Seville skyline showing the cathedral and Royal Alcazar
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Destination Dressing: Seville, Spain

Embrace the glamour of the small, sun-soaked capital of southern Spain by reaching for wafty dresses, sandals and dangly accessories.

Is there anywhere more bright and beautiful than Seville? We think not. Cobbled alleys, ancient bars, flamenco and the world’s largest gothic Cathedral… that’s without the Royal Alcazar Gardens... are you in?

I visited Seville twice in 2019 within a matter of months and it’s hands down the best city I’ve ever been to. What’s more, my partner declared it as his too, which is no mean feat as he’s the hardest man to please with gifts, especially where Christmas surprises are concerned. This girl did good and we can’t wait to return. If you do decide to go, make your first destination the Gothic Cathedral, hop into a horse and carriage and take a ride. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with Sevilla in less than five-minutes. Also, for the fashion lovers among us, you could find yourself shopping for earrings within 10.

As a personal stylist, I'm a true believer in buy the outfit and the occasion will come to you, so here we go with the perfect Sevilla Spain capsule wardrobe.

Blue and white supports for bridge near the Royal Alcazar palace
Sunset view of the Seville Cathedral
Internal courtyard at the Royal Alcazar palace

What to Wear in Seville, Spain

When thinking about what to wear in Seville, firstly I am inspired by the colours that reflect the feel of those beautiful, vibrant destination littered with windy cobbled alleys. Look up and you will see the bluest sky against a terracotta wall and pretty flowers gracing the windows. To start your packing, you'll need some staples to build upon. Go for:

  • Classic denim skirt
  • Statement belt
  • Floaty blouse
  • Maxi dress
  • Swimsuit
  • Basic T-shirt (my pick: American Vintage Jacksonville style from The Dressing Room)
  • Basket bag (my pick: Chloe's small basket bag at Net-a-Porter)
  • Sandals (try these Ipanema ones, pictured below, or the failsafe Hermes Oran sandals, also pictured below)
  • Trainers
  • Espadrilles
  • Denim jacket (my picks are Free People or The Kooples one available at Selfridges, pictured below)
  • Beaded necklace

  • The Kooples cream denim jacket

    Bring out your sun-kissed glow with a cream denim jacket, like this one from The Kooples.

  • Chloe cross body basket bag in orange

    This stunning Chloe cross-body basket bag is perfect to carry all your essentials.

  • Ladies brown statement belt with decorative buckle

    This is the perfect accessory to layer with everything. Denim, dresses and more.

  • Classic white ladies t-shirt

    Don't forget to pack the hard-working staple that is a white T-shirt.

  • Veja V12 white trainers

    You always need a sparkling-new white trainer to travel, hello Veja V12!

  • Pucci orange pink and yellow ladies swimuit

    Come late afternoon, retire to the rooftop pool in a Pucci swimsuit.

  • Hermes Oran orange sliders

    I'm the accessory queen so take footwear options, such as these super-glam Hermes Oran Slides.

  • Buddha tassle beaded necklace

    Add a little texture and excitement to your holiday outfits with beads.

In September and October the average daytime temperature in Sevilla is around 28 degrees… I mean if you’re not sold yet, I’m doing something wrong here. So as you head poolside, you can kick off the Hermes slides and over a vino rosado, plan your next day’s activities and tour of the tapas bars… there incidentally are hundreds.

You may just fancy a stroll into the Santa Cruz Area for Tapas and a Cana at famous Bodega. It’s so, so cool and bohemian and this is the perfect spot to wear your maxi dress. It’s very relaxed and everybody spills out onto the street. Cue the great people watching, you may find yourselves staying a while.

Travel is a great excuse to get involved in a new wardrobe so which are you going to do first? The holiday or the wardrobe?

Tribe and Fabell stylish dress

You'll definitely need some light and super stylish pieces from Tribe & Fabell, like this dress.

Karen Jennings holding a basket bag in Seville

Good basics, like a basket bag and plain tees, will work hard in your Seville holiday wardrobe.

Woman in the sun wearing a floaty dress

Ah, floaty dresses. You can never have too many. Instant outfit with all the glamour minus the effort.

Check-in: Corral del Rey, Seville

Looking for somewhere to stay in Seville that hits all the right notes, including a rooftop pool? Mr & Mrs Smith recommend Corral del Rey. Tucked away in one of the labyrinthine narrow streets of the old quarter, this whitewashed boutique hotel is a reinvention of a 17th-century casa palacio that preserves Roman marble pillars alongside medieval Mudéjar wooden doorways. Cocktail on the rooftop where you can see the entire cityscape? Yes, please!

To view more details and book the Corral del Rey, click here

Hotel bedroom at Corral del Rey
Outdoor Jacuzzi in a courtyard at Corral del Rey
Louge area at Corral del Rey

Written by Karen Jennings follow on Instagram @stylingout50

After graduating in visual merchandising, Karen Jennings spent several years working for Harrods and Jaegar London. She then found herself at the epicentre of the 90s denim explosion with Levis Strauss UK, based in her hometown, St.Albans. With fashion her true passion, she describes herself as a serial accessoriser and now runs Stylingout50 as well working as a freelance stylist at the award-winning St. Albans boutique, The Dressing Room. “I believe in truly owning your style, cherishing the day and making the best of every outfit opportunity life brings your way.” 

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