How do People dress in Italy?

Old Sep 13th, 2006, 10:25 AM
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The main thing is to wear what you like and what you are comfortable in. Be yourself! In Italy you see all types of dress.

When I was living in Rome last year - what I found rather disturbing were the amount of teenage boys with mullets. They usually accessorized the look with two rather large diamond-like earrings.
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Old Sep 13th, 2006, 10:36 AM
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I would have to say that people all over Italy dress nicely, it is not just relegated to Venice. While there are always exceptions to the rule, the average person does dress nicely (not sloppily) as they are very fashion conscious.

As an alternative to wearing white tennis shoes, you can find very comfortable replacements in a darker color (black) that work just as well. I shopped at my local Mervyns and found some comfortable walking shoes (Mushrooms or Easy Spirit brands, for example) that are just as comfortable as walking around in tennis shoes and you won't "stick out" as much. While tennis shoes are worn by young people (mostly the guys), adults are rarely seen walking around in them. However, in Europe they offer nice alternatives to tennis shoes in different colors or comfortable flats (even heels) that the women wear. They are always fashionable, but don't let that intimidate you. I would suggest bringing along a black blazer that can double as a coat (if chilly), or a night outfit when going out to dinner. I brought a dark colored denim pair of jeans and was fine when pairing it with a nice top, blazer, etc. Black jeans are great too. Of course, dependent on when you are going, Venice is cooling off now and will be quite brisk/cold mid-October, November so you would probably have a coat covering you anyway.
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Old Sep 13th, 2006, 10:56 AM
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Jeans are fine (I don't take them myself because they are too heavy to pack and just not my style).

Sneakers are fine (I always pack my Nikes that I use for the gym because nothing is more comfortable for a lot of walking).

You will stand out as tourists no matter what you wear because you speak English and are going around looking at the sights. Locals are at work.
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Old Sep 13th, 2006, 02:37 PM
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Mullets! The 80's ARE back!! Eeek.
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