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Men's attire in Paris

We are going to Paris the end of May, and my (bald and beautiful) husband needs a hat to prevent sunburn. Here he wears a beret in the winter (perfect!) but it will probably be too warm for that. Here he wears a baseball cap during warm weather, but I know that is just NOT DONE. Any suggestions for a warm-weather hat that will look OK in Paris?

Also, anyone have suggestions for wide good looking shoes for both of us? We will be doing our sightseeing wearing our trusty New Balance Country Walkers (wide and waterproof), but I want to wear a skirt sometimes and haven't found shoes yet.
Thanks!

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153 posts

Sunscreen?

I wore a baseball cap once, but it was in Provence. Not as much pressure to make a fashion statement there, and it was hot as blazes. I think under the circumstances I'd use one anyway and be sure to remove it when not in the sun, and of course, remove it indoors. You'll be recognized as Americans no matter what, anyway. Just don't pick one with advertising or a flag.

The weather in May could be cool. We've had both extremes.

My favorite walking shoes come from SAS. Do they have that in Boise? They almost look dressy. I have also used a pair of Ecco shoes, but I don't think they are worth the money. My wife likes SAS too.

Posted by
7 posts

Thank you! We might wait and see what other men are wearing and go shopping there. He wears a plain baseball cap, but I know it still will be frowned upon. Here, all the hats look very American!

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How about a Tilley hat...no getting around you are a foreigner, not matter your capeau! My honest comment is to relax, enjoy the wonderful people and sights and put less energy on what is "correct" or not. Have a joyous time.

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517 posts

Hi! You know, years ago I used to be a member of the anti-baseball cap/anti-tennis shoe gang. My views have moderated as time has gone by and fashions have changed. Now I live in Europe and travel around it quite a bit. It has really struck me that what was true 20 years ago is no longer necessarily true. European clothing habits have really been Americanized. Lots of Europeans now wear baseball caps and sport shoes and jeans. I'm kind of nostalgic for the old days, but facts are facts. So --in short-- a baseball cap is no longer the sin it used to be. Have a good trip!

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2000 posts

I think if you wear things that look good on you and are age appropriate you will look fine just about anywhere. Just realize the super-casual look that everyone enjoys and is so comfortable, may not be appropriate for all situations. I think you have to show a little respect for your surroundings

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Thanks for the River Guide hat suggestion. He'll look great in that hat, and we have a store nearby. Plus, he can wear it canoeing when we get home!