Feb 23, 2020

Is Milan Fashion Week Street Style The Hidden Gem Of Fashion Month?

In the marathon that is fashion month, Milan Fashion Week can often be dismissed as the water break between London’s lineup of indie darlings and Paris’s grand finale. In reality, though, with Gucci, Prada, Fendi, and Bottega Veneta finding themselves at the top of the fashion food chain these days, the Italian fashion capital has never been so influential. 

Last season, Milan’s schedule gave rise to some of the year’s biggest trends and must-have pieces, from a goth-grunge comeback à la Prada to pouch bags and braided sandals via Bottega Veneta (thanks Daniel Lee!). And now that many attendees, at least those of the influencer variety, find themselves dressed by local brands, street style and runway trends have never been so in sync. 

With that, fans of street style can expect to see looks that actually reflect the shows on the calendar: ‘70s-inspired getups outside of Fendi, maximal accessories and sartorial combinations for Gucci, and plenty of neutrals at Bottega Veneta. And the greatest part of all? The whole lot of it — XXL handbags, GG-embossed tights, grandpa-inspired cardigans and more — can be found right here in Milan. 

Click ahead for all the best looks from Milan Fashion Week.

Day 4

Not-so-sweet spring pastels. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Off whites done right.

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag (right). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
We're getting major '70s vibes from this patterned shirtdress and snakeskin boots.

Aemilia Madden wearing Miista boots.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
We'd be happy to cozy up in this forest green coat from now until the first day of spring.

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
I spy with my little eye, Caroline Daur looking mysterious in Milan.

Caroline DaurPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
A butterscotch dream.

Linda TolPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
St. Patrick's Day came early this year in the form of this outfit.

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This outfit looks as good as the first dollop of toothpaste out the tube.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Two collars > one. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
When in doubt, add a corset.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A good pair of heels can make jeans appropriate for any occasion.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Fendi! Leather! Lace-up sandals!

Wearing a Fendi bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Marie Antoinette-approved.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner
This is the trench coat of our dreams. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Trousers, supersized.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
*Books a one-way ticket to Milan just to wear this outfit ASAP*

Tamu McPhersonPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
This look is a palette cleanser. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
XXL sweater weather.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A power suit for a powerhouse lady.

Paloma Elsesser
Out of all the trends from 2004, the pleated mini skirt is by far our favorite.

Wearing a Chopova Lowena skirt.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This should be the cover of every Milan travel guide for the rest of time. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A velvety blue icon. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A second mini bag for when you need to carry both your airpods.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Classic on top, Cats down below.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The prairie collar continues to make its point(s)!

Emili LindlevPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
Check mate.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
If you don't own a caramel-colored turtleneck, what are you even doing? Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The best aspect of being part of a couple is dipping into each other's closets. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Sandals in the winter have never looked so fresh. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Let's all give a hand to this showgoer for taking on Milan in these platform boots.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Orange you glad that Daniel Lee designed this bag?

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Calf-length culottes make knee-high boots sing .

Wearing a Ganni top.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
February fashion weeks are all about the coat, as proven by this showgoer's floral jacket.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Easy peasy. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Two showgoers finding their light. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
An '80s rom-com meets Spaghetti Western.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Unexpected peek-a-boos.

Lisa AikenPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
Welcome to the year of the balloon pant!Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
#StickOfButter style. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Three cheers for this suit's subtle cut-out.

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
She definitely stole this look from the set of The Matrix — and we love it. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
All this look needs now is a matcha latte to go with. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Us hiding from Monday morning. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
We're calling it: trench jumpsuits are about to be everywhere. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The only thing better than her blazer dress are those netted Bottega Veneta shoes.

Wearing Bottega Veneta shoes.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Leather Bermuda shorts paired with knee-high boots are the 2020 style combination we've been waiting for. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Red hot.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.

Day 3


For every micro mini dress, there’s a maxi duster just waiting to be worn on top. 

Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
We'll let you in on an insider secret: heels are only possible for so long. Wear sneakers.

Wearing New Balance sneakers.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Who would’ve thought that acid zebra prints could look so darling?

Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
We're checking this trench coat off our shopping list ASAP. 

Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Taking a cue from Meghan Markle, this showgoer is checking off every neutral hue — all in one look. 

Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
You can bet that this marigold quilted coat is already part of our fall mood board.

Wearing a Rodebjer coat and a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Sheer socks, oxfords, and plaid skirts — fashion’s finest are dressing for a successful school year.

Wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Oscar the Grouch meets Big Bird in the form of this showgoer’s spring jacket. 

Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Q: What's inside this XXS bag? (A: 3 orange Tic Tacs). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Double the sweater, double the skirt.
Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Slouchy pants tucked into knee-high boots is giving us strong Laurie from Little Women energy. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
On Wednesday we wear Bottega bags.

Wearing Bottega Veneta bags.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Are body chains making a comeback? According to this stylish showgoer, the answer is yes, yes, yes!

Wearing a Prada bag and Bottega Veneta shoes (right) and Bottega Veneta shoes (left). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Break up a tonal look with the addition of a statement pouch bag. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Go straight from the pool to fashion week with the addition of an oversized blazer.

Emili Sindlev wearing a Dior bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A micro-mini moment (with a spray of marabou). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
When the accessorizing is just as good as the clothes.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Chuck up a deuce for this '70s inspired look. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
We must find out what these mini buttons say, stat.

Tiffany Reid wearing an R13 coat.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Wear your layers from lightest to darkest.

Shiona TuriniPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
It's The Couple.

Wearing a Prada bag (right). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Take your PJs to the streets with a good bag and a vibrant pair of heels. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Don't worry, this showgoer proves that the skirts and sneakers trend isn't going anywhere. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Net-A-Porter's Senior Fashion Market Editor Libby Page is a master of neutrals. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Catch us wearing this casual ensemble all summer long. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Take your knitwear collection to new heights with a Fair Isle turtleneck. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Do we need to start matching our socks to our outerwear? Definitely. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
All hail the shacket! Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The plaid midi is a must in any wardrobe.

Chloé Harrouche Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Let's all take a moment to appreciate these red-tinted aviators. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Slip dresses and oversized blazers are a magic combination. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Bandanas are a fun spring hair accessory. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Big belts coming in strong.

Wearing a Loewe bag. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
When in Milan, wear Prada.

Emili Sindlev and Mads Emil in Prada and Adidas sneakers. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.

Day 2

Bomber jackets might not be as popular these days but bomber vests, however, feel fresher than ever.
Wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The golfer mom visor, Prada-fied.

Wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A bowler bag, sans mini bowling ball.

Veronika Heilbrunner in Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Start scouring your 7'-tall friend's wardrobe for a sweater vest you can borrow.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A grunge Prada princess caught in the wild.

Wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The baguette bag's older cousin: The loaf bag.

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A feat of not-boring neutrals.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
*Orders a black and tan*

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
When you have a deal to close two and a show to shut down at three.

Wearing Bottega Veneta shoes.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Long leather blazers done two ways.

Wearing Prada boots (left) and a Bottega Veneta bag (right). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A masterclass in layering. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Olive these pants (sorry not sorry).

Eva ChenPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
White after Labor Day? Hell yes. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This Max Mara tonal 'fit has us snapping to attention.

Wearing Max Mara.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Who doesn't love a naked knee gap in the middle of February?

María Bernad wearing a Dior Saddle bag and Nodaleto boots.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
When your outfit's so good that photographers actually turn away from a smiling pup to snap your shot.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
And the award goes to... this zebra print mini skirt.

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson wearing a Prada bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This look is all gravy.

Wearing Nike Air Force 1s.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
If your goal is to dress like a French girl, Louise Follain is street style star to look out for.

Louise FollainPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
David Byrne would approve. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The '80s are strong with this one.

Lotta-Liina Mikaela wearing Fendi.

Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Kermit-green is making one hell of a splash on the streets this season. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Punxsutawney Phi did in fact predict an early spring this year.

Wearing a Loewe Puzzle bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A karakul hat completes an all-gray look.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
When in doubt, use your invite as an accessory.

Wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
If anyone can make leggings and stilettos work, it's Emili Sindlev.

Emili Sindlev wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Extra-long pants for the win! Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Strike! A! Pose!

