Fall Fashion Extravaganza in Rome

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Rome is one of my favorite cities in the world. We decided not to do all the regular tourist haunts this trip, but instead walked through the city shopping and eating.

The fall trends here are practical and stunning.
For outerwear, the short down-filled puffy jacket ruled every store window.
Colors of soft grey and deep eggplant with a fur collar.

And speaking of fur,
chinchilla coats of every color filled the most exquisite stores. Natural colored grey and white were not a surprise. But the colors–fur dyed pink and deep red. Luscious. Oh not a bit practical but so inviting. Dreamy is the adjective that comes to mind.

Hem lengths were lower. Full soft pleated skirts paired with shorter jackets.
The longer jackets also are very popular. Just above the knee and shown with a straight knee-length dress.

Mid-calf cardigans worn with straight jeans and short strong looking booties fill the streets.

One if my favorite trends is the sheath dress. As I always say, this dress is all about the shoes.
If it’s a fuller dress some sort of heel is a requirement.

As we dined here in this historic city, I was reminded of the ease of European women.
Dark skits and scarves thrown easily over simple blouses.

Black, of course, dominates big city life. But here the black is splashed with bold print scarves and bright cross-body bags.

We are off now to the coast. I will let you know how the women are dressing there.

Oh, one last thought.
Fashion is not life.
It’s just the iceing on the cake of life.

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