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Fashion Inspired by Madrid – College Fashion

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¡Hola chicas! Although I usually stick to penning the Geek Chic column, I’m taking a break from scheduled programming to talk study abroad. Why? Well, because I’m currently spending my final semester of college in Madrid, the capital city of Spain.

We’ve already featured several articles about what to wear while studying abroad here on CF, so this mini-series will focus instead on fashion inspired by the monuments and landmarks of various cities in Europe. (Namely, the ones I visit!)

Madrid is my new home city, so that’s where we’ll begin our tour!

Living La Vida Madrileña: About Madrid


  • In European terms, Madrid is a fairly new capital; King Felipe II made it his capital city in 1561. Today it houses both Parliament and the Royal Palace.
  • Madrid is the third largest city in the EU and also has the third largest GDP in the EU.

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  • While I’ve had my fair share of sangria, tapas, and churros con chocolate, the real Spanish culinary obsession is jamón ibérico, cured pork that’s similar to prosciutto. My host mom makes me a “bocadillo (sandwich) de jamón” just about every day, and I’m quickly getting addicted to the jamón-flavored Lays chips!
  • Other Madrid specialties include cocido madrileño, a stew made with garbanzo beans, bacon, sausage, and veggies, and tortilla española, which is essentially a glorified omelette.

Shopping & Fashion

  • When it comes to the work of retail, the Inditex company, which owns Zara, reigns supreme. The company’s other brands are Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Oysho, Massimo Dutti, Uterqüe, and Zara Home. (Call me ungrateful, but sometimes I do pine for those All-American mainstays Gap and J.Retiro Crew.)
  • There’s also the ubiquitous department store El Corte Ingles, where you can buy anything from a designer wedding gown to an iPhone to an entire leg of jamon. It’s pretty much like a giant high-end Target. There’s even a gourmet international food department with a section called “Taste of America, ” which sells outrageously priced Duncan Hines cake mixes, tubs of Crisco, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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El Parque de Buen Retiro, which translates to “The Park of Pleasant Retreat”, is a gorgeous garden situated in the center of Madrid. (It gives Central Park a run for its money. ) The park features beautiful rose beds, elaborate fountains, the Estanque (a large artificial pond), and the incredible Crystal Palace pavilion. Originally a resting area for the royal family, the park was bestowed upon the public in 1868. Today, the park is host to a number of attractions, such as outdoor concerts, puppet shows, and boat rides.

It’s definitely not warm enough in Madrid right now for this ensemble, but it would be great for a visit to El Retiro in the spring, when all the flowers are in bloom! Channel this historic park with a romantic yet trendy ombre maxi skirt, seafoam top, and green sandals. A glass necklace references the Crystal Palace, while the rose earrings are a homage to the rose gardens of El Retiro.

Product Information: Jacket, Top, Skirt, Sandals, Earrings, Necklace

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Like you I have a BS in Fashion Merchandising and am now trying to go back for design. I know that FIT is a great school but they are pretty strict with the portfolio. I can't draw either but if you can come up with a creative way to present your portfolio its worth a shot. Compared to FIDM I think that FIT is a lot better. They have great connections since being right in NYC. Have you looked into schools in Europe? Central St. Martins is one of the top if not the top school in the world for fashion design. I am currently applying to Polimoda in Florence Italy. It is also a great school and worth checking out since it works with FIT for study abroad programs

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