Susie Bubble wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This Prada showgoer is making a case for treating every day like Valentine's Day.

Wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Harry Styles, are you paying attention??

Wearing Prada boots (left). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A slime suit for the ages. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Jinx, you owe me an Italian soda!Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The long, languid proportions of this look are doing it for us.

Yoyo Cao wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
If we've learned anything from Milan street style, it's that long tonal layers is on the rise. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
We're checked out of everything except for this outfit.

Anaa Saber wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The classiest duo of all.

Alyssa Coscarelli (left) and Jenny Walton (right) wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Fact: Everyone needs a pair of tie-dye jeans.

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag and Prada oxfords.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Cue the Charlie Brown theme song.

Tamu McPherson (right) wearing Prada.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.

Day 1


We can't believe this butter-yellow skirt isn't already in our spring wardrobes. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
From jet-side to runway-side, this burnt orange lounge set is perfect for any fashion month occasion.

Alyssa Coscarelli wearing a Simon Miller set.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Garage Magazine's fashion director Gabriella Karefa-Johnson took a cue from Brad Pitt with this stylish take on the name-tag top.

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson wearing a Chanel bag.
Ready for rain (and also some ass-kicking).
A caramel-covered ice cream sundae.

Wearing a Chanel bag. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This coat is an absolute gem (an emerald, to be more specific). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
In a sea of color, this all-black look stands out in the most fashion way possible. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
From the feather sleeves to the GG socks, there's nothing we don't want to copy off this look on Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner wearing Loewe sunglasses, a Sleeper top, a Bottega Veneta handbag, and Gucci socks. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Fashion girls travel in pairs, don't you know?Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Spotted: The very best of cow print in Milan.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Who else is excited about the return of the big belt?

Wearing a Dior Saddle bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This coat doubles as a nap aid between shows. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The subtle metallic sheen on this showgoer's skirt makes the outfit. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This is the 2020 way to do squiggle piping.

Wearing Bottega Veneta sandals.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Seashell jewelry? As if! We're opting for shell-printed leisure sets instead this season.

Tamu McPherson wearing Gucci.
Flashes of pink.

Wearing Gucci sneakers.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
These two showgoers are a beacon of light in Milan after London's gloomy weather. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Who would've thought that slime green and lilac were such a match?

Wearing a Saks Potts coat and a Ganni dress. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Match your cardigan twin-set to your jacket.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Break up monochrome this season with an over-the-shirt bra top.

Wearing Bottega Veneta sandals.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The key to nailing an all-brown monochrome look is to mix up the textures.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Snakeskin and zebra print? This showgoer has all her animal prints in tow. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Imagine this couple's communal sunglasses drawer.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
"Those pants are 100% beautiful and 100% you and 100% leather. Trust me."Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This showgoer's day one 'fit predicted the fringe skirts and oversized blazers at Prada's day two show. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Socks and platforms are just one of the '70s-inspired combinations that we saw in and out of Gucci's fall '20 show.

Wearing Gucci socks. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A Gucci grandpa cardigan with Gucci grandpa socks and loafers? This is the energy we're manifesting in 2020.

Nicole Martine Chapoteau (left) wearing Gucci and Lapima sunglasses and Tiffany Reid (right) wearing Gucci and an Argent top.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
The high-fashion version of Raggedy Andy's iconic fit.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Have you ever seen a more refreshing array of outfits in one photo?

Wearing Gucci.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Fifty Shades of Brown, followed by...

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
...Fifty Shades Of Gray (denim). Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A leather suit might not sound subtle, but this super-soft one somehow is.

Nausheen ShahPhotographed by Seleen Saleh.
Consider this cute (and extremely easy) DIY trick.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
This look has us rethinking our never-again policy on harem pants.

Caroline Daur wearing Alberta Ferretti.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Of course you want air vents in your leather pants.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
If only pumping gas could always look this chic. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
A sunset of an orange leather trench.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
Extra olive juice, please!

Wearing a Bottega Veneta bag.Photographed by Seleen Saleh.
One set of stripes is never enough. Instead, mismatch horizontal and vertical lines like this stylish showgoer. Photographed by Seleen Saleh.

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