Blending in “en Europe”

by Bea | August 11th, 2009 | Fashion

picThroughout this whole summer I have been working–just chugging along and progressing through it on a day by day basis. Every moment has been enjoyable, and I cannot believe that it is August. Why am I telling you all of these thoughts? Well, in my life, the coming of the month of August means that my next trip to Europe is right around the corner.

Inspired by my upcoming trip, I decided to look into the styles of European clothing. I do not plan on going there and sticking out like a sore thumb, or someone from the United States in this situation. My wardrobe here in the States is nothing special, so maybe I will take the chance and spend a portion of my paychecks to expand and enhance it. My closet definitely could withstand a culture shock in the near future–that is for sure.

So, what are some styles that am I bound to see? First on most people’s lists are blazers. These blazers tend to give people more of a sophisticated and business-like look. This is a style that I also have seen in the United States, so I am not all too surprised by this, but perhaps you are. A European style that I definitely have noticed is the deep V-Neck top. It is a comfortable style that still looks good. A common trend that people have noticed is that Northern European clothing is somewhat somber, while brighter colors become more common as one continues to travel south.

Looking good is the biggest thing in to take into account in Europe. It pays to dress sharply. People pay a lot more attention to your style in Europe, and people dress to present themselves and their personalities. A lot of restaurants, stores, bars, and other businesses will not even let you into the store if you are not properly dressed.

If you don’t want to look like a tourist, don’t dress like one. For instance, wearing the jogger or tennis shoes, worn down jeans, the collared tee shirt, and the ski jacket all while sporting a backpack tend to be dead give aways to locals that you are not one of them.

Well, I’ll try my best to fit in…

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