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Clothing in Europe-Preventing the Tourist Look

Apr 6th, 2004, 02:19 PM
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OK, it is 11:15 PM in London, time for you Brits to go to bed.

Don't get a car clamp parking on New Bond St, sweetie. You will have to deal with the bloody, buggery traffic warden to have it removed.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 02:22 PM
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I'm afraid it's not this Brit's bedtime yet!
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Apr 6th, 2004, 02:24 PM
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How sad. It appears that Europeans are so 19th Century--judging people based on inconsquential outer factors such as the style and color of their shoes or the tightness or looseness of a shirt.

Old prejudices and bigotry take a long time to die.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 02:29 PM
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Similarly, Bowler hats are no longer required to be worn by all men during daylight hours. Although a Homburg is considered appropriate in the evening, but only if there is not a Y in the month. Ladies are not required to wear hats, unless sitting as a magistrate in a court.

Men under the Age of 30 can during the rutting season roll there sleeves up on their shirts - but not above the elbow.

Gentleman should always, dress to the left in England, but you're tailor will have allowed for this, so this isn't critical. Unless, heaven-forbid, you buy ready to wear from one of those new fangled American stores.

Like Singapore in the 1980's, it's not unknown for dishevelled tourists arriving on the red eye to be sent by immigration to Huntsman in Saville Row to smarten up their act.

All jackets should have no more than 3 buttons, the top button of which must not be done up.

Buttons on the Cuffs of Jackets should be able to opened.

When walking into a pub do not approach the bar and use the phrase "Landlord a tankard of your finest Ale", nothing could give you away as a tourist faster (ok perhaps if you were wearing leather trousers and a fur coat)

You should be warned however, that the Tramp Nightclub in London's Mayfair, does Not, as its name may mistakingly lead you to believe, have a slack dress policy. Foreigners are welcome, however, as long as they put on an English accent and aren't wearing a shirt that features a man trying to ride a large dog whilst beating it with a stick.

Finally, it is a british tradition to wear lucky heather, particularly if it is wrapped in tin foil. Ladies can be found selling it on many a street corner - do buy some it's genuinely lucky.
Apr 6th, 2004, 02:30 PM
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Who always brings up the subject of clothing on this forum, er, Americans - the "people are beautfiul inside" nation.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 02:33 PM
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Only because they've heard how shallow and bigoted Europeans are.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 02:34 PM
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Wear a burnoose if you don't want to stand out as an American tourist. Look like a tourist from North Africa!That'll confuse 'em.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 02:37 PM
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People are beautiful on the inside? Have you ever actually seen the intestines?
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Apr 6th, 2004, 02:46 PM
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I fear that some of us may be giving the impression that the Europeans and particularly the English are stuffy and overly formal. Nothing could be further than the truth.

May I suggest, for those wishing to fit in, and blend in, there is no finer example of a British man at ease in British society than the great English actor Richard Wayne Van Dyke in his masterly portratyal of the English man at leisure, Bert.
Apr 6th, 2004, 02:55 PM
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SoBeTraveler, just wait, when you move to California and out of the northeast, you too will change your fashion ideas.
Then you can regale us with some of your Fashion discoveries!
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Apr 6th, 2004, 03:28 PM
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Wouldn't it make more sense for the Italian president to do a style makeover of his American counterpart?
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Capo, you are too funny! =D> I keep writing this to you because you always make me laugh...I won't single you out any more, I promise, but please know that somewhere, deep in the heart of Texas, I am laughing, always, at your clever replies! Take care
Apr 6th, 2004, 04:14 PM
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So true PJ, my friends dress more like the group in 4 weddings and a funeral. The husband an academic, the wife worked at Divertimento, now teaching
and the others "creative." The only Sartorial guy was an old lover who was a partner on Saville Row. you'll notice in some "Locals" you may stop in, how the dress differs.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 04:42 PM
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I just returned from Zurich, Rome and Florence. I had the same concerns. The answer , from my observations is simple. For women, black simple clothes with a long scarf around the neck. I happened on this dress and surprising to me , was addressed in the native language on flights and in the countries. I heard English spoklen to others who were deemed to be Americans. I must say, however, that found only friendliness toward me when people discovered that I was American.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 05:04 PM
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OK, so I saw this thread early in the day and I figured it would get the usual "ho-hum, another fashion thread" treatment. Now, less than 12 hours later, almost 100 responses, many of them encyclopedic in length. I clealy know nothing about peoples tastes or fashion. Have fun.

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Apr 6th, 2004, 05:20 PM
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missypie. Checks with flowers stripes with prints is a fashion that's hard for the average person to do , but when some like missoni , and kenzo do it it works. I think fashion should be fun, and I care less what people wear as long as they are nice to be around and fun would be even better.
Vogue on the outside-vague on the inside.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 06:25 PM
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I believe that is time to put this post to REST...
What to wear or not to wear, the Eternal Question that keep resuscitating every couples of months...is getting boring after awhile.. considering that there were other posts awhile back in the same SUBJECT..

So my dear ILLUSTRIOUS FODORITES, is time to say Good Bye...

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