Exploring Europe, Inner Fashionista

What to Wear: Barcelona Street Swag

Barcelona is by no means a fashion capital.  Paris, London, Milan, Hong Kong, and New York City are the quintessential international fashion houses, the trendsetters, and the hosts of the high-fashion runway shows. Despite these precedents, Barcelona locals strut their own unparalled, street swag.

Often called the Fifth Avenue of Barcelona and modeled like the Champs-Elysees of Paris, Passeig de Gracia is breeding ground for local fashionistas.  The street offers a plethora of shopping including notable fashion designers like Channel, Giorgio Armani and Hermes as well as Catalan designers like Oysho, Toni Francesc and Desigual.

This is not only the location of shopping for all tastes, but a pseudo runway for fashion inspiration.  Characterized as one of the busiest and most touristic roads in the city, Passeig de Gracia is one of the most essential stomping grounds for observing street style in Barcelona.

Local street style can be easily identified on this street.  While most tourists wear sneakers, denim, and riding boots, most Barcelona adolescent locals rock a different look. Styled with darker colors, chunkier shoes, lots of layers, and accented with topknot hairstyles, body piercings and minimal make up, they pull off a grungier, edgier swag.

Four Most Notable Women’s Trends:

Womens trends

  1. Combat boots– Heeled or flat, buckled, studded, and made of leather.  Young locals wear boots in every neutral color and for every occasion.  These boots are most often rocked with baggy sweaters and skinny jeans or with tights and a jewel-toned skirt.
  2. Studded accessories and embellishments– studs on studs on studs.  From pockets on shirts and jackets, shoulders on sweaters, to the back of a pair of pumps, studs are the most utilized embellishment of the season.  It gives an edgy look to a classic piece of clothing.
  3. Shorts worn with tights– Taking advantage of the 60 degree (Fahrenheit) average weather, many locals rock black tights under a pair of denim shorts or dress shorts.  Worn with combat boots or heeled booties, this look dresses up and winterizes ordinary shorts.
  4. Army green jackets– Army green is the new black in Barcelona.  Whether it is a fur lined winter coat, or a lighter canvas jacket, army green is the most commonly warn color. With leather or denim accents on the sleeves, neutral colored furs, or gold studs, there are different jackets embellished for every type of style.

Men rock similar looks.  In comparison to the United States, their attire is sleeker, tightly fitted, and edgier.

Four Most Notable Men’s Trends:

Mens Trends

  1. Fitted, Colored pants: Chinos in neutral colors including brown, black, camel, burgundy, olive, and navy are hot this fall.  Worn with v-necks, cotton t-shirts or flannels, these pants instantly dress up any look.
  2. Look-alike original Clarks:  Since going out attire is more formal here, these shoes are essential for most local males wardrobes.  Seen in suede or leather and in colors including browns, black, blue, and olive, these are usually worn with dark, slim-fitted denim pants or colored chinos.
  3. Wearing denim rolled at the ankles: Although most Barcelona adolescent male locals wear tighter denim, they roll them up a few times at the ankle and usually paired with Converse sneakers or look-alike Keds.
  4. Deep V-necks:  Cotton t-shirts and ¼ button ups are a must especially for going out, but one thing is certain: deeper v-necks are more acceptable here.

Think you can pull of Barcelona’s street swag? Try shopping at one of these stores: Zara, Pull&Bear, Mango, H&M, Desigual, or Diesel.


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