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Church touring clothing for teens

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Church touring clothing for teens

If you were an Italian teenage girl, and your parents were forcing you to tour a church on a hot summer day, what would your wear?

My daugher is very fashion conscious and is not happy about any of the choices I gave her: long pants (too hot), capris (just not her style) or a skirt long enough to cover her knees (frumpy). I'm just wondering what other teens wearing so she could at least feel like she didn't stand out. Does anyone have a feel for this?

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1. Re: Church touring clothing for teens

knees covered so it is either pants or a skirt isn't it? lightweight cotton or linen pants are cool on a hot day. Or she could carry a wrap skirt to wear over shorts when she tours churches (some people wrap a scarf around their waist but this looks as low rent and frumpy as it gets, so it wouldn't meet her need to not look like a doink)

most teens I saw at St. Peters on our last trip were wearing long pants -- we saw people turned away in shorts and in tanks

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It is also shoulders covered as well as knees.

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Light weight cotton cargo pants with a tank and a complementary coloured light cotton shirt over the tank would work. Your daughter could take the shirt off when she is outside and just throw it on when she goes into a church.


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I would just tell her what the guide lines are and let her choose how she wants to comply. Just be sure she knows that knees and shoulders must be covered while inside. Once outside it doesn't matter.


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It isn't about her comfort, it is about showing respect when in a church by following the requirements for dress. It applies to males and females.

In Dubai to visit the mosque one is expected to have long pants and a long sleeved top, to cover the head with a scarf and remove your shoes. No one appears to complain about this.

If you can find them, these silk skirts/dresses are popular with young people, take no space in a bag and can be worn in hundreds of ways.


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I had this kind of conversation with my daughter when she graduated from 8th grade in a catholic school. Graduation was in church.

A dress/top with SLEEVES is required. maybe only little tiny, cape sleeves but none of that spaghetti strap things. Skirt or dress to the knees. Otherwise she can wait outside while the rest of the family tours the church. Modern teen fashion has gotten to be about so much nakedness. And then girls get offended when men stare

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7. Re: Church touring clothing for teens

Pick one of your least favourites to visit first, and let her dress as she wishes.

Then, if she's refused entry and has to kick her heels outside for an hour, perhaps she'll join the programme - or at least appreciate that it's you that's imposing the restrictions?

But maybe also have a look through, say, these from last summer - for some idea of what people were actually wearing.....




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I’ve been wondering about the dress code too, would a light scarf worn as a wrap covering shoulders be sufficient for a woman? And for men, would shorts that sort of sit on the knee suffice? We will be there in the summer and my husband will only have these long-ish shorts or jeans with him, he would have to buy pants specially if the shorts would get him turned away.

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A scarf used as a wrap worked for me. Also, ankle length leggings under a tunic style top could be a suitable compromise for a teen girl.

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Let her know that almost every other fashionable teen in the sites will also be wearing something they don't want to and they can make eye contact and roll their eyes at their wrap around their waist. Everyone in the mid-summer looks miserable and hot and sometimes, horrid. She will be fashionable amongst the fanny pack wearing, knee sock tourist. Believe me. A lot of Italian girls wear longer bohemian style skirts, gladiator sandals, a tank and bring a wrap to put around their shoulders with lots of accessories like big sunglasses and earrings. Italian fashion (and not those TRYING to wear italian fashion is more loose in the summer than American teenagers). They don't wear the shortest shorts, they tend to dress more grown up and sophisticated, as Italian teenagers want nothing else but to be older and sophisticated. Plain solid prints with muted tones, more classic.

I myself, at 33 and a lover of heels struggle with being on my feet all day touring the sites. I can't say that I haven't, a couple of times, worn 4 inch wedges to the Colosseum/Forum for a tour. Its Italy! Che bella figura!