What to wear in Mexico
I'm leaving on a 3-week vacation to Mexico on Sunday and I'm still debating on what to wear during my travels.
We are planning on spending a week in Puerto Escondido, a week in the Yucatan Peninsula near Playa Del Carmen, and 1 week in Guadalajara/Puerta Vallarta.
I've read that it's more acceptable for women to be in long skirts and mid-sleeve tops when away from the beach, and that shorts are considered a no-no for both men and women.
But what about when visiting the ruins or participating in activities; skirts and sleeved top are going to be too warm and cumbersome. So, would tank tops and capri pants be okay?
Help! Does anyone have any recommendations on what to wear? Thanks!
You should certainly dress more conservatively for Churches and cultural sites. Also, it's the interior cities that are considerably more conservative. In the Colonial cities, you see very few women exposing much flesh. I remember last summer in Queretaro, I noticed that not a single local woman wore shorts. Capris were fine though, I think.
Great that you want to dress respectfully, but you don't have to worry about it too much. Just take your cues from what the local women are wearing, not the tourists.
"You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count." -- Winnie the Pooh
If you want to be respectful, wear long-sleeves and long pants. I recommend buying some hot weather clothes there. They have a lot of good light cotton clothes . I like the white lacy ones.
You can wear beachwear to a beach, and if you want to dress light, just cover it lightly.
My favorite hotweather shirt was bought in Mexico, and was unfortunately stolen. It was a polyster fabric of unusual lightness and great strength. It let the wind whisk througl, let me sweat, yet kept out the sun. I burn easily. I've never seen the like here for under a LOT of money.
Long skirts can be of light fabric and breezy construction.
Does this help?
For women, cover yourself up away from the beach. Last time I was in Mexico I saw a latina girl in the lobby of my hotel in a thong. I mention this only because it was so out of the ordinary for that place and really stuck in my mind. On the street and in town ladies seem to wear nice skirts, often short, but more often (in my experience) jeans or slacks.
Mexicans tend to go out of their way to dress nicely. They often will lose a little repect for you if you are percieved as underdressed, particularly in the evening.
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