5 Italian clothing brands everyone should know about

Time to get these Italian clothing brands on your fashion radar

Italian Clothing brands model wearing Calzedonia
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Looking for some new style inspiration? We’ve hunted down the best Italian clothing brands so you can inject some of that Italian flair into your wardrobe.

While we love our homegrown British clothing brands, and admire the chicness of the best French clothing brands, no one does it quite like the Italians. With fashion powerhouses such as Gucci, Prada, Versace, and Fendi to its name, Italy is a master at luxury sought-after style. Rather than focusing on fleeting fashion trends, Italian fashion brands are pros at crafting high-quality pieces that stand the test of time, making them a go-to if you’re looking to build on your capsule wardrobe.

Many big British, French, and American brands also rely on Italian craftsmanship and textiles to produce parts of their collections. Premium-quality Italian leather plays a key part in crafting the best designer bags and best winter boots. If you look, you’re probably wearing some Italian leather right now. But it’s not just designer brands that Italy has under its incredibly stylish belt. There are heaps of Italian high street fashion brands that deserve a look-in too. Perfect if you don’t have that Dolce & Gabbana budget!

The best Italian clothing brands to browse

  • Calzedonia—best for winter and summer staples
  • Diesel—best for cool denim
  • Gucci—best for statement designer style
  • Miss Sixty—best for '00s inspired looks
  • Prada—best for elegant designer wear

The best Italian fashion brands as chosen by our fashion editors

Whether you want to broaden your knowledge on the best Italian high street fashion brands or splurge on a designer investment piece, these are the best Italian clothing brands that ship to the UK and the US.

1. Calzedonia

Italian clothing brands model wearing Calzedonia

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You may already be familiar with Calzedonia as there are several stores in the UK and US. A go-to for all your tights and leggings needs, it hits that comfy and stylish aesthetic that we’ve all been accustomed to this past year. These wardrobe staples are guaranteed to last too—think cashmere tights for that luxe finish and leather-effect leggings for a dose of Italian glamour. Not forgetting their desirable swimwear and beachwear collections full of easy-to-wear silhouettes and mood-boosting prints for a belissima beach-ready look.

Fashion editors picks…

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Calzedonia Cashmere Blend Stretch Joggers, RRP: $35/£24.99 | Sizes: XS-XL

Give your loungewear a fancy upgrade with these supersoft cashmere-blend joggers. A comfy elasticated waistband and practical pockets, the oatmeal hue ensures versatility too.


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Calzedonia One Piece Swimsuit Indonesia Eco, RRP: $90/£60 | Sizes: S-XL

Every wardrobe needs a classic black one-piece and this one made from eco-sustainable fibers ticks all the boxes. Quick-drying with adjustable straps and bow for the perfect fit.


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Calzedonia ⅞ Active Leggings, RRP: $35/£29.99 | Sizes: S-XL

Squat in style with these gym leggings. They adapt to your body shape for extra comfort and easy movement and have a flattering v-shape waistband. 


2. Diesel

Italian clothing brands model wearing Diesel

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An Italian brand with denim at its core is '90s fave Diesel. The brand launched in 1978 but really hit its peak in the nineties when it seemed every cool girl was donning a pair of distressed Diesel jeans. Their denim collection is still a worthy investment today with the added bonus of adapting to more sustainable manufacturing with less water and chemicals—something that was less common in the nineties. As well as the best jeans, highlights from the brand include padded bomber jackets, vinyl skirts and logo-embellished knits all with a cool 90s edge.

Fashion editors picks…

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Diesel Skinny Jeans - Babhila JoggJeans, RRP: $375/£300 | Sizes: 23-33W

Give your jeans that rock’n’roll edge with this coated pair. Cut to a skinny silhouette, they have a stretchy fit that hugs your curves. Offset the figure-hugging style a pair with an oversized shirt.


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Diesel Cropped Jacquard-Knit Pullover, RRP: $225/£195 | Sizes: XXS-XL

Tap into that aprés-ski style with this printed knit. Cut to a cropped fit, team with your high-waisted jeans to show off your waist.


