One of the main things I have noticed since working in Madrid is how well presented everyone seems to dress, whether they are going to work or not. A lot of what Madrileños wear
could be described as chic bohemian
By Josephine Cooke
Photos: J. Cooke unless stated otherwise
Madrid is not famed as one of the fashion capitals of the world. Madrid fashion week is not documented as extensively as the fashion weeks of London, Rome, Paris or New York. But this does not mean that Madrid should be overlooked for fashion inspiration. Spanish stores such as Zara, Bershka and Pull & Bear, all of which belong to the Spanish clothing conglomerate Inditex, have achieved global success. (In fact because of Inditex its founder and chairman Amancio Ortega was second only to Bill Gates as the world’s richest person in 2016 and remains among the world’s top five currently. In a way, that would indicate the relevance of Madrid to global fashion.)
One of the main things I have noticed since working in Madrid is how well presented everyone seems to dress, whether they are going to work or not. A lot of what Madrileños wear could be described as chic bohemian but there are definitely differences amongst age groups with the young Madrileños showing a more bohemian and relaxed vibe whilst professionals and older people pulling off the effortlessly chic and classically stylish looks.
Obviously, a whole city’s style can not be described in a couple of paragraphs so this is what some stylish Madridleños are wearing and what they think about Madrid’s fashion scene.
The lady to the left works in fashion at El Corte Inglés and describes current trends as being revamps of older works. She takes inspiration from big names and international brands.
Whereas the young couple to the right describes their style as casual and takes their inspiration from Instagram and celebrities such as Kanye West and Rhianna. Despite their edgy style they in fact shop at high-street stores such as Zara and H&M that are easy on their wallet.
The two girls in the top photo are actually from Mexico but state that they prefer Spanish fashion and take their inspiration from Europe. They definitely fooled us by how effortlessly they pulled off that relaxed Spanish style. They say that in Madrid people dress far more chic and elegant; they care more about what they wear. Whilst in Mexico they say people only really put effort into their clothes for special events, Madrilenõs treat every day like a special event. These girls love fashion and follow people in the know on Instagram.
These girls love fashion and follow people in the know on Instagram. They then try to create their own style, stating that what makes Spaniards special is that they know how to mix pieces well to create a stylish outfit. Yet, despite their partiality to Spanish mindset when it comes to dressing up, they did not forget to suggest that we look up a couple of Mexican fashion bloggers: Pam Alller and Michelle Salas.
Now the photo at bottom left: the two mature ladies did not want their picture taken; however, their outfits do reflect the viewpoint that in Madrid you are never too old to dress well. They assert that the most important thing is to feel comfortable in what you are wearing and not worry about brands and designers; simply wear what you like. They believe the best places to find clothes are neighbourhood boutiques, stressing that you don’t have to go downtown to find fashionable pieces. The way that they describe Madrid fashion is that everyone wants to look good and tries to look different but this is difficult because there are only so many different clothes.
If you are still left in need of more style inspiration, check out these amazing Madrid based fashion bloggers. You now have no excuse to be looking anything less than fabulous this summer!
Erealouro encompasses the bohemian feel of Spanish fashion, but she is also nailing those clean-cut lines and urban edge. Is there anything this girl can’t style? If anything else her pictures will give you travel envy as well as fashion envy.
This is one for the boys. Nacho Azner has a minimalist style, which has afforded him the opportunity to work with major brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, Lacoste, Adidas and Converse. There is something for every man on this blog, which is considered to be one of the most influential for men’s fashion in Spain.
These bloggers are actually a Madrid couple. Their style always effortlessly stylish and sleek and of course their skills at co-ordinating their outfits are rather impressive too.
Natalia Cabezas is the author of trendy taste blog and she also has a YouTube channel. Look to her blog for inspiration on how to style the latest trends, then check out her You Tube channel to help you finish off that look with beauty tips, tutorials and give aways.
Josephine has studied at the University of Birmingham in the UK as well as Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Right now she’s doing human Geography, specialising in social, cultural and political geographies, specifically focussing on European society and politics. When taking a break from hard-hitting politics, Josephine can be found exploring the food, drink and fashion scene wherever she goes.