In my survey I did in April this year I asked “Is Mediterranean fashion style something you would like to know more about?” and the answers were different but few of them got me thinking:
“…It's not something I have ever thought about... maybe holiday fashion?…
…What style is it similar to?…
…It's not that I don't care about style, I just never heard of it….”
Is it really that confusing, not clear or not identifiable? Is it really that Mediterranean is known only for the sea, summer and vacations? What about culture? What about history? What about art?
And then, what about: fashion.
Mediterranean fashion. Mediterranean style.
One thing is clear, world knows about Italian fashion style, French fashion style, maybe Greek or Spanish or Moroccan architectural style but not Mediterranean style in general.
Coming from a Mediterranean country, not known by it’s name but only for one little city in the south, Dubrovnik, makes me wonder why is Mediterranean style not recognised as that.
So I did a little research to answer mine and above questions.
Mediterranean style is mostly attached to the architecture and although it is spread to northern African countries, western Asian and south European countries and each of the countries in that territory offer it’s unique and at the first glance different ideas of style, the Mediterranean region offers many mainstream design admired all over the world.
If we go from the Greek or, let’s just humour me, Croatian islands with their aquatic palette echoing the beaches and the transparent sea to the vibrant textiles from Morocco or beautiful, filled with greenery, Spanish or Tuscan villas, the Mediterranean style is warm, textured, colourful, has it’s roots in history and very rich culture and it’s definitely chic and positive.
By now you must have been creating a parallel with fashion in your head. Yes? No?
Well, Mediterranean fashion is also vibrant, colourful, positive and warm. Even the rare monochromatic outfits are warm and cosy if not as themselves then the location warms them up. Consequently it is easy to conclude what Mediterranean fashion style is.
It is not just my imagination or my Mediterranean style definition but many if not all Mediterranean designers think so too. In this area it is not possible to feel blue or sad, the sea together with the sun create the most wonderful colour palettes one could imagine. Hues and tints and textures are incredible. Mixing them with culture and history Mediterranean style gets that unique elegance and graciousness of gods and goddesses.
Following that definition, I doubtlessly think that everybody can and should wear colours. If not in an outfit combination then certainly in adding accessories to it. And not only shoes or bags, but colourful sunglasses, hats, hand-fans, jewellery, or even only your make-up. Be brave and confident, unique and special, put your personality out there and talk to the world through your clothes.
Every colourful detail you wear, that makes you feel good about yourself, lifts your confidence and keeps your head up when walking through the world, is valuable as the whole outfit is. Maybe even more.