I arrived in Florence about 2 weeks ago and will be staying until May 12. Florence is a beautiful city that is known for the birth of the Renaissance and has history around every corner. Florence is full of students studying abroad but it does not seem that way unless you go to one of the famous pubs in the city. The culture here is hard to grasp because I am not used to it.
I have a few examples of things I have learned here.
1. Making eye contact with Italian men in Florence says you are interested in them, and is like giving them an invitation to come talk to you.
2. There is no Starbucks or people walking around with their coffees. Very few places will let you get an espresso or cappuccino to go.
3. People do not politely move to the side when walking past another person on the street, they will walk right into you.
4. There are no big pizzas. Everything is individual or can be shared between two people.
5. Our apartment has a washer but no dryer; many Italians do not use dryers.
6. We have shutters outside our windows that we close to block the sunlight instead of shades.
7. They have two different kinds of plugs; one that you need to get an adapter for. It is on the microwave, straighteners and blow dryers.
8. You need a key to lock and open each door. We have gotten locked in our apartment before.
9. Walls are paper thin.
10. Drivers do not obey traffic laws or yield to pedestrians
Also, I would like to reintroduce myself; some of you may remember me. My name is Emily Luppino and I contributed several street fashion posts over the summer of some New York City fashion. Well, I’m now 4,162 miles away in Florence, Italy and wanted to share with all of you Lovelies the kind of fashion I see over here everyday. I am living in the western area of the city near the Arno river and a block away from the train station.
My goal is to capture the style of study abroad students and how they dress while living in Florence. Female students do not walk around in sweat pants, college sweatshirts or sorority letters. Italians have a simple elegant style that most girls here try to portray as well.
Lovelyish asks: Do you usually dress in the Italian style (simple elegant style) or in the American style (sweatpants and sweatshirts)?