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Sorrento is easily my favorite destination in Italy, and a big part of that is because of the fashionable crowd and the luxurious hotels. This is one stylish tourist destination and your packing needs to reflect that.
Quality and comfort is key, but you’ll see most women wearing beautiful sandals with summer dresses and hardly any tennis shoes or denim shorts. Make sure to follow these tips on what to wear in Sorrento!
What to Wear in Sorrento
Written by: Kelly Ella Maz
Dress the part with a fabulous summer dress
Never leave for Sorrento without one really beautiful dress. A summer maxi dress is perfect! People tend to be well dressed in Sorrento and a maxi dress is the perfect piece for a special night out to one of the many incredible restaurants. I look for maxi dresses in light fabrics so that they dry fast when I wash them in my hotel room.
Take a look at our top travel dress styles for summer 2015!
Dresses are perfect for helping to minimize your travel wardrobe. Read more tips about how to create a functional but minimalist capsule wardrobe with Pack Light Stylishly!
The perfect bikini with a touch of glam
Just because Sorrento doesn’t have any beaches doesn’t mean you don’t need a bathing suit! Sorrento has at least a dozen “bathing institutes” which are essentially piers on the water with sun loungers, waiters bringing you fancy cocktails and a set of stairs that go down into the sea if you want to cool off. As with the rest of Sorrento people dress up for an afternoon spent tanning here, so leave the surf bikini at home and choose one that’s a bit more chic.
Bonus tip: Use packing cubes to help you organize and even compress your belongings to maximize your space.
A scarf proves to be multi-purpose in Sorrento
Even in the peak of summer it can get a bit cool at night if you’re out for dinner by the water. Pack a lightweight, colorful scarf to cover your shoulders. Pay special attention to fabric and style. You want something thin enough to fit into your purse so that it doesn’t become a burden to carry around. I also love scarves with busy prints because they easily hide stains from food, wine, sunscreen or makeup.
Bonus tip: A great scarf can double as a bathing suit cover-up by day!
Linen pants – for day and night
Whether they’re worn day or night a pair of linen pants are perfect for Sorrento. They’re chic enough to be worn with heels for dinner, and comfortable enough to be worn with sandals during the day. The lightweight fabric makes them cool and comfortable for a hot day, and also makes them easy to wash while traveling because they dry incredibly fast. I love the look of white linen pants, but choosing a tan color is best for travel because it shows less dirt and stains.
Sandals are best
Unlike other cities in Italy, where I’ve recommended some sort of casual running shoe (like Converse) in Sorrento I recommend the opposite. A pair of leather sandals is ideal footwear when you plan what to wear in Sorrento. They’re more more fashion appropriate for this luxurious location and with the town being quite small you won’t be doing a ton of walking. I brought one pair of sandals with me, then I had a second pair handmade for me at one of the many leather shops in town.
Take a look at our favorite summer sandals this season!
Bonus tip: If your hotel isn’t located in the center they probably offer a free shuttle which would further reduce your walking time. Inquire with your hotel before making your final packing decision!
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What are your tips on what to wear in Sorrento?
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.