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Travel Tip: What You Wear May Be Forbidden!

Updated on January 15, 2015

Be Aware About What You Wear!

That perfect pair of black shoes you bought may not be the perfect accessory when visiting some places in the world. It really does pay to learn what is and what isn't correct to wear in the country you are visiting. In fact, the laws of the country may forbid you wearing your normal attire.

Where would you be prohibited from wearing high heeled shoes you may ask? How about the historic sites in Greece? Even Carmel in California has an historical ban on high heels but it is hardly implemented...mind you you can buy a permit! Then there are other laws about clothing. Please read on...

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Greece: No High Heels Please!


Following years of damage to historical sites such as the Acropolis the Greek Government banned people wearing high heels. Mind you I wouldn't like to be walking around sight seeing in high heels but obviously people used to!

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Women's Walk Shoes

I chose this shoe as I like the open back and the fact that they look like sandals or a clog. They are made of soft leather and designed for casual walking.

MBT Women's Kipimo Casual Walking Shoe,Black,40 1/3 M EU / 9.5 B(M)
MBT Women's Kipimo Casual Walking Shoe,Black,40 1/3 M EU / 9.5 B(M)

Five reviewers give this shoe a five star rating while one gives it a four.

Words such as awesome and best shoes I have owned dominate the reviews.


Walk Shoes For the Men

Yes, I know you don't usually wear heels!

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Thailand: Wear Underwear at all Times!

Thailand Temple
Thailand Temple

To be honest I wouldn't know how they would check! Anyway, as with many countries, especially when visiting temples, you will need to cover your shoulders. Do NOT wear short shorts. Ladies, carry a sarong or skirt with you. Dress conservatively.

Remember that when visiting temples you will have to remove your shoes so sandals would be a good idea...not with socks please!

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Italy: Cover up Please!

girls at Italian beach
girls at Italian beach

Italian law requires that you wear a cover up over your swim suit. On the Italian Riviera you are prohibited from walking in the streets in a swimming costume. If visiting Churches or museums you are required to wear something covering your shoulders and for skirts and shorts to be knee length.

Girls at Italian beach by Anneke de Bundel

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Eiffel Tower Paris
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

India and Pakistan: Dress Modestly - These countries share some similarities...

Many countries frown on tight clothing and skimpy tank tops and mini skirts. Be respectful of your host country.

In India and Pakistan there is the Kurtas that can be adapted for Westerners to dress with modesty. Particularly in small villages and holy sites dress conservatively. Never wear shorts or a short skirt. Keep your shoulders covered.

Churidar are leggings that bunch up at your ankle and are usually worn with kurtas.

Salwar are pants with the leg loose at the top and tighter around the ankle. When you wear a long tunic with a salwar, it's called a salwar kameez. Often women wear a long scarf around their neck with the salwar kameez. This is called a dupatta,.

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Muslim couple

What to Wear in Islamic Countries

As there is a varying degree of tolerance I have included some links that will be helpful to establish just what to wear.

A guideline is to "conceal rather than reveal".

As a general rule, foreign men should wear long trousers and shirts that cover the upper body. Women should wear loose fitting skirts with hemlines that are well below the knee. Sleeves should be at least elbow length and the neckline modest.

If in doubt, check it out!

The best thing to do in most circumstances is to think 'modest' for your dress attire.

Please let me know you paid a visit.

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    • TLStahling profile image

      TL Stahling 

      5 years ago from US

      I've always overpacked because I never knew what would be appropriate. But now with the airlines charging for baggage, you really have to pack with forethought.

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      6 years ago

      Good tips, we need to know the different clothing required when visiting other countries.

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      6 years ago

      Great tips. The fewer hassles the better when you're traveling.


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