How To NOT Look Like A Tourist | What To Wear In Europe



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I've been very lucky to travel in my life, both within the United States and abroad. Today I want to share 6 things I like to avoid wearing while on vacation so that I can fit in a little easier. Assimilating (by how you dress, speak and conduct yourself) will make you less easily targeted as a tourist, help you experience your destination as more of an insider rather than an outsider, and will ensure you don't get turned away from restaurants or important landmarks. I've linked everything mentioned down below, and like always thank you so much for watching! xxAudrey BLOG POST: ____________________________________NEW HERE?Welcome to Audrey À La Mode and thank you for stopping by! I'm Audrey, a Charleston based minimalist, antique collector and stripe lover. Through this site, I share my love for simplicity and my journey of doing more with less.From tips on how to build a classic, minimal, year-round wardrobe (starting with just 10 pieces!), to beauty, travel and more, my goal is to inspire you to live life to the fullest.____________________________Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement. Sponsored posts will always be disclosed. All opinions are always my own and everything was purchased by me unless otherwise stated with * or c/o. Some affiliate links may be used above. Thank you so much for supporting my channel!



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AARON
Good video Audrey... just happened upon it and wish I'd take your advice some days. As a resident of Hawai'i we may be the MOST casually dressed people on the planet. I don't even OWN a pair of long pants nor any covered shoes. Go to the office everyday in my (nice) shorts, loud shirt and sandals with my dog in tow. The pressure's off here.
Achuchu Bam
i love these tips! thank you!
Alex Calet
I was recently on a cruise with a woman who had been robbed in London while travelling to join the ship, her backpack contained all her money and bank cards. It was the classic distraction ploy (one person tells you you dropped something, or there is something on your sleeve, while the other robs you from behind). Fortunately she was not alone and her embassy helped her stop the cards straight away. \nIt's best to wear a cross body bag with the bag in front of you, but also to put it on so that the flap is inwards. It's harder for you to get things out but harder for the thief to get into it. Always keep things separate - bank cards and passport I always put in an inside pocket which zips up and I put a safety pin on the zipper end and attach it to the lining. I don't worry too much about my phone as I use one with pay as you go only while travelling.
And-Reass
I'm from europe and we wear sneakers all the time. Just wear whatever you want in my opinion.
Anti Parallali
As a European, I can't give up my tiny leather backpack haha, I don't even own purses anymore. Although definitely don't keep stuff in the outer pockets! Get one that zips where your back touches it, really hard to break into those.
Audrey Coyne
Hi everyone - thanks so much for watching!! I want to pop on here quickly and say that OBVIOUSLY this video is full of generalizations and I don't mean to imply that these are universal truths across all people and countries. Of course each place has individual and unique customs and traditions that should always be celebrated and respected. Labeling this video in a very generalized \
Azra ko
Americans always look casual, wearing sneakers, sweatpants, while we in Europe are always dressed up, women wear make up wherever they go... sometimes it's annoying getting ready everytime you leave the house, but most of the times I like it :)
Bastiaan*Mol
I`m European and have lived 64 years in various European countries. It is not so much what you wear, that makes the big difference. It is more that many Americans are VERY loud in their speaking voice. That way you are instantly recognizable as a tourist,or at least as being an American. Also eating out and wanting AND mayo, AND ketchup,AND musterd,AND chili on the same dish ,is not really a compliment for the one that cooked your food.
Carmen
How to spot a turist in Spain --\u003e socks and sandals.
Carol Sydney
In Paris last year, my friend and I happened upon a small and beautiful chapel on a side street. The service was given by a contemplative order we both resonated with. It was cold that spring and we had worn dark heavy jackets with long pants. We felt comfortable going in because we were appropriately dressed. The service in French was perfect and loving. Had we not dressed well we would have missed it.
Chelsea Clark-Martin
Been to Europe many times and every time I shop for European clothing for my husband to wear while we are there. What does he do? He wears them once or twice but eventually transitions to hiking boots, tee shirts and baseball caps...oh yeah...and a backpack! 🤦\u200d♀️ People always hassle us in the residential neighbourhoods in Paris. Yelling things like “Hey Hollywood!” 🤦\u200d♀️ We aren’t even American. 😆 We are Canadian!
