Dress code - Europe

Last Updated: 30th May 2015

<p>More <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-europe">Tour and Travel Advice</a> for Europe</p> <p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/lucky/people/DSC00748.JPG" class="rightwise" title="moulin rouge group dress code" alt="moulin rouge group dress code" /></p> <p>Contrary to some literature, you do not need to dress up with dress pants and dresses to get into clubs and bars in Europe. Most of the time jeans and a t-shirt is more than enough with some bars and venues even allowing entry with shorts and flip flops.</p> <h2>General</h2> <p>For most occasions, comfortable, casual clothes are recommended for your European travel adevntures.</p> <h2>Going Out and Evening Wear</h2> <p>Although you don’t have to wear slacks and tie everywhere, you should definitely take at least one set of &#8216;going out&#8217; clothes (slacks, shirt, tie, smart dress).</p> <p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/lucky/people/DSC00967.JPG" class="rightwise" title="swarfoski crystal europe dress code" alt="swarfoski crystal europe dress code" /></p> <p>A nice dress, a pair of slacks, a button up shirt and even a tie are great for places like:</p> <ul> <li>Paris Cabaret Shows like the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/nouvelle-eve-paris">Nouvelle Eve</a> and the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/moulin-rouge-paris">Moulin Rouge</a>.</li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/monaco">Monaco</a> – lifestyles of the rich and famous – it may pay off to look good here.</li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/italy">Italy</a> – Just because the Italians generally look so good.</li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/space-electronic-disco-florence">Space Electronic Disco</a> and other nights out at bars or clubs.</li> </ul> <h2>&#8216;Church Dress&#8217;</h2> <p>Europe is filled with amazing buildings, architecture and churches. If you want to visit the inside of European churches, particularly in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/italy">Italy</a>, you need to dress respectfully, wearing what is generally referred to as <a href="/contikipedia/articles/church-dress">&#8216;church dress&#8217;</a>. As a general rule, you should have your shoulders, mid-section and knees covered. This rule applies to both males and females.</p> <p>For ladies this means that mid-riff tops are not allowed, nor are &#8216;strappy&#8217; tops that do not cover your shoulders, however, wrapping a thin shawl or a sarong around your shoulders is considered sufficient. Likewise, generally short shorts and skirts that do not cover your knees are not allowed but, again, a longer skirt, shorts or wrapping a sarong around your waist to cover your knees is acceptable.</p> <p>Gentlemen likewise should wear long pants or shorts that cover their knees.</p> <p>T-shirts, jeans and the like are perfectly acceptable, as are any other forms of clothing that simply cover your shoulders, mid-section and knees.</p> <p>Rules regarding footwear do not apply and thongs, sandals and flip flops are perfectly fine, as are all other varieties of footwear.</p> <p>Although you may find these entry requirements are not observed in some churches, the larger churches like St Marks in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/venice">Venice</a>, the Duomo of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/florence">Florence</a> and St Peters Basilica of the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/vatican-city">Vatican</a> in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/rome">Rome</a> often strictly enforce this dress code, as does the Vatican Museums, home to the Sistine Chapel.</p> <h2>Beaches</h2> <p>While you may find yourself covering up in some places, European beaches are the perfect place to take it off, rest, relax soak up the sun do a little people watching and enjoy <a href="/contikipedia/articles/european-beach-culture">European beach culture</a> at it&#8217;s best.</p>