A walk down {Milan} memory lane. – Le Colonne di San Lorenzo

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I don’t know what I was hoping to find by gong back to Milan on my 7 year anniversary in Italy. The trip certainly helped me realize you can’t relive the past so you should really enjoy the present. I’ve blogged here about why I chose Milan as the city to settle in.

 

The mood of the city was not the same as when I was living there discovering it for the first time.  Still incredible, and beautiful….actually more beautiful than what I had remembered…..but different.

 

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We were only there for three very packed days, and on the Sunday before we left I really wanted to visit the area that meant the most to me while living in Milan;

Le Colonne di San Lorenzo, where I would hangout, feel like an Italian hipster, go for aperitivos and “blend” and

 

Corso di Porta Ticinese where I would go vintage shopping or look for sample sale deals while refusing to shop at the big luxury stores.  By “refusing” I mean I was newly poor again, having spent all my money moving to Milan and working in a Bar under the table, not yet used to Italy’s low wages!

 

 

Le Colonne di San Lorenzo

Most people don’t realize that there are Roman ruins EVERYWHERE in Italy and not just in Rome.  Actually , when you think about it Europe is filled with Roman ruins!

 

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These columns are one of the best known Roman ruins in Milan, but now a days you’ll find that they are a more important hangout spot than cultural spot.  On sunny days you’ll find them filled with hipsters, sleek milanese business types and street kids alike.  I wouldn’t spend that much time at the actual columns but I would use them to orient myself.

 

This is where you will find many cheap aperitivo bars filled with locals and students and the after work crowd.  I used to work in Brera, a very posh area of Milan, but after work I hated staying there as the vibe was a little snob….curated, but snob none the less.

 

One of my favourite memories of Milan was finding a little corner bar/cafe that had a 7 euro all you can eat aperitivo buffet (including cocktail).  I would go up to the second storey with my journal (the days before blogging), sit, have a drink alone and write.  As I passed the same place this time around I realized that it would be impossible to relive that time of my life, but I’m glad I still remember where it is !

 

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This is where you’ll find small independent boutiques, American Apparel and along the Corso di Porta Ticinese tons of vintage shops selling everything your vintage heart desires.

 

 

Corso di Porta Ticinese

 

One thing you will notice in Milan is that Italy’s Fashion capital has no lack of places to shop at! The other thing you’ll notice is that most of those places are ridiculously expensive.  One solution is the Corso di Porta Ticinese.

 

It is a mix of Chinese clothing stores, vintage and used clothing stores, army surplus, sell-offs and sample sales. Personally, I think the best deals are the sample sale stores, where you can find Italian brand name shoes and clothes at under 25 euro.

 

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Outside of one of these stores is where I met this week’s Real Dad!

 

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Real Dad Street Style

 

He was waiting outside of one of the shops for his lady to come out while watching their baby in a super stylish stroller.  I really liked his style, perhaps because it was so non-Milan but so perfectly Corso Ticinese!

 

I started chatting with him and found out that he’s actually from Bologna but has been living in Milan for quite a long time.  He assured me that his runners, jeans and laid back style was purely because it was Sunday.

 

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One of the things I love about Italian style in general, but specifically men’s style is their ability to use accessories with no fear.  This guy knows how to tie a scarf and he’s not afraid to use it.  I’ve written before about the Italian fear of drafts and catching a chill here.

 

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The Coatigan

These half sweater half coat – COATIGANS are everywhere in Italy, and I don’t think they’re going anywhere fast.  I’ve written before about the Coatigan and about Montgomery Duffle coats here, and where to get the original look for less.

 

Are these popular anywhere else?  Please fill me in as I’ve been living in an Italian vacuum!

 

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I really liked this guy’s unpretentious Sunday style.  He looks cool with just a few key details.  Style inspiration for any dad who needs to update their look from a standard hooded sweatshirt and big technical outdoor jacket (come on guys you know who I’m talking about!) to something a little more urban.

 

Simple running shoes, jeans that are NOT TOO LONG, a sweater duffle coat aka coatigan, a cotton or linen scarf tied simply and a nice beanie (toque if you are Canadian!).

 

I don’t know why there is this misconception that to take care of how you look makes you less of a man.  This guy is not trying too hard but he looks great and very masculine.

A Weekend in Milan

And that’s it for today.  If you plan on going to Milan for the EXPO2015 check out this part of the city.  Much less touristy and filled with cool places to hangout and shop.  For the rest of January I will be sharing all about my favorite spots in Milan and a nice itinerary for a weekend getaway plus lots of gluten free restaurant options.  If you happen to see yesterday’s post you know that I’m starting a new Gluten Free in Italy series on the blog and you can follow along with my new gluten free social media accounts here.

 

Now onto YOUR style…

 

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Next Tuesday I will not be hosting the linkup because January 6th is a holiday in Italy.

I’ll probably still blog a few times (can’t seem to stay away!)  but I will be taking it easy.  