Christy Louis
Welp regardless of what I wear, I will probably still look like a tourist in Europe because I'm black 😂 Yes I know there are black people in europe, but I mean like the really white white countries like Poland, Germany, Romania, Italy, etc. etc.
Connie M
Went to Germany and Austria and there were mixed reactions to my husbands hipster beard. Not a trend there
Cosplayer From Outer Space
Someday I hope to go to Europe... and I am so thankful don't dress like most Americans!! I can't stand athletic wear. I design and sew my own clothes, and I'm so excited to make a beautiful, classy, versatile wardrobe for the trip!
Craig Ferich
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Cristina Lovato
What will probably give away that you're a tourist in Europe is how you behave, not how you dress (or what color your skin is, like some people in the comments think). Unless you're wearing saldals/flip flops with socks or something too obvious, just behave like a local and you'll be okay. How a local behaved varies a lot depending on the country. Eastern and Northern Europeans are more quiet. But for example, people in Spain are quite loud (me included), so being loud won't really make you look like a tourist, more like the contrary.
Denise Herud
Great advice esp re: shoes!! Love the sleek mod ones u showed...def upscales ur whole look!👍🏻💗
Domi van Lieshout
I don't know the situation in all countries in Europe, but in The Netherlands it is totally fine to wear whatever you want...maybe not socks in sandals though. But I even see people wear swimwear during shopping trips.
DreamilyReal
Fun Fact, the selfies will give you away no matter what you wear.
Dwightinho56
Two things stick out for us in Europe especially with Americans. Gym outfits and other sloppy leisure wear, or the other kind loaded with expensive brands, lot of logo and the \
Eman
That doesnt apply to spain, slovakia, croatia, germany or scandinavia ... just saying
Erbert Chong
When in Paris, if you want to blend in don't wear baggy shorts or pant, we have even seen god awful baggy dress pants. I hate to say this but a good tailor is your best friend for your clothes .. ps male tourist should not put their cell phone and wallet in their back pockets. We have seen too many people being victims of pickpockets and we try to warn tourist about it too.
Faith Ann
I would say bring along a scarf or neckerchief, it doubles as a good head covering when you want to go into a church where you have to cover your head.
Gille87
As a Norwegian, all I can say is that it depends on where you go tbh. Europeans are very fashionable. More so than in the states, bit even here styles differ from place to place due to climate, and culture. In Norway you can’t really tell unless you are walking around takin photos of everything l. Yet Scandinavians do have a certain style. Here it’s more about trends as well as functionality and comfort. Sporty, street, simple, minimalist, clean, high quality, yet it can be bold. Even though culturally you are not supposed to stand out too much, or be different meaning being your self.
Glenn Gatlen
I think the best style is to not be an obnoxious tourist have manners
Hannalyn
WHO CARES IF YOU LOOK LIKE A TOURIST. If you are one, then you are. Why should I care about that when I’m going to visit, not live there. This just sounds like I HAVE to FIT in, instead of being my own person. No, thank you. ✌🏽
Hanneke Teunissen
Europe is a pretty large concept. There's quite a lot of difference between Sweden or Italy, so it might be a good idea to specify.
Haylee Han
Very practical & hands-on! Thank you so much Audrey.
Henrik Eriksen
In Scandinavia, we dress quite alike people in USA. Baseball caps, athletic clothes, backpacks, all sorts of sandals and flip flops (depending on season). \n\n2 giveaways are gift shop clothing (caps with \
HereDianna2
Hi I agree with hats instead of baseball cap but please not the beret. Nobody wear this in Europe except for older men including in France where I live. You ll definitely look like a tourist with this on!
JHC LH
Great video!!! My \
Janice Bulloch
Well for the past 60 yrs I've been travelling around Europe with all the wrong clothes, funny thing is no one said. I manged to get served in restaurants. ..also have taken the same style of clothes to the states again no problem. ..what part of Europe is this young lady talking about..
