With fashion seemingly turning more to Instagram rather than blogs, I thought it would be nice to bring a bit of fashion blogging back with an outfit diary of what I wore whilst I was in Rome. I went last month, for 6 nights (it was amazing!), and with it being the end of June / beginning of July, it was safe to say their summer was well and truly underway. The temperature was over 30 degrees Celsius every day, so summer outfits were my ultimate go-to.
I also have a full blog post about my trip to Rome, covering everything from our daily itinerary, tips and tricks, and everything you need to know before you go. Being a blogger / Instagrammer, I had to pack more outfits than days we were there, which meant that I had multiple outfit changes on most days. I also already had an idea of what I was going to wear each day / to each attraction, although I did plan a few outfits on the night before each day. We arrived on Thursday 28th June, and by the time we got to the hotel and settled in (and by settled in, I mean napped), we only really had a few hours that evening to explore the local area and have some dinner, so I won’t include this day as our first, and instead, I’ll start this outfit diary with our second day (first full day) being our first…
Some of the items I’m wearing in this post are no longer available online, so I have linked the closest products I could find. These are marked with an asterisk. (*)
Day One – Friday 29th June:
Being the typical blogger that I am, and wanting to get the perfect shot, I woke up super early to go to the Trevi Fountain before the busy crowds, and let me tell you, it was worth it! I knew I wanted to experience the Trevi Fountain before the crowds of people, but I also wanted to see it during the day with the hustle and bustle, so the first of my Trevi Fountain outfits was this gorgeous playsuit from Primark. I really love the colours and design, and how it looks (and feels) way more expensive than it should’ve been. There is extra lining around the chest area, and it’s not see-through at all. If you’ve watched my latest Primark haul, you will have seen that I had to size up a couple of sizes because of how short the playsuit is. It’s still fairly short on me, but it was too nice to leave it in the store. The adjustable straps also made it easier for me to be able to size up, as they’re easy to adjust accordingly.
I decided to buy a new hat for this trip, and I bought this floppy straw hat from Missguided, which went with SO many of my outfits. The wide brim helped keep the sun off my face and neck, which was ideal in that strong sun. I paired this outfit with my new cross body Fiorelli bag, which has two zipped compartments, and it was perfect for carrying around the essentials whilst still having a dainty looking bag. For shoes, I went for a pair of black cut-out pumps, also from Primark. They were surprisingly comfortable for walking around the uneven streets (although I’d still recommend trainers for most of the walking).
The next part of our day included a walk to the Pantheon, surprisingly via Piazza Venezia. This is what makes it so great to walk around Rome, as you come across things you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find. After a quick few photos in Piazza Venezia, we carried on to the Pantheon. The outfit I wore was this pastel pink playsuit from New Look. When I first bought it, I thought it looked a bit like a Roman toga, so I knew I had to have it for this trip! I love how loose fitting yet flattering it looks, and the lightweight material is ideal to wear in the hot weather, to help keep you cool. I sized up a couple of sizes, not intentionally, but it was the smallest size they had and I really wanted it. It was actually a really nice fit, being slightly oversized but not too big. I also really like that it’s strapless, as the other playsuits I own all have straps, so it was something different for me to add to my wardrobe – any excuse, right?
Again, I wore my trusty straw hat, and I paired this outfit with some pink cut-out pumps (the same as the black ones) to keep the colours quite neutral, my Quay Australia sunglasses, and also I had my nude cross-body bag from Primark. I absolutely love the quilted design and, just like the Fiorelli bag, it has two spacious zipped compartments to store everything I needed. Just like anywhere, you have to be careful of pickpockets in Rome, so having a cross-body bag that you could keep on you and in front of you, just added that extra sense of security – not that I ever felt unsafe.
I decided to go for a more casual look when we visited Piazza Navona, so I wore my red and white striped top from Primark (that give off some serious pirate vibes), which looked great with my ripped denim shorts from River Island. I love the batwing style sleeves on this top, and the tie up detail at the front, making it more of a crop top. These denim shorts looked great with this top, due to their slightly high-waisted design, which I thought complemented the overall outfit. I’ve had these denim shorts for a number of years now, but they still remain my favourite pair! I love the colour of the denim, and the ripped style with visible front pockets.
FUN FACT: Whilst walking around Piazza Navona, I noticed another girl wearing the exact same top – slightly awkward (I don’t think that has ever happened to me before), but also crazy it happened in Rome of all places!
