Striped Shirt Dress

ASOS shirt dress

ASOS shirt dress, Madewell sandals + Panama hat, Coach bag (similar), Ray Ban aviators

I have a deep-seated issue with looking like a tourist. It gives me serious agida to be wearing a big camera, sneakers, shorts, and a cross-body bag when I’m walking around a new city, especially in Europe. I try really hard to balance comfort, practicality, and a good look when I’m dressing for a day of tourism. I think I struck the perfect balance in this look pairing a breathable shirt dress with comfortable sandals and a hat to protect from the sun.

On one of our adventure days in Sicily, we took a gondola up to the beautiful Game of Thrones looking town of Erice. It was a cool medieval looking place with little shops and cafes with a view of the ocean from high above. Look at the photo below of the coolest effing castle overlooking the sea. Just like King’s Landing, am I right? We couldn’t stop singing the GoT theme song! #dorks

Three tips for dressing as a tourist:

1. Protect… (Your face) If you’re someplace sunny, always wear a hat to protect your skin and shield your eyes. Lather on the sunscreen before you leave the house. Just because you’re not at the beach, it doesn’t mean the sun can’t get to you! (Your fellow travelers) This might sound gross, but I always bring a travel sized deodorant in my bag too. If you end up heading to dinner without a chance to go back to your hotel, you might want to freshen up after a day of walking around and potentially sweating. (Your feet) This is obvious but wear shoes you can comfortably walk around in all day! I loved these “siteseer” sandals because they stay put and look cute while doing it.

2. Travel Light: If you’re going to be out all day, wear a cross body bag holding only the essentials so your shoulders don’t get sore (yes the mini deodorant fits!). I bring cash, credit cards, ID, chapstick, tissues, hand sanitizer and my phone for photos.

3. Style: You can be comfortable and practical without wearing sneakers, cargo shorts, and a fanny pack. Pick a dress, or loose shorts and a tee that are made of breathable cotton but also look great in the photos that you’re bound to have for a lifetime.

Striped shirt dress

Erice Sicily

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  1. Ellen said:

    Love that dress! Thanks for the great travel style tips, Julia.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

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  2. Seriously love this dress…so cute!
    http://bysophielee.blogspot.com

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  3. Pris said:

    You have such great style and this dress is no exception! I am also loving your Sicily pics- definitely a bucket list destination!

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  4. Katie said:

    Love these tips Julia! I have never thought of putting a mini deodorant in my bag, such a good idea!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  5. Liv said:

    Shirt dresses are a must have for summer. Love it.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

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  6. I always try really hard not to look like a tourist either – comfy sandals are a must!

    Kristina does the Internets

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  7. Michelle said:

    This dress has been sold out since you first posted it on instagram! 🙁 I am bummed since you look so cute it in, I really wanted to try it too!

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  8. Paola Blanc said:

    Great tips! You look beautiful with this dress
    Paola
    http://www.lechicchedipaola.it/

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