At first, I wasn’t too sure what to wear on my first trip to the south of Spain. I did research on the weather (of course) and looked at pictures of the area for inspo (Google Images to be exact…!)
The forecast showed 80 degrees (yay!), dropping to 60’s in the evening. Given the rich culture and ancient architecture of Spain (picture: ruins, beautiful archways, fortified brick palaces, colorful mosaics), I wanted to incorporate texture. I also wanted to wear colors that were somewhat muted; too bright of colors would have felt more tropical (better suited for the Caribbean-esque).
Here’s what I wore in Malaga, Spain…
Isn’t this colorful striped vintage number so adorable? I picked it up Spark Pretty’s recent pop-up shop in NYC. It’s lightweight and breathable. I also like the length, falling below my knees but not all the way to my ankles. That made it feel a bit more whimsical and flowy. Also, the extra fabric in the front is long enough to create a cute bow, adding dimension and breaking up the stripes.
I decided on these capris because the pink felt fresh and lively (again – thinking of location). They’re by Gap and have zippers on the inside ankle. I like subtle details that add interesting elements. I’ve had them for years and Gap doesn’t sell them anymore. Here’s a similar pair, also available in tall sizing.
The top is by Walter Scott (from Designer Revival). It is a good length for me being tall and it covers my waist and hips (sometimes I just need these areas COVERED). Look at how back (pic below) the fabric fans out on the back. This sold it for me!
I knew that I would be walking a lot, so I brought my most comfortable (and versatile) flats. they’re by Via Spiga. I wore them with both looks because they’re really that comfy! I was on my feet for hours at a time, even climbing steps and steep inclines, and they held their own!
Here are some nice, affordable flat sandal options by Via Spiga that look comfy:
When I travel, I always wear handy dandy crossbody bags – they’re clutch. What I love about crossbodies is that they allow me to carry my most important items while keeping my hands completely free. Also, they stay secure around my body (grandma would be so proud). Lastly, they create neat diagonal angles in my looks (I think that’s cool :)).
Although it was warm during the days, the temperatures dropped to the 60’s in the evenings. That wasn’t uncomfortable walking around the streets, but my hotel had a rooftop and it was quite cool and breezy up there. I get cold easily so I always brought heavier layers to put on once it got dark (which wasn’t until 930PM by the way!). The fringe crossbody is by Rebecca Minkoff.
For this first look, I simply added a kimono to my daytime ‘fit.
For the second look, I scrapped the colorful dress altogether and opted for a full-on cover-up. I’m SO happy I trusted my instincts and packed this because it was really chilly and windy this evening, especially eating dinner on my hotel’s rooftop restaurant.
Anyway, the jeans are from Topshop. They’re long (heeey) and have zipper ankle detail. The t-shirt is from Madewell and the jacket is Alexander Wang (from Designer Revival, my favorite NYC consignment shop). I brought this woven belt, that I picked up at a market in Cancun, to incorporate a pop of color.