Feb 10

Portuguese Fashion

by in What to do

I read a hilarious article on CNN today about European fashion… or rather about Americans and fashion and Europe.  About 30% of our guests hail from the USA and I do occasionally get questions about what to wear (“Are jeans ok?”), so I thought I’d post these two great quotes:

“I say if you can sleep comfortably in it, I don’t want to see it on the street”
Daniel Vosovic

‘Comfort has its place, but it seems rude to visit another country dressed as if you’ve come to mow its lawns.'”
David Sedaris

Lisbon for adults:  Yes, adults wear jeans.  Nice jeans.  No tennis shoes, no shorts, and definitely no sweatshirts.  (see lawn mowing, above)

Lisbon for children:  Tennis shoes and tailored shorts are fine.  No beach attire.  (A seven year old in short-shorts and matching tanktop screams “Pick my father’s pocket, please, he won’t bother telling the police.”)

Algarve Coastal Towns:  This is probably the only place in Portugal where adults can wear walking shorts to the local café without feeling totally out of place.

My suggestion?  When in doubt, wear black.

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