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Shoe Trending – Italian Style

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Last year was the year of the ballerinas!  Everything was flat and cute…and meant for tiny little feet and skinny legs!

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Needless to say, sadly I couldn’t wear them.  First of all, I don’t like really flat shoes – I need a little lift to make my back feel normal!  And secondly, I always think ballerinas look adorable on tiny petite girls and I just can’t pull it off.

I’m happy to report that this year’s shoe trends are heading towards the moccasin!  There are so many more variations of these – some with low heels and some with very tall heels – that everyone will find something that suits them!  Yippee!

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So, time to go out shoe shopping to keep up with the latest trend!  What about you?  What is your preference and are you happy with the latest moccasin shoe trend?

My Style Watch!

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Whenever I go to Italy, I try to look at the store window displays to figure out what the upcoming fashion trend is.  As usual, the styles in Italy happen first and then they trickle to the USA (even though I’ve noticed that these trends do travel faster than they used to!).  During my last trip to Italy, I visited Milan where FASHION IS KING!  To my surprise, I noticed that the clothing styles were very similar between Italy and the U.S.  Belted tunics with leggings; skinny jeans; long cardigan sweaters – they were all in the windows.  But the two things that did stand out to me were the flat shoes and the large purses!  The trend seems to be getting away from high heels and into ballerina flats.  This does make for walking the cobblestoned streets a little easier.  But, frankly, I was a bit disappointed.  I always like a heel – I think it allows for elegance and grace – and plus, personally, I have a hard time wearing flats.  I don’t get enough arch support and really flat shoes tend to hurt my back.  Being, also, that I don’t have teeny tiny little skinny legs, heels tend to elongate my legs and make them look a little better.  But in Italy, a lot of the women are very tiny and so therefore flats look wonderful on them.  Anyway, the shoes were all adorable in every color and style.

As far as the purses were concerned, BIG purses are definitely in.  I ended up getting one in Milan which is gorgeous.  The leather and color are so beautiful that it is a real pleasure carrying it around.  It is a Carlo Pazolini – and I think it was reasonably priced for the high quality!

Window shopping in Milan is very educational…and very enjoyable.  I could definitely make a habit of it!

Fare La Bella Figura

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Looking good…that’s what Italians really excel in!  Making a good appearance is always top on their list – whether it be in the way they dress or in the way they act.  After my recent trip to Italy, I was really inspired by their fashion sense and decided to learn the secrets behind their grace and style.  I began reading up on Italian fashion, and was amazed by the simple tricks that one can learn to “Look Good”!

Now, not all Italian women have perfect figures like the graceful model Elisabetta Canalis (and they don’t have significant others like George Clooney!!).  They are real women with lumps and bumps and curves – some are short, some are tall, some are plump, some are skinny!  But, what they do have in common with the top models is their fashion sense.  They learn to play up their assets and downplay their faults with their choice of clothes and accessories.  Italian women’s shoes are always stylish, and every figure can benefit from a beautiful pair of heels.  Scarves can be used to accent an outfit, and even change it.  Different scarves  give you different looks, even when you are wearing the same clothes!  This is a trick that is very handy when travelling – it is much easier to pack several scarves rather than packing several different outfits!  Jewelry is also a great fashion accessory – but it should be moderated so as  not be gaudy!  And lastly,  a good haircut is essential – we all know the importance of a “good hair day”. 

Because I am a bit curvy, I decided to look at the tips for le donne con curve, or women with curves!  This is what the top designers have recommended:

1.  Wear heels to elongate the legs.

2.  Skinny jeans are always flattering, again to elongate the legs.  I have found a brand at Nordstroms that fit really well.  They are called “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans” and they were a great find!

3.  A beautiful white pressed shirt is a wardrobe essential – it can be played up with a skirt and heels, or downplayed over a pair of jeans.

4.  Skirts should not be too short – knee length is recommended.

5.  Colors should be understated with darker colors at the bottom (skirt, pants)

6.  Undergarments are SO important – good support and good control are very important to making the clothes fit better.  The designers stated that control type undergarments are now very comfortable and stylish, and that   they should be considered to be a part of the outfit!

I have incorporated these fashion tips and have purchased some new shoes, skinny jeans, and some white shirts.  I have begun to wear scarves to enhance the look…and I have to say, that with some stylish sunglasses and my new hair cut, I am making “La Bella Figura” or at least, I feel like I’m making it!! I walk with more confidence and carry myself with style!  Thank you, La Moda Italiana, for all your help 🙂

Fashion House Missoni..and my Dad?

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Haute-couture designer, Missoni, and my dad?  Two very different individuals leading two very different lives….or so I thought until speaking with my mother the other day.  My mom mentioned that a friend of hers had just returned from Italy and she had purchased a Missoni jacket in Milan.  My mom was commenting on how beautiful it was, when she interjected very calmly, how my dad used to wear Missoni sweaters all the time when he was young and playing professional soccer in Italy.  She said….”Well, you know, Ottavia Missoni was a big fan of your father’s, and he would go and watch him play all the time.”  Missoni?  The Missoni?  The high-couture fashion house in Milan?  The one whose clothes sell at high end retail stores like Nieman Marcus?  She assured me that it was one and the same, and she proceeded to give me some history about Mr. Missoni and how he came to start his rise in the fashion industry…and how my dad fit into all of this!

Ottavio Missoni was an athlete like my dad, only he was a track star (she believed).  He was also a great businessman.  He married a woman who was a master of color combinations in knitwear.  The two of them began Missoni with her designs and his business sense.

Missoni gifted my father with several of his sweaters – evidently at the start of his fashion business.  Too bad there aren’t any photos of my father modeling a Missoni sweater – do you know what a gem that would be for me? 

Needless to say, I was amazed to learn of this fashion connection, and am wondering what other secrets my parents are keeping from me about their lives before me!!!