Let’s be honest, when Americans travel abroad it is well ugly. We tend to value convenience over quality and comfort over style. Whatever the reason for your European visit, be it for an adventure, to put those years of Spanish to use, or even bag some European cuties – hopefully you came with the desire to expand your horizons. And expanding your sartorial exposure should always make that list. So during your visit, observe how the Italians incorporate color, or the Spanish relaxed attitude, and even the British “proper” way of wearing clothes. What will soon becomes apparent is that Europeans pay more attention to how they dress. But don’t fret, Team USA has a lot to bring to the table. Follow these tips and you may even bring home that Italian girl.
The Distinction Tips
1. Do Your Research: Find out what the locals wear. Want to know what people are wearing in Spain? Check out Spain’s GQ online. There are GQ editions available online for most European countries, the UK, Italy, France and Germany included. With a little help from Google Translate, navigating their websites should be a piece a cake.
2. Pack Light, Buy Along the Way: Now don’t travel to Europe empty handed, but do expect to make some purchases along the way. My favorite souvenirs have been the clothing and shoes that I purchased abroad. There is something about buying clothes abroad and bringing them back home knowing that they shared and survived those crazy travels. It’s also great to know that the chances of running into someone with the same item in the States is slim to none.
3. Pockets, the More the Better: I would recommend packing either a sports coat, utility jacket or even slim cargo pants when traveling, the reason being that these items have built-in additional pockets. Holding to your boarding pass, tickets, passport and everything else can be overwhelming. It is better to have more pockets and assign specific items to each one, then run the risk of losing something important.
What to Wear
1. Sightseeing During the Day:
2. Fancy Night Out: