The Italian Style Diaries | San Gimignano

Friday 6 September 2019

Italian style is all about maximalism and excess, so when in Rome (or Tuscany...) what better place to flirt with a new style?

I'm normally more of a fan of sleek shapes, clean lines and smooth cuts, but I decided to experiment with a new style phenomenon on my holidays - the slutty maxi dress. Oh yes.

Apparently the answer to many summer woes, this style of dress combines a loose, tent like shape with cut-outs, a plunging neckline or a high slit to mitigate the modesty of swathes of fabric - and I'll admit its a formula that I like.

There's nothing better than being covered up while flashing an unlikely erogenous zone (see: shoulder cut-outs) for the ultimate in low-effort, high-impact style.

And who doesn't want that combination on holiday, when the most important agenda should be sipping an Aperol Spritz in the sunshine?

Powder blue patterned cold shoulder maxi dress  | Rebecca Minkoff
Tan leather belt | Paul Smith
'Covet Waverley' leather bag | Stella & Dot
Perspex studded strap flat sandals | Asos
Black framed sunglasses | Chanel

Having recently discovered the liberating joys of the tent dress, I wasn't about to give it up for my holidays, so this super floaty little number worked really well, and gave me a fitting sense of grandeur as I was sweeping around my villa in the Italian countryside that is sadly absent from my day to day existence as a busy working mum.

I've never been a fan of maxi dresses before, even though I'm tall and supposedly well suited to them, but I'm slowly starting to see their magic.

As the dress is a statement in itself, I chose my lowest key sandals, these 'invisible' perspex strapped beauties. A tan leather belt cinched the voluminous dress in a bit and created more shape, and I grabbed my ultra-soft Covet Waverley bag to finish off the look.

It was perfect for a day spent strolling around the hilltop town of San Gimignano, famed for its skyline pierced by multiple fourteenth century towers, built by competing noblemen.

Obviously, I was focused on eating my body weight in gelato during the course of the holiday, and San Gimignano is home to the reigning world champions, so it would have been rude not to try their wares - I had a saffron and honey concoction which was nothing short of sublime, and the ideal food for a day spent dreamily wafting around in powder blue chiffon.

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