I began thinking about taking pictures of middle-aged Italian women way back when I started planning my travel wardrobe. I was trying to see if I could plan a wardrobe that would help me fit in a bit in Italy. I have no illusion about looking like anything other than an American (actually, someone in Italy asked DH and I if we were Canadians, but that’s probably the only other nationality for which we could pass), but I don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb, either.
As I googled “mature Italian women street scenes” and various other similar words, I discovered…virtually nothing, nada, rien. I became determined to take the pictures and put them on my blog so that others who google “mature Italian women” (and I’m sure there will be many :)) will find pictures of them here. So here we go:
One of the things I noticed is that women don’t go bare-legged, unless they are wearing flip-flop-type shoes, which I didn’t see much of since it is fall. Another thing that was interesting to note, Italians tend to dress for the season rather than the weather. On this trip, I saw many Italians with jackets and coats, even though it was in the 70’s most days.
As soon as I can download the rest of my pictures onto flickr, I’ll post some of the lovely women of Venice.
Thanks so much for all the nice comments about my travel wardrobe. Karen and Sharon commented on getting that many clothes into a carry-on. The answer is “knits”. Knits fold very compactly. I don’t think I could have fit those clothes into the carry-on if they had been wovens. Also, remember that I had a tote, as well. I carried the raincoat, cosmetics, and toiletries in that.
Kathleen wanted to know about my cross-shoulder purse (which I carried in the tote while traveling). It is a Kate Spade purse that I got at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in August for $98.00. I thought it was a pretty good deal.