Whether you want to dress like a local to blend in and save money, or if you’re doing it because you hate the idea of being seen as a tourist, then dressing like a local can be a big advantage. If you aren’t yet sure where you should start but are ready to put in the work here are some tips to make it so you can blend in in any country.
Use YouTube For Education
There are thousands of new videos uploaded to YouTube every hour. What this wealth of videos means is that there are resources for you to learn about any culture. Search for videos from locals of the areas that you’re visiting. Avoid documentaries, or cultural videos, because these may show event-specific outfits. You wouldn’t want to base your opinion on how Americans dress by watching a Real Housewives of Beverley Hills now would you. Do your research like you would if you were looking for Cincinnati houses for sale.
Make a Friend From That Country
Another magical feature of the internet is that it brings every corner of the world together. Go into forums, sites, or hashtags, for the country that you’re visiting and find someone who has interests in common with you. Through your friendship, you can learn more about the culture and share parts of your culture as well. Another great thing is that if you become good enough friends, you can spend time with them while traveling- there’s nothing like hanging out with a local to make you look legitimate.
Bring Your Simple Clothes
Simple shirts and jeans will go a long way in most countries. Although shirt and pants style vary, wearing a classic outfit like a tee-shirt with jeans is enough to let you slide in many countries. Avoid shirts with flashy designs or flags or brands that take up a large portion of them. You can build outfits when you arrive if you have that in your budget.
Keep Hair and Accessories In Mind
Some areas, like the Harajuku district in Japan, will embrace you for having colorful hair and endless accessories. Meanwhile, smaller regions of Japan are more conservative when it comes to fashion. You can wear hats, or other coverings, to hide brightly colored hair if you want to blend in but pay attention to the country as a whole when you plan your visit. Whatever area you’re planning on spending the most time in should be what you model your clothing off.
Wearing too many accessories can also lead you to look like a good mark for pickpockets and thieves. Looking like you have money, even if you don’t, might be dangerous and leave you open for people who target tourists.
If you follow through, educate yourself, and are patient with yourself, even if locals still recognize you as a tourist- you can be successful. Blending in with a culture is a fantastic way to enjoy all that it has to offer, put in the work, and get fully rewarded with a great time.