With the clock going forward comes a change of season and although the weather doesn’t quite yet set the scene we remain hopeful that the sun and warmer weather is going to follow shortly.
I don’t know about you, but when spring comes along and the days become longer, I suddenly put behind my hibernation habits and pretty much transform into a social butterfly.
Some might blame my Italian roots, but in my opinion nothing beats the ever so wonderful tradition of aperitivo. Having been raised in the Mediterranean aperitivo has pretty much been part of my culture my entire life.
For those of you who might not be familiar with Italian aperitivo, it is by far one of the nicest traditions. It basically stands for pre-meal drink, initially created to stimulate your appetite. When you order a drink it is generally served with an array of nibbles that ironically end up filling you up so much you can’t stand the thought of actually going to dinner. It also happens to be a great icebreaker for first dates.
Back when Macha and I used to live in Milan we were addicted to aperitivo and especially to Rossini’s, a lovely blend of Prosseco and strawberry puré. After all who can resist a pre-dinner sparkler?
Times have now changed especially with us no longer having the metabolism to enjoy a drink more than once a week and it also doesn’t bode well with the healthy lifestyle we have decided to adopt. That however should not stop you!
So there you are face to face with your suitcase wondering what to wear before heading out to a bustling piazzetta to meet Marco, a charming Italian who kindly offered to take you out on a date during your getaway.
You needless to say, need to look smart as Italians are known for their impeccable sense of style but you don’t want to over do it. The last thing you want to do is strut down a cobbled street with an Hervé Leger. You need to look smart yet relaxed.
So we have put together two looks for you to chose from.
Macha opted for a slightly more upscale look teaming a belted knitted dress with a ghillie sandal and accessorised her look with a printed shawl.
Belt: B-low the Belt
Shawl: Coco & Sebastian
I on the other hand opted for a slightly more casual look teaming a black long sleeved dress with a tassel waistcoat and Chelsea boots. To add some colour into my look I accessorised the outfit with a printed clutch.
Dress: Lovers & Friends
Waist coat: Topshop
Bag: Coco & Sebastian
Photography by Sophie Dussex