Monday, March 10, 2008

What to Wear: Israel and Egypt

Liz is a high schooler headed off on a big adventure:
For spring break this year, I will be spending two weeks in Israel and a few days in Egypt. I'm 17 years old, but I don't like dressing like a teenager. I recently gained 30 lbs, so I am 5' 2 and 160 lbs. I'm struggling to find clothes that fit my new silhouette well. I love dresses, skirts, and cardigans, but nothing tight or above my knee. I'll be all over Israel, and I'd like clothes that can go from one climate zone to another. As far as shoes go, I love flats, but nothing patent leather. I have not a clue how to dress in Egypt. I'd like to respect local standards but still look good. The hardest part is finding a swimsuit. I can't wear bikinis anymore, and I need a suit with plenty of support on top.
How exciting! There are some good tips for dressing in Cairo online here. I've got a few recommendations that I would take along with the basic tees & tanks:

Tunic - I love a light linen tunic when it is hot out. They keep you cool without the danger of sunburn. I'd bring a couple in different colors. La Redoute is very true to size. You can wear it with jeans when it is cooler or you need coverage, or with shorts when it isn't.
Shirt - This light white top is cool and comfortable. The belt will help define your waist.
Bathing Suit - A simple black one-piece with a halter for good support. You should try on a lot to find one you really like.
Dress - I saw someone today wearing a long dress like this with a collared shirt tied over the top. It's covered but still very summery.
Pants - Linen has been keeping the middle east cool since 3,000 B.C. That's a track record!
Sandals - They're sandals but with a little more protection from the elements. Plus, cute with skirts and dresses. Comfortable because they're Clarks.
Necklace - Play with inexpensive accessories, you are 17 after all! Forever 21 has some cute bold necklaces and I'm sure you will find a lot of cute pieces on your trip.
Bag - A light fabric tote.

How exciting for Liz!

4 comments:

Alicia said...

How exciting! I've never used it but I've heard some people swear by the virtual dressing room that Lands End offers for 'trying' on swimsuits. And they have suits that offer plenty of coverage and support. Israel is amazing - unlike the rest of the Middle East women don't cover up so I think that Emily's choices are great for your adventure!

Jill said...

oh these tips are fabulous. i need some help of my own in the dressing for travel department. i'll email you soon.

jennifer said...

This might sound crazy but trust me here, Juicy Couture one-piece bathing suits are really flattering on curvy girls. They aren't cheap, but you'll actually feel good wearing it.

marian said...

Emily is the best, isn't she? Can't wait until I need some outfit advice. If you need some really functional shoes for hiking around, I bought the Keen Venice for my recent trip to India, and they were PERFECT. Very comfortable for days spent walking everywhere, but still breathable for hot climate. And the closed toe kept my feet from getting totally filthy. A great travel shoe.