The town I live in is the fourth largest in Bavaria, was untouched during WWII, and is well known as a “medieval city.” As a result, there are big tourist groups around all the time. Because the city is smaller, running into these groups is unavoidable. They are everywhere.
I love observing and trying to guess who is from the United States, and most of the time I’m correct. I find that many people seem to have taken the “being comfortable while sightseeing” look a little too literally and stand out like a sore thumb compared to the sleekly dressed Europeans. Has anyone else experienced this?
I value being comfortable too, especially when you’re on your feet most of the day, but it can definitely be done without looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed. Here’s how I rock my go-to sightseeing outfit:
There are a few key elements I always gravitate towards while choosing my outfit for an all day session of walking around, especially in a new city. My goal is to always to blend in, and be comfy – easy enough, right? Here are my essentials from head to toe:
Smile: As corny as this sounds, a smile goes a long way, especially when you don’t speak the language. A smile puts a person immediately at ease.
A Light Jacket: With fluctuating weather (especially in Europe), a light jacket is essential. I find that a leather jacket is pretty much the universal symbol of “cool” everywhere. I love that don’t have to worry about this faux leather style getting damaged if it rains.
Zipped Bag: While traveling in big cities it’s nice to have a bag with a zipper – one you don’t have to worry about other people getting into. A lot of times when I travel I have my passport and my wallet with me – two things I don’t want to be stolen.
Jeans with stretch: There’s nothing worse than walking around all day in a crappy pair of jeans. I prefer mine with a little stretch, but not so much they lose their shape. There’s nothing worse than jeans with a saggy butt (especially if you don’t have much of one already – like me). I love this Hudson pair, they feel like sweat pants.
Comfy shoes: Shoes can be both comfortable and cute, and I love sneakers for that extra arch support. Yes, I’m old. I suggest sticking to simple styles and neutrals to avoid looking dorky. If you need some more sneaker inspiration Google how Kendall Jenner rocks sneakers – she kills it every time.
What is your go-to look while sightseeing? Do you have any must-haves?
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