Style is not restricted to only our shoes, our handbag, or our outfit. Style encompasses the way we carry ourselves, how we speak, and well, how we do just about all that we do. I find it very interesting that Italians commonly use a couple of words to refer to giving a bad impression: “brutta figura.”
From my observations every time I have visited Italy and up to last week’s trip to Milan, I am eternally impressed with the way Italians avoid a brutta figura calamity.
Italian dress exhibits exceptional attention to detail. Likewise, the way Italians carry out daily life is infused with style, as you see in the flourishes of chocolate powder on a cappuccino which must be drunk standing up. I am particularly charmed when I see Italians getting around on bicycle, Vespa, or motorcycle dressed in practically the same manner as if they were being chauffeured around in a towncar.
Yes, among Italians, it seems second nature to steer clear of brutta figura disasters. Don’t you agree that the Milanese pictured above exude style from head to foot…to wheels?
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