what to wear in Bavaria in late October

Oct 10th, 2010, 03:42 AM
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what to wear in Bavaria in late October

I will be in Munich and Salzburg in late October. I am a 67 year old woman, and would like to wear appropriate clothing for the weather and the location. We will be sightseeing during the day .One evening we will be going to a Mozart concert/dinner in St. Peters. The other activities will be more casual.

Will it be o.k. for me to wear dark jeans with a nice jacket for our sightseeing excursions?

Also any sightseeing tips for that area?

Thank you!
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Oct 10th, 2010, 04:02 AM
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That's what I would wear, also packing a warm scarf and gloves in case they are needed. But, I am rarely cold.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 06:10 AM
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Sounds perfectly okay. If you're on the sightseeing excursions together with Germans, you'll see that most of them will have dressed for feeling comfortable, not for impressing others.

There's a good chance for rain in October, so I'd recommend to keep that in mind when picking the jacket and shoes.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 10:29 AM
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You will probably be the only grandmother wearing jeans. Jeans are for teens.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 11:46 AM
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I see nothing wrong with jeans at any age as comfort is so important. I went to Bavaria many years ago in late October and I found the weather to be cool but mostly pleasant. We had a few rainy days so be prepared for that. I think October is a great time for visitng Bavaria.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 11:51 AM
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Well there are jeans and then there are jeans.

I am not ready for tweed skirts, support hose and brogues. Hope I never am.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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"You will probably be the only grandmother wearing jeans. Jeans are for teens."

Really? would love to know where you live...'cause where I live and everywhere I've travel to in Europe I've seen grandmothers wearing jeans....perhaps not low riders showing their tramp stamp, but still wearing jeans.

ww2babe,

that would be perfect, also, comfortable shoes, there are plenty of nice looking comfortable shoes.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 01:29 PM
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>You will probably be the only grandmother wearing jeans. Jeans are for teens.
Nonsense, sorry. Everyone here wears them who is still in acceptable body shape and active. Torn knees or skinny jeans might look weird on anyone older than maybe 25 or 30 but 'normal' jeans are absolutely common among adults of almost all ages. Ok there are few 90 year olds who wear jeans but I would not even exclude that totally.

Germans are practical people. Wear what is suitable for weather conditions. You will see a lot of outdoor gear in cities, too, simply because it is comfortable and practical. There is absolutely no need to dress up for sightseeing.

Rain occurs throughout all seasons and a rainproof jacket and/or a sturdy folding umbrella are essential any time of the year. Also comfortable shoes that survive a walk in the rain.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 01:31 PM
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Well, if you go with jeans don't forget the tank top and flip flops. The proletarians will love you.

lyb, I live in Midland, Michigan (see my profile), have lived nearly a decade in several European countries including 2 years in Germany, and visit Europe at least once a year on average. I don't hang out by the freight yards so I haven't seen this preponderance of jeans on 67 year old women. Of course, given the price of jeans in Europe, the freight yard would not be a likely place to see them anyway.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 01:37 PM
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Well, if you go with jeans don't forget the tank top and flip flops. The proletarians will love you.>>

no wonder so many americans get worried about what to wear!

ignore people like spaarne - your jeans and smart jacket will look fine and mean that you are more smartly dressed than most of the locals.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 01:53 PM
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So my 71yo German mom wears her jeans to hang out at freight yards?
Good grief, I don't know from which kind of fortune cookies some people get their wisdom.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 02:34 PM
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So you think the only women who wear jeans are those who hang out in freight yards? I don't even know how to respond to that. Unbelievable.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 03:13 PM
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Um there are about 50 levels of outfits between jeans and tweed skirts/support hose.

If you are comfy in jeans and look good go right ahead. You other options include cords, tailored slim fit pants, pretty cashmere sweaters, boots, long slit skirts with matching tights and low booties - or a host of other things. I would not wear jeans to an evening concert. (I always take at least 2 nice outfits for going out to dinner etc - either silk or jersey pantsuits or a pretty dress - with high pumps of boots.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 03:19 PM
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We had rain and/or snow every day of our vacation in Bavaria the last two weeks of October a couple of years ago. Loved every minute of it, but take layers, gloves, scarf, and whatever else you might need to be comfortable just in case.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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Midland, Michigan, now I understand... Isn't it a big rival with Paris, Milan & NYC for fashion centers?
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Oct 10th, 2010, 04:39 PM
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I tend to get cold easily so I always bring silk long underwear with me when traveling. It weighs next to nothing and is so thin that you can wear it under anything. WinterSilks has a line I like...the filament silk tees (http://www.wintersilks.com/search.as...rchterm=raglan) and the camisoles (http://www.wintersilks.com/search.as...hterm=camisole) are perfect under sweaters, button down shirts...anything.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 10:10 PM
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Jeans are perfectly fine. It really is what everyone wears, no matter what the age.

Much better than the polyester, elastic waist band look with t-shirt tucked in that I often see here on tourists.

Seriously, wear what is comfortable to you. What do you wear at home? Why would you change your style just cause you are in Germany? What do you wear to concerts and nice restaurants at home? Do the same here.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 11:16 PM
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A couple of replies here in this thread came from posters who LIVE in Germany. I'd listen to those if I were you.

My parents, for example, are close to 70 and of course they own and wear jeans although they do not hang out at freight yards.

There are about 50 levels of style that involve jeans and I think you have enough taste to find the nicer ones that look good on you.
Jeans in colours other than the usual blue (you mentioned dark ones) are extremely popular here.
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Oct 11th, 2010, 01:45 AM
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lyb:
Midland, Michigan, now I understand... Isn't it a big rival with Paris, Milan & NYC for fashion centers?
Nope. We left them behind. What do you folks out in Scorpion Flats wear when you are on the town?

Cowboy1968:
So my 71yo German mom wears her jeans to hang out at freight yards?
Does she also wear your ten gallon hat and cowboy buckle in Munich?
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Oct 12th, 2010, 01:49 AM
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Dear ww2babe,

I am an expat living in Bavaria. October is a beautiful month here but the weather can be a little changable - one day blue skies and 18 degrees C, the next raining and 9 degrees C). Jeans are acceptable(and worn by lots of people of all ages) and many people choose to layer their clothes so they can deal with all eventualities. As other people have said, we do get rain (and are due to over the next week) and the nights are getting colder (2 - 5 degrees).
The Mozart dinner is great and the dress code is 'smart/casual'. When we went some men were suited, others wore a shirt and jacket. The women were either in smart trouser or skirts with nice tops or in black elegant dresses. I went with the trousers and top and felt comfortable.
Sightseeing - the old town (Altstadt) in Munich is beautiful and most choose to have a beer in the Hoftbrauhaus. Englisher Garten (large garden in the Schwabing area of Munich) is also a must (depending on weather). Enjoy your trip
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