What makes the world fascinating is not just the different landscapes of each country but also the varying cultures of its people. When you're a visitor in a foreign land, it's best to mindful of its traditions and beliefs — and this includes following prescribed dress codes.
It's not just the weather that we should consider when planning our travel outfits but also their propriety, depending on the destination's culture. Here are a few tourist spots with dress codes that you should be aware of.
Attractions In Vatican City, Italy
The city-state of Vatican is home to many iconic landmarks of the Roman Catholic religion, including the marvellous St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine chapel, whose ceilings have Michelangelo's iconic painting. Most of the spots in this city are considered holy ground, so the usual dress codes when you go to a Catholic church applies here. That means wearing non-revealing tops, dresses with hemlines that go past the knees.
Make sure to follow these rules because the last thing you want is to be turned away by the security and missing the chance to visit these amazing architectural and cultural landmarks.
Dubai's sprawling metropolitan is known for its very modern and edgy architecture, luxury shopping and delicious Middle Eastern dishes. Although the modernity of Dubai's lifestyle is undeniable, you should still abide by their traditional dress codes when visiting the emirate. In commercial establishments like malls, you'll find dress code notices and even though these may not be strictly implemented, you should still follow them to avoid being blatantly called out by a security personnel or a local.
However, if you plan to visit places of worship like a mosque, then you should definitely dress in accordance to the dress code. The important thing to keep in mind is to have your shoulders and knees covered at all times. Have a scarf or shawl (or pashmina as they call it) on hand when leaving the hotel just in case. When packing for Dubai, skip on the mini skirts and body-con dresses — unless you're going clubbing — and bring a lot of leggings, capri pants and cardigans instead.