10 things you should never wear when traveling abroad
Save your stars and stripes for July 4th and, even then, only when celebrating in your homeland.
No matter how pretty your face, how stunning your dress or how beautiful your voice, even the fanciest flip flops should be saved for the beach—or maybe a grungy dormitory shower. Otherwise, remember one word: sandals.
Yes, grown men and women routinely wear sweats in public in the United States. Don them far from home, however, and you might as well be wearing your passport around your neck. Male or female, the only place you should ever wear tracksuits abroad is in the hotel gym.
Ashley Tisdale couldn’t hide behind her Yankees cap—and neither can you. Sporting a baseball hat abroad will instantly scream “tacky foreigner” to everyone who walks by. If you need sun protection, opt for a tasteful, feminine sun hat instead.
If Rihanna and Louis Vuitton can’t convince us that the fanny pack is fashion-forward, your $30 Target fanny pack certainly won’t cut it. Plus, you’re inviting the pickpockets to help themselves to your euros or pesos—and perhaps your ID as well. If you’re traveling in an area with a bad rep for petty theft, opt for a sleek, under-the-shirt money belt instead.
Numbered jerseys are fine for an American stadium or sports bar, but when you’re ready to board an international flight, it’s time to 86 them.
You may not speak the native tongue of your destination, but at least some of the locals will speak English—sometimes better than the average American. Don’t insult their intelligence. Word-free clothing is always your best bet for international travel.
Traveling abroad exposes you to a wide variety of environments—sometimes all in the same whirlwind day. As you bounce from art museums and sidewalk cafés to historic churches and upscale eateries, these overexposed fashions may be seen as tasteless or even downright offensive, depending on the local culture. Some churches and fancy restaurants may turn you away at the door. Unless you’re heading for the beach—and only the beach—opt for the sort of modest clothing even your grandmother would approve.
Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel might enjoy showing off her Manolo Blahniks in a New York City “Pumped in Pumps” workout class. But really, do you think you can spend all day seeing the sights in 6-inch stilettos?
Mommy-and-me matching outfits
The unfortunate trend of mommy-and-me matching outfits leaves even ultra-successful 30-something Katie Holmes looking like a bubble-headed teenage mom. If you want the locals to take you seriously, dress like an adult.