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Life without Nike shorts, Sperry shoes

Aggie fashion vs. the styles of Barcelona

Published: Friday, September 23, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07

Barcelona

Bianca Stewart — THE BATTALION

Barcelona, Spain is crawling with fashion-conscious people

Not to hate on or discourage the thousands on campus students donning the ever so popular Aggie ensemble of athletic shorts, t-shirt and Sperry's, but this is truly a concern of mine now that I'm in Barcelona. For some reason or another, I felt compelled to add a little extra effort to my everyday wardrobe, especially when I was packing, and now that I'm here I'm sure glad I did.

The weather in College Station is hard to work with, especially when making long treks across campus. It's hard to look good and stay cool with the humidity and scorching sun, but it's my goal to not wear Nike's except for athletic purposes.

I understand at Texas A&M it's easy and acceptable campus-wide.

After being in Barcelona for a week, however, I've noticed nobody dresses in such attire except for at the gym, which I did attend for a group exercise class recently.

After my "body pump" class with my new British friend, I stopped by campus for a quick talk with my coordinators. I didn't think it would be a big deal to show up in yoga pants and a plain shirt, but as I suspected, I stuck out like a sore thumb. People could immediately tell that I was a foreign student, and it probably didn't help that I was sporting a maroon Texas A&M baseball shirt. (Whoop!)

Girls and boys definitely dress different here.

The jeans are far slimmer than I could imagine most people on campus ever wearing. And the girls always seem to be wearing the most cool and recent fashion. Zara (which actually is headquartered in Spain) and Mango are brands that most reflect what I have observed in Barcelona thus far.

My goal is to look presentable each and every day. I feel like it gives a sort of confidence boost, and you never know who you are going to run in to or meet.

It seems to be a European trend, the skinny jean. Girls wear them in all sorts of colors and variations in length and waist heights. Skinny jeans are a staple in my closet these days because they are so versatile — you can wear them with anything.

Flats, whether really unique sandals or ballet-looking slippers, are everyone's best friend in the city. The amount of walking here is more than any I've ever done in my three years of school in College Station. Though there is a lot of walking, I cannot complain about the weather. There's always a nice breeze and the temperature is in the mid 80's. (Oh, how I do not miss the scorching temperatures of Texas.) The nice weather does definitely make it easier in terms of dressing yourself in the morning. The temperature at home — sadly — does play a big factor in comfort and style. Take a little more time to dress yourself and avoid wearing a t-shirt every single day of single week.

Even though Texas is still blazing, allow Europe to inspire you.

Bianca Stewart is a senior marketing major at Texas A&M University. She is studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain for the Fall 2011 semester and is interested in fashion, music, and culture.

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