What should I wear in Sicily in the Fall

Old Mar 4th, 2011, 04:16 PM
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okay, everyone will hate me but I'm giving it to you straight.
1. annhig: "why not shorts?" Because "seniors" look bad in shorts, and no Italian man or woman over the age of 20 would be caught dead in them. (Maybe a German or Englishman, but only with sandals and ankle socks...).
2. Sue 878: capri pants are the equivalent of a fanny pak in Europe.
3. Realtor Rose: overall the Italians are sophisticated, dress beautifully and are huge snobs, so understated, casual but elegant. Shorts, workout shoes, bright colors, capris will make you stick out like a sore thumb and feel like a rube. Dark leggings or cigarette pants, with a great top and flats or "Puma" type athletic shoes are everywhere.
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"overall the Italians are sophisticated, dress beautifully and are huge snobs, so understated, casual but elegant. Shorts, workout shoes, bright colors, capris will make you stick out like a sore thumb and feel like a rube. Dark leggings or cigarette pants, with a great top and flats or "Puma" type athletic shoes are everywhere"

Is piffle.

After 30 years and 20 odd visits....the Italians dress sense is like eating out in The States. An small amount at the top, an awful lot at the bottom and nothing in the middle.

Most Italians dress like they shop at market stalls (because they do). The Sicilians generally in my experience are the worst dressed in Europe. You will stand out if you give some thought to what you are wearing.

Some Italians (mainly in Milan and Turin) dress as if they live next to a Prada or Gucci shop). After many, many visits Turin is the only location in Italy that I have be conscious of what to put on in the morning.

Amercians seem to have stars in their eyes when it comes to Italy. We Brits have seen 20 years of Berlusconi and so struggle to take them seriously.
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 10:49 AM
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1. annhig: "why not shorts?" Because "seniors" look bad in shorts, and no Italian man or woman over the age of 20 would be caught dead in them.>>

SO......WHAT?

so long as what I am wearing [or in this case, the OP] is not actually going to frighten the horses, who the ......cares?


really, [and this is not a pop at you Rose], i struggle to understand these threads and the people who respond to them as if there are fashion rules in Europe that all travellers must conform to.

honestly, we do not care.
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 11:28 AM
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capris are the equivalent of a fanny pack in Europe? Maybe in Sicily, I don't know, but that isn't true in the rest of Europe. In fact, lots of European men wear them but American men haven't got that style (for the most part). I wonder who all those French dept stores are selling their capris to? I'm sure not just tourists. I've bought some in really out-of-the way flea/outdoor roving markets in French and Czech towns, also, as well as stores in neighborhoods without a lot of non-European tourists in those countries. In fact, I bet I was about the only American tourist at one of these outdoor markets in Prague because it wasn't near where the tourists stay in the center of the city. Italians different from other Europeans and never wear capris (which by the name, is kind of ironic)?
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Annhig: re: "honestly, we do not care". Someone must or the question would neither have been asked nor answered.

re: "so long as what I am wearing [or in this case, the OP] is not actually going to frighten the horses, who the ......cares?"

Seniors in shorts, especially vastly overweight, American ones (ok, everyone, go nuts, but it's true), DO frighten the horses.

Just my observation, that's all.
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 12:19 PM
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OK Ladies & Gentlemen, I'm glad no one really cares what we wear. Any which way you cut it, I am a tourist and will be proud of it. If I run into snobs, so be it I'm now more confused than when I asked the question. So, I will pack the clothing that is most comfortable, that I can mix and match and dress up and dress down. Not to worry Sicily....I won't be wearing shorts (not that I look bad in shorts). If I must say so myself, my body is in pretty good shape for my age.
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 01:01 PM
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I would take light trousers, skirts, dresses and jeans in case it's cooler. I have never as an adult worn shorts in a city, town or when site seeing...
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 07:18 PM
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Thanks alihutch, plan to do just that.
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Old Mar 6th, 2011, 01:02 AM
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Rose,

I was assuming that you would not wear anything tasteless or alarming to the natives.

have a great trip!
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People are going to know you are American no matter what you wear. When we went to Italy 10 years ago, my husband and I were smartly dressed boarding a Domestic Italian flight to Sicily. The Stewardess was greating all the passengers with "Buon Giorno". When she got to us she said "Good Morning". I asked if it was that obvious that we were American. She said "Yes"

