Italians have been named the most stylish dressers in Europe – with the UK coming in fourth place.
The Mediterranean country, home to world-famous designers and fashion houses including Prada and Versace, took the top spot in the international poll of 14,000 adults from across Europe.
France, home to luxury brands like Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Balmain, came in a close second.
Spain took third place, with the UK and Sweden placing fourth and fifth respectively.
The research was commissioned by luxury platform FARFETCH.
The tool shows sales data from some of the world’s most fashion-forward cities, and how shopping habits have changed during worldwide lockdowns.
Milan has seen sales of tracksuit sets increase a huge 1,000 per cent in 2020, as people across the world spend more time indoors.
In New York, sleepwear is up 225 per cent year-on-year from 2019.
The UK saw the biggest increase in sales of the classic Aviator watch, with sales increasing by 400 per cent – more than any other country worldwide.
Italians are the most stylish… but Victoria Beckham dresses best
The most stylish European countries according to European adults:
Europeans’ top 10 style icons:
1. Victoria Beckham
2. Kate Middleton
3. Chiara Ferragni
4. Olivia Palermo
5. Ellie Goulding
6. Alexa Chung
7. Jane Birkin
8. Anna Cleveland
9. Lizzy Hadfield
10. Bonnie Strange
The study also revealed how people rate themselves when it comes to style, with 76 per cent of Polish adults describing themselves as ‘fashionable’ – compared to 67 per cent of Italians and 64 per cent of French residents.
Italians have a passion for fashion – spending more than anyone else during a typical month, with Germans coming in a close second.
Despite that, the Spanish will take more time to look for the latest trends, spending nearly 10 hours a month browsing for clothes and accessories, compared to four-and-a-half hours in the UK.
‘Conscious’ shopping is also becoming a growing trend, with the UK seeing a 108 per cent rise in those shopping sustainable brands.
However, thisfigure has been bested by Germany – 130 per cent – and Sweden – 120 per cent – as well as Switzerland, which saw a huge 166 per cent increase.
Brits also bought more pre-owned clothing than they did last year, as did many other countries across Europe.
And those living in Spain will also indulge themselves the most when it comes to reading up and finding inspiration for new looks, spending five hours a week browsing websites, reading magazines and scrolling through social feeds.
The study of residents from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and Denmark revealed more than a quarter of all adults will browse Instagram for style tips, and fashion inspiration.
Another 27 per cent look to fashion websites and 22 per cent turn to magazines.
It also emerged 51 per cent of all adults polled, via OnePoll, will take fashion inspiration from other countries, with Italy, France and the UK most likely to inspire people.
A further 56 per cent enjoy learning about fashion and style, with 52 per cent keen to broaden their horizons and learn more about international couture and design.
The research also discovered Victoria Beckham was named the biggest style icon, chosen by a huge 28 per cent of respondents.
Others to make the top 10 included Kate Middleton, pop star Ellie Goulding and the iconic Jane Birkin.
A spokesperson for FARFETCH said: “Fashion has always been a great way to truly express and explore your individuality, and now with so many different styles to choose from, it’s never been easier for people to really put their own spin on things.”
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