Author: Enrica Guidato

Erica Guidato, a fashion designer, is the head of the fashion department and professor at the Santa Reparata International School of Art. You can reach her at style@theflorentine.net.
October 1, 2015
LIFESTYLE

Gender-free fashion in Florence

Although Florence seems a timeless city, styles change rapidly in tune with changes in culture. The latest cultural shift has to do with gender. Womenswear has long taken inspiration from menswear. But men are now turning the tables and doing some gender bending of their own. This trend, which began
September 10, 2015
LIFESTYLE

Dress in denim!

With beach days behind us, we’re back to daily life in Florence, ready to start the fall season in style with a classic staple that’s trendier than ever right now: denim. The word ‘denim’ derives from the French city of Nimes—the blue
April 30, 2015
LIFESTYLE

What to wear in Florence in late spring

Spolverini are making a comeback this season. Made in soft fabrics like viscose, cotton and silk, these light jackets are a wardrobe staple for the Florentine spring and into the early days of summer.  The term derives from the Italian verb spolverare, which translates as ‘dust off.’
April 2, 2015
LIFESTYLE

Cheeky chic

This spring, you are most likely seeing accessories with a particularly playful look. Luxury items especially have taken a toy-like turn, featuring food, cartoons, animals and funny objects with a boldness that recalls surreal art. As the current season’s ‘base’ aesthetic becomes more streamlined, such
March 5, 2015
LIFESTYLE

French flair in Florence

The coming weeks will continue to bring unpredictable weather, from days that feel like November to those that seem to hold the promise of summer. The adage ‘When in Rome, do  as the Romans do’ is an especially apt one to follow when dressing for the mezza
February 5, 2015
LIFESTYLE

From Pitti: Pretty powerful

First comes the hairstyle, and then everything else follows!   Of course, when Coco Chanel cut her hair short in the early twentieth century, it heralded women’s emancipation from the confining garments of centuries past. When short haircuts for women made a comeback a few years ago, it
December 4, 2014
LIFESTYLE

Get the holiday look!

In winter, Florence sparkles as the city gets ‘dressed up’ for the season. Lights, trees and ribbons line the streets, while stores call to us with irresistibly glittering window displays. The holidays are a time for friends and family, but also to dress more formally and pull out
November 6, 2014
LIFESTYLE

Accessory to Florence

Today’s fashion is all about accessories. Style is going in a simpler direction, so the pieces we choose to complete our look make all the difference.   Here are a few must-haves for fall. Bags are tiny: clutches, small crossbody or mini shoulder bags are in. Along
October 2, 2014
LIFESTYLE

Underdress to impress

Fall trends are still nodding toward ‘90s minimalism, and the current understated approach is changing our concept of luxury. This season, it’s all about clean cuts and simple shapes in the storefront displays and on the street-style stars.   Here are the latest womenswear trends: tops
September 11, 2014
LIFESTYLE

Season swapping

‘Non ci sono più le mezze stagioni’ (‘there are no more mid-seasons’) is an old Italian saying meaning that we are going from summer to winter and back, without the smoothing influence of spring and fall.   That saying certainly applies to fashion this year, as swings in temperature have affected the season-centred fashion industry, […]