Jayne Coney
I agree with all these things, from experience. A floppy hat that you can scrunch up in your cross body bag is essential in summer. Flat comfortable sandals or slip on shoes are a must. I had a fab little cotton jacket that I wore everywhere. You can usually tell the Americans at a glance, because they don't seem to want to blend in. They are often loud & obnoxious, in their dress & demeanour. And scammers & pick pockets see you as a walking target. My main tip is check where you are going before you head out each day, pulling out a city map is a dead give away that you are not a local. Of course GPS on your phone helps. And remember to take a look around you, experience each place , not through your phone or camera lens. It was hilarious on my trips to Europe when people kept asking me directions or for assistance & were often surprised when I responded in an Aussie accent.
Jfjf Knfjf
Honestly just wear white adidas sneakers, blue jeans (can be ripped, but not too much), a plain white shirt, a small necklace and some small earrings that match the necklace (color wise). Don’t wear a hat, and take a regular purse with you.\n\n\nYou’ll look just like anyone else, if that’s what you’re looking for
Johanna Lange
You will always be recognizable as a tourist if you don't wear local gear and stop looking interested at everything. So best to rush everywhere in local clothes without bags with a stressed attitude. Bit of contraproductive to your intentions though. So my advice: be polite, be cautious, be yourself. And enjoy the privilege of being a tourist. 🖖
Joseph
If you cannot speak their language, you are perpetual foreigner. This has nothing to do what you wear.
Juan Carlos Rodríguez Morante
i´m european and this video is so stupid i love it
Justyna Wisniewska
You can keep the athletic sneakers I think, a lot of people in Europe have been pairing athletic sneakers with regular casual clothing for few years now (I do almost every day). Especially if you will be walking for the whole day the 'city sneaker' showcased might not offer enough support for your feet ;). That nike shoe showcased would definetely pass! I think it's more about going for 100% athleisure plus a huge backpack that makes it really scream you're a tourist.
K Stone
As a Brit I agree with most of these (especially the flip-flops and baseball hats, though we do wear the flater ’snapback’ style in the UK), but the ‘no backpacks’ thing from a style standpoint doesn’t make much sense, or the raincoat. We still often use backpacks, but I think the style is very different. Our backpacks are more likely to be... mature? They are often used by commuters so tend to be more muted and well crafted than say a drawstring backpack or a 10 year old hiking bag. And as for rain coats, I mean it does depend where you are, but I rarely bother with a raincoat even when its tipping it down. Seeing tourist scurry round in massive raincoats and fighting umbrellas is a source of great amusement for me. \n\nAnother big one you didn’t mention is cargo shorts though. I have never in my life encountered a European man in cargo shorts. Honestly the male ‘American uniform,’ as me and my family put it, is teva sandles, cargo shorts, overly bright polos or graphic t-shirts, and a baseball hat.\n\nAll in all though, and interesting video. I like that you didn’t get too stereotyped with European fashion as being ‘french girl’ fashion, and you had a lot of interesting insights and advice.
K.Nuyts
Yes please no gymclothes, no hoodys, backpacks, but get realy dressed. In Europe your not in a gym. And our food in the restaurant is good, we dont depend on fast food. Enjoy your trip and don’t try one country in one day.
KAIJU MECHA
U can wear anything that you like to any country because people can tell where you come from through your face or language you speak! Stop pretending to be someone that you are not!
Karen K
In other words, be smart and don't look like a slob. I wish we could ban these looks here in the U.S. too.
Kimberly Holt
I am American, living in Europe. My in-laws came to visit & I told them “no athletic wear!” What did they bring? Athletic wear. And sneakers. They looked like tourists... I just rolled my eyes. We ended up not going to any fancier restaurants, because I didn’t want them to be embarrassed.
Kristiina Rokashevich
Indeed, never understood, why people are having such an intense love affair with the sportswear :)
LADYCRAINBOWLADY
Also when visiting churches it is polite for men to remove hats....ladies are ok. I find a lot of men from the States do not know this and how bad it looks when they are walking around in baseball caps. Nice video that I agree with totally x
LadyDors
You want to avoid being tagged as a tourist? Don't get sunburnt. Where I live (in the Barcelona area) this tags you automatically.
