are respectful in Malaysia...
Most days I wore short-sleeved, mid to lower,
calf-length dresses in acrylics that could
be washed in the sink. I found these cooler
and more comfortable than pants and was
treated with more respect when I wore them.
Shannon, Seattle, USA
are very forward in El Salvador...
Wardrobe depends on the place of your visit.
If you'll be in a city, light skirts will
do. Salvadoran women wear both tight-fitted
tops as well as conservative dress, however
keep in mind that men are very forward and
if you do not want too much attention, dress
somewhat modestly. In the capital and more
touristed areas, the dress is very trendy
and is usually the same as in the US. I saw
lots of jeans and well fitted tanks, halter
tops, etc. You are free to dress as you wish
just keep in mind the message you send to
Ed. note: While
you don't have to wear loose, loose clothing
I would resist wearing clothing that is too
form fitting. Keep a happy medium and stay
out of trouble. Being a traveller means learning
about a different culture -- not necessarily
drawing attention to yourself.
Dutch men don't stare...
The Dutch are much the same as the Canadians
and Americans. Guys won't stare at you any
more than they would at a Dutch girl. We don't
have a dress code whatsoever. You wear what
you like. Period.
Bloem, Huizen, Netherlands
tops a no-no in New Mexico...
I was visiting Albuquerque in late July. Being
high in the mountains, the temperatures only
reached the high 80s while I was there, but
as this is much warmer than back home I felt
shorts and tank tops were appropriate. I discovered
on the first day that this dress attracts
much unwanted attention, which can be avoided
by dressing more conservatively. I had much
fewer problems in long sleeves and long pants
while in New Mexico.
tops popular in the Philippines...
Women usually cover up -- avoid unwanted
attention by sticking to jeans/pants or
knee length shorts/skirt with tops that
have sleeves. This is the general attire
here. Polo tops are popular and very comfortable.
Natural fibers are the best for work clothing/suits
Louise, Sydney, Australia
are cold in Canada...
The winters get cold in Canada, so a winter
jacket, boots, hats and mittens will be invaluable.
The summers are hot, so shorts and tank tops
will do fine. Like any country, very short
skirts/shorts/tops may attract unwanted attention.
Dress is dressy-casual. Going out for dinner?
Wear something casually chic.
me, I live in Belgium...
I'm a Belgian and I live there
so I know it well. Belgium is a very modern
country, we even have some very famous fashion
designers here. You can wear about everything
here, just keep it decent. Don't go running
around half naked, but shorts, short skirts,
tops -- nobody will look surprised or trouble
you. We generally miss the weather to go running
around in summer clothes. So, if you come
to Belgium (even during the summer) always
bring something for rain, for sun, for cold,
for every type of weather actually. You can
only be sure it won't freeze during summer,
and it won't be hot during winter, but for
the rest every type of weather is possible
at any time.
Carry a shoebag in Indochina...
Pagodas, temples, etc. are other religion's
equivalents of church, synagogue, etc. Wear
clothing that minimizes leg/arm exposure.
No 'loud' clothing. Some temples require you
remove your shoes; carry heavy socks to cover
your shoes (if permitted) or feet (when demanded)
but carry your shoes in a bag with you. Why
leave them outside and give someone a footwear
Jay, Buon Me Thuot, VietNam
in Poland love jeans...
Youth and young adults are enthralled with
denim in Poland, so jeans are perfectly
acceptable as long as they are not ripped,
torn, or dirty looking. Women in their 20s
and older generally wear nice clothing when
going to cities and towns, so take along
a pair of khaki or dressier pants/skirts
and a few nice blouses (not see-through
or revealing, though). Leather shoes are
quite popular, either sandals in summer
or clog-type shoes year round. Wearing clothing
with English words on it is not bad at all
for foreigners, as the English language
is very "in" at the moment. In winter, bring
WARM sweaters and heavy socks - it gets
mighty chilly. If you plan on staying with
a Polish family be sure to bring a pair
of house shoes or slippers, as it is thought
that without properly covered feet, you
will become sick.
Lynnsey, Tallahassee, USA