People are pretty well-dressed here. And Milan isn't known as the city of high fashion and outlet shopping for nothing.
Bring along a half-filled luggage and go shopping in Milan. Some of the HOTTEST and hippest clothes these days are designed by Italian designers from the design houses Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Armani... amongst others.
If you wish to blend in with the chic locals - dress like them. Smart casuals and/or elegant outfits only please. ;-)
The following is a rough guide on what I'd pack along with me for a vacation to Milan in summer where the weather is warmer!
(1) 1 pair of jeans (in black or denim blue).
(2) 1 short skirt OR skorts (a mini skirt with a pair of shorts sewn in... Very hip right now).
(3) 1 pair of shorts/ bermudas.
(4) 2 summer dresses.
(5) 3 or 4 cotton t-shirts/ tank tops
(6) 1 pair of sandals
(7) 1 pair of evening shoes
(8) 1 little black dress (which can double up for day and evening events).
Luggage and bags:
Those who are traveling to Milano shouldn't bring too many bags of cloths with, because it is the leading fashion center of the world.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There are so many shops and stores in Milano offering different kinf of cloths and shoes in regarding prices and quality.
Those who cannot spend much should visit the stores in Corso Buenos Aires, those who doesnot care for the prices should go in Via Montenapoleoni, Via della Spiga or Corso Vercelli.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your own medical supplies if it serves for the special treatment, oterwise not because all you need is available in Milano.
Photo Equipment: Same goes for your camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are a very good stores in Via Zara, nearby Sesto San Giovanni.
Bring some walking shoes.
Photo Equipment: Don't bring your fanciest photo gear. It might be stolen from you.
Miscellaneous: Sunglasses!!! This is the most important thing to bring with you to Italy. All Italians are wearing them even if there is no sun. Preferrably from some designer like Armani or Gucci etc.
Luggage and bags:
As with any traveling, light is good. I arrived in Milan with way too much stuff. I was going to be staying for a few months but you can find anything you could possibly need in Milan so don't bring it all with you. You also may want to bring an additional, collapsable bag to bring all the goodies home with you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: HOT in the summer but do not wear shorts, Italians don't like them and you will look like a dork wearing shorts, wear thin, linen pants.
COLD in winter, layer you cloths becuse a lot of time it's too hot in stores or restaurants and you will sweat if you cannot remove a coat or sweater.
Key is not to look like an American tourist so don't bring any of your Disneyland or football sweatshirts. The Italians all dress well so do your best to try to fit in. Conservative is good.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find all at Upim. It's a department store with a beauty/cosmetic section that's huge!!!! and great prices. There's also plenty of farmacia's open all hours.
Miscellaneous: When craving pistachio gelato go to one of the vendors in the Duomo, it's cheaper and usually a lot better than gelato shops.
If you just want a cold beer you can get one for about $1.50 at most of the same vendors that sell gelato.
We went on July and it was very hot about 32 degrees, so all on our luggage was summer cloth, confortable shoes because you will walk a lot. If you go on winter well take all jumper, trousers, hats, etc is very very cold.
Viajamos en Julio en pleno verano y hacía mucha calor sobre 35 grados, así ke toda la ropa de verano que echamos a veces no era suficiente. Recomiendo los zapatos mas comodos que tengas porque te pasarás el día andando. Si viajas en invierno preparate a ir forrada de ropa, hace mucho frio.
Photo Equipment: Photo Equipment: Your digital camera with a good memory stick or normal cameral with lots of films, because you will take a lots of photos believe me. I took nearly 200 photos.
Tu cámara digital con su correspondiente tarjeta o la cámara normal y muchos carretes porque harás mogollón de fotos. Yo hice casi 200.
Luggage and bags:
Large bags with enough room in them for your new purchases - Milan is one of the shopping capitals of the world!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes for all the shopping you are going to do (and for walking from Il Duomo to Castello Sforzesco).
Photo Equipment: Any photo equipment you need you should be able to buy here - and believe me there are many beautiful things you will want to take photos of... so make sure you've got enough film/memory and batteries.
If you are planning to walk around and sightsee, then a comfy pair of shoes, even trainers are fine, dont think just because you are going to Milan that you need to dress like a supermodel! even casual bars/restraurants are fine to dress casual in. The only time you may want to dress it up a bit is if you go to a trendy bar or club.. as then things are a little different.. ask the locals on the forum..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are shops that sell anything you need, so no worries there...
Photo Equipment: dont forget to take your camera when going up to the Duomo Cathedral - the views and the spires are amazing..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: My sister visited Milan in June and we did at July.Me and my sister both had very allergig reactions of Milanese mosquitos.Belive me:there are lots of mosquitos at home,but they make us only ichy,but these ones got us both serious problems,my legs were all red and with yellow(!!)spots,witch broke and had matter inside.I had to use medicin,and so did my sister.Our both husbands had only little ichy,so it doesn´t wok as bad to anyone.But just in case,take some poison and something for iching spots with you.Some say,that you shoul eat antihistamin before you go.
Luggage and bags:
Your most expensive Designer Bag! You`ll be nothing without it there!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take this for serious: MILAN IS NOT A HIGH-HEEL CITY!!!. I`m experienced with High Heels and I`m willing to stand lots of pain to look good but the broken sidewalks and hot summer temperatures just require flat, comfortable shoes!
Other clothes: be aware that you are in the Fashion-World Capital! Dress according to that!
Miscellaneous: UMBRELLA! Expect showers any time! Even in summer!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember that you have to respect the local etiquettes when you visit churches and cathedrals, and other religious places. It is required to cover up bare skin, shoulders, arms, .. So if you want to experience the great cathedrals you should pack up some light shirts that cover your shoulders/decollage, and some longer shorts/skirts/pants to cover your legs/thighs. If it's too hot, bring sarongs or kaftans, anything you can throw on before entering.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Especially for girls: in summer don´t forget to bring some kind of sweater, something with long arms, even when it´s really hot. You can´t enter the churches and cathedrals with naked shoulders!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you travel to Milan in the fall, pack a sweater, warm jacket, scarf, and umbrella.
When we were there in late October, it rained for two days, and for the rest of the time, the temperature hovered around 50F (10C). I swear that my pashmina shawl, used as a scarf, was the only thing that kept me from hypothermia.
Luggage and bags:
If taking the train or riding small cars, take as little with you as possible.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It was warmer in northern Italy compared to the south so the parka came in handy.
Miscellaneous: These 3 things I never leave home without...ever! And they've saved the day while I was travelling more than once.
If you are planning to visit the Cathedral and the weather is hot - think of taking some light shirt that does not take much room in your bag: you will need one at the entrance of the Cathedral as people are not allowed inside with bare shoulder.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Pretty much anything can be purchased in Milan upon arrival.
Miscellaneous: Take your ATM card - there are many cash machines, so your card will not let you down.
An UMBRELLA is the most important thing to bring to this town- The weather is changing all the time - and its raining a lot!
Comfortable walking shoes are a must - the has to be a lot of walking in this city, mainly because of the shopping but also because its faster to get around by foot in the area around the walking street Corso Vittorio Emanuele.