Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn on scooter for Roman Holiday
Every summer calls for a little getaway. Whether it’s somewhere outdoors like the beach or lake, or to a new place all together, a bit of exploration is just what the season calls for. Though this summer’s travel season might be nearing its end and be bit different than normal, that doesn’t mean we can’t do some dreaming. 
Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday

Floral spring summer dress
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016

Italian breakfast on veranda
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With this in mind, the perfect inspiration can be found with the help of Audrey Hepburn, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and Dolce & Gabbana. 

Audrey Hepburn on scooter in Roman Holiday
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The classic 1953 film “Roman Holiday” offers a storyline to inspire your own escape for a “giddy holiday.” Trapped in a life path out of her control, Princess Ann seeks an adventure of her own choosing in Rome. From one night at a glittering ball, to the next traveling the streets of Rome with an unknown American newsman, it’s the “happy romantic adventure” not to be missed. 
Audrey Hepburn on Spanish Steps in Italy
Image via Britannica 
With a new hairstyle, outfit, ice cream cone and handsome gentleman on a scooter, Princess Ann goes out on the town to discover all the city has to offer. 

Set in the same time period of 1950s Italy, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” offers additional style and wanderlust inspiration to keep your dream of Italy alive.
The Talented Mr. Ripley film still Outside in Italy
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The Talented Mr. Ripley film still Outside in Italy
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Sparkling beaches, delicious fresh markets and music filled nights abound in the story of Tom Ripley creeping into the lives of Dickie and Marge. 
Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge fashion
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Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge fashion
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The clothes worn by Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, Marge, include feminine flats, full skirts and breezy button downs, much like Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday.” With the backdrop of coastal villages like Positano and nearby islands of Naples boasting their idyllic ocean scenery, it’s hard not to dream of your own Italian getaway to the Amalfi Coast.  
Boats in harbor on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast. Image via Sail Magazine.

Italian village on cliff
Positano. Image via Getty Images.
As an Italian brand, Dolce & Gabbana often offers a dash of Italian flair and history in its collections. 
Spring and summer dress with ice cream cone print
 Spring 2017

Vintage style bikini
Spring 2012

Vintage style dress for spring and summer
Spring 2017
With styles that include the high waisted bathing suit and dresses with full skirts and fitted waists, the designs evoke the spirit of a summer vacation in Italy. 
Dress for spring and summer
 Spring 2016
To get the look of Princess Ann and Marge, look for dresses or skirts with a fitted waist and full volume that reach the calf or ankle. Tops can be button downs with or without the collar to mimic those worn by the two starlets. Shoes of choice for a 1950s Italian inspired look? Espadrilles or gladiator sandals. And don’t forget the finishing touch of a neck scarf. 
Fashion collage Audrey Hepburn and Gwyneth Paltrow
Dresses pictured in collage are from Gal Meets Glam.
Options to build your own Italian outfit can often be found at Madewell and J. Crew. Romantic dresses for an easy look sure to evoke the romance of the Italian coast are offered by Gal Meets Glam--but you have to get these before they’re gone since the brand is currently stopping production. 
Vintage style dress for spring and summer
Spring 2017
Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic destination or staying home, you can channel the spirit of Italy with just a few key style choices. Here’s to your own vacanza romana!

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