Laila daily
Well, I'm gonna do totally the opposite cause i want to look like a tourist
Live Life
European dress code can be summed up in two words; smart casual.
Louise Backlund
Really liked the video (with a grain of salt ;) )! My tip does not have to do with fashion, but perhaps accessories: maps. In order to spare as much time as possible looking at a map, making me look like a tourist and making me a vulnerable target, I do some \
Maggie Grace Rasor
I was walking by a shop in New Orleans on Friday and I had on a cotton dress and scarf and Vionics sandals. I was carrying a cross body purse. The clerk standing at the door said, \
Mari Rocha
I really like your video! Please make a winter version, I'm from Brazil and I have no idea on what to wear during Christmas in Europe.
Maria Pesci Feltri
Thank you. One need to be practical. Useful tips. Thank you!
Marianthi Kotsona
Being from Europe and traveling mostly to other European countries, I agree with her. You are not going to stand out or targeted , as many of us go round and about with gym apparel, BUT , you will feel a whole lot better in a chic , minimalistic look; you’ll also find that it’s more practical and you won’t feel self conscious at all during the day. \nOh, and... LAYERS are key.
Marie Burns
I traveled extensively in Europe for 20 years. I followed the same \
Marion Brandsen
I am from Holland and people really do not care what you wear. And I think it is common sense not to wear trainers to a fancy restaurant. The tips you have are good but no one here will judge you by the way you look. We have so many nationalities here that all dress differently. I wear sneakers at work and I love my backpack. However do take care in big crowds for pickpockets.
Me Justme
I tell you a funny thing. I did exactly this when I went to Vienna in 96. Thet look at me & said \
Melanie Battiste
Definitely great advice! My classmates and I packed ponchos in our luggage instead of raincoats on our trip to Spain. When we wore them, groups of Spanish teens would point and laugh at us.
Mell Tel
Wear a burqua or nickab, that is the trend in Europe
Nadia T.
Here in Spain you can see tourists wearing sandals with white socks!!! OMG ! This is an absolute NO GO...🙈
Nana Toots
If someone is bad dresser in their own country, probably nothing will stop them from being a bad dresser in a foreign country. This advise is just good to follow in general. If someone doesn’t adhere to these rules in their everyday there’s no stopping them from doing it Europe. And someone who doesn’t have good taste isn’t going to magically become chic for their European vacation. Probably will still look like a tourist.
Nicola Rollinson
My first trip to Paris was for my honeymoon in the early 1990's. We didn't have much money and I couldn't buy any new clothes, except for one knee length polka dot strappy dress. I was very pretty, with a petite but shapely figure. I took with me, my brightly coloured running shoes and a brightly coloured fitted dress and a dreadful bright, nylon sweat shirt... fashionable casual wear in the UK at that time, which i teamed with a shirt pleated skirt. I really wasn't blending in with the stylish Parisienes (?) but, even though I was with my husband, I received lots of admiring attention and requests for photo's. One woman said my look was \
Nicole Emmett
Am I the only one annoyed when people refer to Europe as if it’s one big country? 😅
Nicole Wight
When I went to university in Spain my mother unpacked half the things I packed saying, \
No
What’s with this elitist idea that “looking like a tourist” has a negative stigma? I live in a high-tourist city and know that clearly everyone walking about doesn’t live there too. In fact, people who do live in high-tourist cities or towns and who also live to travel and do it often, ARE tourists themselves in any given week, month, year. Thus, people who travel often—and I do, about once per month—don’t think of tourism in this snotty, elitist way...because we ARE travelers too. 🙄
Noémi Jánossy
Why am I watching this? I'm European.
PoisonTheOgres
A cross body bag is really easy to just cut the straps from. You'll lose the entire bag without even noticing it.
