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European Clothing Styles - Planning Long Trip  
User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

Hey,

I'm going to be studying abroad this summer in Metz, France, and was curious what the average 19-20 yr old university student wears these days in Europe. I don't want to stick out as an American tourist.  Wink

Any tips would be greatly appreciated...I'm not looking to be with the latest and greatest fashions, just want to fit in with the norm.

Thanks! BTW I'm a straight guy.

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User currently offlineTWISTEDWHISPER From Sweden, joined Aug 2003, 711 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter):
I don't want to stick out as an American tourist.

American tourists are usually not recognised by their clothes, but rather THE VOLUME OF THEIR SPEECH...

Shirt and plain trousers would work... leave the hawaii-shirts at home though, toghether with everything that has the American flag on it. Heck, wear what ever you usually wear...

Also, baseball hats are not AS common here... and Europeans don't wear them to make a statement.

You'll do fine  Smile Enjoy your stay, Metz is a nice place.



Read between the lines.
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3718 times:

I consider T-shirts to be underwear (on men), and I'll never be caught at uni with shorts.  Wink Together with my dislike for printed shirts and prominent brand logos, that's all.

European universities are highly diverse as far as clothing is concerned, you'll get the law students with their popped collars, white slippers, fake bakes, pink shirts and sunglasses as well as the art & English students pursuing their teaching certifications in knitted scarves, cord trousers and Dr. Martens boots. You'll quickly find a lot of things to pick from if you look at people.



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

My policy is "wear what you like, and what feels comfortable, because who cares what other think of what you wear,,,?"

Thom@s



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User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3709 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter):
I don't want to stick out as an American tourist.

I don't want to cause offence to anyone, but I see plenty of Americans here in London, and the dead giveaway apart from the (sometimes) loudness is the fact they all seem to wear an opened check shirt with a plain colour T-shirt underneath and jeans.

I rarely see Hawiian shirts! Try jeans, some plain coloured jumpers and some light coloured plain shirts and some pumps, and you can look relatively smart and won't be uncomfortable.

Kieron747


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3709 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 3):
My policy is "wear what you like, and what feels comfortable, because who cares what other think of what you wear,,,?"

I completely agree! I just want to make sure there isn't anything distinctly American I should stay away from (other than the obvious I LOVE AMERICA t-shirt).

Thanks for the advice so far...


User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3706 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 2):
I consider T-shirts to be underwear (on men), and I'll never be caught at uni with shorts.  

Good thing you're not immigration control.  Silly

Quoting TWISTEDWHISPER (Reply 1):
American tourists are usually not recognised by their clothes, but rather THE VOLUME OF THEIR SPEECH...

 checkmark  Hell, at 1st glance people think I'm Swedish.


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3700 times:

This is all the rage with the young folk over there.




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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

I'd pick up one of these. You'll blend right in.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3693 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 7):

 rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl 



You could always try Coz's fashion style whilst at university....



Kieron747


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter):

Any tips would be greatly appreciated...I'm not looking to be with the latest and greatest fashions, just want to fit in with the norm.

Like it was already said, avoid caps, nationalist T-shirts, Coca-Cola Sweat shirts. I would add, don't wear tennis or basket shoes with a suit ... in fact just avoid the suit.

I insist on caps. I know it's common in the states, but very uncommon in France, except for kids in holidays at the beach.




Edit: What the hell are you going to do in Metz ??? Why not an even more uninteresting city while you're at it ?  Smile

[Edited 2007-03-13 15:51:31]

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3664 times:


(Seen in Berlin)



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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3661 times:

Quoting Sebolino (Reply 10):
Edit: What the hell are you going to do in Metz ??? Why not an even more uninteresting city while you're at it ?

For some reason unknown to me, my uni here in the states decided to open a satellite campus in Metz. Of all the cities in Europe...


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 12):
For some reason unknown to me, my uni here in the states decided to open a satellite campus in Metz. Of all the cities in Europe...

Ok, it's not so serious.

You have Paris at 2h45 by train, and after June it will be at 1h25 by TGV.
Strasbourg is at 1h40, Luxembourg at 50 mins, Frankfurt at 3h20


User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3634 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 11):
(Seen in Berlin)

Why Berlin just flat out kicks ass


User currently offlineRammstein From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

Quoting Sebolino (Reply 10):
I insist on caps.

