The 8-Piece Wardrobe That Defines Italian-Girl Fashion


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To be honest, we’re pretty enamored with the pieces you'll spot in an Italian-girl wardrobe. Wearing everything from bold statement pieces to minimalistic silhouettes, Italian girls have a unique and captivating take on personal style. Really, it just seems like they’re throwing out the rule book and having fun.

While each girl has her own distinct style, we’ve noticed some key pieces that are essential to Italian-girl fashion. First, there are embellished heels. Patricia Manfield has proven that crystal-adorned versions are a must, even pairing hers with track pants for an elevated take on athleisure. Then there’s the robe: This editor will go so far as to suggest that Italian girls like Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio helped usher in the robe-coat trend, a style that became a signature of their luxe label, Attico.

Want to know the other key items Italian street style stars like Diletta Bonaiuti and Manfield are wearing on repeat? Keep scrolling to see just how stylish they are, and shop the eight pieces you need to make Italian-girl fashion your own.


1. Robe Coat


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Italian girls have proven that the robe coat is a new wardrobe staple. The versatile piece can dress up even a simple T-shirt and jeans.

2. Animal Prints


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Instead of a loud animal print, try something more minimal and graphic.

3. Bold Outerwear


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When it comes to bold outerwear, go for maximalism. Try a blazer in a vibrant shade.

4. Bright Colors


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Follow Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert’s lead and reach for brightly colored pieces. They’re even better when they’re worn together.

5. Embellished Heels


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Take a style note from Patricia Manfield and pair embellished heels with track pants.

6. Flat-Top Sunglasses


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Flat-top sunglasses make a cool, retro style statement but still feel completely modern.

7. Miniskirts


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Offset a short miniskirt with a turtleneck sweater.

8. Statement Earrings


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Wear a pair of statement earrings in a large hoop silhouette.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated. Next, shop our editor's 15 holy-grail wardrobe basics.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.