If street style in Barcelona could be summed up in one word, it would be this: sun kissed. Yes, the sun has everything to do with Barcelona’s sense of style. Trends that would otherwise be layered and curated to the tiniest detail in chillier climes are cut back to their very elements in this city. Fabrics are light, the colours rich and faded from exposure to the sun. A midi skirt here, a lace dress there; the Barcelonans keep up to date, certainly, but without forgetting the relaxed, bohemian feel that permeates the Catalonian city. Fashion is put into perspective in Barcelona: your style revolves around your sun kissed life, and not the other way around.
Interested in a more unique and personalised shopping experience? Las Ramblas, central Barcelona, is a popular street for both tourists visiting the area and locals alike. It is also considered a series of shorter streets, hence it’s Catalan name ‘Les Rambles’.
In high season, the street is mainly dominated by tourists, which in turn has influenced the shopping selection and general feel of the street. For more individuality and culture, my advice would be not to visit La Rambla in the height of summer; wind your way through the many side streets for a better look and a more individual find. Be sure to delve around every corner; as the rent is much lower off the main Rambla, you may find yourself submerged in wonderful boutiques, and treasure troves of antique and vintage stores.
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