Fashion

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, which should help you on your shopping trip.

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, flower and fan. There are countless shops in every town and city around Andalucia where you can buy all the gear.

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 only Marks & Spencers.

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 shopping centres on the outskirts of cities.

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 also have huge accessories areas, from tights and scarves to leather goods.

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 catch onto the latest trends. Larger towns and cities will have several branches; Zara also does interiors and children’s clothing.

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 flamboyant, hippie style. The duo, who are also a civil couple, designed the Duquesa’s wedding dress for her nuptials in Seville in October 2011.

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.