70+ Photos Of Milan's Most Over-The-Top Street Style

There's a reason Milan has longtime been referred to as one of the most influential fashion capitals of the world, and it's not just because some of the most important design houses were born there. Like the French, there's a certain innate sense that comes with dressing "Italian." But unlike the French, the approach is anything but pared-back or minimalistic. On the streets of Milan, more is always more; more color, more pattern, more innovative cuts and styling. No piece of clothing or accessory is too daring, too out there, too fashun. Perhaps that's why brands like Versace, Moschino, and Gucci reign supreme.

If there's any time to show your styling chops, it's Fashion Week. And despite the rain (lots and lots of it), show-goers brought their Italian-best: pom-pom-embellished denim and sweaters; loud, furry accents; and streetwear mixed with formalwear. The 70-plus images ahead from the streets of Milan aren't just a feast for the eyes — they'll also have you reconsidering your all-black wardrobe just yet.
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Added to the definitive list of things that are "so Gucci?" Wearing a bag from the fall/winter 2016 collection the same week it debuted.
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Ultra-frayed hems are one thing. Majorly frayed knee rips? Well, that's a whole new realm of DIY-esque magic we're ready to dive into.
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The latest version of Moschino cult-craze: a kitschy "Fashion Kills" cigarette pack phone case that's bound to make many appearances in street style shots.
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Refinery29's very own Christene Barberich and Annie Georgia Greenberg show that even the coolest outfits can be made cooler with some practical footwear.
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The contrasting hems of Gilda Ambrosio's longline denim jacket and super-short mini make for a perfect balance. Having an equally-as-well-dressed significant other doesn't hurt either.
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Hybrid pieces of clothing — like this puffer-vest-cum-leather-jacket — are always a guaranteed way to stand out.
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Give your denim jacket a rest this spring and try a slightly thicker blazer (perhaps in a vintage-looking brocade) as your everyday topper.
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Athleisure. Streetwear. Whatever you want to call it, the notion of wearing an oversized sweatshirt with tailored trousers or a silk bomber with jeans and a white tee isn't disappearing anytime soon.
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Surprise, cheeky details get us every time.
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Formalwear can work for daytime with the right styling: Pair a party dress with a white button-down and sneakers for an unexpected look that isn't as far-fetched as it may sound.
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Forget peep-toe. Go peekaboo with a pair of cutout sandals or Mary Jane's.
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A play on patterns, textures, and colors, this outfit has a little bit of everything: leather, florals, feathers, even a rainbow — and it all somehow works in perfect sartorial harmony.
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Establishing a specific color palette (like gold, navy, and black) can help clashing prints (plaid, diamonds) feel more unified.
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We're calling this the unofficial paparazzi shield. No photos, please.
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Why carry a furry Fendi friend when you can wear one?
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Bow down for Bowie.
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With fancy socks already making their way back into our everyday wardrobes, why not take the style one step further with some knee-highs à la Taylor Swift?
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Let enamel pins and patches make your denim jacket feel more personal.
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Break your style rut by adding jewel tones (like emerald green and golden yellow) to your neutral options.
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On days where you're not stuck carrying around all of your life belongings, a daytime clutch is a solid replacement.
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Heeled booties guaranteed to stop traffic.
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Gingham is one of those timeless prints that tend to resurface every spring, and we don't mind it one bit. A teddy coat and red grandma heels prevent these trousers from feeling too picnic-ready.
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Don't you love how this moves?
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Look to Caroline Issa's polished look for an example of how to do business casual without feeling stuffy.
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Leave it to Anna Dello Russo to make pajama dressing feel ultra-luxe (just look at that fur robe coat).
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The literal meaning of Varsity Blues.
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If your plain old denim isn't cutting it, a pair with pom-poms on the hem might do just the trick.
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Caution: groutfit crossing.
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We will always say "Aloha" to tropical prints in the middle of winter.
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Two exemplary ways to do rainy-day style.
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You might need to be 6 feet tall to pull this off, but the extra-long sleeves and extra-long silhouette make this sweater a standout.
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Remember: A bag's strap is just as important as the bag itself.
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Lichtenstein, is that you?
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A happily-ever-after to whichever lucky wearer got to rock these fresh-off-the-runway heels.
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Don't ever let the rain rain on your sartorial parade.
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You've seen embellishments, patches, frays, and rips. But have you seen denim with bows?
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How Rainbow Brite would do Milan Fashion Week.
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Wear your stole like a Miss America sash.
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For an unexpected layering piece this spring, try a kimono or silk robe as a light jacket on warm days.
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A reminder that eggplant is also a neutral.
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Toughen up a light floral frock and strappy heels with a tougher corduroy jacket.
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Two words: statement necklace.
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Also filed under things that are "so Gucci": a full head-to-toe look designed by Alessandro Michele.
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When jeans look and feel like sweatpants…
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Because you can never go wrong with a classic black turtleneck. (Plus, the styling opportunities are endless.)
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The kind of suit that suits us very well.
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Do your strings hang low?
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Fried chicken bucket or handbag? You decide.
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A lesson in creative vintage dressing, courtesy of Jenny Walton.
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Don't feel like you need to pick between a T-shirt and a turtleneck. Instead, just wear both.
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Simply put, this is fashion as art.
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More! Gucci!
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Winter whites work best when matched with darker staples, like a sweatshirt and boots.
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Kill Bill, volume…3?
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Toughen up your pastels by pairing them with a bomber jacket.
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The No. 1 thing we'll miss about winter? All the technicolor faux fur.
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Go on, embrace your inner high-fashion zebra.
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Always wear your best statement heels with cropped pants. They deserve to be seen, after all.
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Let your black coat stand out in the crowd by opting for one with an interesting texture or silhouette.
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Berets are back. You heard it here first.
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One leather jacket, two totally different ways to wear it.
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Best friends make for the best accessory.
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Trade in your cat-eyes or oversized sunglasses for a pair of John Lennon-inspired shades.
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Tassels take a plain black sweater to the next level.
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No coat looks more polished than one in a snakeskin print.
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More majorly frayed knee holes!
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More tropical prints!
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And more pom-poms too!
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Mini bags may not be the most practical things in the world, but they sure look cute.
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Shake your tail feather(ed) coat.
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Wear a shirtdress half-unbuttoned as a layering piece over jeans and a turtleneck.
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Slip-ons: the high-fashion version of the flip-flop.
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Hoods up to bad weather.