what to wear and not look like a tourist

Apr 24th, 2007, 12:10 PM
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Nothing shouts "tacky tourist" attire louder than that godawful belly/fanny pack
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Apr 24th, 2007, 12:19 PM
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I had to chuckle reading this post.
My husband and I just returned from Paris where we had glorious weather.
But the sun sometimes bothers my eys (even with sunglasses) so I often wear a visor if I'm going to be out in the sun. I think I was the ONLY person in Paris wearing a visor but I was comfortable! I probably got a few funny looks but I was okay with that.
As far as shoes go, definitely go with whatever is most comfortable for LOTS of walking!
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LMAO about the fanny pack! I'm taking my sister and niece to Europe this summer and I bought them cute Tumi over the chest type small purses for their March birthdays to take on the trip..... My sister commented that she had thought that a fanny pack would be handy. I told her she could sure wear one, but that I wasn't walking anywhere with her!!
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Apr 24th, 2007, 12:44 PM
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Hey everyone,

I am a little tenative to jump into such a lively argument, but oh well. I personally do not care what I look like over there when it comes to being a tourist, but I would prefer to not look like a slob. For the most part I will be wearing polo shirts and jeans, although I am bringing two pairs of shorts (long cargo type ones), a pair of nice khaki's, and a nice woven dress shirt for the fancier restaurants. As for shoes I have a pair of Ecco sandals (ones specifically picked for comfort), and a pair of brown 'fashion sneakers' that are comfortable. I'll stick out as a tourist as I'm white as a ghost regardless of how much sun I get, but will I have any issues?

Just curious as I didn't see polo shirts mentioned up there.

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Apr 24th, 2007, 12:46 PM
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Shawn, I'm sure you will look quite spiffy and will have no problems and a super trip. Your wardrobe choices sound just fine
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Apr 24th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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For summer in Europe I bring one 24" roller suitcase. I pack things like cotton or linen capris, knee length dressy shorts, solid-color cotton t-shirts, sleeveless button-down blouses, 2 comfort sandals, one pair of (the dreaded) white sneakers, hat, sunglasses, etc. I hate dresses or skirts but some women find them handy.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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This thread has been very informative for someone who has never done international travel. For me it comes down to being comfortable and being yourself. Otherwise are you really going to enjoy your travels? I live in a very humid hot climate and I am not about to go out and spend money on a new wardrobe to just fit in for a few days out of my life somewhere else. To each their own.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 03:39 PM
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first trip to italy, leaving june 25th. i am planning on bringing a couple of pairs of capris, a couple of loose flowing skirts, 1 pair of shorts and a pair of jeans. as to shoes it's teva sandles, sketchers mary janes and new balance walking shoes. hoping i look good but i know i'll be comfy!
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Apr 25th, 2007, 01:22 PM
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Apr 25th, 2007, 02:03 PM
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Nothing's more important (imo) than shoes and sandals that are broken-in and comfortable.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 02:06 PM
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Suzee, use common sense. If you want to be comfortable and blend in in Rome wear a habit.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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St Cirq, LOL
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Apr 25th, 2007, 03:10 PM
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But make sure it's designed by Balenciaga.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 03:37 PM
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I once took what I thought were very comfortable, broken-in shoes to Paris, but apparently they were TOO broken in, because I developed such terrible heel pain that I could barely limp out of bed in the morning. Had no choice but to buy athletic shoes, but at least they were black and bought in Paris! I've now discovered Pumas, which are lightweight, come in all sorts of colors, and are incredibly comfortable.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 04:09 PM
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About dressing in a habit in Rome - NOT a good idea! My sister used to be a nun and said the Italian men were awful towards anyone wearing a habit! My other sister said that many or most of the Italian women wore the tightest pants imaginable, often white, with thongs (obviously) underneath, plus very high stilettos. This was 2 years ago. Maybe you won't want to dress like the natives, after all! I've never been there myself, but was able to spot the Italian women anywhere in Europe after that description!
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Apr 25th, 2007, 04:37 PM
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I read this post earlier ...and now I am back. Couldn’t get it out of my head. I agree w/ tms99. I have been to Italy many times, I am American. I travel w/ my family, 7 more Americans. We wear tennis shoes (or whatever they call them now) my brother in law even wears a big straw hat because he is extremely light skinned and burns easily. And we have a fabulous time!!! I can't imagine doing the type of walking we do and distances (We walk from one end to Rome to the other) with any other shoes. I would love to look like the Italian women but I won't even though I am 100% Italian. Because I am American. I have had no problem with people being so. Some of these posts make sound like there are Italians’ at every corner ready to rip you off. Use common sense like you would in any other large American city. I have met nothing but kind people on all my experiences, and see all types of groups of foreign visitors looking as they should, foreign. So in short, make good choices, wear good walking shoes and enjoy the people they are marvelous and can help make your trip even better!
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Apr 25th, 2007, 04:58 PM
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Thank you for interesting replies to my question!
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Apr 25th, 2007, 05:21 PM
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Bettina222, we were in Paris at the same time, and I can testify that there were therefore at least two people wearing visors! I even searched out a black one to take with me, since I couldn't imagine going without because even at home my eyes hate the bright sun. It was wonderfully helpful in the sunny weather we had, and the beautifully manicured crushed-rock paths and plazas reflect an awful lot of brightness. I imagined that I got a few looks, but since I was also wearing a cool black top or a crisp white tailored shirt, black slacks, and my endlessly wonderful Skechers Biker Step-ups (mary janes that I discovered before this trip), as well as a colorful scarf, I didn't feel too awful about how I looked. And, most important, I was comfortable enough to enjoy everything.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 08:38 PM
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The last time I was in Italy in mid summer, I was standing in a small garden in Verona wearing a cool, lightweight, sleeveless, black dress with a small white print, mid calf length, and simple comfortable sandles. A young couple approached me and in very slow and clear English asked me for directions. When I replied they thanked me and raved about my perfect English. I thanked them and then told them that I was from California. We had a good laugh. I hate looking like a tourist and there are times when I do, I guess that wasn't one of them. I agree with the previous suggestions--simple and plain--black, white, bone--no big white tennis shoes, and when dressing up the same rules apply BUT don't forget the stylish scarf. Have a fun time--BMK
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Apr 25th, 2007, 08:49 PM
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Randola, I really would ditch the jeans. They'll be heavy, hot, take up too much room in the suitcase and if you're there long enough to have to wash them, take too long to dry. Even my daughter has given up jeans in Europe. Not worth the effort.
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