Trying to Be Stylish Abroad

Italy outfits escape live travel

I consider myself a planner. I love to plan for trips. I make clothing lists, site-seeing lists, hotel/stay detail lists, and detailed itineraries before all of my trips. I wasn’t able to plan for my Italy trip nearly as much as I would have liked since I had a final due 3 days before leaving and I was more worried about Lar than figuring out travel details. Nevertheless, I put a decent amount of studying time thinking about what clothes I’d want to wear in Italy. I established a color palette (navy blue, white, and neon green) and was able to fit all of my clothes in a small-ish hiking backpack.

Even with a limited wardrobe, I imaged that I would be flitting about Italy looking elegant, non-touristy and well-traveled. Ha! How naive I was! How did I think $10 Old Navy tanks would equal elegance?! Also, why did I think summer would be magically cooler in Italy?!

I mentioned how hot I was in my Venice post. Well, it didn’t get any cooler in Florence, Rome or Tivoli. So I spent most of my vacation trying to stay as cool as possible. I only wore my jeans on the plane and I only wore my ankle denim in the mornings. Otherwise, I was in tank tops and shorts 90 percent of the time. The only exception was the one dress I packed that became a travel favorite:

Italy outfits favorite dress
 The dress is from Lulu’s two years ago and has pretty much fallen apart since I wore and washed it 5 times in Italy. Still, it was great because it didn’t wrinkle easily and there was the NVSS (no visible sweat stain) factor – I know, I’m sorry, it’s gross.

Accessory details: Fjallraven backpack (my new favorite bag) • Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses • r-ki-tekt necklace • Stella & Dot scarf (I bought a matching one for Lar)

When Troy met up with me in Florence, I tried to make an effort and wore a skirt – by midday I had changed back into shorts. Sorry, Troy!

Italy outfit neon green and navy blue
Outfit details: Bobi tank from Squash Blossom Boutique • Asos lace skirt (Lar has the coral version) • Falsi Gioielli necklace purchased in Florence (we’ll be blogging about that wonderful shop shortly) • Birkenstocks purchased in Venice

If I had one outfit to sum up my Italy wardrobe it would be, I’m ashamed to say, the one below: a tank top and shorts. I look like I’m supposed to be on the beach – not exploring an Italian city – but I wasn’t ashamed at the time, just really, really hot and sweaty.

Italy Outifts shorts and a tee
 Outfit details: C & C California tank • Target belt (old) • Paige Denim shorts

Below is the $10 Old Navy tank I alluded to earlier. I packed one in white and navy blue. They’re super soft and perfect for hot weather, but I felt so. . . American wearing them.

Italy Outfits white tank
 Outfit details: J.Crew denim • TOMs shoes • Jami bracelet • Campers sandals from Sq/Ft Boutique

I wore my trusty Havaianas the whole time I was at the villa in Tivoli. It was heavenly – and not stylish as all ;)

Italy outfits flippy flops

If I had to do it all again (packing for the trip I mean), I would have invested in some non torn-up shorts, packed more summer dresses, and purchased a pair of comfy leather sandals ahead of time. Also, I would have packed about 100 gallons of bug repellent. All things to keep in mind for my return trip someday!

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Dearest Lar,

Even though you were officially convalescing on the trip, you were about a million times more stylishly dressed than I was. I wish I had thought to purchase some knit summer dresses and flow-y blouses like you did. I know you never believe me when I say/write this, but you are infinitely more stylish than I am. Next time I’ll just let you buy and pack for me, okay?

Love you so!

xoxo, Cath

 

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13 Responses to “Trying to Be Stylish Abroad”

  1. laura Says:

    Oh Cath you are always stylish! I would have definitely been a lot sloppier looking in that heat!

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    AsianCajuns Reply:

    Ha! No you wouldn’t! I’ve been following too long to know that you can absolutely not look sloppy!

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  2. Kate Styled Pretty Says:

    Packing for vacation can be difficult because you want to be stylish but also practical too! I struggle with this all the time! Great looks!
    xoxo-Kate Styled Pretty

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    AsianCajuns Reply:

    Thanks Kate! It’s good to know I’m not alone!

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  3. Lisa Says:

    If it makes you feel any better, I look terrible when I travel for long stretches. I basically back as many T-shirts and changes of underwear as I can, along with sensible shoes and one cardigan for when I’m cold. :P

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    AsianCajuns Reply:

    That’s absolutely what i’m doing next time!

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  4. estherjulee Says:

    haha i don’t blame you. i think i visited italy around the same time last year and i couldn’t believe how hot it was. so many places didn’t have AC either. took that for granted for sure.

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    AsianCajuns Reply:

    Oh goodness, me too! I’m so spoiled as an American. I didn’t think people still went without AC when it got so hot!

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  5. Snapshot Fashion Says:

    NVSS! hahahaha! you crack me up!

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  6. AsianCajuns Lar Says:

    Cath, what you say is toottallly untrue! You are way more fashionable! And you forget the amount of time I spent in my pug-patterned pj shorts (only one pic from the trip to show my outfit-of-choice ;D).
    Also, remember the villa was deliciously cooool compared to Venice or Florence or Rome — if I had traipsed around Venice for hours in 90 degree heat and terrible humidity, I would NOT have looked chic for a minute and there would be very VSS ;D

    I am so glad we managed to get to the villa. I think my heart would have broken if I didn’t get to see you until Christmas.

    Still — miss you like mad/that wasn’t long enough!!!

    xoxoxox,
    Lar

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  7. issa Says:

    ADORE you ladies!!! looks like you gals had fun in Italy!!

    -issa @ wewearthings.com

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  8. WendyB Says:

    Looks like a great trip! I haven’t been to Italy in years, now I’m dying to go back.

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  9. Jeanie Says:

    I love that your colour palette was navy, white, and neon green! The first time I went to Rome, I was silly enough to wear heels sightseeing in the middle of summer. I had to buy a pair of warm weather clogs (!!!) just to navigate back through the cobblestone.

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