A skirt over leggings ok?

Just checking...I've read all about proper attire in churches and museums, but still have 1 question! I am planning on wearing an above knee length skirt (not too short!) over Capri length black tights. Will that qualify as covered knees?

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
5776 posts

Should be fine. It's exposed flesh that's the problem.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4877 posts

As long as your knees are covered (not showing) you are good, so I see no reason your attire won't work.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3355 posts

Museums= anything goes. Churches= cover naked shoulders, don't wear excessively short skirts. Just above knees should be ok.
Buy a scarf (plenty of cheap ones in Italy). Cover yourself with it at the entrance if you are in appropriately dressed, and take it off once you pass the checkpoint. Many years ago my wife and I were in Rome, it was hot and my wife had a miniskirt. We were at the Vatican and she couldn't possibly get in with that. A former high school friend of mine, who lived in Rome, gave her his business suit jacket, that she tied around her waist. That was good enough. As soon as we passed the checkpoint she gave the jacket back to my friend and she toured St.Peter's basilica with her miniskirt. Although there are rules, however you are in Italy, and rules in Italy are interpreted, let's put it this way, "liberally".

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2531 posts

Terry, if you take a scarf with you (for shoulders, unless it can double as a wrap skirt), you will avoid being given a temporary cover-up, which is not exactly a fashion statement.

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
5776 posts

I would say that the rules in Italy are enforced inconsistently, not liberally. I've seen church guards be either extreme - absolutely inflexible or clearly uninterested.

Posted by Terry
Coeur d'Alene, Id
15 posts

Thanks to all for your info. I think my plan should work just fine!