Traditional Spanish clothing features bright colors, embroidery and jewels, either real or rhinestones. The traditional clothing seen at celebrations today was at the peak of fashion in the 16th century.
Many examples of traditional Spanish clothing are seen at cultural events. Bull fighters wear flashy fitted suits inspired by 18th century Andalusian clothing; flamenco dancers twirl around in red, black or white dresses wearing fringed shawls and a rose in their hair. The male dancers put on black or red tuxedo shirts and slacks with heeled shoes.
Traditional costumes vary in color and style by region. Women wear veils and scarfs with hooped skirt dresses. Shoes worn include ballet-style slippers or enclosed sandals.