Mar 012012

In our travels, we often see people who are dressed to impress. Some of them are part of the entertainment or education at popular tourist attractions. Others are celebrating special occasions, donning uniforms as part of their jobs, or just having fun playing dress-up.

Just for fun, I’ve selected a few photos of people I’ve come across while traveling who were dressed to impress for a variety of reasons.

Photo ops at Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

At Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing between American and Soviet sectors of Berlin, you can pay to have your photo taken with this American soldier, dressed to impress the many tourists who visit every day. I did not have my photo taken with him, because I just don’t do those things.

Well, maybe once in Switzerland

St. Nicholas at Mt. Pilatus, Switzerland

Playing for tips in Bruges

Bruges, Belgium

I don’t remember what tune these girls in their pretty dresses were playing, but they were talented musicians and the music seemed fitting to the fairy tale image of Bruges, Belgium.

Royalty and weddings at Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Chatting with a visitor, this guide in period clothing looks the part of a lady of Heidelberg Castle.

Bride and Groom at Heidelberg Castle

This bride and groom in their finery couldn’t have asked for a more impressive place to have their wedding photos taken. We saw them quite often as they strolled the grounds and posed for portraits.

Heidelberg Castle

In this case, the guide left the dressing up to the children as she told them tales of regal life at the castle. Did you notice the wedding couple in this photo, too?

All in a day’s work in New York City

Model in Soho, New York City

This fashion model makes a living of dressing to impress. On a walking tour of Soho, we came across a photo shoot and watched some of the action. I don’t think the model usually gets photographed from this angle. As you can tell by the clips and safety pins, things are not always what they seem in the fashion magazines.

Where have you seen people dressed to impress when you were traveling?

  49 Responses to “Dressed to Impress”

  1. I love the look of the night watchman in Rothenburg, Germany. He dresses the part for the era. I am sure many other people do this in all sorts of tours.

    As for the photos here, I never would have guessed a fashion model uses all those pins. Very interesting!
    Jeremy Branham recently posted..A Budget Travel Adventures birthday reflection on travel

    • The funny thing is that the clothes are probably already a really small size and they still have to pin them on these models to make them fit better.

  2. Interesting look at people. I’ve seen the dress to impress theme in Louisburg, Nova Scotia – at a historic old fort. It sure gave the place a different feel and made me thankful for my fleece and GoreTex on a particularly rainy day.
    Leigh recently posted..Travel Photo Thursday: There is Beauty in a Canadian Winter

    • That’s a good point about some of the folks who dress up as docents or reenacters — the weather doesn’t always cooperate for them, I don’t think.

  3. What a great collection of pictures! I love the wedding party from behind.
    Jessica recently posted..Travel Mishaps Make the Best Stories

    • Thanks – I kind of liked that one, too. I had another of them posing, but didn’t want it to look like a wedding portrait.

  4. What a great idea for a photo essay. Now I’ll have to dig through my dressed up people pictures. I’ve taken it as a challenge–although I know you win because I don’t take that many of people.
    Vera Marie Badertscher recently posted..The Sun Rises at Bryce Canyon, Utah

    • Would love to see your pics, Vera. I don’t take as many pics of people as I’d like to. I want to be careful not to be intruding on anyone.

  5. Fun photos of strangers across the world other than the lady with Santa
    eileen ludwig recently posted..Flowers, What are their names?

    • Thanks. I actually used that photo to send as Christmas cards to a few family members. They liked it — I think.

  6. Great photos! I don’t take photos with people dressed up either – I make my kids pose with them instead! :) I love the pic of the little girls all dressed up in their princess dresses to visit the castle – reminds me of when mine were little.
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  7. What a fun post! I love the kids dressed up at Heidelberg Castle – so adorable!
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  8. The girls playing music in their dresses are awesome. I think it’s too funny how one of them has a T-shirt under the dress :) And the model? How did you get that? No wonder the pictures always look better than the real deal… with that many safety pins in the right places I might pull it off in a picture. Mind you, not in the same size, but… :)
    Sabrina recently posted..What to do in Normandy? Visiting Honfleur France

    • It was pretty cool that day in Bruges, so I can see why she was wearing the t-shirt! The model — just snapped her from the back while the real photographer was shooting from the other angle. Good timing. :)

  9. I like that idea for a post. :)
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  10. Everyone here’s really dressed to impress, Cathy!
    Great shots.
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  11. Such a cool topic for photos! I like the checkpoint charlie photo, and the model in the last photo. that is interesting to see “behind the scenes” there.
    Anwar recently posted..Friday Photo: Don’t Waste Time — Brussels Underground

