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Feria de Abril 2015: the trends

Never goes out of fashion - taking a turn around the recinto(fairground) in a carriage..

Never goes out of fashion – taking a turn around the recinto (fairground) in a carriage.

Every April, after Feria here in Seville has finished and we’re all still recovering from too many late nights and stonking rebujito-fuelled hangovers, I promise myself that next year, like a good Sevillana, I will organise my outfit well in advance: check my dress is cleaned and pressed; shoes are en condiciones (the last pair collapsed after the rigours of Feria 2014); and maybe even get some new earrings – clip-ons are tricky to find, as I stopped used pierced earrings when my small children thought it was fun to yank the pretty shiny things hanging from Mummy’s ears. Ow.

What happened last week as I prepared for the long-awaited rendezvous with my pandi (girl gang)? I discovered that The Dress, which barely fits (too many cakes and puds), still had last year’s manzanilla on its volantes (never made it to the drycleaners); no earrings; and shockingly uncomfortable cheapo espadrille sandals – a last-minute panic purchase. #feriafashionfail

None of which stopped me from going, naturally, and having a bloody good time. Evidence is limited to my personal Facebook and Instagram accounts (@fififlores).

In this post you can see photos of what the fashion-forward feriantes wore this year. Every year I try to spot the new trends at the Feria – colours, prints, accessories. Sevillana women spend months planning their outfits, coordinating their trajes de gitana (flamenco dresses) with fringed shawl (manton), all-important flower worn in the hair, and jewellery.

Did you go to the Feria? What eye-catching outfits did you spot? Or maybe you set a trend yourself?

A bit of 1970s retro glam.

A bit of 1970s retro glam – love the gold belt.

Among the non-traje de gitana wearers, jumpsuits were popular.

Among the non-traje de gitana wearers, jumpsuits were popular.

Not all women wear dresses; this frilly shirt and spotty skirt comno was complemented by a coordinating striped belt...

Not all women wear dresses; this frilly shirt and spotty skirt combo was complemented by a coordinating striped belt…

and a pretty red bow at the back.

and a pretty red bow at the back.

These amazon jackets are usually in sombre grey, blue or black. A flash of fuscia livens up the horsey set.

These amazona jackets are usually in sombre grey, blue or black, or pale blue or pink. A flash of fuschia livens up the horsey set.

A merry red Rondeña jacket, with matching hat.

A merry red Rondeña jacket, with matching hat.

Flowers with different colours and types of blooms - like a posy in your barnet - were big this year.

Flowers with different colours and types of blooms – like a posy in your barnet – were big this year.

Complicated hair styles involving plaits, not unlike horses' tails, were big at the Feria this year.

Complicated hair styles involving plaits, not unlike horses’ tails, were also popular.

Low back were de moda too - with optional tattoo. I love the flower detail.

Low backs were de moda too – with optional tattoo. Love the applique flower detail.

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