Spanish Style

“Know, first, who you are; 
and then adorn yourself accordingly.”  
~Epictetus

Men and women in Spain are very stylish. After speaking with several Mallorcan women, they’ve told me that the women in Spain have somewhat of a uniform: leather jacket, scarf, skinny jeans, and boots. This particular look is everywhere in Spain, and if you wear something comparable to this you will be considered in-style. In fact, I’ve seen so many women wearing leather jackets that it inspired me to purchase one of my own at Bershka when Christine and I were in Barcelona.

Bershka

Bershka

Some popular stores that people shop at are Mango, H&M, and Zaras. Although we have these shops in the United States, too, what’s offered in these European stores is somewhat different. One thing that stands out to me is how impeccable the women look most of the time: their shirts are pressed, their hair is done, and their makeup is flawless. In Mexico, we call the made-up women mujeres pintadas (literally “painted women”), and that same expression exists here in Spain. Rompers, belts, and great-looking jackets are frequently seen on fashionable women, as are chic sunglasses, purses, and watches.

Mango

Mango

Since men in Europe tend to be leaner, trimmer, and generally smaller than their American counterparts, their clothes are a bit more form-fitting and stylish. It’s rare to see men in a simple t-shirt, and most men tend to wear collared shirts, sweaters, or stylish jackets. Very sharp. Whereas in the United States, women tend to dress their men (or at least make their styling decisions), from what I’ve learned men have a greater interest here in their fashion and tend to make their clothes styling decisions independently, or at least equally. They are not afraid of tight pants or using accessories (man bags, scarves, jewelry, etc.).

Mango

H&M
So far, I’ve been quite impressed with the style here in Spain. Both men and women like to look good, and it appears as if both sexes appreciate the effort made on both ends.
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