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!

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The Ultimate Fashion Guide for Your Trip to Europe in Summer: Madrid 

Written by Chantelle Mallin



Envelope Clutch Bag / Satin Style Wrap Skirt / Ankle Strap SandalsWhite 3/4 Sleeved Shirt

Style photograph courtesy of Pepi. Check out her inspirational fashion blog Miss Comunication and Facebook Page


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.

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.

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.



Striped Pleated Dress / Fedora HatBlock Heel Sandals

Style photograph courtesy of Lola. Check out her stylish blog Lola Mansil Fashion Diary and Facebook Page 


Please note: Most of Europe’s Budget Airlines have this Carryon Bag Allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.


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