  12. What a great idea for a post and a wonderful set of pictures.I love the little girls and the bride and groom and of course, the model from a different angle. We saw a few wedding parties dressed to impress in their traditional attire in Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine last summer.
    Mary @ The World Is A Book recently posted..Exploring Kohunlich Maya Ruins and Temple of the Masks

  13. St. Nick with that good-lookin gal was my favorite and the Soho model was a close 2nd !

  14. Fun post, Cathy!
    I’m old enough to remember Checkpoint Charlie with real guards. No popping over for poses, back then…
    Sophie recently posted..Travel photo – Willemstad, Curaçao

  15. Love the historical costumes, they make it easier for visitors to step back in time when visiting a palace or an ancient city.
    Angela recently posted..A trip, a photo – Heresy in Campo de’ Fiori, Rome

    • It really can add something to a place & help tell a story at times. But sometimes, it can be so sad when the “entertainers” just turn it into too much of a “tourist trap” and take away from the essence of the place.

  16. I agree, great series of photos. Reminds me of the street photo ops in Las Vegas where you can have your photo taken with Darth Vader, dancing girls, or a dancing M&M depending on what section of the sidewalk you happen to be walking along.
    Jackie Smith recently posted..TP Thursday: A Spanish Food and Wine Fest

  17. The last one made me smile :) I always kind of enjoyed looking at the guards at Prague Castle, Buckingham Palace, etc. because they always look so serious and have beautiful uniforms.
    Jenna recently posted..The Perfect Day Trip to Napa Valley

  18. The tour guide looked very appropriate for living in a castle. She looked like a princess with the way she was holding her dress and how everyone was following here. LOL. Great post!
    Alexa Meisler recently posted..Guidelines

  19. Love the fashion model picture. So cool to see what really holds those outfits together. Explains why my pants never fit right anymore (Yes, that’s the explanation I’m going with). Great idea for a post.
    Steve recently posted..Leap Day at Disneyland

  20. Interesting collection of images. I like the expression on the guy’s face in the first photo. Looks very cold too!
    Corinne @ Gourmantic recently posted..AC/DC: The Wine Collection

  21. What a clever idea for a post! :)
    Michael Figueiredo recently posted..Dubai in January

  22. Great Santa shot, Cathy! Lots of performers in Spain performing for tips. I never knew what I was going to see on the next corner. Lots of fun.
    Nancie recently posted..Hanging Out at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art — A Review

  23. You know this was exactly why I liked Latin America so much, I didn’t feel like such sludge because no one was really dressed up except for in the cities. I wish I knew what to wear to impress!
    Ayngelina recently posted..Maui on my mind

  24. Checkpoint Charlie is so cheesy but I love it anyway. 😉
    Andrea recently posted..March Travel Plans

  25. Loving these themes you;re coming up with. First it was the stairsand now the outfits. Can you believe we went to Berlin a few years ago and were that carried away by the whole city, we forgot to go to Checkpoint Charlie! We’re not good at being tourists! :)
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  26. After the one of you with Santa, the model pic is my FAVORITE! …Also, she needs to eat a sandwich.
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  27. Clever idea for a photo essay! I love the model shot. You’ve exposed the industry’s pinning secrets!
    Scott – Quirky Travel Guy recently posted..9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Grand Canyon

  28. It is funny to see how the back of the fashion model clothing is all pinned!! I also love that Santa Claus, I think he fits into that outfit perfectly (some Santas are too skinny, some too short…he is perfect)
    Annie – FootTracker recently posted..FootTracker Will Be Back After Wednesday!

  29. When we saw the Checkpoint Charlie guy he was eating a cheeseburger from the McDonald’s across the street! So all our photos have him noshing on a burger. It was too funny.
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  30. Thanks to everyone for your comments. Although I didn’t get a chance to reply to each one, please know that I’ve read every word. Thanks for coming by!

  31. What a great collection! I love the one of you and Santa in Switzerland…sometimes you just have to, right? 😉
    Cherina recently posted..Going it Alone in Iceland

  32. I love these photos, especially the musicians in period clothing and the guide at Heidelberg Castle, what beautiful dresses. At Sansoucci in Potsdam they used to do that.

  33. Don’t know how I missed this one the first time around, but I did. What a fun topic. You’ve given me ideas to file away for future use (if you don’t mind, that is).
    Jackie Smith @travelnwrite recently posted..Living in Italy: Rethinking Life’s Routines

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