Fashion

 Classic style in Andalucia.  © Sophie Carefull
Classic style in Andalucia.

FASHION IN ANDALUCIA

Andalucians are well known for their style – think of Andalucian fashion, and you think of a woman in a swirling, spotty flamenco dress, with matching earrings and necklace, co-ordinating shoes and flower, and the finishing touch: a fan. But there’s more to Andalucian sartorial sense than a traje de flamenca (even though most Andaluzas have at least five of them).

This is a good region for clothes shopping, with endless reasonably priced stores offering a wide variety of clothing, from the cheap-and-cheerful, to top designer togs. Spanish people dress up on a Sunday afternoon when they go for their family paseo, or stroll. If you see a wedding, watch what people wear – it’s quite a sight; people go to town on the glam for special occasions.

Bear in mind that Spanish taste is very distinct from British and other northern European: they like bright colours, patterns, and several different patterns together on one item of clothing is not uncommon.

 

 

Ok so you love flamenco, the next step is to shop for your very own outfit. The vocabulary involved can a little daunting so Andalucia.com have come up with a list for our readers of Spanish words… More →

If you see a flamenco show while you’re here, you may well be seized with the urge to buy a dress, along with all the necessary colour-coordinated accoutrements: jewellery, shoes, comb, shawl,… More →

Most cities now have indoor centro comerciales (shopping centres) with supermarkets, fashion stores, and cafes. The undisputed queen of these is La Cañada in Marbella, which is home to Andalucia’s… More →

For a homesick expat, or a visitor in need of a familiar environment, there are a number of English clothing companies present in Andalucia. Most outlets are located either in city centres, or in… More →

In larger towns and cities, El Corte Ingles stores have large fashion departments, which stocks labels such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Pepe, Miss Sixty and Coast. They… More →

The most popular clothes outlets in Spain are Mango and Zara; every Spanish woman has several pieces from these stores in their wardrobe. They’re reasonably priced, reasonable quality, and fast to… More →

The home of high-end brands in Andalucia is Marbella, and more specifically Puerto Banus. Gucci, Prada, Loewe, Versace – they’re all there.

Top local designers, Victorio and Luccino produce romantic confections, with frills galore and floaty, sexy fabrics. They are favoured by eccentric aristocratic the Duquesa de Alba, know for her… More →

Andalucians are well known for their style – think of Andalucian fashion, and you think of a woman in a swirling, spotty flamenco dress, with matching earrings and necklace, co-ordinating shoes… More →

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