When to wear what in Germany

Well well.. over the years, we could see Germany adopting an open and welcoming attitude towards other nationalities, especially their neighbouring European countries. I think, maybe this cosmopolitan atmosphere along with Germany's cultural heritage, that has led to an open-minded clothing.

Clothing Tips: As you walk down the street, you could see Germans - of all ages, dress quite formally and stylishly. Although they are not a fashionista-country unlike its peers: France and Italy,
it does lay claim to a few internationally renowned designers, like Jil Sander and Karl Lagerfeld (I'm not much of a brand-oriented person, so this dint seem to bother me much). If there was one thing that was so drastically different for me was the colors. Yes - Colors! Coming from India - popping out the  brightest of colors, neons, florals and sarees: well, its the darkest of colors that is popular in Germany! Especially blues, greys and blacks. Maybe it goes in sync with the German Weather or clouds I'd say. And oh, Jeans are very popular especially with younger people but they are always smart and clean. Black tailored jeans would anytime be a good choice. I wonder, if its their physique that matches chic into those jeans or is it just the way they carry themselves in! - Atleast, I have tried not to put on weight so I manage in those jeans :) Unlike the usual Model looks that we think people here are, most of them just dress perfect to whichever size they are in. This is something we, back in India should definitely learn - Hey, please don't try to fit in those crappy leggings unless you know, you want to 'flaunt' your legs - that's the whole purpose of it! I see women, wearing it just as a replacement of the salwar pants! No it is not. It looks absolutely weird. Duh.

And for the women, most of the German cities have cobbled streets and uhmm so its better you dont wear those high heels or pointed shoes. So you see a lot of women wearing stylish shoes or hose interchangeable flip-flops with sleek snap-ons. Most women wear trousers or jeans - rarely you see them in skirts or dresses (unless its the peak summer) Surprisingly you can also see women and girls, with low-key but quality jewellery - giving an overall feminine touch to them. And Makeup. Well, that's something that I keeps me motivated to look and feel good myself. From different complex hair braids to flawless makeup to beautiful nail arts to their perfect lipshades - They look scintillating. Especially because they dress to their ages. Yeah yeah you do see older grannys with lipsticks, but they look absolutely graceful in them. And I forgot the little baby dolls - The way they flip away their tiny hairlocks falling over their head, or their well-formed braids, they simply look the cutest. And their grey or hazel eyes - I haven't seen one with blue eyes though - I find them scary at times o.O

Men have their own share of Fashion (though not much like women): From wearing scarves to hats to sharp shoes, they carry out in style too. They dress themselves in long Mandels at times - Like age old typical Germans did: But somehow I find them still intriguing, displaying a sense of power. There's this very old colleague of mine who strides into office, walking past everyone in long steps - with his Mandel following. Everytime he crosses by, there seems to be such an aura. Compelling. Haunting of the past. Still: Ravishing. 

Okay, so how's the overall weather in Germany?
Well, practically you will need a sweater and a rain gear - pretty much anytime you travel to Germany. Any season. Yes, any season. It rains and feels pleasantly cold pretty much all year round , if you still want exactly the months like in India, maybe I can say January to December as the rainy season and Winter to be December to March. This reminds me of one of my friends in Dubai, and everytime she sees a raindrop, she goes ga-ga, it sure is a Miracle in Dubai to rain! Okay, back to Germany - On a statistics basis, winter and summer get more rain than spring and autumn, but there's no point relying on that. The statistics are useless, because every year is different, and weather predictions more than three or four days are not reliable at all.

But hey, there's a thumbs up factor though: In summer the rain is usually warmer than in winter.

I tell you peeps, never ever, not even in highest summer, travel in Germany (and the rest of Central Europe) without a rainproof jacket, at least one warm fleece or sweater that fits underneath the jacket, and at least one pair of closed shoes that are suitable for walking in the rain. It's always "Be prepared for any season of the year - anytime". The weather changes in so quickly, so you never know. So how do Germans tackle this unpredictable weather? Haan, they are Germans - they a too damn good solution for almost anything! Read on to what they do:

'Onion System': So its the Onion System - describing how Germans pack and dress while travelling in changing weather conditions. Layers, layers and more layers, like an Onion, that can be peeled off or put on as and when the clouds change. Especially in spring and autumn, "Zwiebelsystem" is probably the only way to go. You will have warm sunny days, where you'll want your shades, hats and leggins and then the next day would be chilly overcast or rainy days. So I usually, as I travel lots with S - carry clothes suitable for all conditions - you know, clothes that can be worn in layers. Some days inside out and other days the other way round.

Emergency motto: Hey, Today I'm wearing all of my clothes! :D

So peeps, next time you make a trip to Germany, just check in when you want to go and most importantly, dress to the season - so you can enjoy the fullest! :)


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