How to dress in Madrid?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Apr 10, 2013 11:31 PM Last Post By: tony_b
Aug 25, 2009 9:21 AM
How to dress in Madrid?I'm leaving for Madrid in less than a week, and I have to pack under 23 kg. I'm wondering what the recommendations for clothing are. I'm female, age 21, studying there for a semester. I've read that clothing is conservative and fashionable, but I'm not sure what that means, beyond "no miniskirts or sweatpants." I'll be there from the end of summer through fall and into some of winter, and I'm trying to pack lightly but suitably for different seasons. I'd also prefer to not stand out as a foreigner because of my clothes. What do Madrid university students usually wear?
Thanks for any advice!
Aug 25, 2009 9:42 AM
1Unless you come from Siberia or some Pacific islands, I guess you can dress as you'd normally do at home. You won't stand out as a foreigner because of your clothes, but for many other things (too): attitude, food habits, accent... That's not necessarily a negative thing as you'll probably find more people willing to help you.
On a side note, for what my personal opinion matters, I'm not sure I'd like to give up my personality (which is expressed also through the clothes I wear) to camouflage myself as a local. If I went to Iran, I wouldn't certainly mind wearing a veil. But when I visit my German friends in summer, I certainly don't want to wear sandals with socks, if you see what I mean. In any case, in a while, you'll see by yourself what your university mates wear, which will make you even happier to go shopping :)
Last but not least, I'd be curious to know where you read that people in Madrid wear in a conservative and fashionable way. That must be a sentence taken either from Vogue or from some stereoptyped book guide. It's like a slogan, doesn't seem to mean much. If I asked my friends in Madrid how they dress, they wouldn't say they dress in a conservative and fashionable way. Girls in Madrid do wear miniskirts.
Aug 25, 2009 10:05 AM
2Depending on what the airline charges, it may be worth it in the long run to pay for an extra suitcase of clothes to come along. Three months is a long time to live out of one bag.
Unless you're looking for an excuse to shop. But then, you'll have more stuff than will fit in your one bag on the way back.
Aug 25, 2009 10:11 AM
3I've read that clothing is conservative and fashionable
I have to admit that I smiled (good-naturedly, of course) when I read that. Students in Madrid wear what students wear in any other city in Europe. It's a very cosmopolitan city with its fashionable middle-class quarters, its bohemian quarter, its gay-lesbian quarter and so on. Wear what you wear back at home, maybe minus any college sweatshirts. The fake-American ones on sale in Spain usually contain spelling and syntactical mistakes and yours will stand out :-)
It gets cold by December so pack accordingly or buy extra clothing when you get there. Cheap, warm clothing is always available on market stalls. If you end up exceeding your weight allowance for the return flight, just give it to someone needy.
Aug 25, 2009 2:52 PM
Aug 25, 2009 3:03 PM
5I dare you not to buy one souvenier t-shirt. They have beautiful stylish ones too. Para todo la tastes. Many made by friut of the loom.
If you lucky you'll get here for "rebajes" storewide sales.
And you'll want to buy posters for gifts. They pack good, with cut cardboard on both sides. grain running one side vertical, other horisontal.
I bought two etching looking ones, in Cadiz. 6 Euro, I think.
Mom sprnt over $70 to have them framed. shhhhh
Aug 27, 2009 6:14 AM
6Obviously there isn't any one way to dress in any one city, but everywhere there are generalizations to be made and trends to be observed, whether that be New York or San Francisco or London or Berlin or Budapest or Athens. Even cosmopolitan cities have their own personalities. I am wondering if there are any such generalizations to be made about Madrid, such as if certain items or styles of clothing are rare and others common. For example, you wouldn't want to wear sweatpants in Budapest or socks with sandals in Australia.
A second question, which I suppose wasn't very clear, is what kind of clothes are needed for the weather changes? In autumn, what do people tend to wear? What is sufficiently warm for winter?
Thanks for any help.
Aug 27, 2009 6:38 AM
7I am wondering if there are any such generalizations to be made about Madrid
In a word. No.
I've been there several times and have never detected anything that would enable me to make a generalisation. You seem determined to find one but I can assure you that your search is futile. True, you won't see many men in grass skirts or women in tennis whites, but it's very little different to any other European city.
In any case, it's often impossible to differentiate between people who were born and bred in Madrid; Spanish people who live outside Madrid but are visiting the city; foreigners who live in Madrid; foreigners who live in Spain and are visiting Madrid; and tourists on a one-off visit to the city, many of whom speak Spanish as their mother tongue. You can't tell just by looking unless they're significantly physically different to indigenous Spanish people, such as skin complexion and stature.
In autumn, what do people tend to wear?
This may seem flippant but it's not. It depends on the weather. Autumn comes in many guises: chilly and blustery; mild and still; rainy.
What is sufficiently warm for winter?
Whatever you feel is appropriate for temperatures around 0ºC/32ºF. It may be a bit warmer than that during the day, colder than that at night.
Aug 27, 2009 1:46 PM
Aug 28, 2009 2:59 PM
9Buy clothes there, they're not expensive.
When we were in Madrid in July, everybody was wearing t-shirts with goofy slogans in English on them
Aug 28, 2009 3:17 PM
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