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1. Posted by kimmykak (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

My husband and I are travelling around Europe for 11 weeks starting Aug 10th. We are doing 1 month on a couple of Top Deck tours and the rest on our own and I am unsure of what type of pants to pack for him. I know he will want some shorts to wear and a pair of jeans, but what is the normal thing guys wear while sightseeing in Europe? Normally when we go walking at home he chucks on a pair of trackies, but don't know if that's the done thing in Europe? Would we be better off with a pair of cargo pants or something?
Yes, it may seem a silly question but it has me stumped!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

It being your own good free time, the both of you should wear what you like. For the locals you'll stand out as tourists anyway, so there's really no purpose served with blending in.

That said, places of worship are likely not to let you enter in shorts and/or bare shoulders.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

That said, places of worship are likely not to let you enter in shorts and/or bare shoulders.

Yep, thin long pants made of polyester fibre/microfibre would be your best bet here. Cargo pants are ok if he is still under 30, if he goes into his 40's they would look a bit stupid on him.

This is pretty much the style for all ages:

http://image01.bonprix.de/bonprixbilder/bundles/7er/gross/var2/af/q1/afq134x01.jpg

Trackies are a no-go in Europe, only really poor people and young riff-raff wear them in the streets (the kind who have to run quickly from the police). And joggers of course, but that is another story.

And shorts for guys go at least to the knee or over it in Europe, the "hot pants"-style that North Americans and Aussies sport will get you some stares.

It is also better to wear button-downs and polo shirts than plain t-shirts.

http://image01.bonprix.de/bonprixbilder/artikelklein/7er/235x328/var1/96/5/965742.jpg

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2009, at 00:27 by t_maia ]

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Shorts are fine in most places in Europe, in fact I cant think of anywhere where they aren't. In August most of Europe will be very hot so shorts and a tshirt is totally acceptible. Plain tshirts are worn by everyone in Europe.
Main fashion tips are this - if you are in a holiday town or resort by the sea then definately wear shorts and a plain tshirt at all times when it is hot. In cities wear tshirt and long trousers that are very light. You have no need to worry even if you do think that you are wearing the wrong attire as you can just go buy a cheap replacement so that you feel more comfortable.
Trackies though, now they are out of the question, you will feel like a proper scally (google it )

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2009, at 02:29 by bwiiian ]

5. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Jeans on older men are sometimes considered odd and probably too casual for visiting - assuming he is a little older. Lightweight trousers are good, even with a couple of handy 'cargo pants' style extra pockets, as long as they don't look too industrial.

A long-sleeved shirt would be nice for the evenings and even during the day if you feel it's needed, along with smart/casual shoes, but no trainers. You could always buy something along the way if it worries you and it doesn't have to be expensive - but try not to worry. People will know you are traveling and won't judge you ... except in Italy where I always feel like a scruff.

You'll be seeing Europe enter into Autumn and things will quieten down for you when most have gone home. ;)

6. Posted by kimmykak (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Thanks for your replies! I suspected that the trackies would be a bit 'scruffy' for him. What may be ok for a lazy Sunday walking the dogs at home is not necessarily going to be ok in the 'real world' :) Admittedly he is a bit of a scruff and I turn a blind eye to the scruffy clothes he wears out dog walking and say a silent prayer we don't see anyone we know!

Not really worried about 'blending in' as such, just don't want to look like 'scallies'! Looking like a tourist is fine, as that's what we are!

Sounds like I will have to take hubby shopping for some travelling pants :)

Oh, and he is 34 but I reckon he could pass for 30 quite easily.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Oh, and he is 34 but I reckon he could pass for 30 quite easily.

Then jeans will be ok on him.

What you need to watch out for a bit is that white sneakers or white tennis shoes make you stick out too. Only girly girls in their early teens wear white tennis shoes. In Europe most sneakers are various shades of blue, brown, black, grey.

8. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

Oh, and he is 34 but I reckon he could pass for 30 quite easily.

Then jeans will be ok on him.

What you need to watch out for a bit is that white sneakers or white tennis shoes make you stick out too. Only girly girls in their early teens wear white tennis shoes. In Europe most sneakers are various shades of blue, brown, black, grey.

and all other colours when you are talking about All Stars, or imitation brands. (Is it Madrid only, or are they in fashion?)