Marcus Kirby
by Published on October 6, 2019

Ever since I took a trip to Venice a few summers ago, I can’t get Italy off the brain—the walks through centuries-old squares, those late afternoons sipping an Aperol spritz, or the dreamy golden color of the sky at last sunlight. I’ve even been rewatching films like Call Me By Your NameThe Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Godfather on repeat just to get a taste of Italy from home. But as a fashion editor, it’s only natural that all of those daydreams of Tuscany and Capri have put my mind in a state of Italian fashion inspiration. So I decided to put those impulses into action by giving myself an Italian-style makeover over on my Instagram, @kristenmarienichols, without even leaving L.A.

To me, the natural place to start was with pieces from Ciao Lucia—a California-based brand that fuses a cool-girl sensibility with Italian Riviera vibes. According to the brand, they “like to envision a girl at a beautiful seaside hotel in Europe, tanning by the water, taking long afternoon strolls, and having lengthy dinners with friends.” And yes, that is exactly what I was after. So without hopping across the Atlantic, I slipped into some of the brand’s Italian girl–inspired pieces, envisioned that hot Italian sun for myself, and felt a little bit like Monica Bellucci. If you’re interested in trying this for yourself, I will warn you that it’s now only fueling my impulse to book a trip to Amalfi. Ahead, see the Italian-inspired outfits I wore and shop each of the pieces.

I can’t say I’ve ever worn a swimsuit top out to dinner before if I hadn’t already spent a day at the beach, but I’ve turned a corner after this one. The silk top, fastened with just one hook, seems to me like the way Italian women would interpret this season’s crop tops. And the simple white bandeau swimsuit top was the perfect layer to add underneath. Next time, I’ll be wearing this outfit in Italy with a matching silk skirt—and with a plate of Scialatelli.

This is where I really leaned into the Italian style inspiration. Pairing a tied button-down blouse with a leopard slip skirt and piling on the gold jewelry, I felt a tiny bit like the iconic Monica Bellucci.

As you might be able to tell, I love trying out different fashion trends for myself. Recently, I also tried one of the next big swimsuit trends for this summer.

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