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The seasons make the clothes

We're taking a break from more serious immigration matters at the moment to take a look at one of the more trivial (but nevertheless important important!) aspects of traveling overseas: clothes.

Jennifer ArandaOriginally posted on August 15, 2016; updated August 16, 2016

The seasons make the clothes

When thinking of traveling abroad for a vacation with family or friends, one thing that comes to mind would be “How is the weather there?”, “What season is it?”, or “What clothes should I bring?” The key to dressing is to blend in – or at least, in some cases, not dressing to stand out. 

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Consider the different kinds of seasons a country experiences – You wouldn’t want to dress funny, right?  For example, why wear summer clothes when you visit New Zealand in October (Spring season where temperatures range between 16-19 degrees Celsius)? Why pack heavy coats and leather jackets when you’re in Australia in January, where it’s the perfect time to visit the beautiful beaches and get a nice glowing tan?

If you’re someone who loves to wear hoodies, trench coats, or anything that covers most of your body in thick layers, then you’re better off staying in a temperate region rather than the savannas. Ireland, for example, is perfect for those who love wearing sweaters and layers of jackets as the weather can be unpredictable. 

As for those who love the sunny and warm weather and would like to wear less layers, Australia would be a perfect place to be in because aside from the comfortable warm climate, there are a lot of attractive spots to visit, not to mention its beaches, so if you’re up for a surf over the weekend or over the holiday, no doubt Australia would be great for you. Australia’s neighbor, New Zealand, is an ideal place as well if you’re someone who likes going to beaches or seeing oceanic views – staying in Auckland will allow you to take beach trips often – 4 different beaches only 5 minutes away!

Beyond dressing like a tourist or catching attention to yourself with matching T-shirts, baseball caps, and those “I Love NY” paraphernalia, it’s always best to consider local customs, attitudes, as well as religious beliefs when choosing your attire. In doing so, you deviate from unwanted attention especially from petty thieves or angered locals. And no matter how trite, the old adage still holds true: "when in Rome, do as the Romans do."

If you’re planning to study abroad, then keeping yourself up to date with the latest fashion trends (but bearing in mind the change of seasons) will be helpful, too. Since most colleges and universities allow casual attire while on campus and inside the classroom, then it’s a good opportunity to reinvent how you dress. Always keep in mind that although “anything goes” when you’re in college, it’s best to dress appropriately, unless you want to be in the Dean’s office every day.

To check out our partner schools in different countries that may suit the type of weather (and seasons!) you want to experience, then

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Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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