To complete the casual look, I wore my Adidas Superstars, which were amazing for all of the walking we did! I also opted for my nude cross-body, quilted bag, and I finished the outfit with a pair of dark, oversized sunglasses from New Look.
Like I said previously, I wanted to experience the Trevi Fountain during the day with all of the tourists, so we walked back to the Trevi Fountain and bought some gelato – it tasted SO good! I did yet another outfit change to mix it up from the photos we’d already taken earlier that morning, and this time, I decided to wear this mustard yellow bardot crop top with a denim skirt (both from Primark). I really like the pom pom detail on the top, as it adds that little extra detail, whilst still keeping it casual and summery. I wanted a mustard yellow jumper last A/W, but I never got one, so this top kinda made up for it. Denim skirts seem to have become a trend again, which my inner 6 year old self is very happy about! Before I bought this one, I tried on a few elsewhere, but I hated how they looked on me. They were more flattening and less flattering. I found this skirt whilst browsing in Primark one day, and I instantly fell in love with it. It’s true to size, and it fits really nicely – from the waist to the length. You could style it with a belt, but I chose to wear it without on this occasion.
I bought myself a new pair of sunglasses before this trip, and I got these from New Look. I love the style and small frame, and also the gold detail around the lenses. They’re a lot smaller in design compared to the other pairs I own, and I really like how they frame my face. Of course, I wore my straw hat, and I also completed the look with my white patterned Fiorelli cross-body bag.
Just like the previous morning, I got up super early to walk to the Spanish Steps, again, to take photos without too many people in the background. The outfit I wore was quite dressy but simple, as I chose to wear this red shift dress from Pretty Little Thing. Its floral print, lace-up front, and frill detailing around the straps are what stood out to me when I was searching online for the perfect summer dress. Other than the length (it’s really short), it’s perfect, and just what I needed to take on holiday with me! I based the size on the measurements of the model (on the website) and how it looked on her, and considering we’re the same height, it seemed to be longer on her than it was me. Or at least, it felt really short on.
I knew the type of outfit and style I was looking for in the photos from the Spanish Steps, so I chose to wear my nude barely there heels from Public Desire, to really complete the glam look I was aiming for. I do have to say that heels are not the best idea to wear around Rome, especially as the floor is so uneven, but I thought they looked amazing with this dress, and completed the overall look I wanted to capture. I did, however, wear a pair of sandals there and back, and changed into my heels when I was there. It was much more comfortable (and less dangerous) that way. The bag I styled with this outfit was my gorgeous Radley London bag, which could also be worn across the body, but for the photos, I had it on my shoulder, or I held it by the small handles. I feel like a common trend throughout these outfits is my straw hat, but it was a brilliant purchase, and I thought it really added something special to this look.
Compared to my earlier outfit, I went for something a lot more casual when visiting Piazza del Popolo. A crop top and denim shorts seem to be the ideal casual outfit when walking around the summer heat in Rome, and this outfit was no different. I wore my red fitted crop top from Primark, along with some light wash ripped denim shorts from Topshop. I love the simple detail on the crop top, as well as the small buttons along the front. It’s such a simple design, but it looks lovely and adds that something different. I also love the shape of the material along the top, as well as the thin straps – perfect when it’s hot! The denim shorts looked really nice with this top, as the two colours complement each other, and the light wash colour and ripped design add a little bit of edge to an otherwise girly outfit, but still making it look super cute and casual. Unfortunately, this was the last time I will wear these shorts. As much as I love them, they are a serious struggle to get on and off, and it takes me a good couple of minutes to wiggle my bum into them, and I’m not about that stress any more…
The shoes I wore were my Adidas Superstars, as like I said before, these trainers are amazing for walking around the uneven streets of Rome, and they go with so many different outfits – making that perfect connection between style and comfort. I also wore my nude quilted bag and small sunglasses, completed with my Yankees hat, which I bought when I was in New York last year. Yes, a different hat. Wow.
I didn’t get many photos in this outfit as it was pretty dark outside by the time we went out after dinner, but we went for a drink at a rooftop bar just past the Trevi Fountain (I will include the name of it in my next Rome post), and we took a couple of photos whilst walking past. For this evening look, I wore my black fitted dress from TOBI, which I LOVE. It’s made from a thick yet comfortable material, which means it’s not see-through, and the straps are also adjustable. I did write a blog post on this dress, which you can read here.
