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Barcelona locals dress to impress

girl in pink dress wearing sunglasses and gold jewelry

Walking the streets of Barcelona on any given day feels like a much higher-class experience than the streets of America under similar circumstances. While Americans wear sweatpants for a quick grocery run, Barcelonians shake their heads in disagreement. A sharp dress, business casual, and a pair of heels is much more appropriate for everyday. The city’s residents have a reputation for their sharp sense of style and sophisticated ensembles even for everyday outings. 


This sophisticated approach to fashion is not limited to Barcelona. Popular European cities like Paris, Milan, and London have always been staples of fashion innovation, where designers are celebrated as artists who push creative boundaries. The historical, vintage feel of Barcelona inspires people’s classical approach to dressing themselves. These cities set the standard for high fashion and elegance, influencing how people dress across Europe.

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two girls walking down the street, arm in arm.
a dress on display in the city street market

Many Europeans appreciate classic and timeless fashion – they embrace minimalist lifestyles, where having fewer, high-quality items is preferred over a larger quantity of disposable ones. In America, you’ll find many people buying from fast fashion brands; and this is much unlike Europe. They prefer shopping locally at the beautiful weekly markets than on websites such as Shein. These markets are something that Americans are definitely missing out on in terms of a place to appreciate clothing. This commitment to fashion is deeply ingrained in the culture, reflecting a broader European appreciation for dressing nicely. This cultural difference highlights the unique and enduring role that fashion plays in European life, setting it apart from the more casual, trend-driven approach seen in America.

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Julia Putman (Mass Communications), Emely Vega (Advertising), Drew Sisto (Advertising), Alexa Lyons (Public Relations) (Not Pictured)

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