What to wear for sightseeing on vacation and on the side of business trips
With the vacation season right around the corner today’s post focuses on sightseeing outfits. Even when your your vacation asks for resort style or your pack for a cruise plan at least for one sightseeing look. When your sightseeing is related to the evenings while on a (science) conference plan your wardrobe accordingly so you can swap fast from business casual to a walk around town. Sightseeing in metropolitan areas typically includes being on public transportation and on your feet a lot.
Go for stylish walking shoes
Comfortable shoes that you can walk in are key. Of course, you can rely on your running shoes. However, waterproof sneakers or walking shoes are a much more stylish option. In summer, comfortable sandals may be a good choice too when the weather is dry.
Pro tip: Never take a tour with brand new walking shoes. It’s a recipe for blisters. Walk them in in the weeks prior to your tour.
When touring museums have a cover-up
Visiting museums and galleries means air conditioning, while it may be hot outside. This is especially true when sweating in clothes during the dog-days. Thus, go for a shirt/top plus sweater or cardigan or casual jacket combination to not catch a cold. You can knot the cardigan or sweater around your waist or shoulders for style when outside and pull it on inside to stay comfortable in the chill of the AC.
A pocket umbrella or packable rain jacket save the tour during a shower
If it rains, have a light weight rain jacket or trench coat handy. You can check the wet jacket or coat with the coat clerk when visiting a gallery/museum. A pocket umbrella is an alternative, but will be difficult when you need both hands for pulling maps on your cell phone. Color is great to up your style and mood in rain.
Skirts may be tricky with walking shoes
Most skirts don’t look great with walking shoes or flats. Thus, safe options are jeans or chinos depending on the temperatures. In both cases, opt for a loose/relaxed cut for your pants. It is just so much easier to walk up the stairs in the tower of Cologne Cathedral in a relaxed cut than in skinny jeans.
A safe bag is a must
For your bag stay away from rucksacks. You risk to throw something down when turning around in a museum/gallery. It is also an annoyance when you wear it in public transportation. You may hit it in kids’ faces.
Go for a cross-body bag. It is stylish and leaves both hands free for checking the google map and directions on your cell phone, holding the catalog, taking pictures, carrying your latte or ice-cream cone, handling the metro ticketing machine or holding on to a handrail on the train. Furthermore, it doesn’t scream tourist like a funny bag. A wrap scarf purse is a safe travel alternative to a funny bag.
Protect your skin, eyes and sunglasses
Add a nice necklace or scarf for style. On sunny days, make sure to put on sun cream and wear sunglasses. Reapply often as sun screen rubs off on clothes especially when you are on packed public transportation. Protect your sunglasses with a box from getting scratches when you don’t wear them. Scratches impair the protection of your eyes.
Photo inspirations for sightseeing looks
Here are some visible inspirations what to wear when sightseeing.
London Jean boyfriend jeans with GNW suede utility jacket, Hermes collier de chien leather bracelet, Lands End sweater, BP espadrilles, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Coach bag (all own) Moda International leather pants with statement belt (gift from my husband), Oliveo chambray shirt, Burberry Brit trench coat, Jaeger tote, Puma sneakers (all own), and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source
Spring bag c/o Olivia + Joy worn with own Anne Klein sweater, BCBG capris, Vigotti shoes, Jackie O. Ray Ban sunglasses, Jones New York cardigan, and pearl necklace
College Tee “Never underestimate and old woman who graduated from University of Cologne”, Shein duster, Shein satin jogging pants, horse bite slides (all own), and sunnies c/o Winkwood
BCBG leather capri, Vintage Silk floral top, GNW leopard print cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Jackie O. Ray Ban sunglasses, Juicy couture mules, and LV bucket bag (all own) Striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer with own Burberry Brit trench coat, London Jean boyfriend jeans, Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel, DIY belt buckle, DIY pendant, tote umbrella, and Hunter rain boots
Double HH boots, Oliveo denim skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, college T-shirt, silk scarf, statement necklace, and HH men’s raincoat (all own)
Zaful black, red, green, white striped mini dress, black leggings, red with white dots Keds, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Notations white and black striped cardigan, Hermes red Constance bag, statement necklace (all own), and bracelet c/o Lizzy James
You may also want to check out the Dress for Success post on what to wear when travelling.
Enjoy exploring a new town.
What is your favorite thing about sightseeing? What is your favorite outfit for exploring a new place?
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Photos: G. Kramm
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