Pack long skirts
for Papua New Guinea...
If you're traveling outside the major
cities/tourist traps, women should stick
to long skirts instead of pants/shorts.
Not only will this cut down on risks
and offenses, but people will see you
as a person rather than a tourist.
Pete, Chicago, USA
conservative in Germany...
No bright clothes and no white tennis
shoes is a good rule to follow when packing
for Germany. Consider a dark blazer with
blouses and sweaters, dark slacks and
shoes, dark long comfortable skirt to
go with all of above. Add extra comfortable
walking shoes, mid-calf length raincoat
and small umbrella. Layering is very important
due to several temperature variations
in the same day. Consider the business
woman's approach -- definitely not grunge.
Leave that to the very young kids. Look
I don't wear sneakers in France...
Wear black and lots of it. Hanging out
in Paris in January is cold and can
be extremely damp. Pack a long black
skirt, a couple of pairs of black tights,
a big black sweater (a few colored heavy
scarves), black jeans, shirts and or
turtle necks to layer under the sweater,
a hat and you're off. To guard against
pick pockets, don't carry a purse, but
rather wear a money belt and tuck it
underneath your clothes. There's nothing
nicer than having free hands to take
pictures, etc. Bring a pair of black
boots (low heel) that you'd be able
to walk about five miles in. But please,
don't ever wear tennis shoes.
Margaret, Williamsburg, USA
a shawl to Costa Rica...
Take the lightest cotton "sun veil"
fabrics to wear on or near the beaches.
Sarongs over matching bathing suits can
double as evening dinner wear. Denim is
much too hot near beach areas. A light
cashmere shawl is great to wear evenings
in San Jose.
I live in China...
I just read a couple of posts on people
wearing gray or bland colors trying
not to stand out in China. I'm living
here and working as a teacher right
now and I had to laugh. What you wear
is unlikely to make you stand out either
more or less than you will anyway. Unless
you dress sloppily. The Chinese will
appreciate it if you dress up and wear
pretty clothes (you will rarely see
women older than teenagers in jeans.).
The Chinese wear velvet, sequins and
other things Americans normally only
wear for New Years parties on a daily
basis. I found out the hard way. My
first year here I lived in denim. I
thought it practical for wear and hand
washing. I will never think denim better
for hand washing again. And it doesn't
necessarily wear better. This is my
second year and I wear a lot of black,
pink and purple, velvet and glitter.
Dressing up has made a world of difference
in how I am perceived. You can get by
with just lipstick and blush as Chinese
women rarely wear makeup other than
lipstick. Scarves are also popular,
but don't bring them from home. Buy
them here. They are cheap and more gorgeous
than any I've seen in America. And lots
of variety. Oh, and skip the sneakers.
A lot of women wear heels here, too.
And the Chinese also really love sparkly
hair accessories, but, again, buy in
Kate, an American living in China
I was in Beijing and Shanghai in June,
when it's fairly hot there and I have
a slightly different point-of-view.
My advice is to dress to blend in --
you're already going to be started at,
hassled, and talked about by onlookers
because you're a foreign woman, to begin
with. This is much worse, however, for
women who are dressed in typical western
summer clothes, such as camisoles, tank
tops, shorts well above the knee, low-neck
shirts, skirts with high slits, etc.
These clothes are just not considered
appropriate by most people in China.
My girlfriends and I wore these types
of clothes at the start of our trip,
and were hassled and stared at a lot
until we toned our clothes down. I recommend
plain, relatively loose pants, below-knee
length skirts, and short-sleeve tops
-- nothing too bright or expensive-looking
or flashy. It'll get you more attention
than you want, believe me. You are treated
more respectfully by the natives if
you adapt to their culture and dress
more like them.
Katherine, Boston, USA
a bra in Taiwan...
I spent three years in Taiwan and I
have the following tips to pass along
to other JourneyWomen. Taipei fashion
is similar to most big cities in China
and Japan, although most heavily influenced
by Japan. Therefore, it's pretty modern.
The only thing I could imagine being
frowned upon would be going bra-less.
Shorts, miniskirts, tank tops, etc.
are all fine. There's a definite tendency
to overdress (dress up) than to be underdressed
(too casual). Unshaven legs, although
gradually going out of style, are OK,
either bare or under hose. Pretty much
Clarissa, Fremont, USA
girls wear minis in West Indies...
I travelled in the Caribbean
(Windward Islands -- Antilles et al).
Though the native girls and young women
wear the shortest mini skirts I ever saw
-- please don't do it yourself. Covering
your legs with long(er) skirts or loose
pants saves you a lot of staring from
the local men!
shoes to Ethiopia...
I travelled to Addis Ababa and the central
highland area. The local women always
wear skirts but pants were acceptable
for foreigners. Shorts would not be.
I wore both pants and skirts designed
for "travel" and felt comfortable. Long
sleeve and short-sleeved shirts with
good arm coverage are a good bet. Evenings
in the highlands get cold so bring extra
layers. The roads are very dusty --
be sure to pack sturdy, closed shoes.
Carol, Kingston, Canada
Spain is hot
in the summer...
It's hot, hot, hot in Barcelona in the
summer. Unless you want to shout, "I'm
a tourist", leave the shorts and athletic
shoes at home. The women dress up more
here. A good choice is a simple linen
dress in a conservative color and something
to cover your arms if your dress is
sleeveless. You will not be allowed
in some cathedrals in sleeveless clothing.
Stick to comfortable sandals for your
feet. I had a sleeveless long dark blue
linen dress that I wore from Spain,
through the south of France and up to
Switzerland that worked well everywhere!
However, if you plan to purchase your
outfit in Spain be aware that the women
are tiny. If you are a larger size,
you may have difficulty finding a dress
that will fit. Try the Territory Ahead
catalog before you leave!
Mari, San Francisco, USA
shoes so important in London...
My biggest advice is to wear comfortable
shoes. We traveled for seven days throughout
London almost exclusively by walking and
riding the underground and bus system.
Most people wore dark clothes -- either
pants or blue jeans. Women wore various
types of shoes, but very few impractical
high heels. The shoes I wore have always
been comfortable for me back home, but
hurt through all the walking in the U.K.
Next time I go I will wear either a hiking
boot, a dark colored athletic shoe, or
a shoe with an athletic shoe insert.
Stefani, Phoenix, USA
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