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Dressing in Spain

Dressing in Spain is somewhat different from what many American students are used to in the United States. Spanish men and women generally have a more “European” taste for fashion, and comfort is often of lesser importance.

In the warm spring and summer months, Spanish women wear light cotton pants, skirts and dresses (of many styles and lengths) with sandals, dress shoes or fashion sneakers.

For the cooler fall and winter months, Spanish women wear pants and jeans.In the fall and winter months, a typical outfit for a Spanish male can consist of woolen pants or jeans, with button-down shirts topped with a sweater, and dress shoes or sneakers. In spring and summer, men typically wear light cotton pants or bermuda shorts with cotton or polo shirts and sandals, dress shoes or sneakers. Teenage boys are keen on designer wear and appearance is very important to them. More mature Spanish men dress conservatively and generally with style.

Whether you are planning to study in Seville for the Fall semester, the Spring semester, or both you will need to bring with you light clothing as well as warmer clothing. For the winter and rainy season (November through March) you may find an umbrella quite helpful. While a heavy coat, the kind associated with Minnesota lumberjacks, certainly is not needed, you should bring along with you a warm coat or jacket, a pair of gloves and a few sweaters.

From May to October, the weather in Seville is hot and you should pack accordingly. As beaches are easily accessible, you will also want to bring a swimsuit and beach towel.While all ICS student rooms must have individual heaters during the cold weather, most homes in Seville do NOT have central heating. For this reason many students find it convenient to bring with them thermal underwear, a warm bathrobe and slippers.

By all means, do not forget to bring comfortable walking shoes! Whether travelling or moving about in Seville, most students find that they walk much more during their stay in Spain than they do back home.