Milan, roof top bars and the perfect LBD

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So it turns out that they were right. These fashion experts, I mean. The Little Black Dress, or LBD as we’ve come to know it, really is one of the most versatile things we can own. Before Italy I had a little wardrobe-panic. I hadn’t bought many summer clothes because the weather in England was lending itself more to jumpers and coats: queue fashion dilemma! Given said British climate, I wasn’t prepared to go and invest in a new strappy tops and floaty dresses that I’d never wear them again. No, I needed to think savvily. Turning to Zara (all-hail) as a last-minute resort, I realised that a comfortable, light-weight black dress would be the solution to many problems – plus the tie-belt on this one was flattering and the cut of the dress felt completely modern!

I wore this dress whilst ticking off a box on my travel wish-list: Milan! Being a lover of all things fashion, Milan, with its bi-anual fashion weeks and decadent architecture, seemed like a sensible place for me to visit. Arriving first at Duomo di Milan (which is far prettier and more grand than it looks on pictures), we ventured straight down Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which happened to be directly off the cathedral square (shops and culture, what could be better?!). Having debated in Prada over a pair of sunglasses – which I’m still lusting after – it was time to slot in some more sights! This time, it was a leisurely stroll over to Sforza Castle where we wandered round, taking in the Romeo and Juliet-esque quadrangles. If you visit the castle, don’t forget to keep walking through to the back, where you’ll arrive at lush parkland with a mock Arc de Triumph lining the horizon (and if you want a taste of ‘real’ city, you’ll see all the Milanese taking their daily jogs through here). After stopping off for the most delicious pizza behind the cathedral, it was time to end our Milan adventures and move on to the next…

The following day, it was on to the rooftop bar at a hotel near ours (pictured below). Complete with giant ball lights and plush sofas, Sky Bar oozes modern sophistication. The black dress that I’d worn to Milan was the perfect piece for the night! Long enough to look elegant in the evening, but also not too dressy (the ‘done’ look seems to be a complete no no amongst the Italians). As the warm evening grew dark, we could see the lights twinkling across the stretch of the lake whilst we sipped on our bubbling prosecco. A magical experience, Sky Bar plays cool jazz music whilst you sit and take in the breath-taking views. And if you fancy a lie-down, there’s always the canopy beds by the rooftop pool that you can while away your evening on! A truly special night!

Dress, Zara £25.99 | Bag, Gucci, similar here

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