What I Wore to Ferrara ox-blood and fucsia!

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The Reason I Dressed

 

We had planned to go to Ferrara last weekend, the beautiful and historic city that has its Centre protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  We kept our plans, even though we had spent the morning at an unexpected funeral.

Funerals in this part of Italy are NOTHING like the funerals in Canada by Italian immigrants.  Few people wear black, people were even in jeans, and I was easily over-dressed.  I asked my husband what to wear and he said “jeans” , but I just couldn’t do it!  I didn’t want to wear black either, especially since he told me NO ONE wears black aside from the close family.  So I opted for a dark burgundy (or often referred to as ox-blood (even though this color reference totally grosses me out) skirt, a fucsia knit, capped sleeve sweater and kitten heeled sandals.

After the funeral, we paid our respects to the family and then were on our way to spend the rest of the day and evening in Ferrara.

 

 

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Ferrara

Ferrara is about a 50 minute drive from Modena, easily accessible by train from Bologna, Modena or any of the major cities in this area.   I’m on a mission to try and really understand the history behind the nobel families that once reigned over this part of Italy.  There is just too much history for me to be able to process it all, even though I find it fascinating. The architecture that is now solely appreciated from an aesthetic perspective, once served a purpose! To think that the Castle is where the Duke actually lived, and the moat wasn’t created just to make the castle “look authentic” but because it served the purpose of protecting from intruders!

 

Ferrara is surrounded by an ancient wall built during the 15th and 16th century, and as you enter into the city it is the first thing you notice, stepping into its walls is like stepping back in time since the entire city centre is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I plan on visiting Ferrara a few more times, because it is home to some of the most important temporary art exhibits in this part of Italy.  I’ll also get around to posting a bit more from this visit including the bike photographs I took to give you an idea of what you can see in just one afternoon!  One thing you’ll notice in Ferrara is that the chosen method of transportation is a bicycle!

 

The streets are FILLED with people on two wheels, thanks to its large, flat streets, that are not only great for cyclers but also for strollers!

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What I Wore

I bought these sandals in Paris a few years ago at a designer sample sale.  They are so unique with their triangular angled toe and wooden sole….I just had to have them!  I should tell you in advance that they are impossible to find online and off line, but I did manage to gather some info about them.  The brand is PJUX and they are handmade in Spain and designed by Dane Agneta Rautio who works with vegetable tanned chrome-free leather and sustainably sourced materials.

I’ve learned to buy what I love and I’m much more driven to buy based on design and not brand name now.  Lately, I keep looking for interesting pieces because I’m suffering from serious trend fatigue, steering clear of anything that will become “tired” and “old” after one season.  I’ve had these for at least 4 years, and whenever I manage to wear them I always feel confident.  Here I styled them with pants and a bright orange t-shirt.

 

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My top is by the Italian brand Stefanel, which you can find online and discounted here!  The quality of this brand is incredible, and they are known throughout Europe for their delicate knits and sweaters, fun outerwear and jumpsuits! You’ve seen me in a few different Stefanel things, like my fuzzy, hand-knit bomber jacket worn here and here, my geo-trousers, my knit short-sleeved ruched top or my oversized robe coat worn here.

 

What I’m trying to say, is I own A LOT of nice things from Stefanel, and all of them are high-quality items I’ve never gotten tired of!

 

 

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I was trying to survive the whole summer wearing what I already own.  I went through a good cleaning of my wardrobe and realized I have SO MUCH STUFF, and I really don’t need anything.  I vowed to buy nothing, but alas, at the Antique Market a few weeks back I caved!  I bought these amazing vintage sunglasses, a purse and a necklace. I don’t need them, but I want them!

