Fashion in Italy is serious business, so it's no surprise that many tourists often wonder how to dress like an Italian while on holiday in Italy.
In autumn and winter, the Italian dress code involves a lot of layers. In fact, one thing foreigners often comment on is how Italians often start wearing heavier clothes around October, regardless of whether the weather is still quite warm and mild... simply because it's time for the change of season!
When dressing for the weather, remember that the climate varies depending on where you go. It will be relatively mild in Rome and the south, while it will get colder as you head north, especially in cities like Milan or Venice.
Here are our tips for effortlessly chic Italian style for both men and women in the colder months. For all the updates on Italian fashions, don't forget to check out our Italyci page on Pinterest!
Classic neutrals such as black, grey, brown and camel appear more than usual in the colder months; you will also see Italians using these neutrals as a backdrop for a pop of a bolder, darker colour such as burgundy or forest green.
Local peoples in Italy love winter whites, especially for jeans and jumpers, paired with a knee-length black jacket that stands out from the white turtleneck.
Jeans can be chic - but coloured trousers are also popular
In Italy, jeans are commercial, they are considered a bit casual, but as elsewhere, a pair of well-fitting jeans can always be dressed up with big boots or heels, a nice blouse and layered jewellery, a combination you will see on many Italian women.
Men wear jeans too, although it's generally seen as a more casual way of dressing, and not something you'll see most men wearing while out for a nice dinner or fancy drink.
Just as you will see blue and grey denim washes in Italy, you will also see many colours. Coloured trousers remain popular throughout the autumn and winter months, with colours ranging from dark green to taupe.
Don't leave home without your sunglasses
That's right: sunglasses are all the rage, even in winter! Italians don't leave home without a pair of stylish big, dark sunglasses, a great way to pull together any outfit... and add a level of glamorous mystery.
You can think of timeless products: a trench coat or blazer when the weather is warmer, a classic coat when it's cold.
When the weather is cool, but not freezing, try a timeless trench coat, blazer or khaki jacket. (Tailoring is always key!). When the temperatures drop, pack a tailored, slim-fit coat (Italians can be seen wearing single or double-breasted coats); a more recent trend is a down jacket with a fur-lined hood - a great way to keep warm in cold weather!
Don't go anywhere without your boots (or ankle boots).
Italian women love their high heels... but we understand that not all of them walk gracefully on cobbled streets! To blend in without sacrificing comfort, look for boots and shoes in leather and suede.
For women, a variety of styles, from heeled and knee-high boots to riding boots, are popular. (For that extra European touch, wear your boots over trousers to show off the beautiful leather at its best). )
This season, short, seamed leather ankle boots, combined with trousers, are also very trendy at the moment.
Remember to pack a pair of waterproof or water-resistant shoes as well. You don't want to have to run back to the hotel to change during snowy, rainy days (especially the high water in Venice!).
Emphasise your accessories, especially a nice bag and a matching scarf with a wool or cotton hood.
A handbag is a must for travellers - and to blend in with the locals, try a large shoulder bag for a daytime look. This advice applies not only to women, but also to men!.
Italian men are not afraid to carry a small bag or briefcase during the day to store items such as cameras and books. (Fanny packs are rarely used in Italy, and even backpacks are usually only used by students, or genuine leather backpacks).
Hats, scarves and gloves not only add a cosy and sophisticated touch to any look, but also help to keep warm with fabrics such as wool and cashmere. A pair of well-fitting leather gloves lends elegance to any outfit. Don't be afraid to try all three together for a stylish and functional look on a cold day.
Finally, put on a pair of jewellery to set off your look, with subtle and striking pieces such as gold, bronze or precious stones.
Italian fashion is not about too many types of clothing. It's about choosing a hero piece and wearing it well. This means your outfit can simply consist of a great dress and shoes, or a pair of wide-leg trousers with a simple blouse.
If you have a brightly coloured coat, try to keep the rest of your outfit neutral.