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Amanda’s Adventures in Spain: 10 Staples of Spanish Fashion This Season

One big thing about Spanish women is that they truly appreciate fashion, and they WILL judge others on their sense of style.  The Spanish fashionista never goes out in the street looking anything less than glamorous.  If you want to fit in in the world of Spanish fashion, never fear—as long as you keep these 10 essential Spanish fashion staples in mind, you can fiesta with the best of ‘em!
1.    Snake skin. In the Spanish fashion jungle, leopard print is out and snakeskin is the new top predator in the food chain.  Here snakeskin is popular as a pattern for purses, scarves, dresses, leggings, pants, tops, you name it—pick one snakeskin piece and make it the “wow” piece of your outfit, matching it with understated and solid-colored compliments (black is a good choice) and some big jewelry.

2.    Lace-up boots with fur. All of the women in Spain have at least one pair of these, either with platforms or heels.  Wear them with skinny jeans.

3.    Tights. Tights are the new legging, and you can mix and match whatever pattern and color you like.  Wear them under skirts or dresses OR under jean shorts with boots for an interesting and fashionable look.

4.    Fur. The most important staple is the fur vest, although a coat or a purse wouldn’t be amiss either.  Layer it on top of an interesting blouse and lash it with a leather belt for a fun look.

5.    Scarves. My personal weakness!  Scarves are always in season—you can match them with anything and immediately make an outfit more festive and fashionable.  Especially in this season is the square, fringed scarf, as worn on the model below.

6.    Feather earrings. Going along with the “fresh out of the wild” look that seems to be big this year, feathers are a big deal.  A pair of sleek black feather danglies is an essential part of every fashionista’s wardrobe.

7.    Red lipstick and the side bun. For the traditional Spanish beauty with dark hair and eyes, the popular hair and make-up is a messy side bun with striking red lipstick.

8.    Wide-striped sweaters. Sweaters with wide, brightly-colored stripes are all over Spain this season.  Luckily, they’re one fashion trend that is warm, comfortable, and actually practical!  Pair them with a solid-colored pair of pants and you’re set, but make sure the pants are skinny to offset the slightly widening affect of stripes.

9.    Brightly colored pants. Solid-colored pants of every shade of the rainbow are IN.  Match them with the wide-striped sweaters for an extremely Spanish look.  The most popular colors are red, green, and yellow.

10.  Wrap-around flats. For comfort and style, the ballerina flat is a popular option.  Spice up the typical flat by buying the wrap-around flat, which adds a little flair to the shoe and also makes them more secure.

1. (snake skin) http://www.animalprintessentials.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/newport%20news%20metallic%20snake-print%20leggings.jpg
2. (boots with fur): http://resources.shopstyle.com/sim/dd/00/dd00d66c61ed394672c62737f7fa8fd2/asos-boots-asos-autograph-faux-fur-cuff-lace-up-boots.jpg
3. (tights with shorts) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BY-fGzWo-34/TNa_Lp1JpOI/AAAAAAAAABs/JQ9OygUnK0I/s1600/untitled.bmp
5. (scarves) http://www.shefinds.com/files/Madewell-Mosaic-Square-Scarf-with-Fringe.jpg
8. (wide striped sweaters) http://a.sccdn.net/products-1/486x486/17794.jpg
9. (brightly colored pants) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uB_zFhf1Gc0/TZd8xwRq3uI/AAAAAAAAAso/mOT5Hn7iMaY/s640/6917051600_1_1_3.jpg
10. (wrap around flats) http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=3446136

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