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What do Germans wear?

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Hi, all! I'm going be studying abroad in Germany (Stuttgart) this summer. I just want to know what Germans usually wear for formal events, lectures at the university, casual wear, etc. At this point, the only things I'm sure I'm going to pack are: lots and lots of shirts, a couple of jeans, chinos, a blazer, a navy suit, couple of ties, belts, brown oxfords, running shoes, my normal gym attire, and personal furnishings. Basically, my look is sort of American prep. Is there a certain look that Germans tend to go for? Thanks.
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Bernhard Roetzel, the esteemed fashion writer from Germany, would be an excellent source of information on your question. He is a very pleasant gentleman and has responded to several questions I've had.
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I noticed that you mentioned formal events in your post -- did you mean business, or did you truly mean formal? Because if you did mean the latter, I'd say that a dinner jacket is probably needed for the formal events.
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But neither of these are as bad as the socks-and-sandals combination they're infamous for
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first come to my mind when i read this topic

btw is that hugo boss?
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first come to my mind when i read this topic

btw is that hugo boss?

Of course it's Hugo Boss. It's black, isn't it?

The more pertinent question is, however, what brand of watch is he wearing in this pic?
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Of course it's Hugo Boss. It's black, isn't it?

The more pertinent question is, however, what brand of watch is he wearing in this pic?

longines ?
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That....

I hate them.
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The Germans dress very poorly in general. Very, very poorly.
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Of course it's Hugo Boss. It's black, isn't it?

The more pertinent question is, however, what brand of watch is he wearing in this pic?

A. Lange & Söhne supplied the military with timepieces. So did Union and such from around the Dresden area.
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The Germans dress very poorly in general. Very, very poorly.

+1

Don't worry too much about what to bring. Doesn't matter at all in terms of what people will think of you.

I work in a government department and on office days could easily go to work in jeans+jumper.

In student environments it's even less important - in fact depending on where you enrol, dressing well will be seen with suspicion by many, such as in Berlin. Stuttgart is not that leftist, but you can still get away with anything. Lectures at uni are T-shirt more than shirt affairs.

On the other hand, this also means that is quite easy to impress people with one's outfit.
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Thanks for the replies. I was under the impression that Germans dress better than Americans, in general?
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Perhaps. I don't know; I haven't been to the US in over a decade. Germans certainly dress less well in general than Italians and French.

Is it Stuttgart University your enrolling at? Which campus?
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Perhaps. I don't know; I haven't been to the US in over a decade. Germans certainly dress less well in general than Italians and French.

Is it Stuttgart University your enrolling at? Which campus?

I'm not sure yet. The actual program is year-long and starts during fall. I want to be there earlier so I can adjust to the surroundings, polish up my German, and do a bit of traveling before classes start. I might actually just go to Technische Universität München (Munich), instead.
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