When we travel I tend to wear Ralph Lauren clothes. I feel that their tailored look doesn't make me feel too much like an "Ugly American". However, the shoes are another story. I have spent many a vacation day tending to massive blisters on my feet due to trying to wear the fashionable feet. I now try to find sandals that enable to walk long distances and the least offensive athletic shoes. The vacation is too important to me to be too vain.
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Old Mar 6th, 2011, 11:35 AM
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When we travel I tend to wear Ralph Lauren clothes. I feel that their tailored look doesn't make me feel too much like an "Ugly American".>>

no, but they make you look too smart,Kigallo. in general, europeans aren't smart when they travel. we just throw together what we've got and get on with it. we don't generally buy holiday wardrobes, or special shoes. we know that if we forget something, we'll be able to get it wherever we're going.
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I am from California where we throw together jeans, shorts, t-shirts running shoes and sandals for our vacationas we are very active. However, the rest of the world is not California. Having traveled in not just Europe, but also, South America and Asia, I have found that universally Ralph Lauren is acceptable wear. Since it is standard wear in the business casual world here, it is not buying a new wordrobe. Neither is buying sandals and running shoes.
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Just looked at Ralph Lauren website....jeez, that's expensive!

Annhig, I know what you mean...I just take the clothes that I own already, and I guess I walk a lot normally, so don't need special shoes etc. for it. I wouldn't ever wear shorts except at home, on a beach or to go running.
TBH I never feel the need to ask someone else what to wear when I travel abroad, except when I travelled to Turkey and Morocco and read up a bit beforehand.
I wish I looked as smart and chic as Italian, French and Spanish women generally do, but I don't.
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Old Mar 6th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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Look at the Lauren Brand it is quite a bit cheaper then the
Blue Label or Black Label brand that you were propbably looking at.

http://www.ralphlauren.com/shop/inde...ren&cp=1766613

Hope this helps.
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Old Mar 7th, 2011, 12:06 PM
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Klgallo - Unfortunately I do not have the shape to wear Ralph Lauren clothing although I am looking for a pair of stretch denim leggings. I'm proud to be an American and the stewardess will know as soon as I open my mouth, and that's OK. I decided to wear my CROCS since they are lightweight and comfortable to walk in. They are rather ugle so I added a bow to my pair and have gotten some cute comments. I'm sure I will get some unusual looks, so be it. When my feet hurt, I am miserable.

Alihutch - I agree, I noticed that when I travel I wear the same comfortble clothing over and over again so I'm packing that stuff. It's hard to look smart and chic when you are living out of a suitcase. I only asked the question because we are traveling at the end of the summer season into fall and wanted to see if they change seasons as we do here in the States. I thought it might still be warm since Sicily is so far south.
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You needn't worry about your CROCs as you'll see plenty here - as well as crocks, of both the automotive and human variety! If you need new ones, there's a 'punti vendita' list on the distributor's site....
http://www.crocs-italy.it/

For instance, in Rome...
http://www.crocs-italy.it/puntivendi...=Roma&loc=ROMA

It's probably true to say that the south of Italy doesn't really get 4 full seasons, but only two - with brief, uncertain, periods between summer and winter - and, through to the end of the first week of October, it will mostly still feel like summer.

Years vary, but these show several Septembers and Octobers on Ischia, perhaps 150 miles to the north of Sicily... where it can sometimes be wet then, but rarely particularly cold!

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/pics_sept

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/recoct

The ONLY people likely to be rude enough to comment on - or give a fig about - your attire will be your fellow nationals, but why bother what they may think?

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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 12:42 AM
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although I am looking for a pair of stretch denim leggings.


Um they are seen as very chavvy in the UK...that's not a good thing BTW....
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alihutch....what does chavvy mean, never heard that term! I'm rather conservative in my dress ordinarily but sometimes I like to wear fun things. Perhaps leggins are the wrong word, they will be more like jeans with a little stretch.

Peter...thanks, you are the one that actually answered my question about the seasons. I'm tickled to hear about the CROCS.
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"The ONLY people likely to be rude enough to comment on - or give a fig about - your attire will be your fellow nationals, but why bother what they may think"

Simply isn't true in Sicily. Their culture is far removed from Northern Italy which is closer aligned to the rest of Europe. We were in Sicily for 1 week. I would summarise our dress sense as Boden cum Gant cum Ralph Lauren.

We were there out of season (very rural places ie well away from Taormina) and on many occasion we received long glances which were noticeable and definitely in our view judgemental. On 3 separate occasions my wife was up and downed with a closing humph probably due to the fact that she was wearing a shortish skirt with sandals. Each time, these were 75 year old plus women humphing.

In contrary to Peter's statement, Sicily is one of the few places in the world where we have received a judgemental approach based on our appearance.

Sicily to us was a very strange experience and pretty demanding.

There again as the Caribbean Forum demonstrates, you can spend two weeks in The Turks and Caicos and hate it due to rain. Whilst somebody two weeks later get sun and loves it.
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RealtorRose Known as Jeggings they look rather like this http://bit.ly/eH3XvN Sounds like you just have jeans that have a bit of stretch in them, rather than these!

The wiki definition of Chav http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav
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