Italian women have perfected the art of revealing the right amount of skin, just enough to be both alluring and elegant. It’s not as much a question of how much skin you reveal – though surface area certainly plays a part – as how and what you reveal. Knowing the tradition your style trend comes from is especially important. Any piece that’s particularly ose’ (extreme high heels / cutout fabric / laced-up anything) should be a counterpoint to the outfit, rather than a total look that screams central casting for a Marquis de Sade biopic. Likewise, revealing skin haphazardly, all over the body, ventures into the land of deshabille…
…an 18th and 19th century costume trend founded on the notion that there’s something understandably erotic about clothes in the process of coming off (shown in the John Singer Sargent portrait, and vintage postcard, above). Italian girls steer far clear of that territory, and are mindful about the skin – perfectly tanned, sleek, and moisturized in the summer – that they show.
The Front Row View has a perfect example of a black & white romper ensemble that manages to be demure but trendy. The rules for baring skin are simple:
- Balance bare skin with covered skin – in clear favor of covered skin
- When daring to bare, keep clothes at a comfortable fit (not too tight)
- Make the reveal purposeful, and in contrast to the rest of your outfit
- And most importantly
Choose only one from the first list to uncover:
- Hips or midriff
And one from the second, to emphasize:
- Lots of leg
And that’s it! Italian style is mindful, balanced sexiness. The perfect way to keep cool, crisp, and glamorous this summer.
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