For those of you who are thinking about moving here, what kind of clothes should you bring? Well, I can only tell you what my experience is thus far.
When I lived in Dallas…. um, well, I was a bit into designer labels. I loved my Coach purses and True Religion and Seven jeans. And I had LOTS of shoes (almost ALL heels and wedges). It was hard trying to decide WHAT exactly to get rid of before I moved here, without knowing exactly what I’d need here. However, I think I did a pretty good job of thinking it through. And surprisingly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought – to get rid of my designer labels, and a TON of other unnecessary things as well.
I knew I wanted to scale down, but knew I might someday need some dressy or colder-weather stuff (for Dallas winters or Wisconsin fall/winters – where my Mom lives). So I reserved a few things that remain in the states in storage (a few pairs of jeans, dresses, colder weather stuff, a couple pairs of heels, sandals & boots).
What I ended up bringing and more importantly – using – in Costa Rica:
Shoes: 2 pairs of teva flip flops (love!), 1 pair of croc’s, 1 pair of Keen’s (best investment ever!), 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of hiking boots. (NOTE: I also brought some sparkly/cute flip flops – have not worn once…). I mainly only wear my teva’s, keen’s and croc’s.
Shorts: couples pairs of comfy shorts, and 2 pairs of khaki/hiking shorts.
Skorts (my FAVORITE thing!!): Lots – I wear these ALL the time. I have one skort I use for hiking, and several for daily wear of different colors.
T-shirts: several – some comfy for hanging out at the house or sleeping in, and a few “nicer” ones.
Yoga pants (also one of my favorite things!): a few pairs of yoga pants – good for cooler evenings, hanging out at the casa or actual yoga classes!
Tank tops: several for hiking & lounging around the house or sleeping in.
Sleeveless shirts (nicer): several – for daily wear/going into town.
Cardigans: a few – these are great, as it’s usually cooler up by us in El Cajon, but if we go into Grecia Central – it is always warmer, so easy to take off.
Dresses: A few beach/maxi dresses, one nicer dress (which I have not worn yet).
Jeans: 1 pair of jeans (have not worn yet) and 1 pair of capri jeans (have worn once). I’m telling you – I live in my skorts.
Someone asked me “does anyone ever dress up?” Well, not that I have seen – but maybe I just haven’t been invited/gone to “those” kinds of places? I’m sure for a wedding or funeral, a nice dress is appropriate. Otherwise, it is very casual here.
“Do you need heels?” Um – NO. I have not brought any heels here, nor do I ever wish I had them (keep in mind I usually walk/take the bus everywhere I go….). Maybe it would be a good idea to have 1 pair (again, wedding or funeral or party), but I haven’t run into a situation where I’ve needed them yet.
“Do you dress up for parties or Christmas?” Well, I haven’t been here for Christmas yet. And I haven’t been to any parties here. People are more “personal” here – they have you to their house for coffee, or lunch, or dinner (always casual). Or you meet at a soda/café for lunch/dinner – always casual.
Now, keep in mind I do not live in Escazu or anywhere fancy – there may be several activities/parties/things to dress up for in different areas of the country or you might have a totally different lifestyle than me. But where I live, in Grecia, it is just down to earth and casual here, which fits my lifestyle perfectly. I have a simple but very fulfilled life. I love it.
That’s all for now folks! Peace out — Jen 🙂