Welcome back! I hope you’re ready to channel your inner fashion diva today – because this post is dedicated to the clothing trends that were popular in Gijón this summer 🙂
And guys, don’t fear! I’m including a men’s and a women’s category so that all the male readers out there have the opportunity to see how they compare – “fashion wise” – to Asturian men….! 😉
….. or at least have the opportunity to “get a kick out” of how different the styles are here compared to the ones back home!
Gijón Style Intro
I was originally going to title this post “Spanish Summer Fashion Trends” but then I realized that what I see many people wearing around this city isn’t necessarily characteristic of the whole country.
(For example where I went to university in Bloomington, IL girls wore: sorority sweat shirts, Victoria Secret Pink Sweat Pants, and Uggs… definitely not a universal trend! )
Because Gijón is a coastal city, I think that the ocean and the beach play key roles in determining the style of the people. But don’t be fooled! What’s cool here isn’t the “California/urban/skater/beach bum look” – but rather the “nautical/English preppy” look!
In a minute I’m going to break it down into men’s and women’s categories, but in general I would say that the “in” style for both genders this summer included:
Colors: white, navy blue, and red
Patterns: vertical stripes
Clothing Pieces: collared shirts, tucked in shirts, and cardigans
Here’s a “trendy” styled family I hurriedly got a photo of walking around one day – (even though it’s blurry) notice how they embody most all of the gender neutral trends I mentioned above (stripes, red/white/blue colors, collared shirts)!
(Ha, I promise this is the only picture of strangers I included in this post – I just really wanted you guys to see proof that I wasn’t making this stuff up!) 🙂
Women’s Summer Trends: Winner
It was tough to pick just one item of clothing to put on the top of the women’s fashion list – as there was a lot more variation in women’s dressing than there was in men’s dressing around here this summer (more on that later).
Yet, there was one thing that I saw worn time and time again by all women regardless of age – and that was the:
(navy blue) Blazer
Women here in Gijón paired their blazers with everything this summer – (and not just in the office!) – blazers were worn around town with everything from shorts to dresses – and over things like collared shirts and stripped t-shirts.
Popular blazer colors included, navy (hands down favorite) white, and gray.
I should also mention that the summer temperatures around here are pretty mild – daily temps. average around 60F-85F. So don’t think that women from Gijón were born without sweat glads and can therefore tolerate wearing blazers in the summer! Most days in Gijón a light jacket is, in fact, necessary attire.
(Fun Fact! They call “blazers” here “americanas!”) – Does that mean we invented the blazer in the US???
Keeping with the nautical theme – coming in at close second was the navy and white stripped shirt for women. This has always been a classic – yet the women of Gijón took it to a new level. I think everyone and their mother must own one of these babies!
Kinda cute with the red belt – right? 🙂
Top “Head-Scratcher” Trend
The women here didn’t test out any scandalous trends this summer (dang it!)….
….but there was one type of bag from a trendy store that I saw being used and cannot wrap my head around.
Take a look at/(through?) it!
A transparent purse! Is it just me or would you also be ashamed if the people on the street could see the chaotic contents of your bag?? This “clear purse” trend would never work for me – I would prefer if the whole world didn’t know about the extra half a sandwich I carry around “just in case” 😉
What about you – do you like the clear bag idea??? (It also comes in many other colors and styles!)
Men’s Summer Trends: Winner
The most shocking thing for me to witness (fashion related) this summer was how the men here got all dressed up in nice/trendy things! I think that in the US guys leave the “dressing nice” on a day to day basis to the ladies (unless they have a dress code at work or something) – yet here I saw men bust out their top outfits all over the place!
Also curious to me was the fact that there existed one dominate trend this summer that a ton of men followed (usually from my experience only women follow trends) yet here in Gijón the guys were on it!
This was the unanimous winner: the logo polo
The bigger the name of the brand of the shirt – the better!
Case in point:
In Gijón, for trendy guys, it was all about the collared shirt with giant logos on them – popular ones being from the brands: Hackett and Ralph Lauren.
See what I mean when I said that the preppy look was in??? Not only to guys dig the Polos – but they also sometimes wear them with the collar up! (Shocking!) and/or with a sweater tied around their shoulders!
I guess none of these looks are ground-breaking – in fact in many parts of the US Polos and blazers are considered “classic styles” – but where I grew up in the Midwest Suburbs, the “classic” male outfit was a combo of: jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Therefore you can see why I’m blown away with the style choices of the men in Gijón!
What better to match with your “logo-ed” polo than some nautical shoes! In the US I would call these “boat shoes” – (do they have a more technical name?) – here they called them nauticos. In whatever language you use to reference them, I think they’re super cute! This is a photo from a store close to our house… hint hint…. Diego!
Much better than wearing gym shoes with jeans – and more casual and hip than wearing “loafers”. I’m a fan of the nauticos, I even wish my own guy would invest in a pair! 😉
After professing my love for the “boat shoes” trend, I must be honest and say that I’m not crazy about a certain men’s look that was popular this summer. It feels strange for me to have an opinion about men’s fashion – again, guys that I grew up with typically “passed” on super trendy things – so in the US I usually only had a negative comment about a guy’s clothes when it has to do with something not matching or being sloppy/dirty. Around here, however, my concern isn’t about the cleanliness of the (in this case) pants….
…but rather their “pastel” intensity level. Indeed, some gents here really “run” with the whole “preppy” style and even include “Easter” colored slim fitting chino pants in their day to day outfits. I have to admit, in my opinion, if you’re not on a yacht and/or attending a fancy polo tournament perhaps you should leave the shockingly colored trousers at home.
What are your thoughts?
Do you “dig” the super “preppy” look? Should certain guys in Gijón be applauded for mixing pastel colors into their outfits – or scolded for trying too hard?
Of course there’s a little bit of all types of fashion/styles floating around Gijón! These “trends” that I’ve mentioned before are by no means the “mandatory uniform” of all the cities’ citizens. I simply felt compelled to write a post about what’s popular here because I found it interesting that that nautical/preppy motif had caught on with good amount of the people here (including men, women, and children!).
Lastly, something else I have noticed while living abroad is that Spanish people appear to own less clothing than we do in the US. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that most live in apartments and therefore naturally have less closet space than we do? Whatever the reason, I think the rule here is (more or less) to invest money in a few quality “classic” pieces rather than owning a ton of less expensive clothing.
Tell me, what are you like? Do you have lots of clothing? A few expensive pieces? A little bit of both?
Hope you enjoyed seeing what’s “hot” over here!
What trends did you see where you lived this summer? Are Americans also rocking the preppy/nautical style?
Do share! 🙂