Dress Code, San Diego
San Diego is quite the beach culture. These peops are raised on the wet sand and they're not so friendly to outsiders. You stick out like a sore thumb if you're wearing elastic trunks while drinking and chillin on the beach. Before you go, invest in some board shorts. Don't get them in San Diego because you'll be paying way too much. Otherwise, approaching the girlies will be extra challenging since they just love their local dudes. I was all money once I started talkin, but unfortunately "you're not cool " if you wear elastic bathing suits so the initial approach is difficult. Even the guys playing football and/or horseshoes on the beach are elastically discriminitory--kinda sucks. I know, it seems kinda arbitrary, but it's unavoidable to notice. Trust me, it will *** you off.
If you visit Pacific Beach (PB, as the locals call it) or MIssion Beach shopping areas, like Garnet Avenue, young adults wear very little clothing in the Summer. Very relaxed. Swim suits in the food market? Wear your flip flops & its not a problem! Not wearing swim wear or showing much skin, you might feel over-dressed in the day time! But who cares? Relax, it's California!!
I think that there is no dress code in San Diego neither for citizines nor for visitors. Just casual dress, even for people working with customers (in restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, public transportation, museums, some offices).
The most popular are just jeans + T-shirt or light shirt, not only among tourists.
I noticed that some tourists (not only kids, adults as well) love baseball hats :-))). Are they all baseball fans?
From my friend Chris (balfor):
Most Americans are baseball fans. but that doesn't stop the rest of the people from wearing baseball caps either. If there was one kind of hat that Americans wear, it would be a baseball cap. It is used by the military as informal hats, it is used by people out and about who just want to keep the sun out of their eyes, they are given away by MANY companies as a way to advertise by having people wear their logo (and who is going to turn down a free ball cap? ) there are even stores in the malls who only sell ball caps. So yes, we love our baseball caps here!
Thank you Chris!
Like in other countries I already visited (maybe except a few muslim countries) people (especially visitors) love to wear shorts.
The only little difference is that they (guys) always seem to use shorts to bath in an ocean or a hotel swimming pool. Hmm... throughout Europe (and in my homecountry) more and more guys - younger and older - do the same? Did it come from the USA?
unless you're downtown or in La Jolla, never wear more than a t-shirt and shorts (shoes optional). Most people (in the beach towns anyway), consist of hippies,skaters,punks,and musicians of all kinds. The last thing they want to see is something to remind them that they are having too much fun and need to grow up.(i'm kidding)