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What not to wear in Bogotá

When planning a trip anywhere new, I inevitably do some googling about what to wear. While I know there's no way to completely avoid looking like a tourist, my goal is always to land somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between the locals and those wearing fanny packs and American flag t-shirts.

When you think of Colombia, Bogotá is kind of in a category of its own. For one thing, its location at about 8,500 feet above sea level means that it's much cooler than the rest of the country. Temperatures don't vary greatly and for the most part, hover around the low fifties. That said, there are afternoons when the sun can bring the temps to the low seventies, and chilly evenings where it can sink as low as the forties. December and January are the warmest, driest months with April/May and October/November being the wettest. Another way that Bogotá differs is that as the capital and center of business, dressing seems more formal and sophisticated than the rest of the country.

Travel pants

I think there's some kind of tricky marketing going on here, that Columbia sportswear is trying to tell you that these are multipurpose pants, taking you from a trek in the Serengeti to a candlelit dinner. You're not fooling anyone that these are regular pants. Let your nice pants be nice pants and your outdoor wear be outdoor wear. When I see people walking through the restaurant district in these I always wonder, where did these people think they were going?

Just to get down to it, you won't be doing crazy trekking in Bogotá and despite some big infrastructural gaps, Bogotá is a modern city. Leave these weird travel-y clothes at home and just dress regularly.

Sandals 

Bogotanos have a funny relationship with the cold, meaning that they are always sure it's around the corner, waiting to make you sick. I can't say that I've seen many Colombians in Bogotá wearing them, and along with tank-tops, shorts, or any other type of clothing usually worn in hot weather, sandals are a surefire way to get people's attention.

Weather aside, the streets are dirty and the cobblestones perilous. Some of the bricks will look sturdy, only to shift under your weight and splash you with water and whatever street sludge lurking underneath. Stick with some hip sneaks or ankle booties.

Layers

Something people frequently say about Bogotá's weather is that you can experience all four seasons in a day. The weather will usually start off sunny, gradually darken with clouds and then have a couple hours of drizzle—or vice versa. It's easy to forget you're straddling the equator when it's cloudy, but it can get hot in a snap once the sun is shining full force. That said, layers are a must in Bogotá.

By DANIELLE 

Partially taken from www.nolongernative.com 

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