Style Breakdown: Gilda Ambrosio

This Italian designer is redefining the outfit.
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Gilda Ambrosio's definition of "matching" has nothing to do with the dictionary definition. To her, it's the art of mixing textures, colors, styles, and decades into an eclectic and unforgettable outfit. 

As an Italian "it-girl" and co-founder of Attico, a high-end fashion line of elegant and effortless pieces, Ambrosio caught our eye for her ability to pair pieces no one else would consider. Think: these green pants with pink boots, or these snake-printed pants with a striped button-down. Every outfit challenges the idea that tops and bottoms need to pair perfectly. After scrolling through hundreds of photos of her ever-present pin-straight long hair and "street-meets-high-end style," we chose a few of her stand-out looks here: 

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Most of us consider oversized sweatshirts to be part of our Sunday uniform (bagels and sweatpants included, of course), and not much else. But Ambrosio pairs them with skinny jeans and baggy pants, balanced with pointy-toed heels to keep the look from teetering off-balance.

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Ambrosio is living proof that there's nothing wrong with all-jean-everything. She amps up classic Levi's by pairing them with a denim jacket, and transfers the fabric to jumpsuits, jumpers, and coats—and has no problem with rocking it head to toe.

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If there's one thing we've learned from Ambrosio, it's that skirts are in, no matter the length. She keeps her minis sportier, usually pairing them with cool tennis shoes and an oversized shirt. Her midis are more feminine, paired with short heels and a structured tee. And her maxi skirts are formal, paired with sandals or heels and a blouse. Whether you wear minis, midis, or maxis, there's something to learn from Ambrosio's style. 

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Even as a little girl, Ambrosio liked pink. Now, she sports pink in the pages of Vogue or in Parisian cafés, and she designs pink pieces for her fashion line, Attico. Gilda's ability to pair pink skirts and dresses with dark, chunky flats and tennis shoes proves again that outfits are meant to have contrast. The bulkier elements balance the feminine, silky ones.

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Make like Ambrosio and step up your denim-game with embroidery, patchwork, and rips. Patterned jeans are more interesting than plain denim, but retain the comfort of your go-to pair. Not to mention, design elements make them feel elevated, whether paired with a band tee or sweater.

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While most people would pair a patterned top with plain bottoms, or visa versa, Ambrosio shows us that it's possible to pull off a matching set without feeling like there's too much going on. She usually pairs her outfits with plain shoes, jackets, and bags to balance the rest of the look. 

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Practicality aside, Ambrosio uses fur coats as statement pieces to transform an otherwise simple outfit into something that's unforgettable. She pairs them with dark sunglasses and big clutches that add depth and structure.

What do you think of her style? Check out all past Style Breakdowns here.