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 stagione months. In Florence, this means dressing in layers while adding touches of typical French charme.
At the base of the layers are distressed jeans, often in boyfriend cuts, or bell-bottomed 1970s-inspired silhouettes. For tops, the reigning aesthetic for the season is romantic but bold, very bon-ton but intense—in a word, French: think striped sailor shirts in red, blue or black stripes on white. The seasonal florals evoke the 1920s, and the standout colors are blues, lilacs and beiges. The final touch of bold color to add to this spring look is red: pointy red pumps and red lips. For a go-to jacket that makes a great springtime staple, opt for either a short leather blouson or a long, boxy, light coat. Then top everything off with an elegant silk foulard scarf.