To complete the outfit, I paired the dress with my black cut-out pumps from Primark, and white cross-body Fiorelli bag, for a very simple and sophisticated look. I opted for flats rather than heels because it would’ve been too dangerous to attempt to walk in heels for a fairly long time, plus the flats were way more comfortable. Also, when we walked back past the Trevi Fountain (around midnight), it was still packed with people taking photos, literally just like it was throughout the day. Seeing that made it well worth getting up early for.
We spent pretty much all of our Sunday visiting and exploring the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. I will go into more detail in the next blog post, but basically, we did a guided tour of all three areas, and it being the first Sunday of the month meant that we got the tickets at half the price – €20 instead of €40 (each). I chose to wear this beautiful black and white striped playsuit from Missguided, and I absolutely love how it looked on. The off shoulder design really caught my eye when I purchased it online, and it did not disappoint when it arrived. It’s very true to size, and it fits like a dream. The only thing I would say is that it was maybe not the best choice to wear when it was as hot as it was outside, because although the material is fairly airy, the long sleeves were a killer in that sunshine. The shorts, however, saved me a bit the heat. They were also not too short, which was great as it meant I could keep the playsuit true to size. I really love how flattering and stylish this playsuit looks, and I added a small belt around my waist to add an extra bit of detail, without taking too much away from the overall design. I bought the belt separately, from Primark (shock), and I think it cost £1.50, which made it a cheap and ideal accessory to add.
In terms of shoes, I wore my Adidas Superstars. I also styled this look with my larger black and white Fiorelli bag, as I wanted to keep the colours in the outfit quite similar, and I wore my Quay Australia sunglasses for an extra bit of glam. I love the gold design, and it really added a pop of colour to this otherwise monochrome outfit.
That evening, we went out for dinner near our hotel, and the surrounding streets were too pretty to not get a photo. The outfit I chose for dinner that evening was quite neutral in terms of colour, as I went for a white crop top and pastel blue skirt. I feel as though most of the clothes and accessories I wore on this trip were from Primark, which is exactly where I bought this white crop top from. I know I mentioned it earlier, but if you haven’t already seen my Primark haul, you should check it out, because everything I bought in that haul I took to Rome with me! Before finding this top, I tried on a few very similar styles in other shops, and although this one is cropped and the others weren’t, I found that this top fits me the best, and it was also the cheapest, so it was a win-win. White is a brave colour for me to wear because I am so messy and clumsy, I don’t know why I trusted myself to buy this one, but it was too nice not to, and I’m really glad I did. I love the giant tortoiseshell buttons down the front, which seems to be a trend with buttons on clothing at the minute. Not that you can really tell, because my hair is in the way, but I also like that the straps are quite thick, with a square neckline – it just adds that something different. This blue skirt was an absolute bargain when I bought it from River Island, as it was in their sale from £32 down to £10! I love the pastel blue colour, and how soft it is, as it’s a faux suede material. I also love the wrap design on the front, the length, and the button with tie-up detailing at the top. Not bad for £10! The white top and blue skirt look really nice together, keeping everything quite simple.
I kept the shoes neutral as well, as I wore my pastel pink cut-out pumps from Primark, which were really cheap and ideal for this kind of holiday. All three colours in this outfit look great together, along with my white print cross-body Fiorelli bag – the perfect final addition.
As we’d seen pretty much everything we wanted to see in Rome, we decided to spend the day at Trastevere, which is a traditional small neighbourhood in Rome. We walked to Trastevere from our hotel during the day, which probably took about 45 mins. It doesn’t sound a lot, but in the heat, it really felt like it. Throughout the day, I kept to one outfit, which was this casual look. I chose to wear my red print cami top alongside my denim skirt, both from Primark. This way, I was able to keep cool and still look like I’d put effort into what I was wearing, when really I was going for practicality. This red print cami top looked great tucked into my skirt, with a little bit of overhang for extra comfort. The design on the top is bold without being too over the top, and sets it apart from just being a red top. The thin straps also helped with the heat. What I love about the denim skirt is the A-line design and raw hem, which gives a flattering yet edgy look to the outfit. The skirt also has pockets… need I say more.
The bag I took with me to Trastevere was my black Radley London bag for a classic look, and I also wore my small frame dark sunglasses. For ultimate comfort when walking, I wore my black Nike trainers which were brilliant as they’re airy and lightweight. The colour of the trainers also tied in with the bag and sunglasses, to complete the casual yet stylish look.
