Open air markets are a part of Italian culture and where you can find a lot of great things at more affordable prices than you would at a mall. I really enjoy exploring the different markets locally, One can be found on any day of the week and even though they are all pretty similar, each one is a little bit different. Once you go to your local market a few times you also get to realize which vendors you prefer and they in turn get to “recognize” you, so it does help you feel more apart of the community too. Exploring open air markets when we travel is also one of the things I’m looking forward too, especially in cities like Milan, Rome, and Florence.
Yesterday was Tuesday and that means that it was market day in Aviano. I met a good friend for a cappuccino and then we went to the market not really intending to buy anything, but more to look around and people watch. The last few times I was at the market, there were two items I kept eyeing but always passed up. One were these extremely soft sweat pants and a cashmere blend sweatshirt tunic. I love a tunics especially when they’re paired with leggings. It’s my go to outfit on those days where I want to look cute but still feel comfortable. I’m not one to wear yoga pants when not at the gym so leggings and a tunic are my version of comfy. My cold weather wardrobe is pretty sparse so I was glad to get these items to add to it. I also purchased a pair of the sweatpants in grey.
This mountain is what I get to look at every morning when I open my bedroom shutters. I still pinch myself to make sure that my living in Italy isn’t a dream I’ll wake up from.
The scarf is a cotton scarf I also found at an Open Air Market earlier in the season. Scarves are my absolute favorite non jewelry accessory and I’m so glad women here wear them practically year round.
The sweater as I mentioned is a cashmere blend, made in Italy and the tag says Meily. I paid €21,00. The pants are a non-branded made in china, and cost €8,00. The scarf isn’t branded but similar styles can be found all over in the open air markets. I paid €6,00 for it, if my memory is accurate.
The boots are
Steve Madden Women's Troopa Boot. My bracelet I scored at Burlington Coat Factory when I lived Stateside. My wayfarers I’ve been sporting since before they were trendy, and yes I need them to see. You can find similar styles at Coastal.Com.
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