Before starting visiting this Forum I didn't realize how much a "dress code" is almost a worry for many of the tourists who visit Rome. Ok let's see: truth is one can say where a person comes from by a general look. In Rome we usually know who's a foreigner and grossly where they come from (we have a life to train at this sport). The times I travelled to USA they usually knew I was from Europe even before I said anything. My Us friends keep telling me I'm too dressy even tho to my eyes a simple skirt and top don't look so.
Now, all this considered, I'd like to add a few notes:
- we don't all dress Armani or other stylists
- we live: we go to work and to school (so we like to stay comfortable too)
- jeans are normality for all ages
- teen agers are globalized and dress as any other kid out of Italy
- shoes: well we are clever at making good leather shoes, but if it comes to sport shoes the brands are two mostly, as you all know (only they cost much more here). White sport shoes are fine as long as they are clean. Sandals like Birkenstok were for German tourists but now we found out they are comfy, the same for flip flops that were "only" for the beach once.
- gym suit (or warm up) are ok if you are going to Gym not to do a "passeggiata" at Via del Corso. But if somebody wears one who cares?? Maybe he/she is going to do sport.
- If you are too dressy again who cares...who knows you might be going to a wedding
- Colours matching, mmmmm, yes we match colours nicely don't ask me why. Anyway Benetton thought us colours can be matched in all ways so you still see a lot of black around but only because it's the easiest way to dress early in the morning: black trousers/pants or skirt with any colour shirt/sweater and there u go.
What else.....I don't know ...you ask and you'll get an answer. But please relax!!!