If we were to describe Italy as a woman, she would be one of the most stylish women in the world and Milan would be her gold rimmed Gucci sunglasses. Milan is one of the most dynamic and international cities in the world, much more urban and modern than the rest of Italy.
What to wear in Milan? Here you can find some suggestions about what to wear when travelling around Milan.
A fashion capital, home to Valentino, Dolce & Gabana, Prada and Gucci, it is little wonder that travelling to this city can be intimidating for even the most fashion savvy traveller.
If you really want to blend in and look like a local, rather than be recognised as a tourist, focus on fashionable, functional pieces in classic colours. Or another alternative is to head to the city with an empty suitcase and shop until you have enough items that will be sufficient for a classy, sophisticated travel wardrobe. If you don’t have the wallet to match the looks at Gucci and Prada boutiques, not to worry, stores in Milan such as Sisley and Benetton always stock classy and fashionable apparel at affordable prices. For more unique treasures, head to Isola, where you can pick up beautiful vintage pieces from influential Italian designers.
The climate also has an impact on how you choose your attire.
What to wear in Milan in winter?
In the winter it can be quite cold and humid, sometimes unpredictable so don’t forget heavy jackets, sweaters and scarfs, in darks and neutral colours that you can mix and match. For walking shopping and sightseeing your feet should also be well dressed in a good quality pair of flat leather boots or trendy sneakers.
What to wear in Milan in summer and spring?
Summer and spring ranges from mild and pleasant to hot and sticky, so choose a classic well fitted pair of trousers and light top or a dress in a solid colour in lightweight fabrics, you will rarely see an Italian woman in a floral print dress as they tend to stick to simple dark, neutral or white. For shopping and strolling around the city it is advisable to avoid sportswear, shorts and any kind of beachwear. Bright colours should also be avoided if you want to look like a local. Italians do wear bright colours, but not at all times and in specific colour combinations.
What to wear in Milan? You can find the answer in our Made in Italy online shop.
What to wear in Milan when you visit monument and churches?
Another thing to note, when sighseeing around Milan, is that it is home to some beautiful religious sites and churches that you might want to visit. Entrance will not be allowed without suitable attire – this means shoulders and knees covered and nothing too showy.
What to wear in Milan in the evening?
In the evening, have fun, a nice pair of heels and skinny jeans and a nice slinky blouse. If you want to display your legs go for a nice simple dress in one shade and a pair of expensive shoes. The right bag and a statement necklace can be the perfect complement to top off your outfit. Think cosmopolitan, sophisticated and stylish.
Barbara Houghton – Fashion Designer
The Italian Community