Legend has it there exists a wondrous place of rolling golden hills, endless shopping opportunities, and vast vineyards where wine is cheaper than water. This magical place is real. This place is called Tuscany. Seriously though, in this enchanting region between Florence and Rome, you can actually buy a bottle of Merlot cheaper than a bottle of Fiji. Now that’s amore. It is a wine-taster’s paradise, particularly in the fall harvest season, and what’s more is that as you travel from town to town and vineyard to vineyard, you’ll not only be absorbing fermented grapey goodness, but also rich Tuscan culture resonant of the Renaissance era. This region is stunning—there’s a reason it inspired much of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. You can see some of the most famous works of these renowned artists throughout the medieval towns and charming piazzas scattered throughout. Beyond, Tuscany has inspired a new wave of artistic prowess by the names of Gucci and Ferragamo, among others (fashion is art. Inarguably). This is la dolce vita at its best.
Italians are inherently chic, therefore the only way to get mistaken for a local (and not a leftover Kimye wedding guest) is by stepping up your sartorial game. Tailoring is key, and wrinkle-free fabrics will have you feeling up to par. Packing tip number one is to layer up. From sightseeing in Florence to strolling Siena, you’re sure to encounter varying temps and terrain that require outfit versatility. Think skinny J Brand jeans and Prada riding boots for a day at the vineyards, with splashes of rich colors in your top, sweater, or accessories to pop amid the gorgeous light that Tuscany is known for. A pair of tortoiseshell sunnies should complete the look. For daytime, we love a fitted, floral dress a la Stealing Beauty. When out to dinner or wine bar-hopping in town, go for a flirty dress and sturdy shoes (cobblestones!) like those to-die-for Valentino brocade floral booties paired with an Iro black leather moto jacket to add some edge. A boho suede Chloe mini will inject some softness into the look as well. Main takeaway is that mostly anything goes in terms of trends, just keep the materials sleek and the looks chic (as always) and bring a layer along to beat the briskness. Whatever vacation style you pack along with you, once you’ve had your first day of perusing artisanal shops, and sipping Sangiovese beneath the cypress trees, you’ll be hooked. Take us back under the Tuscan sun!