How To Dress Like An Italian Girl — 50+ Lessons Worth Knowing

If the stylish women of the world's fashion capitals share one thing, it's confidence. Whether the local flavor skews more cosmopolitan, glamorous, avant grade, or preppy, the women who wear it best never do things halfway. In Milan, the style seems to be split straight down the middle between women who like things a little more glamorous and those who prefer a simpler approach to dressing (call it the stiletto-sport sandal stand-off, if you will!). It’s Dolce vs. Prada, and Versace vs. Marni — the lines are drawn, but both sides are making a convincing argument.
No matter which one you're on, there’s a little something to be learned from the scene during Milan Fashion Week, where even international editors start sipping on that local stuff, and pick a team. Ahead, we’re showing you 87 style moves that show off an Italian job well done.
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Overalls look anything but frumpy when they're made from black leather, and paired with studded heels.
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A little bag, a lot of chic.
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This is how modern women rock a skirt suit.
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Eva Chen's peasant frock is the ultimate throw-on-and-go dress.
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If you've got the option between gold and no gold, always choose the former.
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Eleonora Carisi's three-piece suit sure beats your prom date's.
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3D rosettes take this gray blazer to another dimension.
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Have you ever seen Bermuda shorts look so glamorous?
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The helmets might not work for everyday, but at least these ladies are protected when zipping off on their Vespas.
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The easiest way to bring evening dresses out during the day is a good pair of little black booties and a day bag.
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Shorten the straps on your cross-body to see how the new silhouette can totally transform a simple sweatshirt-and-skirt look.
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Now that's a statement sweater.
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An off-the-shoulder look that's off-kilter in the best way.
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Here's the tomboy way to do overalls (though, the glamor waves and lipstick totally crank this look up a notch).
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Maximalist accessorizing meets minimalist accessorizing. Both look great!
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And, here's Karlito!
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A red vinyl skirt just needs a little white tee on top.
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It's the little things that make this charming dress unforgettable.
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Chanel makes our world spin.
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Awning stripes on a pajama set look great when matched with a '70s-inspired approach to beauty.
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Moto boots, meet motorcycle. Those peek-a-boo layers are giving us life.
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Long, oversized layers look best when matched with whimsical pieces.
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Patterns on patterns on patterns (on poof!).
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This hot look comes with some built-in ventilation.
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Simple red dress...not-so-simple fringed clutch.
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Crisp, neutral separates that are anything but "safe."
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Cover up a sheer skirt situation with a belted coat.
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P.J. pals!
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An off-the-shoulder dress gets a side serving of intrigue with an apron worn off-center.
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An oversized T-shirt and statement accessories make for the easiest weekend outfit.
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A faux fur scarf worn on just one side gives this old-lady move a new-woman spin.
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Patches make perfect.
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Here's one patchwork way to mix prints
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A pretty, short dress calls for something more rugged over it, like this oversized jean jacket.
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Choose a pair of sneakers instead of heels the next time you're in a spangly get-up.
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Relaxed fit never looked so chill.
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A fresh-off-the-hanger, cobalt-blue denim is our next jean obsession.
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Leigh Lezark mixes her textures with panache.
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This pic will jumpstart your new obsession with this particular shade of orange.
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Wear your belt outside of your beltloops for an insouciant look that feels spontaneous, not haphazard.
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This duo makes the case for a bold, black topper.
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Want to actually be able to get around in a fancy gown? Creepers are your friend.
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Checking your email never looked so good.
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A witchy woman get-up that Stevie Nicks would approve of.
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Pinstripes and a rucksack make for a not-a-girl-not-yet-a-woman moment.
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Look closer — that paisley clutch is actually an Etro pillow!
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This look's got teeth.
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Something to crow about.
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The best way to zip to the next show.
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Layered Missoni textures build on the tonal-on-tonal trend.
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A jumpsuit to fuel your thrifting daydreams.
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A scoop-neck tank and maxi skirt make for a surprisingly glamorous daytime look.
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How adults channel their inner princesses.
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Belted ponchos are your new fall layering solution.
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A long-length shirtdress that's sexier than it sounds.
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A belted jean robe creates a double-denim look that's super-new.
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Fancy jumpsuit + casual sneakers + fringed bag = a Fashion Week trifecta.
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No need to ask the mirror, lady. We're pretty sure we know who's the fairest here...
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A furry blue faux-fur fabric is a whole lot more interesting than basic black.
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Blown-up bell-bottoms.
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The eyes have it!
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A rainbow of fringe.
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Patent leather peeking out from underneath woven plumage.
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Speaking of plumage...
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A ruffled green top makes this fall-weather co-ord much more interesting.
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An all-white look deserves something major in the accessories department.
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Grecian-style fringe draping is the sexiest thing we've seen all week.
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A tiered fringe dress that's part bohemian, part ballgown.
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Spread those wings!
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A quilted jacket so chic, we'd like to give it a smack.
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Fringed beauts that mirror the fray action at the knees.
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A side-slit to rival any Kardashian's.
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A robe-wrapped poplin shirt and a rope-stitched skirt.
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Three collars, three ways.
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A wild clutch wakes up a sleep shirt.
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Primary colors in dramatic silhouettes makes for a truly stunning one-two punch of hues.
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Stovepipe jeans get a little European upgrade with snakeskin booties and a blazer coat.
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A fairy headband and 3D-embellished gown makes for a modern-day storybook heroine.
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Everything's slightly off about each item in this outfit — which is what makes it so totally amazing.
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The white socks make this look leap.
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Choose one colorful item in an all-white look to be your color moment.
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Our words, exactly.
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A precious mini bag and oversized blossoms are a hoot.
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A brown belt and running shoes make this billowing gown a total style moment.
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"U look great beb."
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Army surplus meets Spanish rose.
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