When I think of Italy, the first thing that pops into my head is not gelato, Prada, or the Colosseum. It’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I remember learning about it in fifth grade, dumbfounded by the fact that this resplendent piece of architecture was a mistake. How could an error this colossal go on to become one of the most sublime landmarks of our time? When I found out how close we were to the town of Pisa, I knew this was my chance to see it.
The only problem was, I had to convince my family that the hour-long trip to Pisa, coming on the heels of our 5-hour drive from Rome, would be worth it – not an easy argument to make when you have younger cousins and septuagenarian (going on octo-) grandparents who get easily tired. Italy in August is also scorching hot, so we had to make sure to scout out air-conditioned cafés and restaurants in the area to ensure frequent and timely respites.
As for the outfit, I went all out with this wild, gladiatorial number from Clover Canyon. Maybe this outfit is more appropriate for the Colosseum? 😉 I am a huge fan of this outlandishly bold yet symmetrical design. My sister, on the other hand, tried very hard to talk me out of getting this but obviously failed.
I brought out my small silver skirt (which you probably remember!) to wear underneath this boxy, oversized mini-dress – a sartorial juxtaposition. I finished off the look with my favorite ballet flats — I had left these in the shoebox for too long because I was scared the ribbons would get dirty. I know, what’s the point right??!! It took my mother 20 years to take out her wedding china from its original box and start using it. And we have been using it everyday since. Note to self…
top: Clover Canyon
sunnies: House of Holland
shoes: Miu Miu (patent leather version)
skirt: Seed (sold out, similar here)
Photo creds: C. Lee