On a late night at the beginning of August, I was thumbing through Instagram and landed on a 1990s Vogue editorial. In it, Claudia Schiffer is snapped by Arthur Elgort in a collection of photos that are shot throughout Rome, where the model is taking in the local sights, dining alfresco, and wearing some of the decade’s most iconic looks. It’s a series I’ve seen before and am all too familiar with; in fact, one of the images has been the screensaver on my computer for the past year.
Landing on that image during that 1 a.m. social media dive, though, was all I needed to book an impulsive ticket overseas to Italy. I hadn’t planned any major trips over the summer and took it as a sign to book a flight without overthinking things too much. After all, I’d had Italy on the brain since last spring and knew I had to follow my instincts. Fast-forward a week, and my dad decided to join me on the last-minute trip—and the experience of exploring Italy together is one I’ll never forget.
As a fashion editor, naturally, I thought first about which outfits I’d pack into my suitcase for the getaway. My personal approach is always to wear pieces from my everyday wardrobe, mixed with a few special items picked up with the destination in mind—a formula that always helps me avoid looking like a tourist when I arrive. Ahead, see all the outfits I wore during my eight days in Italy, as well as the incredible spots I visited during my time there.