Thank goodness for boredom, because that's precisely how I ended up booking a weeklong trip to Italy. During one of my many late-night sessions aimlessly scrolling through the web, I stumbled upon a cheap flight to Rome that was almost too good to be true. The summer months are considered the high season for visiting Europe, making flights notoriously expensive due to the demand, so I knew I couldn't pass the opportunity up. Next thing you know, I had an Italian summer vacation booked, with a detour to Greece thrown in.
While I'm more than thrilled to return to Italy (it's one of my favorite destinations in the world), I'm even more excited about the outfit planning. Meticulously prepping my vacation outfits is my toxic shopping trait, and I'm not afraid to admit it. I've been scanning through hundreds of dresses, shoes, and bags to find the perfect pieces to complement the picturesque Italian landscape, and I've managed to finally narrow it down to my absolute favorites. So far, I'm coveting breezy summer staples with a handful of colorful and trendy pieces strewn in for a touch of pizzazz. Beachside towns like Positano and Sorrento will also be stops along my journey, so plenty of Pucci-esque prints and vibrant patterns are a priority on my shopping list. For a deep dive into the finds I'm throwing on my vacation mood board, keep scrolling.
A Loewe basket bag has been on my wish list since last year, so I figured an Italian getaway is the perfect excuse to finally pull the trigger.
Pink transparent PVC is always fun, and the wedge heel makes these a more foot-friendly fancy-shoe option.
I spotted these within Mango's Coastal Escape edit, so it feels right to include them here.
I feel like I should be eating a plate of spaghetti pomodoro while wearing this.
This seafoam green will feel perfect against the coastal backdrop of Southern Italy.
Styled with low-rise trousers, this vest can take me from museum-hopping to happy hour.
Loose and flowy shorts like these are the only shorts I'll wear.
A big must-have for this trip: a rainbow crocheted hat.
I love big button-downs like this because you can use them as a swimsuit cover-up or as a light layer during the day.
I used to avoid sandals like this, but lately, they've been calling my name. A touch of raffia is perfect for the season.
Preppy isn't my summer aesthetic per se, but I'm so into this elevated blazer for chilly nights.
With a wide size range, ASOS has been my go-to for cute summer sandals.
It's always nice to have a little fun with your hoops.
For this trip, I wanted a bikini that would turn heads, and with glittery magenta Lurex, this one from Oséree is sure to do just that.
Yes, my sunglasses collection is currently overflowing, but as far as I'm concerned, the classic versatility of this pair justifies the purchase.
Is it really a trip to Italy without a little bit of Missoni?
Exploring around town, the last thing you want to be doing is schlepping around a ton of stuff. This structured bag from Irish brand Landa is simple, elegant, and best of all can be worn hands-free.
A cool-girl styling hack: Body chains infinitely elevate a swimsuit.
I'm addicted to crochet right now—can't you tell? I envision styling this with baggy, low-rise light-wash jeans.
Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.
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