Plaid Shorts in Europe?

  • RaceConrad

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    Aug 22, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    I'm packing for a trip to Europe. I have these plaid walk shorts, that fit me right, but wonder if they are cool in Europe nowadays?
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    No idea specifically about the plaid shorts. But I do know that no matter how hard you try, when you travel overseas, you still always manage to look like a tourist. So you might a well just do your best to have appropriate clothing and otherwise be happy that it looks good on you.
  • Import

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    Aug 22, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    I feel like plaid shorts went out in 2005.

    Shorts from J.Crew always look nice icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Being in New York, I've observed European tourists for over twenty years.

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    They clearly don't worry about what we think about what they wear, so you shouldn't worry about them.

  • ohioguy12

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    Aug 22, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    I was just talking about this with a Spanish friend of mine. Yes, you will look like a tourist, but you will also be better dressed than half the guys there.
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:51 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidBeing in New York, I've observed European tourists for over twenty years.

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    They clearly don't worry about what we think about what they wear, so you shouldn't worry about them.



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    The guy in the pic looks FABULOUS!
  • Guycicle

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    Aug 22, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    Shave your legs and get some capris (manpris) and you'll fit right in. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    i've seen loads of people over here wear them, they wont make you look like a tourist. i have a pair myself
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    My BF always points out the German tourists for me here in New Orleans. For some reason he always pegs them. He says its the footwear.
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    By all means wear them. It will save you writing "AMERICAN TOURIST" across your forehead. icon_wink.gif
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 22, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    Um no. You might as well have neon sign saying "Tourist: Rip me off"
  • jessetriguy

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    Aug 22, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    I just came from visiting friends in Spain and London. All I saw was plaid in all the stores out there. They like anything American especially Abercrombie and American Eagle. Plaid is cool.
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    Guycicle saidShave your legs and get some capris (manpris) and you'll fit right in. icon_wink.gif


    NO!
    NO!
    NO!!!
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    Just, NO.
  • BlackRussian1...

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    Aug 22, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    Kind of depends on where you're going in Europe. If you're going to one of the big cities (say Madrid, Paris, or Rome) you might be one of the few men rocking them...def if you go to Paris you'll be one of few there wearing them. If you're going to somewhere smaller where, let's be real, the men aren't as fashionable then the plaid will be fine. Just my 2.

    (Just returned from holiday in the aforementioned and yep, it was the tourists wearing those shorts.)
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    No matter what Europeans will always be better dressed. They're always ahead of our fashion
  • BlackRussian1...

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    Aug 22, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    Do you think Europeans as a whole are better dressed than Americans? If so, why?

    I think they (in general) tend to be because they don't dress for comfort first and don't wear "athletic gear" outside of the gym with the same zest that Americans do. Also they don't have the same gender hangups with "looking gay" because their clothes fit and show their shape like we do in the US. IMHO
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    Agree. You'll never see sneakers or track pants. Come to think of it I never saw men wearing shorts. Only pants, nice jeans or those horrible "man-pris" icon_biggrin.gif. Especially in Italy they are the most fashionable of course
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    As long as they fit and don't clash with your shirt, they will be fine. Yes, you may look a bit like a tourist. But, hey, you are. Dont wear them in obviously inappropriate venues. It's more important how you behave while wearing them that counts.
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
    RaceConrad saidI'm packing for a trip to Europe. I have these plaid walk shorts, that fit me right, but wonder if they are cool in Europe nowadays?


    Who cares if they're cool in Europe? If you like them, you should wear them.
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    I was just in Europe for three weeks in May and had two pair of shorts that I wore - both were plaid, and of all places to get them they were from Target. I really don't care what anyone thinks about what I wear, and I had tons of sex with really hot guys - most in their 20's
  • drypin

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    Aug 22, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    I've checked out your profile, raceconrad. You'll look great in whatever you choose to wear.

    If you're in a typical vacation spot, most Europeans look decidedly UN-fashionable. Socks with sandals, shorts that seem too long or too short to flatter their legs, etc.
    It's a different matter in evening venues, where they usually look great.
    Jeans are the fashionable legwear unless you're at the beach or the pool.
  • jayatl56

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    Aug 22, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    Go to H&M or Zara if either are in the city where you live. They are European brands (German and Spanish) and have some great stuff. Otherwise, the only thing I would say not to wear there are American jeans. European men don't like our baggy jeans and go for the more skinny look. Even our skinniest won't be skinny enough for them. A friend bought skinny A&F in NYC and another pair in Paris and they're definitely different - and more expensive in Paris.

    While you're there check out Zara especially if you don't have one in your town. You'll love their styles and walk out with bags of new clothes.
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    Aug 22, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    If Europeans tourists think it is stylish to wear high socks or socks with sandals then I say you can wear your plaid without fear.
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    Aug 22, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    Depends where in Europe you're traveling.
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    Aug 22, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    Just got back from Europe. Tons of plaid shorts over there. You'll be fine.