April 7, 2011


Vatican City, Rome
cotton, wood, brass & leather
Vatican City, Rome
printed & buckled
Vatican City, Rome
brass whistle necklace - vintage via etsy / red print button-down - vintage, thrifted / wood & brass bangle - vintage, thrifted / purse - Athens tourist shop / overdyed skinnies - Zara / red T-strap sandals - UO

Or, what to wear when not meeting the pope.

Rome is seriously kicking my butt. There is just so much to see and do, and every day we get home in a state of absolute disbelief that our feet haven't just crumbled into sad little piles of dust in our shoes. That said, I have to apologize for being brief in my posts and slow to respond to comments and write (weeks overdue!) emails. I do at least have an excuse involving copious quantities of pizza.

This is what I wore for our visit to Vatican City yesterday (woohoo, new country! ...sorta). I'll admit to a serious case of the wardrobe blahs in the morning - all of my clothes were dirty, and while I seem to be the only tourist (anywhere, ever) who actually cares about modesty and dress-codes in religious spaces, I do still care. As I keep trying to explain to Chris (as he urges me into cathedrals in minidresses) - just because everyone else is tacky and disrespectful doesn't mean I have to be.


tasty moog said...

THIS. I don't know if it's an American thing (as an American, I suspect, by the sheer volume of sweatpants and crocs I see whether at the market or at the bar, that it mostly is), or if it has seeped into the global traveler's mindset, but what is up with the I'm-on-vacation-so-I'm-a-dress-like-a-slob thing? Kudos to you for repping fashionable decorum. :)

Kara @ Unusual Form said...

Don't feel bad. I live in Rome for 4 months and still didn't manage to see everything. Think of it this way: you'll have a reason to come back.

amanda said...

i can't believe it's taken me so long to start reading your blog. it makes me a bit ashamed :( i just think you're awesome.

BetweenLaundryDays said...

I keep thinking of your title as sounding like "PayPal" instead of "papal". Do you think I can buy something from the Pope's eBay shop?

emily said...

It is incredibly not just an American thing (anymore), since getting to Italy (and the start of the tourist high season) I have seen people from all over Europe sporting double-fannypacks, "I <3 CITY" t-shirts, tube tops, khaki zip-off capri pants, white athletic socks, and those awkward velcro mary-jane shoes (that my mom loves). It's almost consistent enough to be a uniform. I was wondering the other day if some of it has to do with people not getting to dress casually very often, as if they work in a more formal office setting.

emily said...

Haha, thanks. I suppose it's a little ridiculous to think we could even scratch the surface here in just a week. :) And we will definitely be coming back in the not-too-distant future.

emily said...

Aww, thank you! But there's no need to be ashamed - I am still just a baby blogger, and sometimes I think you just have to stumble across the right blog at the right time, you know? I can't tell you how many times I've visited a blog once and didn't really feel like it resonated with me, then came back to it a few months later and felt like it was written just for me! So sometimes it's all in the timing. :)

emily said...

Ha, you DEFINITELY can! The entire second half of the Vatican Museum is a series of at least ten identical gift shops hiding in galleries, waiting to POUNCE on you with Pope calendars! Pope stickers! Pope mousepads! Fresh Popes, get your Popes here!!

And I totally would have bought a Pope calendar (Pope of the Month! The surprise is that it's the same Pope every time.) except I was scared off by the swarming hordes of people looking to do the same. People love their Pope-goods.

Jane said...

I absolutely agree about modesty! I just got back to the U.S. this week from a trip to Italy, and I was amazed when girls in my group were wearing extremely short shorts and dresses to the Vatican.

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