The number one thing I remember about visiting Rome in college is that I was very concerned with what I’d wear, because I was told that Romans looked great, always, no matter how hot it got.
The number two thing I remember about visiting Rome (after the sights, of course — you gotta see the sights) was that there was something about the city that seemed to imbue its pedestrians with confidence and humor, which then translated to what they wore, no matter if I’d wear it or not. Maybe it’s because those who visit Rome seek beauty, so they bring beauty with them. Maybe it’s because when you look up and spin around you’re made dizzy by ancient grandeur. Maybe it’s because there were so many people from all over the world that to single out a city native would be unproductive — so what I did instead was single out interesting outfits.
The same musings came back as I clicked through the selection that Simon Chetrit shot for Man Repeller. That girl in the red-and-white tiered dress with the bike? (Note to self: find white flats.) She looks like she’s lived in Rome forever to me. So does that man in the pink blazer. (Another important shopping note.) If he’s not a born-and-bred Roman, maybe he just came over from men’s fashion week. Slide six, the girl in the ivory dress, see how she makes it look so easy? Is she a visitor from elsewhere who came in proud, her aesthetic established, and then used the Roman light as her final-touch accessory?
The answer isn’t so important, I suppose, when it’s the inspiration that’s the takeaway. Join me then, won’t you? Cue up the playlist below, hop aboard my Vespa and off we go on a Roman holiday.