If you are planning to visit the Eternal City any time soon, you are probably also wondering what to wear in Rome. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you pack your suitcase like an expert!
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As a tourist, you might be tempted to choose comfort over style – shorts, t-shirts, ugly sneakers (or even – gasp – flip-flops!). You may even be susceptible to purchasing a straw hat commonly sold by street-side souvenir vendors, even though you would never wear it back home. While Rome may not be the fashion capital that Milan is, you will still find the native Romans (as well as the many cosmopolitan expats) dressed to impressed with stylish, cool, and sophisticated wardrobe choices. So what should one wear during their Roman Holiday to soak up that Dolce Vita? Let’s find out!
First of all, I would leave some room in your suitcase for some shopping. What is a better way in order to look like a local and not look like a tourist? The best thing to do when wondering what to wear in Rome is going shopping in Rome! A Prontopia local will give you the right insights on where to go – Book your local connection here.
The neighborhood Monti is full of little boutiques that offer a wide variety of clothes in terms of style and price. We suggest a visit to the Kokoro boutique, a little store on via del Boschetto 75, where you can find unique pieces of handmade clothes that will make you feel as pretty as one could be while also being comfortable. The owner might even iron whatever you decide to buy right in front of you.
What should ladies wear in Rome during the warmest months of June, July or August?
Avoid jeans that are too tight, as it might get really how, and you never know how much gelato or pizza you might end up eating! Churches have strict dress codes when it comes to how much of your skin is exposed, so also avoid skirts that are too short and bring a light scarf to cover your shoulders. Light scarves are also perfect for dressing up a daytime sundress (especially if you don’t have time to go back to the hotel to shower and change)! Add a touch of lipstick, a bit of perfume, and voilà, you are ready for the night.
You can tuck a loose blouse into a high-waisted skirt, or you could combine a simple tank top with a light silk or cotton jacket for a touch of elegance. Beauty meets comfort!
What shoes should you wear while in Rome? High heels are only for well-trained women, and cobblestones in Trastevere are real traps if you aren’t used to walking on them. If you’re dying to wear those stilettos you packed for a fancy night, make sure you have a gentleman to gracefully lean on who can catch you if you stumble! Otherwise, go for some nice sandals or a wedge heel for your everyday shoes (and avoid orthopedic shoes if you are still too young for those).
As for men, well, let’s start with the don’ts.
Avoid white socks up to your calves while wearing khaki shorts and a white plain t-shirt tucked in your pants. Rome is full of beauty; do you really want to be the one that hits the wrong note?
Opt for a linen shirt for a cool and casual look that seems to only be allowed in the summer. For shoes, sandals are not a thing for Italian men. Real locals go for moccasins. Comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, they will be perfect for a visit to the Vatican Museums and for the well-deserved aperitif in a Roman piazza with your lady.
If it starts to rain, don’t worry! Just like mushrooms after the rain, street vendors will sprout out with cheap raincoats and umbrellas. In fact, you may be begging for some rain like Moses in the desert during some of the hotter days!
If you’re visiting in the summer, don’t pack boots. It’s too hot, and they take up valuable space in your bag. Instead, use that space to pack a bathing suit for an outdoor pool in Rome, or throw in a couple more dresses and shirts so you don’t have to worry about laundry.
If you’re traveling with kids, just make sure you pack hats and sunscreen for the little ones, and you are good to go!
For more info about specific dress codes in Rome, ask one of the Prontopia locals – we are always happy to help! For live answers to your questions about how to pack or where to shop in Rome, join our Facebook group How to Get around in Rome.
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