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Spring Fashion in Italy: What to Wear for the Season

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Traveling during Italy’s shoulder season has its advantages: there are fewer people around, and the prices are generally lower for airfare, hotels, even food and wine. The weather’s not bad, either, but it can be a little tough to pack for. Shoulder season is defined as the period of transition between one extreme of weather to another, so people who choose to visit the country at these times can be subject to the unpredictability of Mother Nature.

Spring in Italy can be very unpredictable. The temperatures can go from chilly to warm all in the span of a single day, and can even rise up to hot depending on the city you are visiting. It’s best to do as the Italians themselves do in this case: layer. Wearing separates that can be mixed and matched into one cohesive look but also work by themselves when you need to shed one or two if it gets hotter than you can handle is the best idea. Toss a light jacket or a sweater over your shoulder should it begin to get too blustery, keep an umbrella handy just in case it starts to rain, and then put it all away in a chic, roomy handbag when the sun comes back out.

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There’s no need to pack for every weather eventuality, but consider bringing multi-purpose pieces. A lightweight waterproof jacket won’t be too much of a burden to tote about and will keep you dry. The same principle applies for some sensible, water-resistant shoes. Winter in Italy tends to be wet, and the shoulder season that follows isn’t much dryer. A scarf or a shawl is a nice layering accessory that can add texture to your outfit and is also something you can easily shed if it happens to get too hot while you’re out. You can also use it to cover your shoulders and back when you enter a church – most have dress codes, and won’t allow you inside if you’re in a skimpy tank top, even if it’s very hot out.

A small foldable umbrella can come in handy in instances that involve both rain and extreme sunshine – it provides shade. Bring one that’s small but windproof and won’t invert on you when you need it the most. If you’re able to find a hat that fulfills both the duties of protecting you from rain and sun, then you’ve chosen well. It also helps keep your hair in place, and when you’re in Italy, you don’t want to get caught with your tresses looking like a bird’s been through them.

Summer Womens Fashion Accessories On Grass BackgroundSunglasses are always a must for traveling in any season – apart from giving your outfit that vogue oomph it needs, it’ll shield your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. You can’t enjoy Italy if you can’t see it, can you?  On that same note, bring sunblock – lots of it. Whether you’re walking down the cobblestone streets or lounging out on the beach, the last thing you want is to burn. It’s always a good idea, anyway.

If you plan on visiting the Vatican, it’s best to plan ahead and wear appropriate clothing for church. You don’t have to wear your Sunday best, but keep in mind that these places have strict rules and you won’t be allowed in with your midriff top and your short-shorts. As a general rule, your shoulders, knees, midriff and cleavage must be covered. Again: layers. You don’t have to bring anything that’s too warm or heavy, just pile the layers on and then take them off as appropriate.

That being said: do not wear shorts unless you’re at the beach. Leave your spike heels at home – walking in them on the cobblestone streets is a nightmare. Your gym shoes might be comfortable, but consider leaving them behind as well. Comfortable doesn’t mean having to look like a grandmother, and this is still Italy, you’ll want to look like you at least gave your outfit some thought. Finally, forget the hairdryer: even budget hotels have them.

Hopefully, these fashion tips can help you prepare for the coming season. So dress warm and enjoy spring in Italy!

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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