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 to wade.
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
wears black in Athens...
Wear black in Athens, all the locals do. I was there in
March and felt silly in my spring colors.
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 helped.
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