What To Wear In Italy In The Winter

Winter in Italy is very cold just like any other European countries in the winter.  Therefore, it is vital that you must plan and organize your fashionable winter clothes before you travel around Italy during winter season.  You definitely can’t go wrong with your outfit while touring all over Italy as this country is known as one of the fashion capital in Europe.  Should you wear a typical tourist outfit?  I wouldn’t because I would not like to be targeted by pickpocketers and most of all I would rather like to blend in with locals.  Thus, I’ve compiled a list of jackets, coats, jeans, long sleeve tops, scarves, hats and boots that I would personally wear and perhaps these are the ones that might also be your taste.

Jackets and Coats

Practical and stylish jackets and coats are your best friends if you would like to look stylish and comfortable wherever you go in Italy (or any parts of Europe) during the winter season.  I would highly recommend to take at least 2 to 4 kinds of warm jackets  or coats.  One of which has to be waterproof, wearable but yet fashionable for sightseeing and suitable for all kinds of weather (cold, icy, rain or shine).  Another one has to be suitable and waterproof for heavily bad weather such as windy, rainy, icy and snowing weather, which should also be perfect for skiing in the mountains as well as daily use for a snowing city.  Last but not the least should be a well dressed jacket or coat but very warm and suitable for night and day.  The dressy type of jacket is usually more appropriate for special occasion such as romantic night out and dinner or perhaps for another day time occasion that requires you to wear it.  Whenever, I travel to Italy in the winter season I usually take 2 to 3 different kinds of jackets or coats that allows me to choose for all kinds of weather.  And therefore, I always take one formal or dressy jacket for special occasions.  Jackets and coats are very thick and it takes most of its luggage space.    I would recommend you to carry 1 jacket and also wear a jacket while traveling on the plane and therefore you’ll only have one jacket to pack in your luggage and it should not take up space in your luggage.

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1. Cole Haan Women’s Plush Belted Coat, Camel;   2. Miss Sixty Women’s DB Knit Military Coat, Oatmeal;   3. Cole Haan Women’s Taffeta Belted Down Coat, Olive;   4. Kenneth Cole Women’s Rouched Sleeve Packable Down, Black;   5. T Tahari Women’s Izzy Belted Wool Coat With Stand Collar;   6. Via Spiga Womens Warm Belted Pillow Collar Down Coat, Black;   7. Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Down-Filled Jacket, Essex Ivory;   8. Cole Haan Women’s Essential Down Coat;   9. London Fog Women’s Wool Coat with Scarf, Oatmeal Heather, Large;   10. Cole Haan Women’s Belted Taffeta Down;   11. Anne Klein Women’s Terry Jacket, Gunmetal

 Winter Fashion Clothes – Long Sleeve Tops, Jeans, Leggings, Hats, Scarves, Boots

Long Sleeve Tops 

Scarves, hats and gloves are also essential items that you must take in Italy.  If you do a lot of walking or going on an open hop on and hop off tour bus then I would suggest to wear a very warm scarf, hat and gloves as you don’t want to freeze in the middle of the road regardless if you wear a very warm jacket, tops , pants and shoes.

Jeans and Leggings   

You will definitely freeze if you don’t wear leggings under your jeans in the winter in Italy.  I would recommend you to wear tight and thick leggings under your jeans so you won’t feel the cold air through your jeans.  Take 2 or 3 tight leggings as you’ll need them everyday while touring around.  I usually take 2 different types of jeans, one fashionable skinny jeans but comfortable and suitable for winter and for walking.  I would also take a dressy type of jeans for special or formal occasions.  If you plan to stay longer in Italy, I would recommend to take 3 pairs of jeans otherwise you might find yourself buying another jeans if need be.

Winter Dress

You could also wear a winter dress with leggings, boots and a jacket to go with it.  It’s very common among women in Italy wearing a very warm winter dress and leggings while walking around the street.  Also a winter dress is perfect for night wear and formal occasions.


You can’t go to Italy without wearing fashionable and practical boots.  Flat boots and high heel boots are quite common for winter wear in Italy.  I would recommend that you take 2 or 3 different types of boots.  Take 2 flat boots that is suitable for wet and cold weather.  This should be perfect for walking and sightseeing.  Take one high heel boots that you could wear to go out at night to a nice restaurant or in any formal occasions.

Some high end restaurants and venues are quite formal so they might expect their visitors to be nicely dressed.  You also definitely need to be respectful as most churches would expect you to cover your shoulders and knees (which I doubt you won’t be covering especially in the winter season in Italy).  Overall, just be prepared to mix and match and layer your clothes especially if you are going to be doing a lot of walking during day and night to prevent you from getting cold and sick.

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1. Anne Klein Women’s Pointelle Turtle Neck Sweater, Charcoal Heather;   2. Magaschoni Women’s 100% Cashmere Ribbed Collar and Cuff Tunic Sweater, Castle/Saxon Silver Mouline;   3.Levi’s Women’s 524 Skinny Jeans,Indigo Dessert;   4. Aerosoles Women’s Wonderling Knee-High Boot,Tan Combo;   5. Timberland Women’s Savin Hill Mid Lace Boot;   6. Timberland Women’s Savin Hill Kne-High Boot,Black Leather;   7. BEARPAW Women’s Stowe Mid-Calf Boot,Cognac;  8. Very Volatile Women’s Denver Boot,Teal;  9. Calvin Klein Women’s Textured Trim Flyaway Sweater, Black, Medium;  10. Carhartt Women’s Monatou Sweater, Warm Oatmeal Heather;  11. NYDJ Women’s Petite Jodie Ponte Legging, Black;   12. PAIGE Women’s Skyline Skinny Jean, Carson, 31;   13. Touchpoint Women’s Berber Cuff Single Point 100% Leather Glove with Tech Tips, British Tan;   14. Seirus Innovation Xtreme All Weather Glove,Black;   15. Buji Baja Women’s Fisherman Cable Scarf with Fringe, Charcoal, One Size;   16. Soft Mixed Knit Ruffle Fringe Scarf;   17. collection eighteen Women’s Solid Chevron Pucker Hat, Silver Pine, One Size;   18. Scala Collezione Women’s Boiled 100% Wool Cloche Hat, Camel, One Size

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  1. says: Jenny

    Thank you for sharing these tips. I always find it hard to bring stylish clothes to Europe in the winter. I like to look stylish and comfortable at the same time and I think you have given adequate tips.