When You Aim For Italian Glamour And End Up Looking Like A Pirate

Retro Italian-Inspired Fashion [www.whatkumquat.com] Retro Italian-Inspired Fashion [www.whatkumquat.com]I recently binge-watched the entire second season of Master of None in a grand total of two days (and people say bloggers have no talent) with no context re: what happened in season one. Or even what the show was about.

The reason? I had read an article that briefly mentioned the timeless Italian style showcased via this season’s female lead, Francesca. This followed hotly on the heels of an article I had written for the esteemed journalistic publication that you are currently gracing with your eyeballs about our weird obsession with French style. Which led me to wonder, Carrie Bradshaw-style, about the sartorial personalities of other countries.

England is a unique combination of classic sophistication and grungey street style. Sweden favours minimalist, monochrome styles. We all know France = a breton shirt and a baguette (the hottest accessory since the straw bag). When I think of India, I think of colour and vibrant patterns. And Italy? Italy is simple, glamorous, and generally worn by a woman who in my head looks like a mashup of Sofia Loren and Monica Vitti.

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While I know this is another sweeping generalization made that definitely does not reflect the real diversity of the country —I know this because I grew up in Rome, and for every wine glass-wielding chic woman clad in all black there was another two steps behind her dressed in a pink velour tracksuit— it’s a style I’m much more drawn to than its French counterpart. It helps that it’s extremely conducive to my pre-existing wardrobe of all black clothing items.

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So, feeling inspired by that and particularly by this Francesca look from the opening episode of Master of None, I set out to recreate something that was simple and wearable for everyday but had that tiny element of sneaky elegance that would elevate it from something ordinary to something a bit reminiscent of a past era.

The look aspired to: timeless Italian glamour à la Dolce Vita. The look achieved: part-time pirate with an affinity for breezy linens.

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In pursuit of a Francesca-approved outfit I discovered my new favourite way to wear a button down (with the sleeves rolled up past elbow length) and also discovered a few new blisters due to my stylish yet extremely uncomfortable choice of footwear.

I tucked in a navy linen button down into some simple black trousers and matched the aforementioned shoes from some kind of hell to my shirt. But my fave part of all would have to be the bag. I came into possession of this treasure c/o my grandmother’s house, and I love how 20s/30s it looks. It’s the type of thing that I imagine would be perfect to bring to a café where I would sit alone and sip an espresso, wistfully staring off into the distance whilst contemplating my failed relationship with a man named Jean-Claude who stole my baguettes and left me for a Spanish woman, the bastard. 

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  1. Only started following recently but I feel like I need to catch up on all of the previous posts because they’re so fun 🙂
    Like talking to a friend about style

  2. I love this outfit on you! THANK YOU for reminding me season 2 of this show is out!!

    xoxo A

  3. I really love the scarf, it is such an elegant look

  4. The title of this post cracked me up!!! Hahaha you do not look like a pirate – you look so pretty! I love the scarf and your top especially!

  5. Stop girl, I think you look fabulous!!

    Xx Taylor

  6. Dying over your title. I don’t see a pirate! I totally love how scarfs look like in your hair. Love it actually!

  7. I love that your bag was a family heirloom- it’s sweet that you get to bring a piece of heritage with you when you’re out and about!

  8. You look great! I can see a little pirate, but mostly Italian glam!

  9. I LOVED this last season of Master of None!! SO good! you look amazing as usual!

  10. You look super fab in this! And even though you feel like you look like a part-time pirate, it’s definitely the chicest (is that a word?) pirate look I’ve seen!!

  11. Michelle Paige

    Omg you look so cute! I absolutely love this outfit. And Master of None is so great!!

  12. The title of this outfit is so cute hahaha I love the look though!!! it look amazing for some pirate inspo xD

  13. This look is definitely chic and Italian-inspired! I love the neutral button-down tucked into black denim.

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  14. lovelysilvia

    This is such a good look! I love how you styled your bandana.

  15. Love the look! I need to give a headgear a try!

  16. I’ve never seen this show but I’ll definitely have to check it out. I’m loving this look on you too!

  17. This look is so cute! My husband loves Master of None!

  18. This outfit was so cute- I love your headscarf. It adds such a fun pop of color


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