In the past, loose, flowy flamenco dresses were the norm, but in recent years, women have opted for the form-fitted and more flattering cut of a mermaid style dress. These dresses, which are skintight until they flare out at about knee length, are often custom made or at least tailored to fit the woman’s body perfectly.
Ruffles, known as volantes in Spanish, are also a key element in today’s flamenco dresses. Whether they are at the end of the dress to add volume to the mermaid bottom flare or at the end of the sleeves to create an almost regal look, Spanish women just love their volantes.
Many women at the fair go for the simple elegance of a solid colored dress and rely on lace embellishments or colorful trimmings and accessories to make their dress pop. The majority, however, tend to aim for the bolder look of a patterned dress. Although polk-a-dots, known as lunares to the Spaniards, are a very common and traditional pattern for a flamenco dress, with many women choosing to buy their own fabric and have their dresses custom made, the possibilities are endless.
As much as us women love our purses, when it comes to a night of dancing, they can be a big burden that stops us from busting out our best moves. Luckily, the designers of these flamenco dresses are well aware of this problem and have created the perfect solution: hidden pockets. Underneath almost every full-length flamenco dress there is a zippered pocket big enough for a phone, a small wallet, a fan and a little bit of makeup. All of the essentials are covered making these dresses not only beautiful, but also very convenient.
A huge thank you to my friend Clemence for taking all of these pictures for me!