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    Clothing that you bring to Aruba

    Over the years, paul and I have really cut down on what we bring for clothes.

    Way back when, I used to make sure that I had a few sun dresses and a couple of short sets or culotte sets.
    I made sure that Paul had dress slacks and a few collared shirts.....and in the real old days a tie.
    (back in the day one could really not go to a nice restaurant or a casino dressed casually)

    Well, now we tend to go to very casual places like Barneys, Lindas, Bugaloe and Hung Paradise. (shorts and shirts (not tees) ) Madame Janettes is probably our most upscale dining experience ( dress shorts and collared golf shirt paul, me short set or sundress)
    We also eat dinner in, probably 50% of the time.

    Casinos....we wear shorts.

    Our packing has significantly changed. Way more casual.
    Or as mom would say "play clothes"

    It's all subjective. Pack and wear what you want.

    Keyword is casual

    Have you noticed that your packed stuff has changed over the years?

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    Granted I may be a dinosaur when it comes to dressing conventions. I will choose to be slightly over dressed rather than risk being under dressed. For our first trip (and only the first trip) to Aruba (2000) I actually packed a dress shirt, sport coat, slacks and tie.

    Since then, It's shorts and t-shirts or polo shirts (and an occasional Hawaiian shirt). I still bring a pair of casual slacks for dinner at nicer restaurants. Sandals, flip flops and boat shoes have replaced all other forms of footwear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    Granted I may be a dinosaur when it comes to dressing conventions. I will choose to be slightly over dressed rather than risk being under dressed. For our first trip (and only the first trip) to Aruba (2000) I actually packed a dress shirt, sport coat, slacks and tie.

    Since then, It's shorts and t-shirts or polo shirts (and an occasional Hawaiian shirt). I still bring a pair of casual slacks for dinner at nicer restaurants. Sandals, flip flops and boat shoes have replaced all other forms of footwear.
    We will join you as "dinosaurs". LOL! We still enjoy getting dressed up for a nice dinner out so hubby still packs a pair of casual slacks or two (depending on how long we're staying) and some nice lightweight collared shirts. I will pack a few nicer dresses or nice tops and gauze pants with dressy sandals for dinner. Back in the mid 90's in Aruba people dressed up more and I remember my husband always packed a sports jacket (and a tie on occasion) and I always packed a couple of short cocktail dresses for places like the Cobalt Club and Chez Mathilde.

    In general though, we pack a lot of shorts, t-shirts, and swimwear - and everything has to "mix and match".

    We still limit our packing to one checked bag each and one carry-on each whether it be for a 10 day trip or a 17 day trip.
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    We have changed what we wear over the years too. I wear slacks and golf shirt on the plane and take 1 extra set with me in case I want to dress up. I take 2 pairs of jean shorts and 5 pairs of golf shorts, 5 golf shirts and 3 or 4 tee shirts. We stay between 12 and 14 days and do laundry on day 6 or 7. 2 swim trunks and assorted underwear. I also take a couple of doo rags to wear in the pool and ocean as my head tends to burn due to a lack of hair. I wear the jean shorts over my swim trunks when we go to Arashi, Malmok or baby beach. DW does the same basically. We also took more dress clothes and ties the first couple of years but found ourselves in the minority when we went to restaurants or casinos so have joined the majority.

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    We used to visit Le Dome and would have to bring nice clothes for dinner or get stuck out on the back porch! This policy did not make my father very happy....

    Over the years what we bring with us has become very casual also. Even though we visit MJ's & Chalet Suisse, we tend to dress up some more casual looking clothing if that makes sense. One sundress is more than enough for our 15-17 days.

    I always pack one or two collared shirts for my boys, but even those can be Old Navy type shirts w/ print - not exactly dressy. Rich likes to bring a Hawaiian shirt or two since Aruba is the only place he will wear them.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We predominantly wear shorts (khaki or board) and Dri-fit shirts.

    If we go somewhere "fancy" (Wilhelmina's, Carte Blanche), it's linen pants, penny loafers (no socks!) and polo shirts.

    As I wear a tie at work all the time, I just wouldn't go to any place in Aruba that requires me to wear a tie.

    I maximize barefoot time but will wear flip-flops or running shoes if I have to.

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    though we have free baggage check, i use that for two boxes filled with things for Aruba that we don't have to take back like kitchen things, coffee, sugar, etc. since we stay three weeks and have a washer/dryer, i don't worry. we each take a carry on, use travel space bags. i bring shorts, capris, three or four maxi skirts and basic tank tops, etc and like Amy said, everything must mix & match. my biggest problem is sandals, etc.

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    swim trunks

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    Never brought long pants.... never will.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Never brought long pants.... never will.....
    They're a good idea for horseback riding. Other than that, they stay home, along with any shirts with sleeves. Decent golf shirts/shorts are fine for dinner in the places we go to - nice, but not too nice.

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