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Packing question: jeans/sneakers in the Med in Oct/Nov?
My DH and I pretty much live in jeans and sneakers all the time, especially during casual weekend days, hiking, walking, etc. However, jeans and sneakers are bulky to pack. Jeans are impossible to rinse out in the bathtub (trust me, I've tried! ) Sneakers can just look sloppy Also, I just don't know if they are appropriate in the Med: will we stand out like a sore thumb? I am just wondering.
We've traveled throughout the world for several years and always take our jeans and "white" tennis shoes to wear during the day while touring... and we don't stand out. You'll see jeans worn everywhere, by tourists and locals, and over time, we've seen more and more white tennis shoes worn by locals. At night, Europeans tend to dress up but you can certainly get away with upscale casual in bistros and cafes. Jeans can be warm so in summer months we tend toward lighter weight clothing but always pack a pair of jeans just in case. By the way, husband only flies in jeans... he thinks they're the most comfortable and he doesn't come off a plane after 11 hours looking disheveled.
It depends on your age and what you are doing. Jeans and sneakers are fine for hiking and similiar. In the cities there might be many teenagers wearing them, too, yet someone in his thirties or older in jeans and sneakers/tennis shoes is easily to identify as (often American) tourist.
In many Mediterranean countries people tend to make a clear difference between beach, sport etc. clothing and those for the city, restaurants, nice shopping etc. Just more dressed up.
You will not be out of place with jeans and sneakers (or shorts if it is warm enough) while on shore excursions. Wear clothes and shoes that are COMFORTABLE. On our Mediterranean cruise last year (in April) shorts and jeans were the norm for most people. Also, in most ports you won't have to worry about 'standing out' in the crowd because the ship will have just disgorged 2000 other passengers dressed just like you....and in most places there will be one or two other ships in port also.
On our shore excursions we did A LOT of walking (particularly Mykonos, Santorini and Athens) so dress comfortably, wear good, broken-in shoes and carry a water bottle......you'll have a great vacation.....the Mediterranean is my favorite cruise so far.
I second the concept of dressing for COMFORT, especially on days when you will be doing a lot of walking. The fact is, I AM a tourist, and an American, and I don't think there's much I can do to disguise that. My main concern is not so much to "blend in" (not a very likely possibility anyway) as to simply be dressed comfortably and appropriately.
I agree you don't see too many locals over thirty in jeans...but you do see jeans all over the place, and as others have pointed out, you will not be the only tourists around anyway. So wear what works for you. (Keeping in mind essential decorum, of course, such as having shoulders covered for entry to churches, or dressing up a bit for nicer restaurants.)
There always seems to be a big concern about how to dress in Europe. Has anyone looked at Rick Steves videos? People are dressed the same as anywhere else. casual, long pants, shorts ,sneakers,comfortable shoes etc.