Dressing for Madrid in winter is a delicate balancing act between being warm and looking fashionable. Yes, even Spain does get cold in the winter.
Ok, so on our trip to Spain during the winter we were supposed to go skiing at some point, but if I’m honest I really didn’t feel like it. So, instead, we decided to head to the capital for a few days to check out what they have on offer. But here’s the surprising thing, Madrid in winter is very different to what you would expect for a country where it becomes quite hot in summer. Truth be told, we were lucky that we had clothes with us ready for hitting the slopes or who knows what would have happened to us.
However, I think that the cool thing about Madrid is that people are quite laid-back when it comes to fashion. Also, this is a city that is great to walk around in, so be prepared for the chill in the wind as well as making sure that you have footwear that is both comfortable as well as keeping your feet warm is essential.
For me, this was all about the accessories, hence the hat, over-sized scarf, and knitted gloves. Ok, so I went for a hat that matched my thick wool jumper and combined my scarf and gloves together in a similar style, and I feel that it worked pretty well. Of course, you don’t have to follow my lead as you can see with my friends.
I think that I need to point out that even though it can be chilly in Madrid in winter that it doesn’t get to the kind of temperatures that you may see at other locations. In other words, you aren’t exactly dressing up as if you are visiting Siberia, so this does provide you with a greater sense of leeway with what you are able to wear.
The key elements for me
I think that the key elements for me with this trip to Madrid is to not look at using too many layers. However, I would seriously suggest investing in some fashionable and warm boots as they will make such a difference. I wore sneakers while my friends went for the boot option, and they certainly benefited more from it than I was.
Also, thicker pants are another essential element. Denim works very well in these kinds of conditions, and there are obviously a number of different styles and designs for you to choose from. I went against the denim idea, as you can see, but I still made sure that my pants were thick enough to stop that wind from going straight through. They may have been pretty skin-tight but when you have the correct material it just doesn’t affect you in the same way.
So, if I was going to suggest some important points to take away with you to anybody that is venturing to a place in winter where it can get chilly, then I think I would sum things up with these points.
- Accessories are an absolute must, go for big and chunky to help make a statement.
- Play around with matching designs of certain pieces, but always focus on the warmth aspect.
- You don’t always need a jacket if you have thick jumpers as they can work just as well.
- Boots are a winner but look for something with a faux fur or sheepskin lining as they keep you warmer.
- Thin pants just don’t work, but that doesn’t mean you have to go bulky. Denim or thick material is perfect.
- Forget about your shape, play with items as everyone is wrapped up and nobody cares that much.
Dressing for winter is actually fun, and it just allows you to try things that you would have never dreamt of before. For me, the possibilities are endless, so I think I might just check out other locations during their winter.