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    Question Traveling light and right for Italy: men's pants ideas?

    Hello, fellow travelers! I'm going to Italy soon!

    Rick Steves (you all know Rick Steves?) tells a story of having a kid pull on his leg hair when he wore shorts because he was so mystified by it. Apparently, men in Italy (in the big cities) do not wear shorts out; they wear pants. Coincidentally, it's really hot there this time of year.

    So that leaves me wondering. I want to stay light and airy, but I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb wearing shorts. Any recommendations? Jeans seem too thick and heavy for muggy Italian days. Light dress pants seem too dressy. I bought a couple of pairs of linen pants, but I'm concerned they'll become a wrinkled trainwreck by the time I unpack.

    Any recommendations for staying cool in long pants in hot and humid southern Europe?

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    Maybe something like Duluth Trading's armachillo or breezeshooter lines? Both of those have long pants. Can't speak to the men's clothes, but I do have an armachillo garment for women, along with a Dry On The Fly item, and both of those are very comfortable in hot weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sturbridge View Post
    Maybe something like Duluth Trading's armachillo or breezeshooter lines? Both of those have long pants. Can't speak to the men's clothes, but I do have an armachillo garment for women, along with a Dry On The Fly item, and both of those are very comfortable in hot weather.
    Thanks! I'm not normally a cargopant kind of guy, so the Armachillos are out, but the Breezeshooters look right up my ally. They even have a secret pocket for cash -- thanks for the tip, I'll check them out!

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    I have worn REI Travel Pants on our trips to Europe. Very light comfortable. I donít see something specifically called that on their www though. Iím experimenting with Goruck Simple pants right now. Very light. Stretchy and seem reasonably breathable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouncing View Post
    Jeans seem too thick and heavy for muggy Italian days. Light dress pants seem too dressy.
    I don't know if it's possible to be 'too dressy' for Italy... they have a saying 'una bella figura' ... basically, to have/cut a beautiful figure... presentation is important there, so backpacks, shorts, and super casual clothing will mark you as a tourist...
    Linen pants, dress pants, good chino's, dark color well fitted jeans... whatever you go for, try to have them be nice/sharp looking and you will be better off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sturbridge View Post
    Maybe something like Duluth Trading's armachillo or breezeshooter lines? Both of those have long pants. Can't speak to the men's clothes, but I do have an armachillo garment for women, along with a Dry On The Fly item, and both of those are very comfortable in hot weather.
    I just got back from Nevada after two days of meetings wearing Duluth Trading Dry On the Fly pants. I've also worn them to Brazil and SE Asia. They're pretty comfortable both for long plane flights and in hot/humid climates. I might not wear them in a formal business setting, but they're probably well-suited to a tourist role.

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    Iíve been to Italy countless times and I always wear shorts. The family I have there, when we go out, also wear shorts. The people in the squares and cafes are often in shorts too. Yes, many are wearing pants as well but there is nothing wrong with a nice, dressy type short (not cargo shorts). You wonít stand out like a sore thumb if you have the right type of shorts and shoes, like a slip-on.


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    I like Lululemon ABC for travel, works for business casual or just ambling around with a t-shirt and backpack. The fit is more 'European' than most pants you see here south of the Mason-Dixon. They are better for dry heat than humidity though. Breeezeshooters definitely look worth a try.

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    I agree with @yeg780: I've seen plenty of people in Italy in more tailored shorts and nice shoes. I think the super baggy denim or khaki cargo shorts are the ones that will stand out.

    I think the linen is a good idea. The wrinkly factor is annoying while traveling, but if you're in a hotel with access to an iron that will be less of an issue. Iron once when unpacking, and hang after wearing the rest of the time.

    As a side note, when I was in Italy for the first time (study abroad way back in '99) cargo pants were very "in" but the style was to wear them so tight that I cannot imagine any of the pockets were usable. Also, my Italian professor had a blue velvet suit we were all super fascinated by
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    Hi,
    in my opinion you can wear shorts no problem for day time and a pair of pants for evenings when you go out dining.
    My suggestion, if you do not want to stick out, would be not to wear sandals. Wear a nice pair of sneakers instead, of a pair of light loafers.

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    Shorts are worn mostly by tourists in bigger cities. You will see them more in beach areas.

    Also be aware that many churches--like the Vatican--will not let you in with exposed knees and shoulders.

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    We were in Venice this summer and saw many men wearing nice linen shorts with colored suede loafers (my husband was one of them). Also, they were not all tourists; our Italian guides were wearing them as well. It is true that you will not be let in churches in this attire - we saw some people turned away - so plan your attire for the day accordingly.

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    I love Prana pants!
    I've got 3 of the Brion model, and 2 of the Zion Convertible ones
    The fabric is very comfortable, breathable and has a little water repelency
    They're my daily use pants (for work and going out), and I travel with them quite often too
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    I can't say enough good things about the various Kuhl pants available from REI. They are the perfect travel pants. Light, comfortable, and durable.

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    I own a lot of linen items, because I live on the gulf coast which is hot and humid most of the year. If you do the Konmari fold, they never wrinkle. I constantly get compliments and asked how I keep my linen looking fresh and neat

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