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Italian Fashion
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A Roman Holiday

La Bella Figura

Italian Fashion on the Internet

Travel Tip

Italian Charms

Enjoying Italian Fashion


A Roman Holiday
Italian fashion for kids

Immerse yourself and emulate the queen of style and grace, Audrey Hepburn. Playing a very serious young princess visiting Rome, she escapes from her official duties and has a chaste but romantic adventure with a handsome newspaper reporter.

You can get hooked on Audrey Hepburn, so I recommend this three CD collection that includes Roman Holiday: The Audrey Hepburn DVD Collection (Roman Holiday...

There are dozens of films that feature Italy, some serious, others silly, i.e. National Lampoon's European Vacation. Many aren't in your local video store or on Amazon, so I suggest Netflix. Use their search feature that is on any page except the home page, and plug in Europe, Italy, and Rome in turn and you'll find plenty of videos to start building familiarity with Italy. Our philosophy is that kids can't enjoy what they are seeing until there is some kind of context. For them Rome, for example, may be just a jumble of buildings, but if your child spots a place where Audrey Hepburn's princess visited or where Chevy Chase's family had a misadventure, that is a context that helps them enjoy the Rome they are visiting. Rent DVDs Online from Netflix - Try it for FREE!


Fashion has been part of the Italian culture since Roman times. Craftspeople from all over the empire came to Rome to provide fine objects and clothing to the wealthy Romans. The Roman aristocrats had sophisticated tastes served by fine goods imported from all across their world.

Today you can see that Italians still pay attention to the latest looks and chic styles. They have a tradition of design that is respected around the world. Observing Italians and their products with design and style in mind is a pleasurable pastime in Italy.

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  • La Bella Figura
   Italian fashion for kids"La bella figura" is an Italian concept that you must always look your best. It translates, more or less, to beautiful image and is a foundation stone of Italian culture. Observe that Italian men and women, regardless of socioeconomic status, appear on the street well-dressed. Seldom will you see a woman without makeup, jewelry or accessories, and perfectly arranged hair.

Take a table in a café on a popular street and watch the people around you and see how nicely they are turned out and how they naturally and artfully seem to stand and sit to look their best. The importance of image is instilled at an early age. Try to be in a popular piazza on Sunday afternoon when the whole family goes for a stroll after a big lunch. You will see children dressed in very fancy outfits. You may even hear Mamma yelling at them to stay clean.

The next phase of your education in Bella Figura is to visit a children's clothing store and find out how much those little outfits cost!

As a cultural aside, notice how many children most families have. Large families were formerly the tradition in Italy, but now the population is actually declining and there are government programs that reward people who have more children.

Enjoy La Bella Figura from these Apartments in the Center of Italian Fashion in Rome

  • Italian Fashion on the Internet
   Italian fashion for kidsThe great Italian fashion houses are known all over the world. How many of these names do you recognize? Versace, Armani, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Trussardi, Ferrè, Fendi, Max Mara, Bottega Veneta, Balestra, Iceberg, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, Krizia, Raffaella, Curiel, Aeffe, Gai Mattiolo, and Marina Rinaldi.

Inspiration for your own fashion career might come from this site which provides the address for each house and history of the founder.

While in Italy, load up on gorgeous fashion magazines. When you are in Italy, visit a street side newsstand and buy a few.

The link below to La Dolce Vita Fashion has great information on the history of Italian Fashion. Did you know that Fendi was established in 1918? If you want to shop for high fashion, even just window shop, go to their pages called the Streets of Fashion and print out the little maps to take with you.

Italian Fashion Tips...

  • Travel Tip
   Italian fashion for kidsTravel tip: Window shop and compare the clothes you see with what is available in your town. Make a mental note of what seems new and different then watch for a version of that style to show up in your stores in a season or two.

If you are shopping for Italian fashion to take home, consider shoes, jewelry, and accessories. I believe that unless you run in very dressy circles, the Italians clothing styles tend not to work elsewhere, it takes several years for them to reach stores in other countries and by then the fashions have been modified. But a great purse, scarf, sweater or pair of shoes can work very well.

Compare shoe prices

  • Italian Charms
   Italian fashion for kidsHave you seen the Italian Charm Bracelets? They stretch like metal watch bands to fit nicely on your wrist. You can even wear several bracelets at the same time without tangling. They don't make noise or poke or snag like dangly charm bracelets. All the charms fit together no matter what company made them, so you can buy your starter before you go and then collect a charm everywhere you go in Italy. They come in small and large sizes suitable for men. There are charms for anything you are interested it and you can, of course, mix and match. I think this is a great way to collect travel souvenirs in a form that you will be able to wear immediately. As you show your bracelets from your trip to your friends, they will help you remember each place you collected a charm.

Discount Italian Charms - Save 30-50% on select Italian charms at JJ Kent Italian Charm Bracelets.

  • Enjoying Italian Fashion
   Italian fashion for kidsFor me, enjoying Italian fashion is like enjoying art in a museum. The prices are out of my reach, never mind that levis are more appropriate to most of my outings. That doesn't prevent me or you from visiting the fashion stores and even putting together an imaginary wardrobe.

The heart of Italian fashion is in Milan, but you can find a splendid array of stores in Florence and in Rome near the Piazza di Spagna. The window displays are real art. You will also be able to see what is offered in that store. Most stores specialize and offer only a single kind of product. The couture stores, such as Armani, showcase the entire collection, giving the viewer the complete experience of that designer.

Put on a nice outfit so you feel like you belong in the stores. Don't rush yourself, but give yourself time to rest at a bar and order a refreshing beverage (see the Barista Newsletter about beverages) and watch the world go by.

Another way to enjoy an element of Italian fashion is to visit fabric stores and notions shops (Mercerie). You can enjoy the sumptuous fabrics, maybe buy a piece to take home, even an remnant. And in the Merceria, you will find an array of buttons, bindings, cords, and tassels beyond your imagining. Look for something to use to make your own fashions.

This book, Italian Chic: The Italian Approach to Elegance, will prepare you to understand and appreciate the many well-dressed Italian women you will see in Italy. You may find some fashion ideas that you can use, too.

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  • Who are you? Who are we?
   Who are you? Thank you very much for providing information about the composition of your family when you signed up for this newsletter. I just pulled a report and here are statistics about the ages of the children among the Discover Italy subscribers:

32% of the children are ages 5-8

40% are 9-12

20% are 13-16

7% are over 16

This information and your feedback is very helpful in planning future newsletters.

Who are we? Our extended family travels to Europe from the US almost every year. We have kids that range from age 2 to 21 with interests from fashion to bugs to cars and on and on. My generation of six sisters lived in Italy for up to 8 years when we were young and we have all gone back many times. We all contribute ideas to this newsletter that I, the scribe and travel agent of the group edit. To help keep the kids the amused on a family reunion in Italy three years ago, I put together the prototype of the Italy Discovery Journal. It has evolved into the little book that I advertise in this newsletter. You can purchase a $6.99 eBook and print it yourself, even selecting which pages you want, or we've done the printing and assembly for you (with the use of kid power) and sell the books for $17.99 plus shipping.


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