Why no jeans in Europe?

Jun 28th, 2001, 07:42 AM
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Ursula, I knew what you meant My husband has some of those and I'm really jealous!
KC, it's hard to say how the weather will be! It will probably be warm enough for shorts but at night it might be cool and more so if it rains. The thing about the warm weather is that most places don't have a/c so it can seem more uncomfortable.
Jun 28th, 2001, 07:49 AM
Bob Brown
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I thought the reference to hiking pants described those that have zip off legs.
The zipper is about mid thigh and the legs come right off, or on.
Therefore, you can convert them to shorts or zip the legs back on if it gets cooler.
You zip on the part that goes to your shoes as described. What's the problem??
How 'bout if Ursula writes in German?
Then you can figure it out.
Jun 28th, 2001, 08:25 AM
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You go Bob! Ursala, I also understood you.

As the boss says here at work Que,
"Sit down and figure it out". I love this forum!
Jun 28th, 2001, 09:20 AM
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Thanks a lot for your support folks.
Best regards from Zurich where finally it's raining and cooling down a bit!

But still, too hot for jeans anyway....

To Paige's wife: Buy a pair too. Munich is great for shopping, isn't it? ;-)

Vielen Dank et merci beaucoup -- still love this forum!
Jun 28th, 2001, 01:43 PM
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I don't understand the zipper/khaki thing at all, maybe that's a European term, but khaki is a color to me. Anyway, KC, I am in complete agreement with you, I always take jeans to Europe and usually wear them on the plane as they are comfortable and planes can be cool. Luckily, I have never asked anyone what I should wear or pack, I wear what I want and what I think looks good. Geez, I thought jeans were the French national uniform, I don't get this at all. They take up no more space than lots of other pants and I don't wash them on a short trip so who cares how long they take to dry. I don't wash any pants on a short trip (2 wks or less), even cotton ones. They look fine, I don't take light-colored ones, that's all--I take blue or black, sometimes BOTH (quelle horreur!). Perhaps I am more urban than many folks, but I don't do things that get my pants that dirty, like whatever others are doing (hiking? don't know). I would probably not take them to the southern part of Europe in summer due to heat (or Prague can be pretty hot sometimes), but definitely northern Europe or UK. If you don't take them due to what people tell you on here, once you get over there and see everybody wearing them, you will be really sorry you don't have them. I have worn jeans zillions of time to cafes and casual places in Paris.
Jun 28th, 2001, 03:05 PM
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For what it is worth, I've never had trouble wearing blue or black jeans in Europe. I have never run across a tourist attraction that will turn you away based on your fabric choice. Cover your legs and shoulders at a house of worship, and I don't think they care how you do it.
Jun 28th, 2001, 05:25 PM
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I'm also confused by Giselle's comment. I wore jeans when I toured the Vatican museum, St. Peter's, and other churches in Rome and was not turned away.
Jun 28th, 2001, 05:44 PM
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When in rome.....
We travel a lot in Europe and have never taken traditional "jeans". They are hot in the summer and cold in the winter - they don't pack well and take ages to dry if they get wet. Take some well fitting cotton pants and a couple of fitted t's, preferably in a nice jersey material (it packs amazingly well). If you are in major cities (rome, florence, paris, london) most people dress and, when you hike (and only when hiking please) wear the hiking pants (no need for those in the city).
Jun 28th, 2001, 08:06 PM
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I always bring a pair of jeans because I like the way they feel and fit. But, although I've worn blue jeans in the past, now I only wear black jeans because I feel they're a bit more dressy and that happens to be my preference. And, actually, if it wasn't for the fact that they take up more room in a suitcase than, say, rayon or lighter cotton pants, I'd bring both black and blue jeans.

Jun 29th, 2001, 12:06 AM
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Ok, I'll confess too...

I wear jeans while I travel. I have black, blue, kakhi, red, white, pink, green, torquoise, navy, lime green, yellow, purple and orange ones too.

I have long jeans in the above colors and I have short jeans in the above colors too.

I have never been out of place or disrespectful of any culture that we traveled to. I DO NOT pack light nor do I do laundry while I travel. I simply enjoy my clothes and all of the colors. I also get LOTS of compliments while I travel.

I will admit that I can not wear jeans on a flight...mine are way too tight for me to sit in them for hours. Walking is fine. Sitting on a flight to Europe and the like means I would get to un-snapping and un-zipping... and things could get real ugly.

KC: wear what you want. It is your vacation, your pictures, your experience. If crusty is your style then make your statement and move on to see ALL of the wonderful things that you should see in Europe.

P.S. NO ONE will know that your jeans are CRUSTY but you. I hope no one that you don't know intimately will look down there...right?..Never mind...Maybe your a man and...really, never mind.(shudder)

Happy Travels
Jun 29th, 2001, 05:29 AM
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Everyone in Europe wears jeans but not the American baggy style that make people look very lumpy. Very dark blue jeans are popular but with slim fit. Also Levi's twist jeans are extremely popular. Wear jeans but not american style if you want to be stylish.
Jul 5th, 2001, 12:04 PM
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I would like to second that. Dark denim and and bootcut or slimfit that is the way to go- any other type will be like stamping 'American Tourist' on your forehead -if that doesn't bother you, Don't worry. You are unlikely to be refused entry in museums and churches. You may have some problems in some night venues though!!
Jul 5th, 2001, 07:03 PM
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We just returned from 18 days in England and Germany. In England, the color is BLACK. Hardly anyone wears anything else. No JEANS. In Germany, JEANS were seen everywhere! My attitude about clothing is since you're never going to see the people again, wear what is most comfortable and the heck with everything else! Enjoy your trip!
Jul 6th, 2001, 06:18 AM
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Well Kathy, as I sit at my desk in London and scan round the office, I can see 12 people, 7 pairs of jeans (all blue, 5 slim fit/boot cut on the girls, 2 twisted seam on the boys), 3 pairs of linen drawstring trousers (2 beige, one gray), one cotton dress and one denim skirt. Only 2 black tops (perhaps because it's about 100 degrees in here).

Admittedly we're a young company who tend to dress casually (designers), but I think that rather dispels the myth that the english never wear blue jeans, and only dress in black.

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