Romano Benini
I live in Italy , most of American tourists are really slovenly and without aesthetic sense or respect of our culture and style . Please : change your clothes to go out for dinner in the evening ; no fitness or beach clothes; no flip flops in the city ( disgusting but usual for people Australian and USA ) ; no yoga pants or shorts expecially in churches . It s not important to have a good style , but please we would a little more of politeness. Grazie !
Sandra Isaksson
I live in Sweden and I've traveled a lot in other countries in Europe. I have no idea what this woman is talking about.. It's totalt okey to ware a cap a, hoodie, running shoes. Wear what ever you want. You won't get thrown out of Europe.
Sara Grunnet
Actually wearing colour in Denmark during Winther/Fall shows that you’re a tourist
Sonia Amber Mahmood
this is SO important. i am from europe myself, and all of these tips are true and almost necessary to know!! very well thought out:)
Sports and Action Channel
I work in New York and see a lot of European tourists. And you know what they wear? Yankee baseball hats, sneakers and backpacks!
Stormy Day
For cooler weather, I wear a jacket like the rain jacket you showed (not the coat) and I am forever in hiking boots, literally from October through April. For warmer, sorry, can’t wear all the leather stuff you showed, must be sneakers, I wear MBTs sandals which is a Swedish brand, yoga capris, a short-sleeved top and always carry a sweater. I am, too, from NYC, so I am ALWAYS on guard, being a tourist in another city, they are no match for me. I am literally on guard to kill anyone who comes near me! ☺️\nOne thing you didn’t mention which I found to be important is to keep all your clothes locked in your suitcase and your valuables locked in the safe while you are out of your room. Never ever put stuff in the drawers, I will hang in the closet, but I take a photograph of what is there and if anything is missing I report it immediately. Drawers are less conspicuous so it’s easier to steal from them. I learned this the hard way in a 5 star hotel in London, so don’t let the quality of the hotel fool you.
Tina Dahlgren
Uh, as a Swede ( yes Sweden is Europe too, Europe is not a country as some seem to think.) I say this is pretty much bs, in Scandinavia people don't care. Wanna look like a tourist? Wear a fanny pack and sandals with socks... other than that, you'll blend in better in caps and gymclothes than fancy dresses. :p
Tracy Meserve
Please don't wear a beret in Paris!
Veronique Delphi
France - dark sunglasses, gold earrings, red lipstick, and don’t smile. Keep it neutral.\n\nItaly, (Μilan) the same as above but you can smile. \n\nGreece, (southern), anything goes, really, unless you’re going into a church (be respectful), flip flops are ok (leather, handmade in Greece is best) but you might want more stability for climbing up the Parthenon or visiting archealogical sites , wear lots of white linen which you can buy there (the BEST linen is in Greece and Italy). just be friendly and open with people and you will be treated with warm hospitality. Spain is a little fussier in the north but the south is all about warm hospitality.
Walter Van der Wahl
Great advice. I would add T-shirts that say Brooklyn, Miami, New York etc...Also wearing white sneakers and or hoodies with oversized logos. Thank you for bringing up cultural sensitivity. Its important not just if you are in Europe but , also the Middle East and parts of Latin America. I travel alone and I've done about eighteen trips so far- I carry nothing when I'm in Latin America or Europe. I do carry my cell phone in my pocket, cash in the local currency, one credit card, either Visa or MC as many places do not accept American Express and a copy of my passport. \nGeneral advice to Americans ( I am American) is not to speak so loud.
Youtube Account
can you guys stop the harsh comment? she is trying to help, a different outlook. if you guys find her useless then just leave. there are people who actually need this advice for many reasons.
