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Whats the dress code abroad?

Postby skater » September 16th, 2015, 7:24 am

For every region, whats the way to go?

I personally dress kinda like a skater when I'm not at work, but of course I tone it down and dont look like a 15-y/o. I'll just throw on a greyish fitted tee shirt, cargo shorts, and some casual plain colored Vans. on the weekdays, I keep it business casual since I work as a CSR and you know how corporate culture is..

Anyhoo, I just asked since I wondered if I were to travel, what countries would best suit my style. And also to maybe get an idea of what to expect when traveling to different places
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby zboy1 » September 16th, 2015, 5:34 pm

Disclaimer: this is only my opinion, so others may disagree with me.

In some parts-of-the-world, dressing well definitely is a requirement, so here are my observations from abroad:

Europeans definitely dress more stylish than Americans, by a mile. Europeans have great fashion sense, and you can see how fashionable everyone dresses over there, compared to the States. Now, in Latin America and Asia, I don't think it matters as much.

I haven't been to Latin America as much, so I'll comment about Asia instead.

Your style of dress may be most suited to Japan; they tend to be most individualistic and quirky when it comes to clothes and fashion sense. It's the same in Korea. The most well dressed people in Asia tend to be in rich Asian countries like Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. ...

Now, in China, you can dress like a regular Joe Schmo and it wouldn't really matter. People dress pretty awfully here, to be honest, so I don't think it really matters, as long as you don't look like a hoodlum and wannabe 'thug' gangster. Otherwise, you should do fine.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby pete98146 » September 16th, 2015, 5:53 pm

Can you be more specific? Each country differs. But yes, you'll soon find that it's the Americans that are very poor dressers in comparison with the rest of the world. Reason for this? Americans already have a high image just by being Americans so there is less to prove. Other countries aren't the same. Folks wake up and they need to prove their image everyday. Part and parcel of this is usually looking and dressing well.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby Signet » September 16th, 2015, 9:52 pm

European men in Bosnia and Zagreb wore a lot of collared shirts and shorts. I didn't see many polos (I saw a few), despite them being grossly overrepresented in every clothing store I visited. Most people wore this kind of shit, or possibly cheaper versions that looked similar. Note that I was there in continuous 100+ degree weather, so I imagine slacks or jeans are perfectly acceptable at any time where it won't kill you to wear them, and that fashion standards might branch out a little. I don't know what non-summer attire looks like, or if it's even different.

Very little in the way of baggy clothing. Everybody wore clothes that weren't far from form-fitting.

A small proportion of t-shirts in places like malls and just walking around, but didn't see anyone wearing them anywhere important. Most of the t-shirts in these cases were pure logo t-shirts, like Aeropostale or Zara.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby MrMan » September 17th, 2015, 12:03 am

Whatever country you go to outside the US, make sure to wear suspenders, horned rimmed glasses, and a pocket protector. Wear a colorful hat with a propeller on top. Make sure to pull your underwear up, where the band is up to your belly button. Then post a picture on the forum before you leave.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby Ghost » September 17th, 2015, 6:15 am

If it's hot I wear a t-shirt and shorts. I believe in function over form. Doesn't always look great, but I'm not going out in 100 F weather in pants and longsleeves.

When it's cooler I wear a collared shirt and khakis, which is also how I dress for work.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby traveller » September 17th, 2015, 6:39 am

Personally, I am the type of guy who loves to wear shorts and either a short sleeve shirt or a tank top. I can imagine few if any countries, even tropical countries, would allow guys or women to dress like that.

In Saudi Arabia, for instance, not only are shorts and short sleeves/tank tops forbidden, but people have to be totally covered from the cheeks all the way down to the ground even when it's 120 degrees outside.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby gsjackson » September 17th, 2015, 6:43 am

Sleeves run shorter on short-sleeve shirts in Europe, ties are narrower and often worn with otherwise casual garb. Clothes generally fit much tighter in Europe than in the U.S. A look that might put you under suspicion of being a poof in the U.S. is standard fare for gaming females in Europe. Much stronger sense of style over there. One key is finding shoes that are comfortable for doing a lot of walking -- and you will in Europe unless you rent a car, because the cities are walkable -- but still are pretty stylish. I buy ECCO shoes when I'm over there, and at this point have six pairs. They have lots of different styles, with some that would probably suit you, and most of their shoes are comfortable.

Note also that clothes sizes typically run much smaller over there. There was one brand of shirt where the XXL size was too tight. I'm neither big nor morbidly obese, push weights around now and then, but not super jacked. I usually wear a large in the U.S., sometimes even a medium.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby xiongmao » September 17th, 2015, 8:11 pm

Always dress well - chicks love it, especially a man in a suit.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby Ghost » September 18th, 2015, 3:41 am

xiongmao wrote:Always dress well - chicks love it, especially a man in a suit.


Ugh. Suits are so unnatural and restrictive. And wearing what is effectively a noose around my neck? Pass. If a woman wants a guy in a suit, she can keep on looking.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby Johnny1975 » September 18th, 2015, 8:29 am

I like the idea of dressing nicely (smart casual) and standing out a little bit. But unfortunately that's the kind of thing that would get me relieved of my money.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby gsjackson » September 18th, 2015, 2:56 pm

Ghost wrote:
xiongmao wrote:Always dress well - chicks love it, especially a man in a suit.


Ugh. Suits are so unnatural and restrictive. And wearing what is effectively a noose around my neck? Pass. If a woman wants a guy in a suit, she can keep on looking.


You've never lived in a cold weather climate. That was the idea originally behind neckties -- to help you stay warm.
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby Ghost » September 18th, 2015, 3:00 pm

gsjackson wrote:
Ghost wrote:
xiongmao wrote:Always dress well - chicks love it, especially a man in a suit.


Ugh. Suits are so unnatural and restrictive. And wearing what is effectively a noose around my neck? Pass. If a woman wants a guy in a suit, she can keep on looking.


You've never lived in a cold weather climate. That was the idea originally behind neckties -- to help you stay warm.


I'll just use a scarf, thanks. ;)
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby onethousandknives » September 18th, 2015, 6:54 pm

Is it OK to wear Adidas track pants in Europe? This is basically all I wear in USA now. But in Eastern Europe would I just be confused for being a local bydlo?
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Re: whats the dress code abroad?

Postby gsjackson » September 19th, 2015, 6:17 am

Bydlo?

Track pants not a look you see over there. They think Americans dress like circus clowns.
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