I packed the right clothes for Italy!!

Aug 8th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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Where did you find your gauzy skirts? Any pictures?? Just curious...I always wear capris because I have not seen skirts that were flattering on me.
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I wear them a lot also, most recently on trip to Caribbean and New Orleans. I got mine at Anne Taylor, but they are truly everywhere right now, so popular! Even in some of the catalogues like TravelSmith. The ones with a flat dropped yoke are very flattering.
Aug 8th, 2007, 01:57 PM
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Gauzy skirts can be bought off the street in New York, or ordered over the internet at prices less than $15.

Do searches for "broomstick" skirts or crinkle cotton or pull-on skirts. Really, they are everywhere. If you have a little import store in your town, with clothes from India, you'll get a good selection.
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Aug 8th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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Coldwater Creek usually carries lots of long / mid broomstick / gauzy skirts.
Chico's stretchy travelwear is great, but NOT for Italy in the summer - it's large part rubber. NOT cool in the heat and humidity.
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Aug 8th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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What kind of Clark sandals and where did you get them? Thanks for the helpful info.
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Aug 8th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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we'll be in the north of italy in september and I'll take one longer skirt but will have slacks and some longer length walking shorts as well for the mountains, some hikes, wineries, etc. The skirt will be fine for venice and milan however. I also like taking a skort - can do some walking in it but it can also work well in town. I found two pair of privo shoes that are great and transitional as well.
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Aug 8th, 2007, 06:30 PM
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I survived July with three pairs of light weight capri's, one pair of dress slacks and one linen light weight pants suit, several shirts to mix and match. That worked for Rome. I wish I had some shorts for CT. Even in July I needed a long sleeve shirt and sweater for the nights in Lake Como.

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Aug 8th, 2007, 07:06 PM
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And I meant to say Hooray for you! That must have been a great feeling. I want to go back because I want a packing do over. I was close, but want to try it again.---

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Ohmygosh, ladies... I guess word never got to you! I have the thigh problem, for obvious reasons, but my daughter does too...and she is thin. (I love to wear those skirts.)

We got this tip years ago and it has never failed us. You put antiperspirant on your inner thighs. (Kinda makes sense when you think about it!) The sodium hydrochloride or whatever it is in antiperspirant keeps your thighs from "sweating", therefore preventing chafing. We've used it for years and it works great! (remember, not deodorant alone, make sure it says "anti-perspirant"). I like the gel kind. I let it dry before putting on my skirt. Try it!!

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Aug 8th, 2007, 08:53 PM
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Great anti-persperant tip--I vaguely remember hearing about it but have long since forgotten.

Re: gauzy skirts, I have a couple of reversable double layer skirts--one side black and white, the other, a color. Has worked great for me, especially in the cities.
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Aug 9th, 2007, 03:32 AM
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I am going to have to try the anti-perspirant thing... I read the same tip but for shoes. I was complaining that my feet get all sweaty with ballerina flats and someone suggested the anti-perspirant. It seems to be a 'well-known-fact' for hikers too.

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Great idea on the anti-perspirant! I don't think the thigh-chafing has all that much to do with size per se... more to do with how much you sweat and the build of your frame. I'm anywhere from a size 1 to a size 4 and I can still get an awfully painful rash on my thighs if I'm out walking in hot, humid weather and wearing a skirt in a non-breathable fabric.
Target and Forever 21 carry a lot of knee-length "swingy", A-line skirts. I wear a lot of these on trips, as long skirts look funny on me since I have a really tiny upper body and larger lower body. Long skirts tend to look fabulous on women with longer legs, but for gals with more of the pear shape like me - the knee-length A-line skirt is very flattering.
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Aug 9th, 2007, 10:33 AM
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I, too, would love to know what Clark sandles you got! Thanks for all the great tips.
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Aug 9th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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The "bike pants" style underpants mentioned upthread from Target are called Assets. They're made by the same company that makes Spanks.
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Aug 9th, 2007, 07:44 PM
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It was great to read all the replies about chaffing and relised that I'm not the only person in the world with that problem! I've solved the thigh problem over the years by making lycra shorts to go under skirts and dresses. The lycra is easy to wash and dries quickly. You could also buy the bike shorts if you can't sew.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 03:11 AM
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Monistat makes this product: Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. I haven't tried it to prevent chafing when wearing skirts, but I have used it for other areas that chafe.

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Aug 10th, 2007, 05:33 AM
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I've tried Monistat's powder-gel product for chafing and find that it does not help.

Baby powder, particularly formulations that include zinc oxide, works quite well for me, but I have to re-apply it during the day, which means I have to carry a small bottle with me, and also have to deal with excess powder in random places that I've not checked to brush off.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 07:06 AM
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You can see Clark sandals online at www.zappos.com

If you have to wear lycra shorts or nylon petipants under your skirt, doesn't that defeat the idea that skirts are cooler to wear than capris?
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