I was excited when packing for my trip to India – I was able to pull out all of the summer clothes I had recently packed away. I looked forward to rocking sandals and summer dresses in November.
What I hadn’t planned on was how I should’ve packed and dressed, and this blog will not only share what I wore, but will also highlight what you should pack if you are traveling in India.
Because I didn’t have my husband with me, the #ootd shots are a bit more limited than I would have liked. However when exploring Delhi, I wore this collared, sleeveless dress from Cos. It hits right above my knees and I coupled it with my Zara faux snakeskin loafers which you can’t see here.
What I learned? Most women cover both their legs and their shoulders. I had packed for the heat but had unintentionally ignored the cultural standards. It made me stick out even more clearly as a tourist, garnering unwanted attention at some points of this city’s visit.
What the Missus Wore: Dress from Cos//loafers from Zara//sunglasses from H&M//purse from Longchamp
I tried to be a bit wiser when in Calcutta – I covered my legs and brought a scarf with to try and cover my shoulders. However, I wore my cute Seychelles sandals and while they looked great and were super comfortable, it was a pain to remove them every time I went into a temple. Slip on shoes on your best bet when visiting India.
What the Missus Wore: Dress from Modcloth//jewelry from Stella & Dot//scarf from Forever 21// sandals from Seychelles – on sale now at ModCloth!
Towards the middle and end of the trip, I was starting to run out of clean clothes, and I didn’t have enough to “cover up” for the temples in Chennai. I wasn’t able to visit any of the actual gods themselves because of that, but was still able to view how incredible the temple itself was.
What the Missus wore: Dress from Anthropologie//jewelry from Stella & Dot//purse from Longchamp
If I could do it again, I would have brought more maxi dresses and slip on shoes with me. While I wasn’t exactly dressed inappropriately, I know I stood out more than I would have liked and there were elements of the temples I wasn’t able to see because of it.