A travel guide to the most desirable Greek island.
in collaboration with Karen Millen and Secret Escapes.
Right up there on most travel bucket lists, you’ll find bright white walls and the iconic cobalt blue doors of the idyllic Greek Islands. I had the privilege to discover Mykonos for the first time as I got whisked away with my better half for a long weekend to shoot the latest holiday collection by Karen Millen.
The unspoiled island dubbed ‘the little sister of Ibiza’ had just the right balance of sun soaked holiday bliss, old town charm and beats of Greek house music that we danced to around a bonfire - just guess what my Spotify list is now filled with. But back to the topic: what to wear après-beach and after the city streets have been explored, you know, when it’s time to get ‘dressed’.
This season’s occasion wear comes with dolce vita vibes and a relaxed, safari inspired feel, and I am definitely here for it. I packed mostly dresses and a few jumpsuits as they are pieces that require minimal effort when it comes to styling. I was on holiday after all. My top tip is to have them ironed upon arrival, so you’ll be able to get dressed in no time.
A crispy white summer dress should be the first thing to pack as it’s the ideal day-to-night number (also the best to show off my barely-there tan). Save the dress for the days when the lunch stretches out and you find yourself spending more or less the whole day at the restaurant lounge, ending the night dancing around a bonfire. Believe me, Mykonos has that effect on you. Take on these hotspots like Scorpios or Principauté in a simple dress; you can hide a bikini underneath and reserve the whole afternoon for swimming, sunbathing and exploring the great seafood with matching cocktails, mostly cocktails though.
For an afternoon in the charming old town, opt for a pair of comfortable shoes, but no need for sneakers (as if I would anyway) as the neat walking streets won’t have you balancing on cobblestones (bless this island!). Get lost in the small streets and let your eyes wonder through the offerings of unique handmade jewellery, locally crafted leather sandals and embroidered, linen blouses.
Oh and make sure you find the street ‘Kalogera’ where you’ll find local designer goods and a long list of new brands to put on your radar. Also visit the wonderful Cosset for interiors that make you want to give your home a Mykonos make-over (drool face emoji to say the least).
Those familiar designer shops disguised in the same white walls will let you know when you arrived to the city centre. The warm nights and streets blooming with bougainvillea had me feeling very dolce vita, so a well fitted lace dress worked wonders for a long dinner in the old town. Most street restaurants will lure you in with their charm, although I recommend finding Restaurant Familia, located in the middle of the old town. Just look at that pasta…
As for the best place to stay, find a boutique hotel where you’ll be able to enjoy the local food and idyllic surroundings to the max. Hidden away from the party crowd, we stayed at The Palladium Hotel. Located on top of a hill ensured postcardesque views with it being just a stone throw away from numerous beaches and charming Mediterranean restaurants that had us soaking up the iconic Mykonos life from the get-go. I mean just look at this amount of photos.