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What I found to be untrue about the womens' dress size&style

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What I found to be untrue about the womens' dress size&style

Hmmm.. We just spent a few days in BA and I want to squash a couple of things that I was told on this forum before I came here that are, in my opinion, totally untrue! Women here are definitely NOT stylish OR more on the petite size, in fact, it's a bit of of a joke between me and my husband now as we see lots of roly poly ladies in t shirts and sloppy sweats - just like anywhere else unfortunately. The quality of the clothes isn't very good at all and is really old fashioned, so much so that I have just stopped looking and am now concentrating on quality local crafts and art work. Picked up a lovely original modern oil painting in Boca for $150 pesos and some handmade jewelry in Salta at a market. $35 pesos for a ring in onyx and some earrings were $25. So I say bring here what you want to wear and don't think the women are stylish - I have only seen 2 and they were about 70 and looked well put together and could in fact have been tourists!

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1. Re: What I found to be untrue about the womens' dress size&style

Hmmm . . . totally agree that you were in town for just a few days and did not experience the world-renowned beauties of BsAs. Great, though, that you scored on some terrific artwork and jewelry - in the tourist-centric barrio Boca and Salta - two enclaves that the fashionistas rarely visit, unfortunately.

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I never see roly poly women in sweats here, especially in this very hot weather. Obviously you were not in any good shops or in the main part of town.

Too bad, you got a bad impression from wherever you were.

Glad you got a nice painting in Boca. Sorry you weren't able to see more of the city and its pretty people, men and women.

And it isn't really "untrue" , just because you didn't see it.

Edited: 9:36 pm, December 03, 2012
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I think most of those out of shape women in sweats were visitors to BsAs :-)

I have only seen Porteñas wearing anything like sweats on their way to/fro a gym. Recoleta and Palermo and Belgrano remind me of the USA in the late 50 early 60s when women wore dresses to vacuum (at least on TV). So, I enjoyed this post - so did DH - as we have had a totally different sense of the Porteña style.. Oh, and our visiting friends from France were totally comfortable with the Porteña style - reminded them of home.

I do agree, however, that the summer wear in BsAs should be comfortable for the wearer.

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I think it depends on what neighborhood you visit, as some are certainly more stylish than others. The ladies of Recoleta, Belgrano, etc. are usually more formally dressed, especially the older ladies. I've traveled all over the world, and find this formality rather unique to BA. The women in Palermo Soho, Hollywood, etc., tend to be very fashion forward. In the more touristy areas, though, I've observed a broader spectrum of style. I think this is true for more big cities.

I'm struck by how people are so concerned about what to wear in NY and Paris, and then you visit those cities and find that most of the people are just regular people. But, if you go into nice shops, wealthier or more trendy neighborhoods, stylish bars, upscale restaurants, you'll find that people dress better.

I think you were shopping in the wrong places if you did not find fashion-forward clothes. While the manufacturing quality is not always consistent with that of US stores, there are certainly plenty of trendy boutiques to be found.

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lol, Marnie, when I read this to my husband, that was what he said, "how did they know they weren't tourists ? "

Aside from the idea of Porteños walking around looking like slobs ( rare, very rare) I cannot imagine anyone wearing sweats in this heat. It is still around 80º tonight at almost 11 pm.

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Kay, I looked at your original question as I felt I may have answered it talking about Argentine women being stylish. On this occasion it was not me, but could have been easily as that is how I would have answered it. I live in a large city, Sydney, that certainly has its share of stylish women. It is also true that in suburban Sydney or suburban any Australian city you will find a very relaxed casual approach to dressing. When I travel to Buenos Aires which I do often, I pack accordingly and it is with my best Sydney clothes, certainly not my suburban casuals, because to me casual has a different meaning in Argentina i.e. smart casual. They would also be the type of clothes I would wear in London, Paris or New York. Much does depend on the Hotels and restaurants you visit, as with any City with millions of people there will be a little of everything. It is a question of whether you remember the weeds or the flowers in a park, I usually remember the flowers.

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Thanks for all your interesting replies to my post and thank you for those of you who too can see, that there are many people who are not stylish and trendy and not a size 2! I shouldn't have used the word "sweats" to describe what I saw the local girls/women wearing, it's more like tight leggings - which is fine if you have the body, but if not then perhaps not the best choice. As to knowing if the chunky ladies were, in fact tourists then I would stake my medialuna that they are locals - it's as obvious as The fact that i look like a tourist! Now we are in iguazu and off to Mendoza then back for a few more days in BA so there is still a chance I could see some fashionable people, will let you know......