consists of vibrant and less common shades but still reminiscent of Campomaggi’s unique and unrecognizable style.
Check out this tote for example. In comes in a grass green and an earthy wine color with a worn, vintage look and studded detailing along the top edge of the bag. Fashion forward, vintage yet modern and in fantastic colors, this bag is without a doubt the tote of the season.
$290 - pierotucci.com
It’s true how the saying goes, the grass is always greener and that’s certainly true this time of year in Tuscany, Italy. The sunflowers are in full bloom, the countryside is bursting with lush greenery and the Cypress trees are as tall as ever.
The surroundings on my way to work at Pierotucci every morning are picturesque like out of a movie and with all this green in mind, I couldn’t help but take notice of a particular bag we have in our store.
It’s green, of course, but a very particular green, a color truly rich and unique in shade that can also be used as a neutral. In my eyes, this handbag is everything that a proper Tuscan summer should represent. This classic Italian style saddle bag was made using top quality calf skin leather with a classic Italian design, long cross body adjustable shoulder strap, and finished with hand painted terrcotta edges and a vibrant lining, it’s the perfect choice for summer. Take a look for yourself!