Italian blogger and stylist, Valeria Arizzi, believes fashion should empower women to feel good about themselves. As “your fashion blogger friend” she shares her vast knowledge, impeccable taste and positive attitude on her Instagram, cocolavieenrose, and website, Coco et La vie en rose. Plus, she writes for Glamour Italia, so you know she's the real deal.
Based in Bergamo, Italy, Valeria makes fashion fun, focusing on a rainbow of colors, a plethora of textures and an array of headwear to top off her signature style. One day the influencer is in an elegant evening gown and the next she is rocking the fishnets. Valeria shows you can still play dress up and experiment with clothes and accessories at any age.
Spicing Up Solids
Style doesn't have to be complicated. For this outfit, Valeria shows how to take a black cotton blouse and ripped skinny jeans from basic to brilliant with a pop of mustard yellow accessories. The striking accent color on her suede loafers from Italian designer Calzaturificio Soldini, as well as on her envelope clutch, really spice up the overall outfit.
Valeria never shies away from color, but with this choice she shows how a little can be enough. If mustard yellow or its contemporary, orange-tinted cousin, Pantone's Dark Chedder, are not colors that normally call your name, accessorizing with them is a smart way to dip your toes into bolder waters.
Blazing a Trail
Valeria says this outfit makes her feel empowered, and we see why. She layers an oversized black blazer over a short red dress and then adds that extra edge with red fishnets, black chunky heeled boots from Menbur, an oversized leather bag and black beret to show she means business. She looks like a boss — a rock star boss stomping into a meeting to cut a new record or plan a stadium tour.
While the red dress and fishnets are the traffic-stopping pieces in this ensemble, a peacock blue, emerald green or hot pink could be just as eye-catching, with or without the stockings. The idea is to take a piece from your closet and wear it in a way that pushes you into new territory without pushing you completely out of your comfort zone.
Dressing Up Activewear
At Milano Fashion Week, Valeria goes with a comfortable and casual street style, and she does it with drawstring tracksuit pants, of all pieces. She takes activewear from the gym to the streets by pairing the black workout pants with a royal blue crop sweater, red bag and red kitten-heeled boots. She finishes the look with a trendy, black beret.
Is she headed to Pilates or to the runway? That mystery is part of the appeal of this monochromatic outfit. Valeria is not afraid to bend the rules and dress up the pair of pants most of us wear around the house to veg out in. That is confidence and originality defined.