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Most people visit Naples in the same trip as visiting Rome since they’re only a short train ride away from each other. Both cities are equally great to visit, but each requires a very different wardrobe. Unlike Rome, Naples has a much more laid-back dress code to match their graffiti-filled streets, underground nightclubs and cool-city vibes. The fashion in Naples is more “hip” than it is “chic”.
Read on to find out my tips on what to wear in Naples!
What to Wear in Naples
Written by: Kelly Ella Maz
Keep your money safe with a cross body bag
Although I’ve always felt perfectly safe in Naples the city does have a higher rate of non-violent crimes when compared to other Italian cities. Avoid being a target for tourist theft by carrying a cross body bag that keeps your valuables safe in front of you. One of my favorites for travel is the Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC, which comes in a huge range of colors.
For more safe conscious options, take a look at these cross body purses!
Pack less with a multi-wear black dress
As with Rome, black is universally accepted as the go-to colors for clothes. A multi-wear dress in black is the perfect item for Naples. My favorite is the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi which can be worn as a tunic over jeans during the day, as a dress at night, then re-worn for a third time as a beach coverup. A must have when I plan what to wear in Naples! The lightweight material also makes this an easy to wash item so you can get a lot of wear out of it during a long period of travel with minimal luggage.
Tip: packing multi-purpose items like this dress is the best way to overcome drastically different dress codes when visiting multiple cities in one trip!
Make a statement with fab accessories
To add a trendy touch to an otherwise basic travel wardrobe add great pieces of jewelry like a statement necklace of stacked bracelets. This is the best way to re-use outfits while still making them fashionable appropriate. Fedoras are also great for summer outfits in Naples. No accessories to pack? Don’t worry! Naples has tons of fantastic shopping so you’ll find some great pieces of costume jewelry at markets and small boutique shops at very reasonable prices.
You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
Jeans are always a safe bet
Add a trendy pair of jeans can be worn day or night as you prepare what to wear in Naples. Add a pair of heels to dress them up for dinner or a night out. Boyfriend-style jeans are extremely popular here, but skinny jeans work just as well. Pair them with a cute jacket or sparkly top to finish off your look.
Use slim packing cubes to save space in your suitcase and travel carry-on only.
Protect your feet with proper shoes
Shopping in Naples will have you going through alleyways, up hills and along cobblestone steers, and quite frankly they aren’t usually the cleanest streets (all part of the charm – I promise!). For this reason I would avoid open toe sandals and stick to flats or runners during the day. Not only will you be more comfortables, but your feet won’t be black with dirt at the end of the day. Of course, if the streets can make your feet that dirty they can also scuff up your shoes. I’d avoid all-white shoes in order to keep them looking clean.
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What are your tips for what to wear in Naples?
For more tips on what to wear in Italy, please read:
- 10 Step Packing Guide for Italy
- What to Wear in Italy: Dress Like a Local
- The Ultimate Fashion Guide for Your Trip to Italy in Summer
- What to Wear in Rome: Italy Packing List
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a shoestring
- Lonely Planet Italy (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
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Kelly Ella Maz is a writer and full-time traveller. Originally from Canada, she left her home to chase summer around the globe. She’s currently living in Sydney, Australia where she spends her days exploring new cafes and hidden beaches. You can follow her travels at www.kellyellamaz.com.