Italians are hugely into fashion and always like to look their best no matter what the occasion. They are fussy dressers and follow the latest fashion trends. They almost always wear good quality clothing, you rarely see a scruffily dressed Italian. However not all Italians can afford expensive clothes, but they do have a knack at putting outfits together (even if they are not always to the taste of other nationalities) and are always well presented.
Dressing in General
- When going out always dress smartly, women are expected to wear a little make-up and some jewellery as this is considered polite.
- Do not dress scruffily as this is considered uncouth, especially in a public place.
- For special events dress to impress.
- With regard to fashion trends, the more up-to-date one’s clothes are, the more highly one is socially regarded by Italians.
- Italians regularly judge people on their clothes; if your clothes are shabby, you will automatically be judged to be lower-class or at least to have poor taste. Italians often dress to convey their social status.
- When visiting churches in Italy, ensure that you are suitably dressed as it is considered offensive to have bare-backs, chests, knees and shoulders on show. In some churches you may not even be allowed in.
Dressing for Work
- You must dress well for your work. Inappropriate clothing in the workplace is frowned upon and may result in your boss asking you to change your attire in the future.
- You are expected to be smartly dressed regardless of where you work. As for jewellery, less is more elegant.
- For women, miniskirts, t-shirts, and shorts are not generally considered appropriate for the workplace.