Do Italians really wear all black?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ummmm no. That’s like saying NYers only wear black. I would just with a classic fashion aestethic (leave the fanny packs and logo sweatshirts at home).

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

No this isnt true at all. Now sometimes weddings and formal occasions black is worn.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you want to blend in, just dress nicely all the time (aka, no sneakers). There are tons of comfy walking shoes that are also very pretty (ballerina flats with good dr. scholl’s insoles are my go-to shoes for vacation)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I wore khakis, nice flowing skirts, nice flowing dress, and nice blouses when I went with walking shoes/nice flat sandals. I am of italian descent and people thought I was a native. I went when I was 16. Its on my bucket list to go again but learn the language first since I do blend in with the population so well people were surprised when I couldn’t speak Italian. My nona was proud to say the least. I’d stick with dressy casual flowing skirts, khakis, blouses, nicer shoes, etc.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve never heard of that before but it’s true European women don’t wear sneakers. My very European mom thinks they only belong at the gym but than again, she thinks a lot of American women have problems putting themselves together in general. Most European women harbor this sentiment, having been exposed to caricatures of Americans in sweatpants and dirty t-shirts out in public. I think if you dress nicely and bring a chic pair of flats for day and a great pair of heels for evening, you’ll look awesome.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just don’t wear typical American tourist clothing and you’ll be fine.  Also, Europeans don’t smile as much as Americans (in my personal experience, I know this is a sweeeeeeeeeeping generalization), so you might stick out regardless.  Well, no, you will.  But who cares?  It’s not like you’re going to Italy to pretend you live there…you’re going on vacation!  Do you know any Italian?

Post # 11
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@ajillity81:  Hahaha! NO that’s not true! But big old white Sketchers will make you stick out like a sore thumb, as will generally carrying a backpack. Some people might disagree with me but the average Italian is a little more fashionable than the average American – you may find that they tend to dress up more, even for everyday activities like going to the grocery store. If you want to fit in and it’s warm out, wear leather sandals. If it’s cold out, a comfy pair of leather boots will always work 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby:  Wearing white sketchers will make one stick out anywhere, lol, not just Italy!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ajillity81:  I would seriously not be concerned with looking like a tourist.  Wear classier clothing than what you would wear to, like, Florida, and study the areas you’ll be visiting before you arrive.  Learn a few phrases in Italian, as well as some common customs, and you’ll be FAR better off than most tourists.

Post # 15
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@atlbride2013:  Hahaha that’s true! I’m trying to be diplomatic, but for reals. I can spot a tourist from a mile away if they’re sporting Shape-Ups!

Post # 16
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@ajillity81:  Oh yes absolutely, that sounds perfect – I think what all the PP’s are trying to highlight is that tennis shoes, sweat pants, T-shirts, and other casual clothes will stand out. Honestly, it’s more about the style of the clothing than the color. 

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