Here I am in Rome, in the cutest apartment just meters from St. Peters Basilica, wondering what people in Rome wear in the heat of summer. Colors, apparently. Darling leather 1″ heeled sandals. Silks and linens. Whites. It’s increasingly obvious who is Italian and who is a tourist. I hate looking like a tourist, but I think there is just something so…..Italian, that no matter what I wear, I just won’t be able to grasp. That isn’t going to stop me from trying. When I started planning what to pack for a European summer vacation, comfortable dresses that required little maintenance (ironing!) were at the top of my list. Rome in July can be both beautiful and sweltering – sometimes it’s the luck of the draw. It was consistently in the low nineties (or mid 30s if you prefer Celsius) and I was grateful for my little silk slips that helped keep me as cool as possible.
The strap on my favorite pair of sandals has broken, so I’m moving onto these inexpensive but perfect-for-the-job gladiator-esque sandals from Old Navy (apropos for Rome, no?!) This little white swing dress from Old Navy is super chic, comfortable and affordable (plus it hides all the things – like all the pasta morning noon and night, and all the pastries!) Add in a pop of color with a red necklace and smile and suddenly I’m feeling less touristy (so I hope.)