Back to posting more holiday photos from Spain. I've previously posted on how Spanish women get dressed up in traditional flamenco style dresses for "Women's Day" during the annual feria. Apart from that one special day the event is as casual or as dressed up as you like. Some of the women wear frilly flamenco dresses for the whole week but there are no hard and fast rules. This year we managed to get to feria on four nights out of the week it was running so it meant four excuses for dressing up! On the first night of feria, as an alternative to the normal overdose of frills and fringing, I chose to mix my white cotton corset and a jaunty floral print skirt as a more modern nod in the direction of Spanish style.
Usually it's hot all through the night so the main considerations when getting dressed for feria are keeping cool and wearing something that allows you to move easily so you can dance endless rounds of Sevillanas with your friends all night. Choice of footwear is paramount! When in the feria in Spain do as the Spanish women do, which is to eschew your fancy heels and befriend the humble espadrille or flats. Not only will you be able to cope with dancing Sevillanas until the sun starts to rise, but you will save yourself the heartbreak of ruining your good shoes. The entire site is covered in fine yellow sand which quickly covers your footwear in yellow dust and should it rain (believe it or not it does happen!) it quickly turns into yellow mud! Expect to be dodging horse manure regularly throughout the day too. It is after all, still a regional horse fair!
I have to admit that I learnt the hard way during a couple of ferias that the terrain was not heel friendly. The ground is uneven and sandy and by three or four o'clock in the morning after dancing all night in heels and traipsing around from one caseta to the next I found that my feet were completely shredded. So these days it's flats or an espadrille with a slightly raised wedge heel. My big tip for going to feria is to get a pair of espadrilles. Apart from being very comfortable and chic, fabric espadrilles can be found for as little as ten euros in local shoe shops and markets and come in every colour under the sun and in a variety of styles. If they end up completely ruined after a week of feria at least you won't be lamenting your choice of footwear for financial reasons.
My final tip for feria is to bring a little light jacket or shawl with you for the walk home as in the early hours of the morning the temperature does tend to drop quite quickly. You don't want to catch a chill on the first night of feria when there is a whole week of feria fun lying ahead!
Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday at Not Yet Dead Style.
Cotton corset: Chine; Floral Print Skirt: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania; Broderie Anglaise Jacket: old Kate Moss for Topshop; Flip flops: Betts & Betts; Bag: a present from my Mum; Earrings: bought in Spain