Whether you are attending a general-themed Mexican party or an official fiesta, you are in for a fun, lively night celebrating all things Mexican. A Mexican-themed party offers delicious food, colorful decorations, and music you can dance to.
It can be a difficult line to navigate between wanting to fit the Mexican theme while still being respectful of the culture and avoiding stereotypes. Your clothes should show your desire to celebrate in addition to your appreciation of Mexican culture.
Follow the example of Mexican culture with its vibrant, brightly colored food, art, and clothes when you choose your outfit. This is the time to bring out your brightest, boldest pieces, colors, and patterns and get ready to have a lively, sunshine-filled time.
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Colors of Mexico
A popular choice is to wear clothes that are bright green, white, and red to match the colors of the Mexican flag. You will still have many choices of what pieces to wear while fitting in with the festive spirit of the party. Wear different pieces of each color, or try to find fabric with all the colors intermingled.
When it comes to a Mexican party or fiesta, you can’t have too many bright colors. Picture a multicolored pinata when you go to choose your outfit, with its many bright colors intermingling. Choose bright colors like hot pink, lime, purple, lipstick red, and neon yellow.
Mexican Peasant Clothing
Traditional Mexican peasant clothing consists of a shirt or dress called a guayabera. The shirt or dress is loosely draped with puffy sleeves and a large collar. It also has detailed embroidery throughout.
You can wear an authentic peasant dress or shirt, or find a peasant-inspired piece. You can also make your own by repurposing a blouse by adding puffy sleeves and embroidery.
A sombrero is a traditional Mexican hat, constructed with a wide brime and a high crown, often made from straw and felt. It is a great way to keep the sun out of your eyes and to fit with the Mexican theme. Sombreroes range from simple, monotone colors, to ones with many bright colors, patterns, and adornments like beads.
A common accessory for women is a flower crown or headpiece. Your flower crown can be made from real flowers, fake flowers, or even paper flowers. Choose bright-colored flowers that match your outfit and the colors of the party.
Dress Like a Mariachi
Get inspiration from a mariachi band, a small Mexican music ensemble. Wear a suit with fringes and beading, and of course, a large sombrero. Bringing an instrument is optional.
Bright Colored Poncho
A poncho is likely to have originated from Mexico and is called a gaban in Spanish. Ponchos are used to protect the wearer from wind, rain, and the sun. Choose a bright-colored poncho, or a bold pattern like multicolored stripes and pair it with a sombrero.
Bright Button-Up Shirt
An easy, low-effort option for men and women is a bright button-up shirt, paired with white or light pants. You will fit in with the bright color theme of the party, without having to do a lot of planning. Plus you will stay comfortable and cool no matter where the party is being held.
Bright Patterned Shorts or Pants
If you have bright patterned shorts or pants, a Mexican-themed party is a great opportunity to bring them out. The pattern does not have to be a particular style or color scheme, as long as they are bright and vivid. Pair them with a bright-colored dress shirt or blouse for a complete look.
Bold Floral Dress
A bright, feminine option is to choose a floral dress that has many contrasting bright colors on it. Not only will you stand out, but you will also embody the lively, vibrant spirit of the party. Choose a long, flowy dress to resemble traditional Mexican dresses, and to stay comfortable and ready to dance.
Mexico has a special appreciation for leather, especially hand-crafted leather. It’s easy to add elements of faux leather to your outfit with sandals, fringed handbags, and even a simple belt.
Espadrillers are casual, rope-soled shoes, often with a flat heel. They have a canvas or cotton fabric on top and a flexible sole made of esparta rope. They are a form of Spanish footwear and are often worn for casual and formal events in Mexico.
Choose a pair of strappy sandals for indoors or in warmer months, or find a closed-toe pair for more warmth.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Another aspect of Mexican culture is the Day of the Dead when those who have passed are celebrated and remembered. On this day, people dress up in colorful dresses, embroidered shirts, and flower crowns. Some people also paint their faces as a white skulls.
If the Mexican-themed party is not celebrating a specific event like Cinco de Mayo, this look is another option.
Fringe is a popular style in Mexico on clothes, earrings, bags, and other accessories. Add as little or as much fringe as you like to your look. Fringe looks good with any color, pattern, or style as well, so you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching.
Sashes and Beads
Sashes and beads are one of, if not the most popular accessories in Mexican culture. They are easy to incorporate with any look you choose and they come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Sashes and beads are an inexpensive, easy way to add detail and more color and texture to your look while also celebrating Mexican culture.
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