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One of the best ways to choose the right clothing for travel is to research your destination and gain valuable inspiration from how the locals dress.
The chicest fashion bloggers share their top tips on what to wear in Madrid in the summer. Find out their must have travel essentials!
For additional tips for Spain, check out this Galicia Packing List.
The Ultimate Fashion Guide for Your Trip to Madrid in Summer
Written by Chantelle Mallin
The locals in Madrid have their own distinctive style, from bohemian to sophisticated, the latter prefer smart dress with blouses, tailored jackets and expensive shoes, whereas you’ll find a large proportion of the younger generation who preferred a relaxed and hippy vibe style.
You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
Clutch | Skirt | Sandals | Shirt
Style photograph courtesy of Pepi. Check out her inspirational fashion blog Miss Comunication and Facebook Page
If you plan to embrace the colorful hippy style and want to blend in with the boho crowd check out El Rastro, Madrid’s largest and oldest Sunday street market, or head for La Latina where the streets are filled with people chilling, chatting, drinking beers and generally having a good time.
Dress code in Madrid is largely influenced by the weather, the summer can get very hot, opt for lightweight and breathable clothes to ensure you remain comfortable in the heat, pack an assortment of tanks, camis and t’s in a variety of summer hues and prints.
Colorful summer dresses (pack a dressier dress if you plan on experiencing Madrid’s nightlife), a pair of cropped capris, flowing culottes and a feminine skirt. Make sure to pack a lightweight jacket and pretty pastel embellished sweater in case the weather at night drops chilly.
Check out Travel Fashion Girl’s Guide on How to Choose the Best Fabrics for Travel!
Style photograph courtesy of Lola. Check out her stylish blog Lola Mansil Fashion Diary and Facebook Page
When visiting Madrid in summer pack a pair of chic sunglasses and a fedora style hat to protect yourself from the sun’s strong glare.
It’s also a great idea to pack a lightweight printed shawl or scarf in case you plan on visiting any cathedrals or places of worship, it’s also a great piece for adding a pop of summer color to an outfit.
Pack a pair of comfortable leather sandals for exploring the city, flip flips should be kept strictly for the beach or in the house, leave room in your luggage and treat yourself to a pair of leather shoes, the Spanish make such beautiful and high quality pairs.
Use slim packing cubes to save space in your suitcase and travel carry-on only.
Do you have any other tips on Madrid fashion guide for summer travel? Please share in the comments!
For more tips, please read these Europe packing lists:
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
- Lonely Planet Spain (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
This was extremely helpful, I loved it.
Good to hear 🙂
So glad to see a post about what to wear in Madrid! My husband and I will be spending about three weeks traveling Spain in September. I’m pleased to see my idea to bring a fedora with me was spot on!
It’s hard to go wrong with a summer fedora 😉