What to wear in the US?

Jun 5th, 2005, 05:53 PM
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I live in a universty town where the university has an enrollment during the fall and spring semesters of 33,000.

Believe me, you see just about everything. If the attire is legal, you will see it! Some of the hairdos are equally striking -- bright red, jet black, shaved on the sides, dyed in the middle, etc.

I would not worry much about it. I don't think flipflops, a tank top, and cutoffs are appropriate for a fine restaurant or the Metropolitan Opera, but even there you can find some, shall we say, highly informal costumes.

But if you don't get arrested, the attire is OK. That seems to be the new standard.
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Jun 5th, 2005, 07:23 PM
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Don't worry about what to wear. As you see, Americans always want to look like Europeans, so you will be instantly in fashion here! In any case, you can always go shopping for some "American" clothes when you get here!
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Jan 16th, 2007, 06:16 PM
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Black. All black. Only black. Except if you are in a hot climate. Then add a white belt.

Gold chains are always appropriate. A Mr. T starter kit always makes a nice statement.
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Jan 16th, 2007, 06:29 PM
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You should dress like in the following pictures. This is the current style everywhere in the USA (except for New York City where they wear black, as the previous poster mentioned):
http://www.kaiku.com/KPUKU1.jpg
http://www.kaiku.com/KPUKU3.jpg
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Jan 16th, 2007, 06:29 PM
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And white shoes to match the white belt in the hot climate.
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Jan 16th, 2007, 06:32 PM
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I just noticed, helsinkiflyer, that you are a guy. So, you should dress like the person in blue in the center of the second photo.
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Jan 16th, 2007, 06:39 PM
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Boston and New York dress more subtle in color than Florida and L.A.
But in all the big cities you do see everything from locals to tourists. For only two days, I wouldn't change my stlye. Welcome and have great time,
mimi in Boston
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Jan 16th, 2007, 06:59 PM
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Geez you guys. I believe Helsinkiflyer was just poking gentle fun at similar questions asked by Americans re: attire in various European countries. His tongue was in his cheek! I, for one, enjoyed it. (And MrWunrfl's pictures which were definitely in the spirit of the Helsinkiflyer's post.)

But now Helsinkiflyer, it's time for you to ask the much more difficult question: What is the proper attire in Canada?
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Jan 16th, 2007, 07:59 PM
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How did this post end up back here after almost 2 years? It always amazes me when that happens!
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Jan 16th, 2007, 08:15 PM
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Settled years ago ... black. black and more black. But nothing brown, even when you smile, lol, altho one or two never learned this lesson.
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Jan 17th, 2007, 05:52 AM
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wow, someone must have had a lot of time on their hands and gone looking for old posts!
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Jan 17th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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I know - old post came up under my saved ones. Pretty funny. Let's keep it going!!!

OK, to really look hip in America, make sure you buy all your clothes when you get here at stores called WalMart, Kmart, and maybe even food chains, like Shop-Rite. Wear lots of matching Fruit of the Loom sweats with big white sneakers, and you'll fit right in... ;-)

I'd like to hear from the original poster, and see how the trip went, that is if they actually remember!

US is so big & diverse, you really can't give advice unless you know where the person is going. If you're in LA, you wear certain stuff, and likewise if you're in the South, or NY, or wherever.

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Jan 17th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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Gosh, when I travel I wear what's comfortable. I try to be clean and neat but I don't know the people there and they don't know me so why should I bend to their idea of fashion.
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Jan 17th, 2007, 09:47 PM
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US dress is generally very casual...depends on where you're going and weather; generally jeans always work anytime/everywhere during the day; and if it's hot -- shorts. At night generally jeans or nice black pants work every where. If you are going to a nice restaurant -- nice pants/shirt works; generally you don't need a suit or suit/tie unless going to a more formal event or restaurant.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:12 AM
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You can easily group your dress depending on where you will be:

Hawaii, Texas, Iowa, NYC, and Maine all suggest similar attire.

Oregon, Oklahoma, Kansas, Utah, SF, Florida and West Virgina are also alike.

Boston, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico, Ney Jersey and New Orleans can also share a wardrobe.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:16 AM
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basingstroke2 has resurrected a 2005 thread, for reasons only known to basingstroke2.

bardo1: whahhhhhhh???????
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:32 AM
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Given the recent weather trends, this might be the rare moment when your Los Angeles wardrobe would also work in Chicago.

I heard LA got snow?
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Jan 18th, 2007, 06:22 AM
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nning around naked is not against the law everywhere. In my area, if you wanted to bike, roller blade, stroll or sunbathe on the Burlington VT bike path in the buff-- it's perfectly legal. There's a naked bike ride every year.You can be naked downtown.
But if you flash someone specifically or act lewd, then you can be arrested.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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Reason for resurrection? I logged on, it was there as number 1and I enjoyed the tongue-in-cheekiness of the post. Didn't pay attention to the date until it was later brought up. Why it was there when I logged on is only known to Fodors.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:30 AM
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Apologies, basingstoke2. I always wonder why years-old thread get resurrected, didn't know that sometimes Fodors malfunctions such a thread like that can jump up as #1. Again, sorry.
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