After we’d explored Trastevere during the day, we walked back to our hotel in the city centre, but we knew we’d be going back that evening to eat at a restaurant we’d seen and liked the look of, so we decided to get a taxi back to Trastevere. We’d done enough walking that day. My dress of choice for that evening was this pretty pink button up dress from Primark. When we first got in the taxi, I felt a button pop off the dress, but I was too scared to look at which button it was for a good few minutes. Thankfully, when I finally plucked up the courage to look at the damage, it was only the button at the very bottom, so I was able to get away with it that evening. Although, I did have to be careful the dress didn’t blow open at the bottom…
I kept the rest of the outfit quite simple, and paired it with my pink cut-out pumps (to keep with the pink theme), and I stuck with my black Radley London bag from earlier on in the day. I would say that choice was more out of laziness of having to swap everything into a new bag than it was for the overall look, but I went with it anyway.
We’d already pre-booked our entry into the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel before we even got to Rome (I will explain in more detail in the next blog post why I’d recommend doing so), which meant that we had this day to explore the Vatican City, and it was truly spectacular. The outfit I chose to wear to the Vatican City was this green leaf print jumpsuit from Primark, because I knew it was going to be a fairly long day, and I wanted to be comfortable, but also look as though I’d made an effort with my outfit, so a jumpsuit seemed like the best idea. I saw this jumpsuit when I was having a look in my local store, and I absolutely loved it, so I knew I had to get it. I love the overall design with the thin straps, green colour and dark leaf print, but I also really like the tie-in waist, as it’s super flattering for your figure, and it shows off your shape, rather than it looking too straight on your body. The overall style and fit is exactly what I was looking for in a jumpsuit, and I’m so glad I bought this one. The length of the trousers are also the perfect length, so it was very true to size, which is great!
I decided to wear my white sandals from Deichmann with this jumpsuit, to give a slightly brighter feel to this outfit, as the green colour in the jumpsuit is quite dark, so I thought these sandals would stand out. In addition to the sandals, I also wore my neutral quilted cross-body bag to add another soft tone to the outfit, which I think brought all of the colours together.
I’d read online beforehand that there are some rules when it comes to the clothing you wear when entering the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel (covered shoulders, no low cut tops or shorts / skirts above the knee, etc.), so I took a short sleeve top and long trousers with me to change into for this part of the day, but it seemed as though they weren’t that strict on the rules after all, as there were lots of women in particular that had strappy tops / short dresses, but I kept to the ‘rules’ anyway. Although perhaps not my most stylish of outfits, it was the most practical and ‘rule abiding’ outfit I had! I wore my blue and white striped New York City top from New Look (where someone proceeded to shout “New York” at me within about 3 seconds of wearing it), and I wore it alongside these floral print trousers from Primark. The top was perfect as it covered my shoulders, and the trousers were great because it covered my legs, but they’re also made from a light fabric so it wasn’t too hot, and they’re also quite fitted, so they were still flattering despite covering up.
I kept the same neutral bag with me all day, and I changed into my black Nike trainers for this part of the day, as I wasn’t sure if I had to cover my feet, so I played it safe (and comfy) with these trainers.
On our final day, our flight wasn’t until the evening, so we spent the day doing a bus tour of the city, to explore Rome just one last time. It was still very hot during the day, so I wore my yellow and white striped bodysuit (from Primark, duh), and paired it with my denim shorts from River Island. I thought the two colours in the outfit went well together, plus it meant I wore all of the new clothes I took with me. As I mentioned in my Primark haul, I’d seen a bodysuit that looked pretty much the same as this one, except it was on another online store and about triple the price. It was a no brainer to go for this one. It fits really well and looks great with these shorts, but it would also look really nice with jeans. The straight neckline and cami straps look great together, and this bodysuit is ideal for summer, especially when worn with denim shorts like these!
Although you can’t see my feet in these photos, I wore my black Nike trainers for comfort, style, and also practicability for when travelling back home. I also had my big white Fiorelli bag with me, which is my go-to hand luggage bag, as it’s big enough to store everything I need, but it’s also not too big to carry around with me, and it’s the ideal size for hand luggage!
I also vlogged my recent trip to Rome, which you can watch here.
Thank you so much for reading and having a look at the outfits I wore whilst in Rome last month. If you would like to find out more about things to do, you can have a read of the perfect itinerary I put together for your trip to Rome. The third and final blog post from this trip covers EVERYTHING you need to know if you’re planning on visiting Rome – The Ultimate Rome Travel Guide! If there’s anything else you’d like to know about my trip, please leave a comment below, or get in touch via my social media (all links are at the top).
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