On the last day of my experience, I tried to emulate the classic European street style.
After flipping through a few magazines and browsing Instagram, I decided to go for timeless clothes that wouldn’t look out of place in a Milan cafe: loose-fitting pale jeans, a fitted blazer, loafers and a bag. structured shoulder strap.
Granted, I probably looked a little out of place in my local greasy spoon, but as I sat outside with my sunglasses on, sipping a double espresso, my embarrassment evaporated.
I felt pretty confident and – dare I say it – sophisticated.
Now, as I reflect on my week of adopting the Mediterranean lifestyle, I realize that I literally enjoyed every aspect. The alfresco dining, the cafe culture, the leisurely lunches, it was all so refreshing.
I even found out that I could get a whole different sense of style.
Yes, I will miss the spectacular views of a foreign landscape this year, and still prefer to cycle through a Tuscan vineyard than my own street, but adopting a different mindset I felt as relaxed as I would like it on vacation on my own lawn.
And while I certainly haven’t gotten a tan, I may have more in common with our glamorous Mediterranean cousins than I initially thought …