What to wear??? - Europe in July

Apr 16th, 1998, 04:27 AM
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What to wear??? - Europe in July

I will be travelling in Europe for most of July and since I have never been I would like some idea of what to wear - not only what is comfortable becuase of the weather but also what will be accepted in cities like Rome, Paris, Lyon, Venice, Salzburg... Any suggestions are welcome. thanks - Fiona
Apr 16th, 1998, 05:02 AM
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What has worked great for me have been light linen dresses, sleeveless, layered with a light linen jacket, and comfortable shoes for walking. I like aerosoles - usually buy a current pair a month or so before going to wear them in. Dark and neutral colors look the most like the locals. Some cities are dressier than others - Vienna comes to mind. I'm more comfortable in dresses so prefer that to slacks, and I prefer also to not look like a tourist. You don't see the european women in shorts at all, and rarely in slacks. Lights knits or clothes that are supposed to look wrinkled work well too- roll everything to pack it.
Have fun!
Apr 16th, 1998, 05:48 PM
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It was Hot in Europe last summer(el nino). You are not allowed to wear shorts in some bldgs. Everyone was casually dressed...even to Mozart concert(informal) in Vienna. Mostly, I wore knit,denium,twill pants & tees. In evening, to nice restaurants, I wore casual knit dress..or nice knit slacks set. To opera or other formal occasion or really nice dining....men & women wear suits & dresses. Since we were traveling "light"..we didn't plan any really formal activities. Although many Europeans wear "Sunday best" more than we...usually it is not as good or stylish as our clothing. Mostly it is the older people who dress much as we dressed in the 40s and 50s.
Apr 17th, 1998, 06:15 AM
Trina Baughn
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As a "transplanted" American who lives and travels in Europe, I noticed one key suggestion missing from other posts - an umbrella!! Rain is unpredictable here, no matter what the season.

Over the past 4 years, summer weather has varied. Last May the temperature ranged from 60-75 degrees. The summer prior was cooler, but the 2 summers before that were similar to Texas summers. I suggest at least a light sweater, some comfortable sweatpants, a windsuit or two, lots of t-shirts and shorts. Shorts are common in Germany, the Netherlands, and real touristy cities like Paris and London. In fact, the younger crowd here seems to dress much less conservatively than Americans, so there's little risk of appearing too underdressed. Some cathedrels do not allow shorts, but I have yet to be scorned in one. If you plan on dining out at a fairly nice restaurant or if you come upon a casino, you will want to pack some sort of business attire. Other than that, you should be fine.
Apr 17th, 1998, 04:33 PM
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I always pack my black t-shirt dress--it comes just above my knees, lots of scarfs, a couple wrinklely linen jackets, no wrinkle linen slacks and like the first post, a pair of aerosoles--they're light and comfortably. Never bring blue jeans--they're too warm and too bulky to pack. Tons of tshirts. My newest favorite is a crocheted short sleeved cotton sweater--can be worn over a sundress or a t shirt. Also, firgure out if you are a black, blue or brown person and do not mix them up. All clothes must go with shoes and jackets. And, I have been turned away from churches but we tend to travel in the remotest parts of Italy.
Apr 25th, 1998, 11:54 AM
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Anne-I am quite surprised that you wear linen as it tends to wrinkle so much. I would think that 100%25 cotton, rolled up (as you suggest) would fare better. Do you roll up your linen items??? My mother who wears primarily 100%25 linen clothing packs each item individually in plastic dry cleaner bags and rarely has a wrinkle. Once reaching the hotel, she immediately unpacks and hangs up everything.

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