Iâ€™ve always had this fascination for taking traditional stories and cultures, and using them as inspirationÂ to create looks that Iâ€™d wear in todayâ€™s world!
Spanish and Latin American Cultures have always fascinated me greatly as theyâ€™re symbolic of the fun and freedom from centuries ago! Traditionally, Spanish culture is what inspired all of Latin American and Mexican cultures! Centuries ago, ancient Spain was considered as the fashion capital of the worldâ€¦ long before France took over! No wonder then, that we still see fashion designers, every now and then, take inspiration from the Latinas and the Flamenco Dancers in creating their collections!
This year, the IIFA 2016 in Madrid, saw Bollywoodâ€™s leading ladies all dolled up in Spanish inspired looks from some of the leading designers in the country! (Read here)
So here I decided to create two looks of my ownâ€¦ One inspired by the Traditional Spanish Country girlsâ€¦ and one, which is a more modern Spanish gypsy look! This post, though, is focused on the Country girl look!
Traditional Spanish country girls were hardworking, tough womenâ€¦ who also knew how to have their fair share of fun! They worked shoulder to shoulder with their male counterpartsâ€¦ in farms and fields, as sellers in the markets, as inn keepers and yet ran their households with large families! But after the hard dayâ€™s work, they also danced, and drank and knew how to party hard just like their men! Spanish women of that time were said to be feisty and flirty and yet had the underlying innocence that made them so attractive!
Hence, in order to represent that Spanish woman, in the modern day, Iâ€™ve chosen a white off-shoulder top paired with a front buttoned, sky blue maxi skirt, both from StalkBuyLove. The skirt has suspenders which remind me of what the peasant girls would probably wear… something thatâ€™s long and hence comfortable for them to work around in, yet securely in place so that the clothes donâ€™t droop and cause inconvenience.
The off-shoulder top with balloon sleeves is a trend inspired from the traditional Latin American outfits and hence, in my mind, fits the look quite perfectly.
Theyâ€™d also probably wear tall gladiator-like boots, that too, flats so that it helps them move around quickly and easily and yet be breathable.
Spanish women, especially the gorgeous flamenco dancers, were known to wear Red roses in their hair. Iâ€™ve borrowed that element from them and created this gorgeous headband using fresh roses to represent the flirty and fun side of this girl with an addition of some fun beady accessories!
Thatâ€™s wonderful about this look is that I can actually wear it to a sun-downer or a beach party! And itâ€™s a perfect day-wear look for any place thatâ€™s got a chilled out, fun vibeâ€¦ especially beach cities like a Goa or Krabi! ðŸ˜‰
Off Shoulder Top and Maxi Skirt with suspenders from StalkBuyLove.com
Gladiators from koovs.com
Orange beady accessories from Aldo Accessories
Location Courtesy: Asado – The Cocktail Street, Mumbai (Perfect for this look, especially with it’s Latin American interiors and vibe)
All Photographs by : Sonalee D. (Sonalee’s Instagram)