As I packed my bags in anticipation of our move from Ottawa, Canada to Madrid, Spain in October 2015, I was convinced I would be the frumpiest person there. My day-to-day fall style veers more jeans, tees, and cardigans, and I imagined Madrid – and all of Spain – as a sea of voluptuous brunettes wearing bandage dresses and towering over me in stilettos.
I was prepared to stand out – and maybe not in the best way.
On those first few days that I explored the capital, I was shocked to find out that most of the stereotypes I had developed about Spanish women were in fact wrong. The ladies of Madrid (Madrileñas) had a distinct style, one that combined comfort and confidence, and looked both chic and badass.
The ten months that lived in Madrid, I spent my time exploring the city, eating all the food, and taking notes on just how to dress like a Madrileña.
What to Wear in Madrid in Fall
The weather in Madrid in the fall is still quite warm. In September, expect temperatures to hover around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, 21 degrees Celcius. October cools down a little bit and you’ll experience temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, 15 degrees Celcius.
While Madrid is a super stylish city, always pack what you feel most comfortable in. Pack layers for cooler mornings and evenings and be prepared to still enjoy nice warm sunshiney days.
Think thin t-shirts, light sweaters, and cardigans. We totally love these JCrew cardigans – they’re super cute and come in tons of colors, and they last for years. Pack colors that will go with multiple outfits so you don’t have to bring too many.
If you like wearing dresses, be sure to pack a few pairs of tights so that you can go from warm day to chilly nights without much drama.
Pack Your Most Stylish Jackets
Madrileñas dress for the season, not the weather, so don’t be surprised when you see fashionable ladies rocking their (faux) fur, leather and puffer coats when the leaves start to fall and the autumn temperatures hover closer to 10C (52F) than they are to freezing.
To fit in amongst the Madrileñas this autumn, pick up a stylish moto-style jacket or a cinched waist puffer coat. Feeling more adventurous? Channel Studio 54 and rock an oversized faux fur coat as you stroll down Gran Via. Not only will you stay warm, but you’ll look great doing so.
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Opt for Flats
Madrileñas spend a lot of time on their feet, walking from place to place, café to café, and naturally, they want to make these trips in style – I mean, who doesn’t?! Instead of the stilettos that I imagined, Madrileñas opt for comfortable but fashionable Chelsea boots or classic flats for their days out.
Pair your chic footwear with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater and you’ll fit right in.
On a night out, pump up the volume and your heel height, and swap your Chelsea boots for the wedge heel version.
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Madrileñas love their accessories; be it a colorful scarf, a hat, sunglasses, or all three, Madrileñas know that a good accessory can make any outfit the center of attention. Why not opt for this giant scarf to emphasize your tiny figure, or draw attention to your stunning face with a pair of oversized rock star shades like these.
Pack whatever makeup makes you feel your best. If that’s a bag full of foundation, contour powder, brow gel, and lipstick, then you do you girl. The women of Madrid tend to go with the understated beauty that you find in other major cities around Europe. Perfect black eyeliner, a little bit of color on the cheeks, and a statement lip.
Bring whatever makeup you enjoy and then observe the locals. Consider not only what makes you feel good, but what may help you blend in at the local tapas bar.
Madrileñas are a rare fashion breed. They have a distinct style that perfectly combines comfort and style, all the while looking chic and badass. Whatever you wear on your next trip to Madrid be sure to rock it with confidence because that is the real key to dressing like a Madrileña this fall.