Would I Wear it in Italy?

I was looking for a password the other day and came across a ‘mantra’ from the before times – ‘would I wear it in Italy’? I planned on using that mantra each time I made a clothing purchase.  I love how Italian women put themselves together (our Italian friends pictured above). 

My observations of what I have seen on Italian women of a ‘certain age’:

  • Ankle pants (never knit), occasionally jeans
  • Nice tee shirts, polo shirts, or other tops
  • Lots of monochromatic looks
  • Cardigans around their shoulders in case it gets chilly
  • Quilted jackets, not puffy coats
  • Scarves
  • A great handbag
  • Sport shoes, such as Hogans
  • Signature (not statement) jewelry – pearls, bracelets
  • Fashionable sunglasses

Note – I haven’t been to Italy in the winter for years, so I can’t comment on winter fashion.

Well, times have changed since the pandemic! My new clothing mantra is probably something like, ‘would this still be comfortable after several hours of tv and a nap and can I order it?’ 

In addition to watching tv, my clothes now need to work for:

  • Getting the mail
  • Putting the dog out
  • A walk around the neighborhood
  • A quick trip to the grocery store
  • Drive through coffee and dining
  • Zooming with friends

The bar couldn’t be lower…

Tina Fey

Since we received our second dose of COVID 19 vaccine, I am probably going to have to up my game and add one more criterion – would this work for a trip inside Starbucks?

I’ll be back on Friday,



One thought on “Would I Wear it in Italy?

  1. Allene, I love reading your blog, always! This one is particularly dear to my heart since our travels together in Italy, oh so long ago! Love all your comments/thoughts and the necklace in this photo! xo


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