Vibrant, rich, and colorful are just a few words used to describe Hispanic and Latin American fashion. This year, we saw runways from New York to Paris dotted with bold colors and Boho styles influenced by fashion that is native to South of the border. Anything from ruffles and floral embroidery — to cold shoulders and espadrilles have inspired designers, and in turn, inspired us at GS Love.
About Hispanic Heritage Month
Established in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) spans a 30-day period from September 15 (a significant date of independence to various Hispanic nations) to October 15. This comes at no surprise, as Hispanic persons make up almost 20% of the U.S. population today.
As such, the GS Love team is observing Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) in a series of blog posts. We’ll be delving deeper into the Hispanic designers and fashion trends that add a little more azucar! to our daily lives.
Fashion Trends Inspired By Latin America
Much like skinny jeans and heels, Hispanic fashion and this year’s trends are a match made in fashion heaven. Here are some of our favorites.
Floral embroidery is one of several distinctive traits in native Hispanic clothing, often appearing on the necklines of huipiles that are worn daily and for special occasions alike.
Huipiles are a traditional shirt style worn in Mexico and Central America, featuring floral embroidery, square necklines, and lightweight linen fabrics with boxy silhouettes. Embroidery is both a craft and an art for the women who wear huipiles, appearing in bold yarn dyes that pair seamlessly with hats, ponchos, and alpargatas.
There’s no denying that the cold shoulder is hot, making its mark in 2017 as one of the most popular trends. But did you know that the cold shoulder (or hombros descubiertos) is also modeled after the Mexican peasant blouse? Partially influenced by the Spanish conquistador style and hot-weather climates, the cold shoulder is a perfect combination of practicality and style. Cold shoulders can be seen on long flowing dresses and blouses that pair effortlessly with long skirts or jeans.
Inspired by fiestas and dancing, ruffles (volantes) are an instant party hit in Hispanic culture. Traditional folk dances throughout Latin America take use of long, billowing skirts with vibrant ruffle hemlines. Other traditional dance styles, such as rumba and salsa, use the ruffle design to show off dancers’ moves and twists on the dancefloor.
Tassels & Pom Poms
(borlas y pompones)
Great fashion sense isn’t just reserved for people — pets and animals like to #slay it south of the border! In Peru and Bolivia, it’s customary to add some flair to llamas with bright tassels and necklaces. Women also add pom poms and fringe to long, elaborate braids and hats.
There’s no doubt that fashion transcends countries and cultures; it creates a diverse space for people to express themselves in new and colorful ways. Hispanic fashion trends span much further than the few included in this list.
We’d love to know how you like to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Leave us a comment below with your favorite Hispanic-inspired trends and how you like to wear them out!