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When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? When I travel, I do my best to blend in. I try to speak the local language and I try to observe local customs.
I find this fun, partly from a fashion perspective. I love to see how people dress, and the Italians are pros. Even Pat, who is not all in to fashion commented on how well everyone was dressed, and that he might have been under dressed for Italy.
So, here are a few tips if you'd like to blend in a bit.
1. Tailored. Italians look like ever piece of clothing was made specifically for them. Pants hit at the right spot, sleeves are the perfect length, and clothes are not baggy. They are wrinkle fee, and perfectly put together.
2. Polished. From their hair, their manicures, and their squeaky clean shoes, they are polished from head to toe. I was surprised by the number of men that I saw who clearly had their eyebrows done, and who probably spend twice as long getting ready as I do. Men and women both give attention to even the smallest detail of fashion.
3. Classy. Think "Would Audrey Hepburn wear this", rather than Kim Kardashian. There were plenty of slim cut pants and all that, but Italian fashion is classic beautiful, not gaudy. Think coordinated outfits, and classic cuts.
4. Comfort. While I did see women wearing heels, the majority wore sensible shoes. They walk a lot, and heels and cobble stones don't always mix. Plus, if you're on vacation, you're going to be walking a ton, up a million stairs, think comfort and sensible first, but also stylish. Just say no to crocs and Uggs.
5. On that note, don't worry about blending in too much. There are going to be tourists everywhere, and unless you speak fluent Italian, you're going to give yourself away at some point.
Here are some things to not do, if you want to not draw attention to yourself as a foreigner, but also don't want to buy a whole new wardrobe:
1. Don't wear white socks with sneakers. If you're wearing shorts, wear no show socks. If you're wearing pants, match your socks to your pants.
2. Don't wear baseball caps, or halter tops. Halter tops are generally a no, because many churches, museums etc have dress codes. Baseball caps are just more of an American style.
3. Anything too casual. Here in the U. S. you can go out anytime of day and find someone out in their pajamas. I never saw anyone even remotely that casual. Don't wear workout clothes as clothes (yoga pants, baggy tanks, tear away pants). If it could be worn as workout/pajamas/a day at the pool, reconsider it.
4. Don't go overboard with trying to be someone you're not. In the end, you are on vacation, have fun, and be comfortable...but not too comfortable.
In the end, most of us can't buy a whole new wardrobe for each trip we take. But, we can always put our best foot forward, and be respectful of the places we are visiting.
Have a great week, and happy travels!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz