10 October 2013

Top five things to know about Spanish fashion

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You might think you know all there is to know about Spain – it is the Brits’ preferred holiday destination after all. However, things aren’t quite the same once you step outside of the resorts and onto the south coast.

First things first, it’s not all shorts, vests and flip flops. Fashion is an integral part of the Spanish culture with most locals carrying themselves in style – a far cry from the typical tourist!

Spain is such a fashion hotspot that many famous designers have even moved over and set up camp. So, if you’re planning a trip to Spain and plan on seeing more of this fantastic country than just the beach, here are the top five things you need to know about the local fashion.

1. Don’t wear trainers
 Unless you’re hitting the gym or a few balls on the clay court, it’s wise to leave your trainers at the hotel. The Spanish don’t wear trainers for anything other than sports.

Instead, opt for a pair of comfortable sandals, such as espadrilles, which are favoured by most Spanish women. There’s emphasis on comfort too as there’s plenty of cobbled streets that will wreak havoc with the soles of your feet.

2. Wear sleeves
 If you want to experience one of the trendiest Spanish cities, why not jump on a flight to Barcelona with Monarch. Here, you’ll find that both men and women dress up in the height of summer.

The temperatures will be much hotter than you’re used to, but that’s no excuse for sleeveless shirts. When visiting the sights in Barcelona, you might get refused entry unless you’re covered up – especially at the cathedral.

3. Carry a light jacket
 As a tourist, you’ll likely spend all day and night out in the town or city. It seems such a waste of precious time to head back to the room to change. With that in mind, always carry a light jacket.

You’ll be very hot throughout the day but temperatures can drop when the sun goes down, so if you’re out and about you’ll appreciate having something to keep you warm.

4. Choose dark colours
 When the sun starts to shine in the UK, many of us pull out our brightly-coloured clothes. However, over in Spain dark colours are much preferred. Black, navy and brown are the colours of choice but if you’re too hot, opt for neutrals.

You can wander round in your bright pink or yellow clothes if you like, but you might as well get a huge banner that reads, “I’m a tourist!”

5. Wear fitted clothes
In the height of summer it might seem like a natural choice to go for loose clothing, but it’s often frowned upon and seen as sloppy dress. Rather than baggy clothes, try to choose something a bit more fitted.

For example, rather than a flowing summer dress opt for one that clings to your figure. It’s not a problem to show off your feminine curves in Spain, as long as you’re covering your modesty!

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