Olivia Rodrigo's Little Black Dress Perfectly Channels "Italian Girl Summer"

Her pick hails from a cult-favorite brand, Ciao Lucia.

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(Image credit: Instagram/Olivia Rodrigo.)

As far as Gen Z style goes, Olivia Rodrigo is one of the best-dressed members of her generation. The way that she so weaves wardrobe staples into her ultra-cool Y2K-inspired style should be studied. Case in point: the cult-favorite summer dress she wore while traveling abroad on her sold-out Guts World Tour.

In a series of candid photos posted to her Instagram feed, Rodrigo posed, ice cream cone in hand, in a black midi dress from Ciao Lucia. Ciao is a clothing brand beloved by fashion's most in-the-know set as well as celebrities including Zendaya, Kaia Gerber, and Sophia Richie Grainge.

Rodrigo's pick, the Gabriela Dress, is made from lightweight black cotton fabric and has smocked detailing across the bodice. Rodrigo accessorized with a pair of black sunglasses from yet another insider-favorite brand, DMY Studios.

Rodrigo’s little black dress is the perfect warm-weather option for those of us (like myself) who wear all-black no matter the season. This ensemble is also sweeter than the rest of her recent looks while still letting her grungier side peek through. A relaxed European energy fit for TikTok's "Italian Girl Summer" trend is clearly impacting her day-off style: the "Vampire" singer opted for a white mini-dress from LoveShackFancy a few weeks ago, right when she kicked off her European tour dates.

Wearing all-black seems to be a go-to tactic in this new fashion era, a sharp pivot from the colorful, punky looks Rodrigo wore on her Sour tour last year. Her subdued Ciao Lucia midi even contrasts her on-stage alter ego, who wears bright red vintage Victoria's Secret bras and sparkling silver two-piece sets.

Even before she jetted to Europe, Rodrigo styled outfits within the same moody color palette. She wore a black polka-dotted mini option from Reformation while in Los Angeles in late April and donned a head-to-toe gray ensemble in New York City earlier that same month.

While her Ciao Lucia dress is sure to sell out, it’s a classic silhouette that you can easily emulate. Look for longer (knee-length or maxi!) dresses made from similar fabrics. Ruched or smocked details add a sense of ease (and the chance to eschew a bra if they offer enough support). Keep scrolling to shop for similar options to mimic the Mediterranean vacation look Rodrigo is so effortlessly mastering.

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Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.