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Today’s post will be a simple gallery of my summer outfits while I am on holidays in Italy and why I decluttered many of them.
All of the items are very old, some of them were even worn by my mum when she was my age now!
I usually don't bring anything from the UK because I do have clothes and everything I need in my Italian house already.
I didn't bring any of my old summer clothes to London for the simple reason that I don't have enough room for them and also because I wouldn't wear those items in the UK: the weather is not as hot and my lifestyle is different there, so they would sit in my wardrobe taking up space that I need for clothes that I would actually wear.
Therefore, I had a massive and much needed decluttering of my Italian wardrobe.
I gave everything to charity as soon as I gathered everything together (3 huge Ikea bags full of clothes and accessories) so I didn’t take any pictures of it, unfortunately.
I decided to do it on an impulse rush of minimalism one early morning while Nick was still sleeping (he was lucky enough to skip the whole process this time) but he helped me, later on, to choose what to keep from the “maybe” pile.
I honestly had so much stuff!
Many items were from my early 20s and even though some still fits me (yay!) the majority were not matching to my current style and taste, such as very low waist trousers and jeans (how on earth could I wear them in the first place?!) and anything polyester.
I have to admit that my style in Italy is very different from what I like to wear in the UK. When I left my town I didn't know anything about minimalism, I was still in the loop of buying and accumulating.
To know more about it check this post: my journey towards minimalism)
When I moved to London, I embraced minimalism and the idea of a capsule wardrobe mainly because of the lack of space but now I suspect that I might have been affected by the new environment such as the contrasting weather or the fact that people have completely different tastes and mentality.
The main difference I found is that in the UK people tend to wear mainly comfortable things and make them feel good. They don't really care about what other people on the street might think about them.
Now, I still like feminine cuts and flattering shapes but my style has evolved deeply.
(to know more about how I found my personal style check this post: How to find your own personal style and build the perfect capsule wardrobe for you) I am more into tailored items, simple cuts and plain hues.
On the other hand, in Italy and even more in a small town like the one I grew up in, people literally stare at you if you are wearing something slightly different from their usual style.
One of the things that I didn’t like from my previous way of dressing when I was still living in Tuscany is that it was people-pleasing and most of all attracting men's appreciation: very short skirts, bold colours and patterns, super tight dresses and incredibly low necklines.
I wasn't aware of that back then, I thought it was a normal thing to do and I found it out only on this occasion when staring at a pile of going out, colourful, super sexy items and a huge pile of evening high heels that I don't even know how I managed to walk in.
Sometimes I think it was just a matter of age: being young, a bit silly, having a nice body and the desire to show it off all the time.
What I like about my Italian wardrobe is that in Italy is still easy to find clothing, shoes and accessories made out of good natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and genuine leather from independent brands or local artisans that you can find in tiny shops or street markets for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for the same item in the UK.
There are many Chinese and cheap products in Italy nowadays too, but you can still find high quality, unique items at competitive prices.
The materials are so much better compared to London high street shops!
If you would like to buy a nice dress made out of natural fibres made from an independent small business in London you'll need 100£ as a starting point. I do understand these are difficult times, but for no reason, I am spending that much money on a cotton dress and that's why I am such a big pre-owned and vintage lover.
That's what I find absurd in our economical system: fast foods and fast fashion are super cheap while real food and good quality clothes are so expensive. I don't want to dig further into this topic, otherwise, this post will end up in a very long ebook!
To know in-depth the reasons behind my minimalist approach, check this article from The minimalists (you can also download for free their ebook "16 rules to live with less"): Less clothes, more routines
Below are the items I kept (for now)
Going out outfits:
Paisley print handmade dress with platform suede sandals (no label, they come from a local artisan from the south of Tuscany) and teal oversized clutch from a local leather shop. Paisley print is definitely one of my favourite patterns for summer clothing and I love it so much that I often draw some myself to relax. I love the colour combo of this one and the silky material is very soft to wear for a hot evening out.
Lovely Matthew Williams silk dress (I have always admired his style and his beautiful prints) paired with hot pink snake pattern medium-high heels and a teal oversized clutch bag.
Nude Patrizia Pepe silk dress, Furla mini bag and suede sandals. I was really into ruffles at the time!
This dress is still one of my favourites: it reminds me a bit of Carrie Bradshaw's style from Sex and the city and I think it is still fashionable.
Navy linen shirt from a local shop, white denim shorts, vintage rattan clutch and super high platform sandals with embroidery from Mariella Burani.
I would wear everything again, minus the shoes: they are absolutely insane and with them, I am 1.90 cm tall. But I can't get rid of them yet: they are too beautiful.
A cute knitted black T-shirt that was my mum's, paired with a pretty off white pleated skirt (no label), suede sandals and rattan clutch. Much more in my comfort zone thanks to the black and white combo that never fails to be chic.
Very short LBD in silk from Adele Fado, vintage rattan bag again and a pair of Sheen kitten heel gold sandals. I was very into ruffles at the time but I still kind of like it if the cut of the dress is rather simple and understated.
Armani viscose white top with a sort of loose cowl neck that I adore, black open trousers, rattan bag and suede shoes. I wore this amazing outfit to dinner once and it is still to my liking.
These are the outfits that I would wear daily to be comfortable.
Black Tezenis vest and denim shorts with a raw hem. All my denim shorts are pre-owned and I don't know the brand.
Beach outfit: Neon striped maxi dress, Birkenstock sandals, sunnies and a straw hat.
To reach the beach, there is a small walk in the pinewoods that I really like. People would also find shelter from the sun during the hottest hours of the day and I am very grateful that it is still like I left it.
Black viscose top (this one was my mum's from the 90s!) white denim shorts, bone Gaudi bag and white intrecciato leather sandals from a local leather shop.
One of my most worn outfits of the holiday: practical yet stylish.
Navy linen blouse and beige cotton straight-leg trousers and white leather sandals. Relaxed look for a countryside walk in the fields.
Fun fact: I can't possibly wear sneakers when it is summer in Italy as it is too hot and my feet are constantly swollen so I need open shoes at all times.
One-piece bikini wore as a top and denim shorts: from the beach to a country sidewalk at sunset.
I am a fan of bikinis and I mainly wear two pieces. I do like the one-piece style but they are very impractical when tanning. The secret for an even tan is to change the top part every day, so you won't have the classic white marks on the skin.
Meaning: if on the first I am wearing a bandeau bra, the following day I will wear a V neck bra. But I don't mind the back, I think the white stripe at the back is quite cute.
And of course, always wearing an SPF. Italian sun is very powerful and it doesn't forgive if you skip it.
The majority of my swimwear is from local small brands that sell them in the typical outside markets and therefore they are not available online.
Thank you for reading my post today, I hope you enjoyed it! I had so much fun re-wearing all my old items again and restyling them into new, more suitable to my age and taste outfits.
What about you? Has your style evolved over the years or your taste is still more or less the same? Do you enjoy re-wearing old items from time to time or do you prefer throwing away or donating everything that belongs to the past?
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