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Diesel Quilted-Vinyl Down Bomber Jacket, RRP: $495/£395 | Sizes: XXS-XL

Make a statement in this retro bomber jacket. Packed with down for extra warmth, it has a drawstring hemline to streamline the shape and a shiny vinyl coating for extra interest.


3. Gucci

Italian clothing brands model on the Gucci runway

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We couldn’t do an Italian clothing brands roundup without mentioning the powerhouse that is Gucci. From the best Gucci bags to their eclectic suiting adorned by the likes of Harry Styles, Gucci is one of the most coveted designer brands out there. Although they carry the designer price tag, these are investment pieces that are set to last. Look to their signature geek-chic designs and logo-heavy detailing, because if you’re wearing Gucci you want everyone to know about it.

Fashion editors picks…

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Gucci Black Oversized Appliquéd Printed Cotton Jersey T-Shirt, RRP: $590/£370 | Sizes: XXS-XXL

This oversized logo tee will give daytime dressing a designer edge. Spotted on the likes of Margot Robbie, it’s got that a-lister stamp of approval too.


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Gucci Cream Reversible Jacquard-Knit Wool-Blend Cardigan, RRP: $2,980/£1,800 | Sizes: XXS-XXL

Geek-chic is what Gucci does best and a cardigan embodies this. With a recognizable GG logo, this knit is reversible too so you can really get more bang for your (more expensive) buck.


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Gucci Pink Checked Metallic Tweed Mini Skirt, RRP: $1,300/£770 | Sizes: US 00-10/UK 4-14

Inject some sixties-inspired style to your wardrobe with this cute tweed mini skirt. A classic check print, team with the matching jacket and a pussy-bow blouse for that recognizable Gucci look.


4. Miss Sixty

Italian clothing brands model wearing Miss Sixty

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Miss Sixty provided us with many low-slung jeans back in the early noughties and we’re pleased to see the Italian brand is still going strong. It was brought back into the spotlight in February 2021 when model Bella Hadid fronted a campaign for the brand and with the recent resurgence in Y2K trends, it’s certainly one to put back on your radar. Denim still plays a key role in the collection but you can also bag yourself some 90s inspired puffer jackets and cute knits.

Fashion editors picks…

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Miss Sixty Green Quilted Coat, RRP: $208/£145 | Sizes: XXS-M

If you’ve yet to invest in one of the best winter coats, then consider this deeply cool quilted number. With a shacket-like aesthetic, it has a relaxed fit and stylish diamond quilting. 


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Miss Sixty Tapered Jeans, RRP $170/£119 | Sizes: W24-33

These barrel-leg jeans will give your denim a retro edge. Tapered at the leg for a flattering finish, they have a loose leg for a laidback look that’s easy to dress up or down.


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Miss Sixty Jewelled Cardigan, RRP: $342/£239 | Sizes: XXS-XL

Give the classic cable knit a jazzy finish with this embellished number. Nailing that granny-chic trend, it’s crafted from premium wool, mohair and alpaca blend.


5. Prada

Italian clothing brands models on the Prada catwalk

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Prada has got to be one of the most iconic Italian fashion brands. From its best designer bags to the sleek ready-to-wear collection, Prada oozes ladylike elegance that’s guaranteed to elevate the everyday. Created in 1913, the original founder’s granddaughter Miuccia Prada heads up the luxury fashion house and has taken it to new heights. One to create trends rather than follow them, Prada is renowned for crafting future classics that define a fashion era.

Fashion editors picks…

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Prada Embroidered Chiffon Shirt, RRP: $3,800/£2,800 | Sizes: US 2-10/UK 6-14

Classic pieces with high-end finishes is what Prada does best and this polka dot pussybow blouse with embellished accents hits the nail on the head.


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Prada Lurex Sunray Pleated Skirt, RRP: $2,400/£1,700 | Sizes: US 2-10/UK 6-14

A knit fabric with flattering pleats, this swishy skirt has a silver shimmery finish for a party-ready vibe. Team with a cozy cream knit for a polished daytime look.


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Prada Brushed Leather Slingback Pumps, RRP: $975/£850

Revisiting a design from the '90s archive, these slingbacks infuse femininity with a sporty twist. The kitten heel makes them wearable round-the-clock too.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 


She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 


With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_