Welcome to Barcelona! Yessiree, I’m on the world tour this August, well, not exactly, but it feels like it. Last week I was in London, and I touched down in Barcelona on Sunday afternoon. It’s sunny, it’s blistering hot, and my waistline is expanding faster than I’d like with all of this wining and dining I’ve been doing! The Spanish tapas are slightly addictive, and when fresh, authentic sangria is plentiful and available at rock bottom prices, how can a girl refuse? But before I get drunk on the local fare, I’m slightly intoxicated by the living rainbow that is the Spanish fashionista. Rich cobalt blues, bright corals, and blood reds are just a few of the shades that I’ve seen around town. Sharing it with you in words is one thing, but what’s better than seeing it in pictures? Here are a few that I’ve snapped over the last couple of days.
So pictured above, you can see that color blocking is definitely a trend that has some staying power here in Europe. In fact, I’ve been doing a little retail therapy (I know, how can I need therapy while I’m on vacation?!) and the trends for fall here in Spain are bright, literally! Colored blazers are going to be all the rage (I bought three!) and the dipped hem is here to stay, but with thicker fabrics like wool. There’s nothing super about the foot wear here, but let me assure you, while most of the daytime footwear is practical, the evening styles are anything but! Spanish fashionistas adore their platform wedges and embellished sandals.
This girl was ultra fab! Pictured here in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, is a color-blocking ensemble to the max! She’s fully coordinated right down to her red fringed purse, and if you look closely, she’s even got her beau in the color-blocking spirit with a red and cobalt blue backpack!
I don’t know about you, but I sort of fell in love with this leather fringed cross-body purse. There’s just something fun and fabulous about the way Europeans put their outfits together, and when you’re looking at Spanish fashionistas strut across some medieval square with something as fantastic as the Barcelona Cathedral in the background, it’s better than any fashion week I’ve ever been to!
While the Barcelona youth are all about color and color blocking, the mature fashionistas are embracing patterns. Chevrons are featured in just about every women’s shop in town, and blues, reds and purples seem to be the main colors of the season. As Barcelonian (yep, that’s a word) move into fall, patterns are softening and feature things like polka dots, birds, and stripes.
Love the look? Check out my Barcelona Girl look book below to get her style!