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Old 02-25-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Fashion problems when traveling

I have seen first hand the problems some tourists get into when they dress like slobs. For some reason, the fastidious owner of a great restaurant in Florence did not like the idea of his customers dressed in sweat shirts and gym shorts. Gosh, I wonder why.

Here is a funny article on how not to look like a grubby American tourist. And from what I have seen some Brits and Canadians can also take a hint.

10 Fashion Faux Pas for Travelers - SmarterTravel.com
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:37 PM   #2
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Funny, I dressed like a tourist everywhere I went in Europe and people were still nice to me. Could it have been because I made an effort to be nice to THEM? Of course, we didn't eat in fancy restaurants....

N.B., Brits find the notion of wearing a "fanny pack" hilarious. And not because it looks funny.

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Is this a good place to talk about the magic underwear?
It is the bomb!
Other than that, I think I'm safe from the aforementioned issues. Though I'm a big fan of the zip-off leg pants that dry quickly and look pretty awful.
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Maybe our cousins are low class.. but they had white sneakers, track suits (the men), and cameras when they were taking us around Sicily.

FWIW - these are all college educated, professionals... upper middle class folks...

We took our cue from them.
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For some reason, the fastidious owner of a great restaurant in Florence did not like the idea of his customers dressed in sweat shirts and gym shorts. Gosh, I wonder why.
The best places to eat in Italy are the local mamma and pappa joints that serve beautiful authentic Italian food.
I usually give the snobbish high end restaurants a miss. But then i'm cheap
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Is this a good place to talk about the magic underwear?
It is the bomb!
That underwear looks like a fabulous idea! Is it comfortable and worth the price? I'm going to be travelling a lot over the next few months...
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That underwear looks like a fabulous idea! Is it comfortable and worth the price? I'm going to be travelling a lot over the next few months...
I am a ridiculously happy user of the magic underwear. Look around online for the best prices, but it is still expensive-I think I bought it from Magellan's. They dry super-quick and are very comfortable. Easy to wash out in the sink and dry by morning.
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I am a ridiculously happy user of the magic underwear. Look around online for the best prices, but it is still expensive-I think I bought it from Magellan's. They dry super-quick and are very comfortable. Easy to wash out in the sink and dry by morning.
Magic underwear? I'm intrigued...

And, btw, this post is useless without pics.
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Just buy any synthetic underwear. Ex-Officio is pricey but you can find similar stuff at most department & sporting good stores. I found several at Ross for $3-$5 a piece.
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Just buy any synthetic underwear. Ex-Officio is pricey but you can find similar stuff at most department & sporting good stores. I found several at Ross for $3-$5 a piece.
Ah, you can say this, but you cannot buy the magic of the magic underwear for a mere $3 to $5 a piece. Only when you own the magic underwear, in all the magnificent glory, can you pass judgement on lesser panties.
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I wear Commando brand...
Have you no chafe? Even on that bike?
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25 or 30 years ago, you could spot the US tourists in Europe from a mile away, especially the ones from the Mid-West: women in salmon-pink polyester pant suits, men in those awful checked Bermuda shorts, and most of them, both sexes, being Absolutely Fricking Huge. These days, they blend in a lot better, thanks (IMHO) to better U.S. dress sense (+/- 50% of the change), European adoption of U.S. dressing habits (+/- 30%; it's amazing how many German seniors wear baseball caps), and the fact that many Europeans are also now Absolutely Fricking Huge (+/- 20%).
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Just buy any synthetic underwear. Ex-Officio is pricey but you can find similar stuff at most department & sporting good stores. I found several at Ross for $3-$5 a piece.
This has not been my experience. I bought several brands of quick dry underwear from REI, including Exofficio. (They don't call it magic for men). Only ones I kept were the Exofficio. They are much more comfortable than other even fairly pricey brands.

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Magic underwear? I'm intrigued...

And, btw, this post is useless without pics.
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So, who's asking for the pics?
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I will have to try the quick drying stuff. My current tactic is to bring about 5 changes of underwear all of which are well used. The last 5 days of the trip I start throwing the stuff away to make room for souvenirs.

I can still tell the Americans by their size in some foreign cities. There are a lot of BIG British running around, so it is hard there. But, the Spanish women, even the one's in the 40-70 year old range, still have great figures. Most of the men seem rather slim also, though the number of pot-bellies is growing probably due to more modern processed food. 99% of Spaniards dress better than Americans. No doubt about that.
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This has not been my experience. I bought several brands of quick dry underwear from REI, including Exofficio. (They don't call it magic for men). Only ones I kept were the Exofficio. They are much more comfortable than other even fairly pricey brands.

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Well, to be completely fair, I'm not sure if they call it magic for ladies, either, but I carry on so much about it that my friends all call it the magic underwear. DH wears it too, in the boxer brief model, and is also a big fan, though does stop short of referring to it as magic as well.

I think my new favorite accessory for travel is the locally produced version of the "Buff", called a gaiter. It works as a neck warmer, a headband, or pretty much everything a bandanna used to do for me, but in a quick dry model that is easy to just leave around my neck. Here's my favorite model wearing one in a more unorthodox mode.

When we were in Peru, it was nice to have something that I could cover my hair with, and yet be breathable. And as Nick pointed out, way better than a ballcap, that ubiquitous American accessory.
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I will have to try the quick drying stuff. My current tactic is to bring about 5 changes of underwear all of which are well used. The last 5 days of the trip I start throwing the stuff away to make room for souvenirs.
I have what I call my firefighter skivvies. These are the drawers you have worn for 5-6 days straight on a wilderness fireline, not the kind you would wear to your annual physical. Just toss them at the hotel we stay at while traveling.
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