The European Guide To Flawless Style

Out of the four major Fashion Weeks, Milan has the reputation of being a little off — but definitely not in a bad way. Smaller, quieter, and more intimate, that (thankfully) doesn't translate to a smaller, quieter way of dressing. On the contrary: When a group of people who make fashion their business are given the opportunity to relax a little bit and indulge in what they've traveled for, the outfits can become glorioso.
Taking advantage of warmer temperatures than those in New York and London, the Fashion Week ladies brought spring on a little early. The runways themselves were a mix of traditional, opulent flavors and a new, indie energy, and the street style was a combination that was just as powerful. Click through to see what Italy does to a person's style, and glean some inspiration for adopting that la bella vita vibe — no matter if you're from Milan, Michigan or Rome, Georgia.
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Statement sunnies (not to mention statement coats) are the basis of great style. The frosting on the cake? Matching your lip color to your ride.
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There doesn't have to be anything saccharine about pale pink — especially when it comes in a bracelet-length, boxy coat and a knee-length dress in a moody, floral print.
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Do like Michelle Elie, and layer a boxy T-shirt under a body-con dress for a totally weird-and-wonderful take on sexy dressing.
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The best things do come in small packages. Sometimes, a diminutive bag makes a bigger impact — like with this mini holdall that's too cute to handle.
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A classic check brings down the girlishness of this red-and-pink matchup.
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In this case, the writing's on the coat. Black stockings also allow you to bust out your spring shoes early.
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A structured coat is just the ticket to dress up a plain T-shirt and jeans.
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Smart clutches are the new working woman's bag for daytime.
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This isn't the first furry Fendi sighting in Milan. And, it seems the new way to do colorblocking is through different textures and materials.
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Note to self: Buy an all-white umbrella. How striking does this one look?
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An unzipped puffer coat in a longer length is dashing. Belt it for an elegant silhouette.
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The silhouette of this tiered, print-mixed outfit is spectacular. Try the look yourself with a full skirt and trapeze dress.
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Eleonora Carisi's toes are happier than yours. Don't be afraid to break out your trouser socks early!
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Viviana Volpicella stuns in red. Chop the sleeves off a power suit for a more modern silhouette.
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Here's an aggressive patchwork pant that works. Wear it with a simple shirt and floor-length jacket.
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High-waisted denim has never looked better. Wear it with a tucked-in top and ankle-baring loafers.
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Friends that trot together stay together. We love how each woman took the obvious sexiness out of her platform stilettos in a different way — one with a longer hemline, and the other with socks!
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Joan Smalls keeps it simple in a veiled beanie and sporty leather zip-up.
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This is high fashion's version of comfy-casual. Sometimes, you can get away with a flat shoe and a wide-legged pant. Just make sure the trousers have some movement!
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Tamu McPherson layers her pinks. Meanwhile, a neckerchief is turning out to be a huge trend for spring.
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That. Hair. Sometimes, all you need to complement a simple coat is a great cape of hair.
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Denni Elias braves a midriff in Milan. Wear a knee-length dress with a cropped jacket and sturdy, ankle-strap platforms.
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We're all about a boot with a split personality.
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And, somehow, Linda Tol's suit-and-white-sneaker combo totally looks couture, not commuter.
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A cropped, colorful chubby is a great way to dress up a boxy, nubby suit.
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Margaret Zhang layers it up in deliberate, luxurious pieces. Sometimes, a little undone can look so, so right.
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Chiara Ferragni shines in 24-karat gold. But, when working with such a high-shine piece, keep the rest of your look basic.
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Valentina Siragusa makes a strong case for a dress coat.
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A patched-up pencil skirt gets the chic treatment with a camel coat and a subtle tank.
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Vanessa Hong vamps it up in black spats and deep lips. This is one way to wear a high-slit dress in colder weather.
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Worn separately, these coordinating pieces pack a punch. And, together? The effect is totally statement-making.
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Elisa Nalin kicks it up in shining oxfords and a shift dress. A little, black coat keeps the silhouette trim.
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Flares with flair. It's a silhouette that's slowly coming back into popularity — stay tuned!
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Miroslava Duma amps up the drama in a full-on monochromatic look.
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Eva Chen keeps things cheeky in a see-through skirt. A pair of chunky heels helps balance things out.
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More Fendi furriness! Still, cheaper, faux furs look so fun with some playful patches.
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A statement coat to end all statement coats. Now, those are some pleats!
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A Burberry-cape spotting, in real life! Down below, a puffy sneaker and some jeggings keep the volume in check.
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Chiara Ferragni shows off her bronze salad. It's an easy look to replicate after a trip to the flea market to stock up on vintage pins.
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Don't be afraid to really go for broke in terms of luxe — pile on the sparkles, furs, and silks for a more-is-more approach.
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Tuck a tomato-red blouse into patterned mini shorts for a high-contrast, high-impact ensemble.
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Gala Gonzalez layers a turtleneck under a denim shirt for a piled-on look that kills.
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A quirky, modern spin on a stole basically stole our hearts. (Forgive us!)
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A cherry-red color gives this military blazer a modern update.
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This all-black outfit gets punchy with a silly pair of oxfords.
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Your phone may very well be one of your most used accessories, so make sure it's as dressed up as you, too!
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It's all about the accessories in this look. See-through shoes, a striped bag, and a stiff collar take this outfit to the next level.
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Three guesses as to who we owe this display of furriness to.
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Mix up your black and white prints for a high-fashion look that's easy to pull off.
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Who let the Dogue out?
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LEGOs, crayon sketches, and rainbows — always find an opportunity to inject a little childlike whimsy into your outfits.
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Dress up an ankle-length pencil skirt with ladylike accessories.
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Gala Gonzalez belts a slouchy coat for a DIY-dress look that slays.
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A varsity jacket in a fashion-forward design is a (comfy!) trend that's not showing any signs of slowing down.
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Two textured prints worn on top of each other is a no-brainer way to layer. Just make sure one item skews masculine and the other feminine.
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When a head-to-toe designer look is too fabulous to break up, don't. ADR knows a good thing when she sees it, and we're lovin' it.
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Bright-red lips and sunnies look best when paired with darker, subdued colors.
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The embellishments on the shirt mirror the circular spots on the skirt. And, when your outfit is so attention-grabbing, it's best to keep your accessories on the neutral side. In this case, a nude pump is the perfect accompaniment.
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A psychedelic shag goes great with faded flares. Just buckle that helmet before you speed away!
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Mix your metals, but think outside the gold and silver family. In this case, a shiny maroon and mirrored purples look fantastic against each other.
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A little, red dress in a slightly strange, totally awesome shape is beautiful without being precious.
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Tamu McPherson proves that sometimes a patterned pair of party pants is all you need to elevate a simple outfit.
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These days, unfastening the top couple of buttons of your shirt feels fresher than doing them all up.
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A classic trench coat in a brazen print (but still in a neutral color!) is so much more interesting but still matches everything.
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Sparkle on ruffles? It's a hard look to pull off, but a structured jacket and slim pencil skirt turn down the volume.
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If you're taller, untuck your sweater for a torso-elongating effect. A high heel can counteract any short-stack feelings.
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A knee-length short calls for a high, classic shoe. We love a pointed pump to amp up the legginess.
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Don't be scared to let your clothes (literally) do the talking.
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A vertical stripe on a pencil skirt can add inches to your body (even if you're already blessed in the height department).
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In the winter, don't forget your hand warmers.
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