Colombian Fashion: Trend-Spotting in Bogotá
The city of Bogotá is situated over 8,600 feet above in the Andes mountains, which is the main reason for the typical 55 degree weather. However, today is one of those days that the sun is shining out from behind the hovering clouds.
It reminds me of those early fall days in New York City, where you see some people still holding on to their bright summer attire. There are those here, though, who have moved onto their leather jackets, patterned scarves, and Moto boots. These outfits are a standard ensemble for how women dress in Bogotá.
Colombian women like to take care of their appearance from head to toe, and always make sure to look their best before leaving their home.
As I explored a shopping area in Bogotá called Unilago, I noticed so many women out and about enjoying the sun. There were so many different ways that these women wore their outfits. Donning mostly neutrals and black colored clothing, Colombian women still like to play around with their style. For example, many like to use a pop-of-color scarf, or some tribal-patterned pants, or very eye-catching accessory to make their outfit more interesting.
During the day, you can see most middle aged women dressed in structured jackets, loose trousers, and long skirts. Their style is contemporary and also functional. For those who are still in school or are in their 20s, you can find many wearing jeans, boots, and a button-down blouse. Their style is much more casual, but very urban and trendy. There is a very popular local bag known as Mochila Wayuu, that both Colombian men and women wear with their outfit. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns. The bag is very common and goes with any outfit!
My overall opinion of the women’s fashion style in Bogota is simple yet elegant, playful, and very well put together. Colombian women like to take care of their appearance from head to toe, and always make sure to look their best before leaving their home. Although I am far from home, I’m glad to know that I will still get some fashion inspiration in Bogotá.