Following a recent trip to Barcelona and with a dose of the holiday blues, I decided that this week’s article could be on the city’s street fashion. Barcelona, a leading cosmopolitan city is both on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and also overlooks the Montserrat and Tibidabo Mountains. It is a city that’s famed for its art and culture and truly comes to life surrounded with Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces and Gothic buildings.

With a city built from vibrant structures, the street fashion wasn’t as full of colour as I had thought but reflected a bohemian vibe that reveals another side to Barcelona. Men mostly wore a mixture of linen, denim and leather in neutral tones of black, grey and white. It seemed to display the relaxed ambience seen on the city streets of locals sipping café amb liet quietly watching the world go by. Shirts weren’t buttoned up but worn as a light jacket over a dark t-shirt; bottoms were loose and finished off with casual footwear.

The women’s fashion resembled closely with earthy shades of khaki, cream and camel. The outfits had a carefree ease to them; prints were subtle and woven in as accent pieces. There were khaki shirts worn loosely buttoned up, maxi skirts with a faint paisley print paired with a denim jacket, and light blouses that flowed with the soft breeze. Hair was mostly worn tousled and wild, and accessories included a simple satchel bag slung over the shoulder.

The locals don’t seem to want to compete with cutting edge new fashion, nor do they want to be experimental and different. Instead, I found that the residents choose to work with the charm of the city with an ease that’s both artistic and mellow.

By Shu-Shi Lin - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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