Expecially this version:



 Wink


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26709 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3605 times:

Quick and dirty.

Wear jeans, not shorts
Wear sneakers or any other closed shoe, not flip-flops
T-shirts are ok, but don't wear things from T-Shirt Hell



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User currently offlineEric From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

You can get away with baseball caps, but only once in a while as part of a scruffy look. I'd say the French student body splits (roughly) into two styles:

1. The very laid-back style with scarf, loose trousers, etc...
2. The preppier style; soft-toned clothes - for a guy if you have the body for it, tighter business shirts. Cotton-type V-necks, jeans or cordoy trousers.

It roughly outlines it - best way to figure it out - go there, then go shopping.


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

Quoting TWISTEDWHISPER (Reply 1):
American tourists are usually not recognised by their clothes, but rather THE VOLUME OF THEIR SPEECH...

A lot of other countries denizens are characterised in this manner, too.

White socks and sneakers (trainers/tennis shoes) are a dead give away. Anything USA clothing is another. Oh, no cowboy hats. Ever.

I can spot an American a mile away. Every time (and not based on volume of speech). Clothes for me, are the dead give away.



You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3588 times:






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here some photos of young people in Europe, neither a fashion analysis nor representative, just some pictures around on some WEBs


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4533 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter):

Footwear: Converse All Stars basketball sneakers are big in Europe this summer. Especially with the young 'uns (< 30 y.o.) and, I've read, especially in France.

Have a gay old time  Wink

Robert  bouncy 



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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

mate, just go to h&m and spend €200. you'll be FINE.

toni  Smile



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

Quoting Metroliner (Reply 21):
mate, just go to h&m and spend €200. you'll be FINE.

 rotfl  Good one!



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineSJCRRPAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 5):
I completely agree! I just want to make sure there isn't anything distinctly American I should stay away from (other than the obvious I LOVE AMERICA t-shirt).

I've seen quite a few Europeans wearing sweat shirts with the American Flag, Yankee Hats, 49'er jackets etc.Europeans don't seem to be afraid to wear American stuff.

I can usually spot the Europeans in America, and the Americans in Europe. I wouldn't even try to hide the fact that I'm an American. OK, here are the give-aways: Americans at every age group tend to be slightly heavier than Europeans. Fanny packs and backpacks are a dead give away so If you really want to hide the fact that you are an American you need to take a suitcase and stash it in a Hotel. Hauling a sleeping bags around is totally American. Placing Canadian flags on your person or things (I think almost everyone in Europe know that a person with a Canadian flag is an American trying to pretend they are Canadian) The European Men of all ages seem to have better, shorter haircuts. The clothes are different, maybe some of the clothes are the same, but you will never get an entire outfit that doesn't have something that looks American. Europeans will sometimes button a shirt all the way to the top without a tie, Americans never do that. Europeans almost never have a white-t shirt that can be seen under a shirt. Sometimes you can see through a european shirt, and you normally will notice they are either not wearing a t-shirt, or it has no sleeves.

How is that for generalizations? I don't think you can hide the fact that you are American, just like the Europeans on Fishermans wharf can't hide the fact they are from Europe from me. Maybe I am naive, but I have felt no ill will towards myself because I was American. In fact I would say while most Europeans dislike GWB (I actually found some Europeans that liked GWB, so that should be a shocker) they do not dislike Americans if you are polite. So I wouldn't bother trying to hide who I was, just be polite and be yourself. Some of my best times in Europe have been when Europeans talked to me because I was American.


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4634 posts, RR: 36
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3472 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter):
I'm going to be studying abroad this summer in Metz, France

Are you a Georgia Tech student by anychance?

Anywho, many Americans do stand out in Europe I'm afraid. They tend to dress sloppy (baggier jeans, runners, loose baggy shirts). Or they go around complaining that things aren't in english, and say "well in the US it's done this way!!"  Yeah sure Thankfully, I think this is more of a minority these days. But it's still out there.

You'll have a hard time finding the stylish clothes you see in Europe anywhere in the US. I suggest you go shopping as soon as you arrive in Europe.