We’ll be in Rome for New Years and I wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

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  • http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/ ADA

    Great walk down memory lane. Those photos are like post-cards. I also love and follow all the last 3 ladies you featured this week. Hope you enjoy my Festive Outfit today. =)

    It has been a pleasure getting to know you over the last year Angie. Love your street-chic style. Thanks for hosting awesome link-up also. I am looking forward to co-hosting soon. We will e-mail one another. Happy New Year 2015!!

    <3 Ada.

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  • http://www.hockeywifehockeylife.com/ Samantha Angell

    Oh, I would love to head to Milan. I’ve never been, but only heard great things and your post makes it so appealing. As far as the ‘coatagins”- I saw a few of them in Sweden this fall, but of course they disappeared quickly as the winter really came and set in!

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  • Dawn Lucy

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics of Milan and love that guy’s effortless chic look!

    OXOX

    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  • http://www.jacketsociety.com JacketSociety Nora M

    Great photos Angie, like usual..as much as I love Italy and I have been to quite a few cities, I haven’t really seen Milan. Only spent one day there years ago for work, so I am looking forward to going back. Good choice with the real dad style too :) I wish you and your family a very happy new year!
    Nora
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  • Jordan

    Thank you so much for featuring me in your FAB FIVE!!! I’m so honored! :)

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Jordan I’ll be featuring you more often in 2015, I’m really enjoying your style. you have some great looks!

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  • http://comoperderseenespana.wordpress.com/ Ashley @ Cómo perderse en Espa

    Milan looks so incredible from your photos! I went 2.5 years ago and have bad memories from it, but I think it was the heat (about 40C).

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      The weather plays such an important role in whether or not you enjoy a city. I feel like it rained non-stop when I visited Berlin. To be perfectly honest, from a tourist perspective I can understand how all of Italy in general could be difficult to visit in the summer if you aren’t used to the heat. My sister tried to visit Rome in the summer when it was like 45 degree and she almost melted.

      Happy new Year’s my dear!

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      • http://comoperderseenespana.wordpress.com/ Ashley @ Cómo perderse en Espa

        I can totally sympathise with her! I loved Italy the first time I visited, but that was in April; in August it was a little much.
        Have a very Happy New Year, as well!

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  • Gen

    Coatigans are NOT a thing in Canada, I’m pretty sure you can guess why (we need the full coat) and technical outdoor outerwear are always a thing here; not so much in my neighbourhood but definitely see them all over the country. I think they are acceptable when its really cold out, but everyone should have a more stylish coat for going out in the evenings. When I was young and had recently finished university and moved to Toronto, I had a date with an out of towner so I suggested a chic college street restaurant (kalender) that I was waiting for an opportunity to try out. He showed up wearing some sort of mec/patagonia sporty winter coat and I remember feeling so embarrassed and disappointed – I had this fantasy of being an adult and going to adult places in adult clothes with adult men, and the coat totally shattered that fantasy. At that moment I lost interest in him, and I also lost interest in trying to be “adult”. After that incident I accepted my fate of divey bars and cheap ethnic restaurants and by the time I could actually afford nice restaurants I didn’t even care what I was wearing anymore myself. Now, I live a block away from Kalender, and still feel yucky every time I pass by it. Long rambley comment! Haha!

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      I always think about how many great fall / early winter trends would just never work in Toronto because the “fall” is so short and the winter so intense. But seriously why doesn’t someone make nice, Men’s technical coats. Or maybe someone does….DSquared but no one can afford them. So sad to hear about your “real person” adult date going awry, if it makes you feel any better the story totally made me laugh. Ha speaking of cheap ethnic places. When I first got to Italy I would always want to eat cheap (awful) chinese food because I missed toronto so much. But OFTEN Italians would comment about how my coat smelled like Chinese food. I had never even noticed. Italians are OBSESSED with the way ethnic smells “attach” to their clothes. but I digress…happy new year.

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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Wow, I am honored to be one of the Fab Five! Thank you! I can’t imagine living where you did, I am sure you learned a lot about the culture and had a lot of sights to see. I have only been to Europe once, we did a week in Paris in 2012. We are hoping to visit Italy next, but it won’t be in 2015. I really love the coatigan he is wearing!!

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  • http://www.apocketfulofpolkadots.com/ JL@ A Pocketful of Polka Dots

    As always I so love the little adventures you share with us of these beautiful Italian cities and style! I also appreciate the fact you share stylish dads along the way, too. Thank you so much for featuring one of my looks this week, dear Angie! Such a pleasant surprise!

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  • http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/ ADA

    Happy New Year my friend! I am glad you enjoyed your week off in Rome. Looks like an awesome holiday season at some awesome places. I too enjoy your photos, like Jill.

    That is one very stylish European dad right there. And I also super love Alice’s & Carrie’s Outfits! Always a pleasure linking up!

    <3 Ada.

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Ada I love your thoughtful comments, thank you so much for coming by and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2015!

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