The Spanish have always been renowned for their sense of style. Visiting Madrid and Barcelona earlier this year exceeded my expectations about this. I couldn’t believe the everyday street looks over here. The first day we arrived in Barcelona we spent hours having a few beers in the main streets and I just couldn’t take my eyes off all the passing outfits. Everyone is either so dressed up, wearing heels and a beautiful dress just to walk the dog, or else taking dressy-casual to the next level, wearing a baggy jumper with a gorgeous chiffon pink maxi skirt teaming them with adidas superstars and over the top sunglasses with a statement lipstick.
During my entire week here I never once saw anyone dressed in a tracksuit or an outfit with no effort put into it. We even saw lots of elderly women in their 70’s and older walking down the street in heels and perfect curls during the day which I just found amazing. Everyone is so glam and puts an amazing effort into everyday fashion. Even the dogs are almost like a fashion statement here, every second person you see on the street has a gorgeous pug, french bulldog or a bichon frise!
After seeing all of these stunning clothes everywhere, it was no surprise that these cities have the most perfect shops and boutiques to pick all these statement pieces up. Both Madrid and Barcelona love their high street fashion such as Zara, Bershka, H & M and Mango. Obviously these are all favourite shops for all of us here in Ireland, but the stock they have here is just perfect. Zara had a lot of the same stock as at home while the other stores definitely have a lot better choices then us. They have lots of more bold options than our shops which I loved. They are not just all about high street, they also love their high end premium stores such as Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Pinko, IKKS, Gucci, YSL and so on. One regret I had on this holiday was that I packed so much on the way over that I couldn’t buy as much as I wanted to over there. I would advise any women travelling over to pack very lightly and buy all around you because I could have purchased a new wardrobe!
My favourite shop over here was by far Mulaya. Mulaya is a spanish boutique which reminded me of a mix between a much cheaper Zara and Bershka. You can find Mulaya in both Barcelona and Madrid.
They had beautiful tops, coats, jeans and dresses that were identical to some of the clothing in Zara at the moment but the price point was more similar to Penneys/Primark! Their accessories reminded me a lot of Bershka. I bought about five things here but could have bought so much more. The quality is so good and I am still wearing them all the time since I’ve been home. Every piece I bought was under €20. Here are some of the items I picked up…
As you can see I went a bit overboard on the rose detailed bardot style clothes.. but the dearest thing I bought here was €16.99 for the dress, the tops were priced from €12-13 and they are amazing quality! You can find their website here
Not only does Spain have beautiful shops for clothes, they also have the best beauty shops you could ask for such as Flormar, MiiN (Korean brand), MAC, Kiehl’s, KIKO, Lush, Rituals, L’Occitane and of course everyone’s favourite, Sephora!
If you’re not in need of a new wardrobe make sure to leave half your bag empty for all these amazing make up products! Barcelona and Madrid are personally the best City I have been to for shopping over Rome, Paris and even New York. So if your looking for a girly weekend of shopping, these cities are perfect along with some sunshine, amazing food and sightseeing, you can’t go wrong 🙂
Just Jodie xo