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Authentic Traditional Mexican Cinco de Mayo Women's Clothing and Fashion

Updated on January 19, 2013

Nothing says Cinco de Mayo like a good fiesta...

...And nothing says fiesta like colorful Mexican-style dresses and blouses!

The celebration of Mexico's victory over the French at the battle of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo (translation: Fifth of May) is often mistaken for Mexican independence day. Now nearly 150 years later, you'll find that while there is still a lot of confusion about the original significance of the day, there is no confusion concerning what it has come to represent: Fiesta time!

You can take traditional-style Mexican fashion as far as you want on Cinco de Mayo, as this lovely senorita demonstrates.
You can take traditional-style Mexican fashion as far as you want on Cinco de Mayo, as this lovely senorita demonstrates. | Source

Every year, spring fashion takes a decidedly Latin-American turn in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, as tops and blouses become looser and dresses become grander and more colorful. Regardless of the years new trends, the celebration of Cinco de Mayo brings Mexican fashion to center stage; and the most iconic aspect of Mexican fashion lies in the ornate floral embroidery that you'll find adorning those blouses and dresses -- expect to see daisies, flower buds, butterflies and swallows embroidered to life.

Lots of colorful floral embroidery is the hallmark of 1970s style Mexican peasant blouse finery.
Lots of colorful floral embroidery is the hallmark of 1970s style Mexican peasant blouse finery. | Source

While your initial motivation in gathering all of these fantastic feats of traditional Mexican fashion may be to create your perfect Fiesta-day ensemble, don't be afraid to make them a permanent part of your collection! Usually made of light weight and gauzy cotton, their loose fit and bright motifs make them the perfect compliment to any sunny summer day outing.

If you aren't ready to go full-on traditional this Cinco de Mayo, this more subdued skirt by Antik Batik is a nice twist on the original.
If you aren't ready to go full-on traditional this Cinco de Mayo, this more subdued skirt by Antik Batik is a nice twist on the original. | Source

Perhaps the most recognized piece of Mexican fashion is the floral-embroidered Mexican peasant blouse. Oddly enough, it's popularity is not a result of it's Mexican origin, but rather a result of the carefree, rural vibe that the Mexican culture that created it was able to lend to a new culture that was coming to life in the early 1970s: the hippie counter culture. In fact, this Mexican peasant-style of dress is often categorized as "hippie clothing."

Hippie blouses, Gypsy tops, boho tunics...Whatever you call them, you have to call them hot!
Hippie blouses, Gypsy tops, boho tunics...Whatever you call them, you have to call them hot! | Source

Today, there are many modern twists on the time-honored favorites available to complement your "fervor for fiesta." The distinctive look of Mexican-style embroidery can add an instant dash of Latin American flair to any piece of clothing, and designers have taken this knowledge to heart.

A high-waisted walking short beautified with south of the border style embroidery.
A high-waisted walking short beautified with south of the border style embroidery. | Source

So weather you are gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime Fiesta you'll never forget -- or just want to add some flirty Latin American style to your summer wardrobe -- honing your Cinco de Mayo fashion sense will give you an edge poolside, at the beach, or where ever your summer adventures may take you!

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