 

My bag is by the Italian brand Toty, you can buy directly from them and they’re offing all Reasons to Dress readers a special offer as well (read all about it here!).  My wrap skirt is by the brand Sisley, which is basically the older sister of Benetton.  There’s no split, but since it is a wrap it shows just the right amount of leg when I walk….unless of course I walk like this:

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Today I really have to start packing for our vacation to the beach. Please send me your good vibes so that I actually get started, instead of doing what I usually do, leaving it ’til the absolute last minute, not sleeping the night before and leaving the house late 🙁  I’m going to try and find some time to write a post (which I ì’d like to turn into a series) about the tradition, here in Emilia Romagna, of going to the beach in June alone with kids!

 

Happy Wednesday and feel free to tell me about a skirt you still manage to wear even though you bought it in the 90s.  I’m seriously starting to appreciate things that last!

 

 

 

REASONS TO DRESS

 

 

 

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  • I HAVE to have this skirt. It looks like the perfect year round skirt (and I pretty much live in dresses and skirts!). Have so SO much fun at the beach and think of us in Rome – dying in the heat and thunderstorms! August holiday can’t come quick enough!

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    • You know for some reason I thought you were already on vacation! I will try to blog from the beach….strangely I always seem to have more time when I’m not at home doing laundry, cooking and cleaning. I’m a little worried about being the 24 hour toddler care person, last year it seemed easier and all of a sudden now I’m exhausted at 7 pm, so we’ll see how much energy I have.

      As for the skirt….I think you’re my size, let’s do a clothing swap!!

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  • I love these pictures! I’ve always wanted to see Italy – I lived in the UK for a year and while I was there made it to Prague and Paris, but not Italy. Definitely on the bucket list 🙂 Love the colour combo in your outfit!

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    • Thank you so much for coming by Katie. I still haven’t been to Prague, it is on my bucket list for one thing a PUPPET SHOW!!!

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  • Whoa–I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this color combo before but I love it! And the texture of your top is really cool, it definitely adds to the outfit!

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    • You know I was a little worried that it didn’t actually “work” and that I’m the only one that liked this color combo, but I felt so great wearing it!

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  • Such a cute outfit! I love the two fucsias together

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  • Jeans at a funeral is weird. I wouldn’t have been able to wear them either. Love your outfit, especially the skirt. Wrap skirts are awesome.

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    • YES! So glad you commented on that. I know. Jeans at a funeral IS WEIRD. It was all very informal and much more relaxed than I would have ever thought.

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  • I love that top and Ferrara looks amazing. That bakery is gorgeous. Seems strange to not wear black at a funeral though

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  • Wow thanks for letting us take a peak at your great vacay! And what a great ensemble…..love the color mix. Will be following you at Twitter….hope you could do as well!!!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  • Ha! I love the picture of you walking funny!

    I loved Ferrara – we were just there for the day as well (we stayed in Modena for a week to do some exploring) I thought the moat was so cool!

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  • Love this color combination! I wore a similar color combo recently and really liked the tone-on-tone. And wow, jeans to a funeral?! I couldn’t do it, either. But I also grew up in the southern half of the U.S., and I would choose “overdressed” rather than ” underdressed” any day of the week. Visiting from the “Look What I Got” link-up 🙂

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

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  • nellers

    The color combination is great. And I love all the photos you shared.

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  • ADA

    You look gorgeous in these shades of cranberry and magenta, Angie, Love the skirt and shoes. Awesome pictures too.

    Welcome by sometimes. Thanks, Ada. =)

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  • Nicole Layne

    I really like this color combination and it looks great on you! Italy looks so beautiful. I would love to explore some of the smaller towns in Italy!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  • Jean of all Trades

    Thank you for the photo tour of Ferrara! Gorgeous. Most of what I know of Italian culture is from the Italian immigrant community in Toronto so I was interested to read how different the funeral was there. I adore the color combination you chose and think it’s fashionable but also respectful for the occasion. Enjoy the beach!

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  • Savvy Southern Chic

    Beautiful color pairing!

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  • Lovely color combination! That skirt is simply wonderful!

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