ZumbachickKirsten
This is such a great guide for travel wear!! On my first trip.to.Europe , I was embarrassingly American in my bright colored running shoes and my American casual clothes. I learned quickly that travel is more fun when you can blend in a bit! Perfect advice!!
abcofluv
I think the things that could possibly show us Europeans that you're American are your bad manners + the tendency to speak very loud. You can dress very classy, but the bad manners will still show! Try being soft-spoken and respectful to local people 😅
alma jukic
I am from Europe.and many things in USA I don't like special how people dress .they put pj on and then they go to shopping.very funny to me. Advice from me be classy.it is so meny way to choose.thank you for this video.
ayu odagiri
People should be able to wear whatever they want in their life.
bOi
Why do all Americans refer to Europe as if it's a specific place and not 28 countries ??
bella mot
The video was sensible and practical. Well done. What I object to are the judgemental and rude comments from some Europeans implying that if you don’t wear what they deem to be acceptable that you will be judged as poor and low class. I didn’t realise Europeans could be such snobs. I am not American but those Americans and other non Europeans wearing sneakers and baseball caps probably have a lot more money than some of these judgemental and shallow people do. I find that in certain countries in Europe people are obsessed with what others think and they have less freedom to express themselves creatively with what they wear for fear of being judged.
bridget
Thank you! Very helpful.
carolineleiden
You're going on vacation, not on an international fashion trip. Just wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We really don't care. Honest, we don't.
cynthia ferguson
as black american i am going make sure i look like a tourist..not a immigrant.
frauke js
I live in belgium and you can wear anything you want really. We do wear the same clothes as people in the US because you do you.
greatboniwanker
Every woman lucky enough to travel is tempted to purchase expensive designer items. I humbly suggest THRIFT SHOPPING! Madrid, Paris, Milan - amazing fashions, ridiculous prices! In addition to echoing, ditto-ing and every other kind of promoting the abandonment of brand name sneakers while traveling, I highly recommend buying local - whether buying from a local craftsman or local store or, dare I say it, FLEA MARKET - you immediately 'fit in' and you get to take home some souvenirs worth keeping.
kidney function is not a right it's a privilege
when I visited California last summer I was shocked because of what my hosts were wearing.. they basically wore sports wear and ugly t-shirts every single day. My childhood friend who now lives in Michigan came to visit me when it was winter.. I was kinda disappointed in her fashion since I thought it was gonna be better because she lives at the other side of the US but nope... she wore gym tights and a baggy hoody for the whole trip. She says it's comfortable but I replied that you can be comfortable with too without wearing crappy clothes outside
melissa
After this \
melissa Bridge
I was An American living in Italy for 2 years. I went with and carried a Black Leather backpack everywhere.While i was there everyone had one. I had one small cross body in black for nights out. I had 1 dress black. 7 shirts/blouses mostly black and white, some grey, none sleeveless. 2 pants,2 skirts, 3 sweaters all different weight and all Black. Low leather walking shoes in black. Boots in black. I bought tons of SCARVES ALL COLORS.(I only went with one... lol) must have to go into churches. One black coat with a zip out liner that worked all year round. And an umbrella . Minimalist living was great. I still travel this way.
nikhila pushadapu
Omg you are so kind i really like the way you speak unlike other super loud YouTubers
nobody noname
True i live in France and if you wear lululemon for example they think you re goin to the gym and look like cheap crap but every woman wears fancy sneakers and flats. Almost zero heels
ohiogyrl
My first time to France someone asked me if I was American. When I asked them how they knew, they said they assumed from the bright white sneakers and LV handbag! Needless to say I don’t travel with purses with the name brand stamped all over it anymore lol, and I wear black or neutral colored shoes instead. Good list!!👍🏾
sailormoonserenity99
Sorry, those Nike runners are just too comfortable. I killed my feet in Japan trying not to look too much like a tourist and don’t plan to inflict the same on myself on any future trips haha.
test test
I am european and I _always_ wear backpacks. I love my back, sorry
theotherkangaroo
Such practical advice! 👍
vanilaoryza
I work with tourists and this thing have semt ridiculous to me. People saying me I don't want to take a map because I don't want to look like a tourist and me thinking \
vickie g
Russians started the head to toe adidas look tho...and it's ICONIC
Маша Корепанова
Great video! But I don’t see anything wrong with looking like a tourist. We all come from different places and different cultures and that’s what makes us beautiful. Fashion will be important as long as we give value to it. Take all of our clothes off and we are just humans with our personalities which truly make us significant. Anyway, just thought there is no reason to shame people for not looking the way everyone else does(talking about some of the comments).:)