to Wear, Where -- Her 50 Fabulous Clothing Tips
men pester blonde women...
were fine, especially the black, gray and
khaki. Blue Jeans are not as commonly worn
as they are in the United States, however
one or two pair would be okay, depending on
your packing practices. I went on an excursion
to a village on the Mediterranean Sea. I wore
long khakis which were great for the time
of year and the visit to the cathedral. I
wish however that I brought some shorts for
the beach since my pants got wet from trying
Marsha, Ohio, USA
In Italy be as conservative as possible.
If you have blonde hair, cover it up as the
Italian men will be like bees round honey.
Rebecca, Oxford, England
I visited St. Peter's in Rome during
the summer which is very hot and humid. To
other JourneyWomen I suggest wearing a skirt
which covers your knees. What I did was to
carry a skirt and a scarf in my small travel
bag. I would wear my skirt on top of my shorts
and cover my shoulders with my scarf. That
way I was sure to fit in anywhere -- since
sometimes they don't even accept long Bermuda
shorts. I would also suggest those zipped
shorts-pants. You could add the bottom parts
of your pants when needed. This advice is
also good for most churches in Italy.
Sophie, Quebec, Canada
dress for women in India...
Buy a 'Salwar Kameez'. It's a dress-with-pants-and-shawl
type of thing, worn by Muslim women, but also
by Hindu women. The shawl can be draped around
you shoulders and across your chest, saves you
some stares, or used as a headdress if you go
into temples or mosques. As almost all women
in India wear either a Saree or a Salwar Kameez
you will be regarded well as you are dressing
appropriately. Wearing jeans and a shirt is
okay for travelling, but only for that. You
can buy a Salwar almost anywhere but the best
way to have one that suits you is to buy some
cloth at a store and then go to a tailor and
have it made for you.
flashy jewelry in Jordan...
I got tons of different advice before going
to Jordan. I ended up bringing long-sleeved
loose shirts, which covered my hips and behind
and baggy pants. I brought a long loose black
skirt for "dressier" occasions and that was
fine. No flashy colours or flashy jewelry.
This was fine and I gathered no unwanted attention.
I went to a camping store and bought a few
men's shirts made of quick drying material
which made it easy to hand wash them and they
would dry overnight. It's also good to keep
your hair tied back if it's long. Except when
I entered some religious sites. There was
no need to cover my head.
Francoise, Montreal, Canada
sunglasses to Taiwan...
Taiwan is very hot and humid, so thin cotton
pants or skirts, T-shirts, and breathable shoes
or sandals are a good choice. Expect to perspire
a lot until you adjust to the humidity. Younger
women wore shorts or summer dresses. Be sure
to take a hat and sunglasses! P.S. You can have
clothes made cheaply in Taiwan. Bring a picture
of what you like, buy some fabric, and local
tailors can make you fairly good tailored clothes.
wears black in Athens...
Wear black in Athens, all the locals do. I
was there in March and felt silly in my spring
Susan, Florida, USA
sexiness in Romania...
In Bucharest and other urban areas of Romania,
women dress to impress in sexy, stylish business
wear, as well as equally sexy casual wear. If
you feel like wearing your favorite pair of
form-fitting trousers or jeans, go right ahead!
I did, and the men I passed were very respectful
because everyone dresses with attractiveness
as a first priority. Leave your sweatpants and
sneakers at home -- you won't fit in unless
you dress stylishly. Though showing bare midriffs
or thighs on the street is not common, urban
Romanian ladies accentuate their lovely curves
with everything from tailored skirt sets to
snug sweaters and slacks.
your legs in Senegal...
Cover your legs! The quickest way
to attract lots of undesirable attention is
to wear short skirts or shorts, since legs are
considered more erotic than breasts. Slip-on
shoes are essential-- it's culturally appropriate
to take off your shoes when stepping on any
carpeted surface or mat. Pretty much anything
else is acceptable. In Dakar, the capital, people
tend to dress up more than in the US; older
(30+) women in traditional clothes, younger
women like they're going clubbing. I didn't
choose either of these options; I just wore
what was comfortable since I knew I would be
easily identifiable as American no matter how
I dressed. But no shorts or short skirts!
shorts in Mexico...
Wear skirts and blouses rather than shorts and
blouses; don't wear bathing suits anywhere other
than the beach and pool. You get more respect,
and are more accepted. The best inadvertent
piece of information I received was from a male
co-worker, who said that "Mexican men think
all single women are looking for a bed partner."
That may or may not be true, but I was careful
not to give that impression, and I think it
Joan, California, USA
sleeveless tops in Thailand...
No matter how hot it is, don't wear sleeveless
tops or short shorts when in public areas.
The Thai's look on this as disrespectful and
besides it certainly singles you out as a
tourist. Neat, clean clothing makes you look
good and is the best bet for good respect
from the Thais'.
Meg, Melbourne, Australia
Wear shoes that can be easily removed because
you cannot wear shoes in the Buddhist temples.
Socks are considered poor form and tacky.
Capri pants are fine because the young women
have discovered western fashion. Shorts are
not appreciated anywhere. Showing cleavage
is also a bad idea and is thought to be in
bad taste. The Thais are kind and tolerant
of foreigners, but the only time you will
really offend them is if you wear shoes in
the presence of a statue of Buddha at a shrine,
even if it is not a temple. I was in a shop
where they were making Buddha statutes and
I was told in a cold tone to take my shoes
off in the shop. It was embarrassing.
Francesca, Steubenville, USA
If you are a woman over forty travelling
to Thailand, please take a skirt or dresses
along. It is incorrect to wear pants after
40. I wasn't told before I left so I only
had one skirt and had to wear my slacks day
after day. Also take something that you can
wash out by hand that can be hung to dry quickly.
Kelly, Florida, USA