As tourists, I know we all want to be as comfortable as we can on our skin to enjoy our travels.
People tend to think that because you are in a place where no one knows you, you already have the right to do what you want, be what you want, and wear what you want. Although this statement is true in its sense, there will still be limitations in it, which are bounded by culture, people, and the place where you are visiting. As much as possible, we need to be mindful of how we present and express ourselves to the locals. Although fashion is one form of self-expression, there are still restrictions we need to observe and follow—especially when we are in foreign land.
So here is the thing: normal people dress formally in South America than elsewhere and dressing down has never been their option. As an extremely class-conscious society, no one wants to be ever mistaken for the lowest lower class in Latin America. And as tourists, we don’t want to be treated and looked at differently, right?
So to make the most out of your South American trip, here are some fashion tips to blend in well:
One Word: Layers
In Latin America, people don’t usually wear t-shirts when they go out. But don’t worry because you can still wear your favorite shirts inside the house, or perhaps when doing some gardening in your backyard. But when you’re going out to see tourist spots and to explore the place, considering adding layers to your good old shirt is a wise decision. So you’ll do fine wearing that simple button-up shirt.
Ask Yourself: Are You Hitting the Gym?
People in South America don’t naturally wear sneakers, tracksuit, exercise shorts and pants except when they’re actually at the gym and about to do jumping jacks or some pushups. They hit the gym wearing some fine clothes, and bring with them their workout wardrobe. Once they’re done, they keep it on their bags and wear some nice clothing again on their way home. This is how they do gym sessions. So you might consider packing other shoes than your sneakers.
Is It Your Birthday?
When going to birthday parties and clubs women in Latin America will do extreme measures to showcase their “features.” And I must say most of them have what it takes. But if you’re a tourist, you might skip on wearing too skimpy clothes. Pieces of clothing such as super short shorts, a micro top, and an itsy bitsy skirt where your body parts are practically showing itself to the world is not something nice to wear there, especially on churches.
Let’s Just Go To the Beach
If beach mode is your default setting as a person, then you might want to consider shaking things up a little for once. Flip-flops, sandals, and shorts for men are considered too casual as an everyday outfit in South America. For them, you only wear these items when walking around the house, working out, or going to a beach. So let’s just go to the beach, shall we?
Your Smile Is Your Best Piece of Clothing
If you’re now too stressed thinking of what to pack for your trip, then this might make you feel better. South Americans are known to be very gracious hosts, and a smile is something they consider as an all-time key fashion accessory. You might not know how to speak Spanish, but wearing a simple smile can help save your day.
It’s something they understand and appreciate. So I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun on your holidays.