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8 Styles Ideas to Wear on Cinco de Mayo

Last updated on : May 04 2017

Cinco de Mayo

Come May 5, 2017, the United States will once again get together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. It’s a fun celebration of Mexican culture and heritage that features a riot of colors, food, dancing, and general revelry. At The Kewl Shop, we love occasions that give us the opportunity to get out and wear one of our best selling bandage dresses. We love these types of festivals even more because they give us the flexibility to explore styles we’ve wanted to try and mingle with friends and strangers alike.

While Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican celebration there is no need to rely on much-tried sombreros or cowboy boots to pull off a festive look for the day. In this guide we cover a few ideas on what to wear for the festivities and occasion.

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco De Mayo is celebrated every year to commemorate the victory of an outnumbered Mexican army over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The celebrations in the United States are traced back to the 1960s when Mexican-American activists raised awareness about the day so as to celebrate it in the United States as well. The festival was successfully marketed and with the considerable Mexican population in the United States, it soon caught on. Today Cinco de Mayo is a massive, largely-commercialized holiday that celebrates all things Mexican inspired – think margaritas, mole poblano, tacos, and of course, Mexican dancing and music.

Puebla in Mexico, where it all began, is the center stage of the celebrations. But if you are in the United States, cities like Denver, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago are some of the major locations to head to for Cinco de Mayo festivities.

Colorful parades, car shows, Latin American live performances, attractive floats, pub crawls, green chili cook-offs, and even Chihuahua races are some of the ways in which the United States celebrate this day.

When looking to attend a host of various activities for the day we recommend that you choose comfortable shoes, light makeup that requires fast retouching, and a sexy dress that supports and shapes your body throughout the day

What to Wear to Cinco de Mayo Parties this Year

If you are planning to be part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations this year, why not do it in style? Dressing up for the day involves just a bit of planning and choosing the right clothing if you wish to stick to the festive and bright colors of red, yellow, and orange. Here are some outfit ideas to wear or draw inspiration from to help you get started:

orange ombre dress

[Orange Ombre Dresses for Cinco de Mayo]

Go bright, solid, and bold

Colorful is the keyword when it comes to dressing for Mexican inspired festivities, so do not be afraid to pick bold, bright colors for your Cinco de Mayo look. Chances are that someone will be wearing an even brighter piece of clothing so you can rest assured you will blend in. To look vibrant and maintain an elegance in your look, we suggest going for an outfit in a solid hue.

Consider a Mexican flagged inspired theme  that includes the colors red, white, and green. Go for a dress in one of these shades, like this sultry green strapless bandage dress, for a look that is flattering and festive. Combined with the right footwear and accessories, you are ready to party and kill with your looks at the same time. If white is more your color but you also wish to go beyond a plain Jane look, you cannot go wrong with this beautiful studded bandage dress. Amp it up with colorful accessories to keep with the theme and yet balance your look.

Think vintage and frilly fun

Full-circle dresses and skirts, thrift store finds, a ruffled top, and frilly dresses are just some of the ideas you can use to incorporate Mexican folk elements into your Cinco de Mayo attire. Choose clothing with pompoms and floral embroidery for an added Mexican touch. If you do not want to invest in a complete ensemble, a great DIY idea is to pin up the ends of your dress every few inches for a tufted look that is fun and feminine.

For a more contemporary, undeniably cute look, consider something like this flared dress. The well-fitting design and short flare gives you a sensuous look while the ruffle finish brings in an element in line with the occasion.

Mix it up

Most fashionistas love experimenting with clothes, and Cinco de Mayo is just the day to explore various styles because of the forgiving color and pattern mixes. If you are not sure about going all-vintage with your look, put some thought into mixing Western style with traditional Mexican clothing. A white blouse that features pom-poms goes excellent with denim shorts and flat sandals, a look that also is perfectly relaxed for a day out in the sun.

Why should serapes be restricted to men? Pair a lovely serape-print skirt (a wrapped style is recommended) with a stylish cropped top in a pastel shade and you are sure to get heads turning. For a last-minute outfit, team any of your colorful cotton sundresses with embroidered cowgirl boots and sunglasses – perfect for a day picnic or lunch. The off-shoulder look is still in, so you can choose such a dress with traditional embroidery for a Bohemian yet modern look. The possibilities are endless, all you need is a little time and creativity.

Bring the sexy on

There are times when you want to dress to kill and slay all day, especially if it is a party with your close friends and loved ones. And what better outfit than the timeless bandage dress to show off your toned figure? To make your look occasion-appropriate, choose the right accessories and colors, and you are all set to rock any Cinco de Mayo party.

For the ladies who love wearing clothes with a twist, this stunning red bandage jumpsuit is an excellent pick. While its figure hugging silhouette gives you the feminine, stylish look of a regular bandage dress, the jumpsuit style brings in the right amount of playful, flirty vibes. The chic style also helps attend multiple events without having to change and is perfect for when you want to dance your heart out and not worry about outfit malfunctions.

red bandage jumpsuit

[Red Bandage Jumpsuit & Other Vintage Styles] 

Be who you are

What do all festivities have in common? Fun and style! And how can you have fun if you are not comfortable in your outfit? That is why we suggest picking a dress that you know you will feel good in. Remember that being well-dressed has nothing to do with overt skin exposure, so go for modest clothing if you feel like it.

Consider long-sleeved dresses if you want to keep your arms covered. Even maxi dresses are perfect; pick colors in keeping with the day’s theme and let your confidence shine through. These options are also great for when you need to attend family gatherings with children and relatives around.

Go all out with accessories

When it is comes to dressing up for this occasion, go as wild and loud with your accessories as you possibly can in good taste. Ornate hair accessories, laces and ribbons, noticeably chunky bangles, and floral-themed items are the order of the day. Use a bloom necklace or flower garland in red or green to embellish a white top or dress.

Both Mexico and the United States share a love for handcrafted leather, so leather accessories are another great idea to wear on Cinco de Mayo. Fringes work excellent with the festival’s theme, so choose open sandals, handbags, and bracelets with leather trimming and fringes.

Aim for comfortable footwear

Get this right – Cinco de Mayo is not complete without lots of dancing, booze, and partying. When something involves this much movement, it makes sense to choose comfort over sexiness in footwear. Clogs are the most preferred shoes at this event, but you can also go for lovely wedge heels, gladiator sandals, fringed shoes with a short heel, and boots featuring the appealing Mexican embroidery patterns. A white dress will look stunning paired with red wedges and green jewelry. If you do not have theme-appropriate footwear, just dress up any of your old flats with tiny, colorful pom-poms or tassels.

Plan your makeup.

Since you are going to be spending time outdoors and dancing around, it is wise to keep your makeup light and waterproof (who wants sweat marks streaked across their face, right?) To add a pop of color without being overbearing, consider using multi-hued eyeshadow with white pencil liner as the base. However, go easy on the lipstick if you are choosing to do up your eyes.  

With so many outfit ideas to choose from, you have no reason to not look scintillating at every party you have been invited to. Complete your look with a smile, and get ready to feel all eyes in the room turn admiringly towards you as you raise your margarita glass in celebration of Cinco de Mayo this year. Viva Mexico!

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