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 locals.
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 etc.
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
Marissa, Toronto, Canada
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
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 upgrade!
Jay, Buon Me
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
Lynnsey, Tallahassee, USA