Ever wonder how the Italian women walking the streets of Milan or Florence look so chic yet so effortless? Sometimes it even seems like they rolled out of bed in their outfit from the night before, but still look stylish. Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday — she manages to hop into the back of a truck, falls asleep on a park bench, wakes up in a stranger’s bed and still looks like perfection! That is the definition of Italian style. But since we all can’t be effortless experts like Giovanna Battaglia or Anna Dello Russo, we are sharing some of our insider tips. This summer, use Milli’s Italian Style Guide to have fun with your clothes. Let’s bring the Italian style to the Canadian streets!


Quality Over Quantity: 

The Italian woman’s style strongly relies on her simple yet quality basics. Pieces like crisp white shirts or cashmere sweaters for when the nights get a little chilly go a long way in the Italian wardrobe. Even something as simple as a quality pair of jeans can be worn in a stylishly Italian way. With great, long lasting basics, being chic soon does become effortless. Italian designers including Brunello Cucinelli and No. 21 are great places to start for the shirts, cashmere sweaters and trousers that you may be looking for!


Make A Statement:

One of the keys to looking like an Italian style maven is none other than a great statement piece. Women of Italy seem to dress just as nice for the day as they do for the night, because why save it for later when you can wear it right now? That sequinned top may be suited for a night out, but pair it with a great jean and tailored blazer and you’re ready for the day ahead. Italian designers including Antonio Marras and Alberta Ferretti will surely help you build your statement collection. And don’t forget about accessories! Italian designer Isla Fontaine has an array of boldly coloured statement bags that will elevate any outfit to the Italian level.


Raise Your Heels:

A fabulous pair of heels is, without out a doubt, an Italian woman’s staple. The higher the better, it seems! In Canada, the high heel is often saved for special occasions or evening affairs. In Italy, these factors don’t matter — and they shouldn’t! Wear your heels with your day dress or throw on a pair of stilettos with your jeans. After all, that’s what an Italian would do!


Loud and Proud:

For the Italian style expert, fashion is all about simplicity; however, simple doesn’t have to mean boring. Italian women often enjoy experimenting with fun patterns, bright colours and bold prints! Italian brands like Etro or Marni have some of the most beautiful pieces to help you check off this category. If you are feeling adventurous try mixing two different prints into one outfit — the Italian fashionistas will be proud!


At Milli, we can’t get enough of this effortless and chic style! That is why we are participating in an Italian inspired curated fashion show with the Italian Contemporary Film Festival. ICFF Moda has partnered with The Ryerson School of Fashion and Toronto Fashion Week to put on this fantastic event! ICFF Moda will embody the Italian lifestyle and is also in partnership with the Italian Trade Commission, Yorkville Village and the Italian Consulate in Toronto.

This event will be taking place on Wednesday, June 20th at 6:30PM. Join us for an evening of fashion, glamour and authentic iItalian food! Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at icff.ca/2018-icff-moda, by calling the box office at 416.893.3966 or stopping by the pop-up location at 150 Yorkville Ave.