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OH NO!! All I cared about was how I dressed...not the man

OH NO!! All I cared about was how I dressed...not the man

Old Aug 29th, 2003, 03:36 PM
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OH NO!! All I cared about was how I dressed...not the man

Help. I bought all black for my honeymoon to Italy. Just realized my Florida hubby dresses in surf shirts and polo style shirts. What exactly do "the guys" where in Italy to not look like a tourist? HELP!!!
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Old Aug 29th, 2003, 03:41 PM
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Well, being from Florida I've always left my "surf" type shirts at home, but I've noticed they are very popular with the locals, especially places like the Amalfi coast and even in Rome. As I mentioned on another thread, I'm beginning to think I stand out as a tourist because I often wear black shirts -- something mainly only tourists seem to do these days, at least in the summer. And polo style shirts are very common -- who do you think buys all those Lacoste versions?
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Old Aug 29th, 2003, 04:30 PM
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Why go to Italy in Black, A big color for Italian funerals? They are not like Americans wearing all black for dining and going about.
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Old Aug 29th, 2003, 04:31 PM
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Because my two friends that live in Italy and my one friend that lives in England told me to wear "brown, black and tan" to fit in. That is why.
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All black for a honeymoon? Wow. Fashion or no fashion, that sounds rather...depressing.
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When are you going? If it's hot still black may not be too comfortable.
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Old Aug 29th, 2003, 04:47 PM
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jal. I wish you a happy Honeymoon but you are ill advised to wear widow weeds. Buy something smashing You really love. This is a special time and color should express it, and to show your groom how happy you are.
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Old Aug 29th, 2003, 04:50 PM
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cigalechanta, I agree 100%.
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Old Aug 29th, 2003, 05:30 PM
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So wear a little black dress at night or a pair of black capris and wear light tops, white and blue. Pink is very flattering.
You husband can do the same with polo shirts and slacks or khakis.
I think it might be impossible to NOT look like a tourist in Italy, they just have this style that is hard to imitate.
Like the French
Happy Honeymoon~
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Old Aug 29th, 2003, 06:39 PM
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To blend in:

The man wears a tank top (any color), flip flops, and black shorts with two or three white vertical stripes on the hip.

He smokes and plays machines in the caffe'.
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Old Aug 29th, 2003, 07:57 PM
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oh Poppa, I'm glad I don't travel with you (Sorry Momma)

My sweetie wears khakis with a nice long sleeved sport shirt and a lightweight wool sweater tied across his shoulders. He fit in great in Italy and France. hmm. Come to think of it that's how he dresses at home too. Although he does wear tropical print shirts when the temp outside is higher than 80F.
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Old Aug 30th, 2003, 12:41 AM
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Jal, get some bright accessories to wear with your black, or you will look very depressing! Orange is great for now, or lime green, or red.
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Old Aug 30th, 2003, 04:19 AM
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>What exactly do "the guys" where in Italy to not look like a tourist? <

There is no way that you will not look like a tourist. Stop worrying about clothes and enjoy yourself.

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As long as you both dress neatly and appropriately for wherever you're going (e.g., no microminis in the Vatican; no tuxedos in a neighborhood bar) you won't attract undue attention, so don't obesess over colors and styles. The Italians will know that you aren't one of them anyway. You'll be walking about on vacation, not headed to a business meeting.
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I was just reporting on the attire of "real men" in the Veneto who would never be mistaken for tourists.

Wear the requisite shorts, the tank top (no tatoos, of course), and the flip flops. Saunter as if the world was yer oyster. Get the coffee. Light the ciggie. Feed the fruit machine.

Voila! You are a native (in the Veneto).
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I am leaving for Italy in a little over a week and I am taking mostly black too. I have a "little black dress", black skirt, both black and white t-shirts and some Seven jeans. I'm also taking a black and white Prada scarf and a black pashmina. That is pretty much how I dress at home anyway, although my travel clothes are fabrics that are supposed to dry fast in case I need to wash them in the sink at night. Of course we are only taking backpacks so I can't pack much. I'm all for the mostly black ook. I think color can be a little cheesy.
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Old Aug 31st, 2003, 12:53 PM
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black clothes during summer heat ?
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Old Aug 31st, 2003, 12:59 PM
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> I think color can be a little cheesy.

Blue cheese, Stilton, Roquefort, Cheddar, Gouda, Gorgonzola, Gjetost, Swiss, Brie?
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Old Aug 31st, 2003, 12:59 PM
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People being surprised at black in the summer, sound like those who are afraid of white after Labor Day!
European cities are not the desert! Black is fine. So are colors. You just won't see that many bright color prints and patterns as you might in some parts of the US.
I have found it more practical to take all black and white. Mix and matches easier.
 
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tiffporn, color is never cheesey only the shades of it. There is blue and than there's a vuger blue. As far as black: It draws the heat if you are in a warm area; it collects dust as if you are bodily in dandruff. it's unforgiving for stains, however if you love it by all means wear it. I neverr would tell anyone what to wear only if they ask. Color is a very personal thing.
I hate red, yet love it on a few of my friends. If you are comfortable in a color whether I or anyone likes it or not wear it! I guarantee you. IF you wear WHAT YOU LIKE, you will have a better time.
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