Kris



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25 Post contains images Aloges : Quite good! Together with this quote you both seem to agree that Europeans are, on average, more stylish than Americans. I don't really agree with th
26 ME AVN FAN : whenever this of course is a generalisation in a way, I think that Americans tend to have "wider" clothes, while Europeans have rather "tighter" clot
27 Post contains images NoUFO : A twenty-something with a suitcase? Is it? Ok, this one I'll sign. Seriously, I meant it with the picture. Of course I can only speak for the cities
28 Post contains images SJCRRPAX : Well, sometimes I forget how old I am. When I see a group of about 50 young people all with backpacks at a train station in Europe, normally they are
29 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : Here are two things that can be usedto identify Americans: I wear this kind of footwear 98% of the time. Leather shoes, even if they're broken-in, hur
30 Post contains images Aloges : I think the skirt should make her a European, an American girl would be wearing shorts. Oh stereotypes!
31 Post contains images SJCRRPAX : You mean like this
32 AsstChiefMark : And when European wear non-underwear t-shirts, they always seem to tuck them into their trousers, jeans, or shorts.
33 Post contains images Aloges : Exactly - the space for the Canadian flag on the backpack would of course have to be examined for a final decision! This way, they could be Europeans
34 Post contains images SJCRRPAX : LOL
35 Post contains images ME AVN FAN : - THIS here is very widespread among Europeans as well. - - NO, rather to the contrary. If you look up on the pictures I inserted above you can see t
36 Post contains images ManuCH : I like wearing wide T-shirts and sneakers, and I'm European ... though sometimes it happens that I'm told I look like an American. That's why I keep w
37 Post contains images Aloges : I don't quite think so, maybe it's a Swiss thing. True sports shoes aren't that widespread, there are more people wearing this sort of shoe in their
38 IFEMaster : Something with lots of pockets for all your marree-jewwaaaana
39 Post contains images Metroliner : also, if you're going to france, the following are must-have items of clothing: 1 black and white stripy vest 1 pair of mid-calf length cutoff jeans 1
40 SJCRRPAX : OF Course, and don't forget the Lederhose if you are going to Germany, or the Kilts if you plan any travel to Scotland. And don't forget to practice
41 IFEMaster : And the reem of garlic around your neck
42 Post contains images FriendlySkies : As a matter of fact I am. Thanks for all the advice (or non-advice), I'm not trying to hide the fact that I'm American, just didn't want to stick out
43 Aloges : Burberry attire would be the thing to have if you're going to Manchester...
44 Metroliner : dirndls and hunting caps for austria...
45 Post contains images ME AVN FAN : and THIS here the one for a visit to the Stock Exchange or to Lloyds of London
46 Rara : FriendlySkies, I think it's very sensible of you to ask that question. Certainly it's not about hiding that you're from America (that's not possible a
47 Post contains images Waterpolodan : This may be more of a latin american thing as it's very prevalent in Miami, but you might want to get a pair of "racing inspired" shoes, like those pu
48 Post contains images YWG : Don't forget about huge sunglasses!
49 JRadier : =welding glasses
50 Post contains images Thom@s : While we're on the subject of shoes, I've noticed over the past few years that "unisex shoes" have become popular. To me it looks like rather feminine
51 Post contains images Waterpolodan : That's what I was refering to as "racing inspired" shoes, those pumas are modeled off of the shoes that drivers wear to give them the best pedal feel
52 Post contains images A340600 : Some British (I know we're not thought of as Europeans, by others or ourselves ) wear flipflops through the summer months, it was quite popular aroun
53 ME AVN FAN : even more so in Italy, Tunisia and elsewhere in the region, and I would say more so in France than in Germany -
54 Brons2 : Don't wear jeans or shorts with white tennis shoes, that always screams out "AMERICAN" wherever you go. Color coordinate your shoes to your outfit.
55 Post contains images N229NW : Castleisland will post a picture of how to dress in France... PS: White socks and badly cut loose jeans were a giveaway of Americans when I was living
56 COTXDFW777AA : Last summer I noticed in France if you were going to wear a polo shirt in France it was almost always lacoste (just an observation). I would also agre
57 ME AVN FAN : while it indeed was around last year, it was not "the wave", not even among teenagers, but we will see when the weather gets warmer.
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