Dress Like a Tourist

The next time you’re in oh… I don’t know, anywhere that sells travel clothing, be careful. There are those in the US and elsewhere who want to sell you clothing that is based on solid utility. Such clothes are not good. You really don’t use this implied utility and they mark you as a tourist to every pickpocket wherever you go. This type of clothing is something like the SUV. It allows people the ability to feel like they’re ready for anything and presents the owner with some glossy sheen of control to their holiday.
The most glaring examples of these two types of clothing are pictured below. One is the convertible short/long pants. You know these I’m sure. They’ve got that zipper right above the knee so that if the need arrives, you can bust out the shorts. Just once I’d love to see someone stretching his arms by a fountain in Italy and think, “Ho hum, my but it is hot. Yes yes, let’s unzip the ole pantaloons here. Ah, that’s much better.”
The other one that cracks me up are people wearing socks in sandals. Sandals are to let your feet breath. Socks are to keep your feet warm. Is there not some kind of conflict here between these two pieces of apparel? I think yes. Either go with shoes and socks or sandals and not. This is not a fashion limited to Europe I might add as I’ve seen it all over the place in the US by both Americans and foreigners alike.
Anyways, wear whatever fashion you like, just be forewarned that innate impracticality of implied utility could leave you without your camera or paying $10 for that crepe.
Dress Like a Tourist