The variety of cultures is what makes Europe the best place to visit, from different cuisines, architecture and languages to traditions and clothes, every part of Europe has its own unique culture. If the architecture and language are aspects that are easier to spot, the clothes are usually historical garments that people know less about. In this article, we are taking you around 4 European countries and giving you their historical traditional clothes. Next time you take a holiday, you’ll be ready to impress your friends with the knowledge you have on these unique pieces, and while you’re there, make sure you get one for your wardrobe.
The first country to explore from a fashion point of view is Romania. With beautiful nature, rich traditions and fascinating history, Romania is a country worth visiting. And while you are there, taking a walk through the old town, you will see some white blouses with traditional motifs (usually red) and with wide sleeves. These blouses are called “ie” and they are a piece of Romanian folklore. Easy to style and very breathable, these blouses will surely impress you.
Moving forward, after your trip to Romania, it’s time to explore the lucky and rich culture of Ireland. With amazing history and well known symbols, like the shamrock or the Guinness beer, you will have a greattime for sure. What people don’t know about Ireland is that in their history, they came up with the famous Aran Fisherman sweaters. Warm and cozy, these sweaters are knitted with different types of stitches and are a true piece of art. They are very stylish and adapted to our times, they are still pretty much trendy.
From sweaters straight to dresses and special occasion clothes, we are now in Spain, exploring breathtaking architecture in the warm weather. Spain is well known for sangrias, relaxing beaches and super tasty food, but their traditional clothes are something to add to the impressive beauty of Spain. The one we’ll talk about is the Gilet, the word comes from the spanish jileco and it is a sleeveless jacket, decorated with embroideries and used for warmth and added style. They are definitely not a casual piece to wear, but something for special occasions.
I think we can all agree that Turkey is an explosion of culture, with most of it in their cuisine. When you visit Turkey, it is impossible not to be impressed by the variety of street foods, the beaches and also the cheap prices. When it comes to clothes, Turkey’s traditional piece comes with an illegal story. The “salvar” or dimiye are baggy trousers, with a wide elastic waist and tight ankles. They are so comfortable and traditional that they were banned for it. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk banned the salvars in the 1920 s in order to diminish the eastern influences in Turkey, and in some parts of the country, they are technically still forbidden. But don’t worry, you can still get a pair, Mustafa won’t come after you.