Remember the innocence of a childhood holiday? There was no utterance of having a #bikinibod, no obligation to document your holiday via IG pics and acts of communication between friends and family would consist simply by a vacation postcard. With the world seeming oh so different now, we’re nearly long for those times as much as we long for a summer getaway.

With pandemic measures relaxing by the week, all's not lost in the hopes of a holibobs. But as with everything in this new normal, the act begs a few questions: is it safe to be travelling now? Will it be worth the two week quarantine after? Will I end up having to sunbathe with a mask on? Amidst these ponderings comes the realisation that we’ve been cooped in one location for too many months; our brains are in need of the stimulation that trying to understand a foreign street sign will give us and we’re craving the experience of cultural differences. So the question remains: to go abroad or not to go abroad?

If these decisions became a little overwhelming, then we’ve got the solution at hand. We’ve done what we do best, and looked into our wardrobes to transport us (in a Narnia-esque fashion) to the destinations we’d rather be, donned head to toe in brands from that country. This week, we’re hero-ing Italy, the home of glamour, and more importantly, gelato. From Vespas in Venice to Aperol Spritzs in Amalfi, Italy is the next destination we’re wanderlusting/wardrobe-lusting over.

In our eyes, a summer exploring Roman ruins, Tuscan hillsides or Venetian boutiques is a summer well spent. Steeped in history to please the culture-buffs, and always cultivating the fashion horizon, Italy is the ideal destination for any millennial whose style takes into account cultural substance.

If you're new to the city famous for its canals, exploring the backstreets of Venice on foot is the only viable option. To truly embrace Venetian culture, these Furlane slippers by ViBi are the shoes to slip on. Born in Venice from two sisters, the Furlane slipper is steeped in Venetian history: the style of the shoe is traditionally worn by the gondolieri to protect their priceless gondolas, and they are rumoured to have been a favourite of the Venetian aristocracy, which were worn whilst sneaking about their chambers. Inspired by the landscape and vibrant colours of Venice itself, their design and colour palette capture the Venetian spirit that draws in travellers year on year. 

Those who wish to take a break from the heat of the city can escape to Venice’s Lido beach, and what better swimsuit is there to wear there than one named after said location? Lido was established in 2017 out of a desire to create practical swimwear for the contemporary woman. With timeless silhouettes that combine form with function, a Lido swimsuit will make a splashing statement on any European beach.

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For beach-cum-town appropriate look, combine your swimsuit with one of these timeless pieces from Solotre, a small Italian designer that has gained national success for its classic silhouettes and minimalist pieces. Starting as a small boutique in Northern Italy, this brand appeals to women everywhere for its wearability in the Mediterranean heat. 

For a more ornate look, look no further than Vivetta. Inspired by Vivetta Ponti’s love for vintage dolls, the designs are feminine and playful with textual details that contrast with the crisp clean lines and tailored silhouettes. These pieces from Vivetta are perfectly suited to the stylish Italian woman – and the wannabes as well! – and adequately suited for cocktail drinking in a boutique bar in Venice, to dinner on a yacht off Capri.


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