female style

The poem I posted a couple of days ago had the Virgin Mary complaining that her sandals weren’t letizios, which is a relatively new entry into Spanish fashion-speke and refers to the high-heeled, peep-toe style of shoe that is such a favourite with Doña Letizia, the wife of the heir to the throne.

That got me thinking about the different garments the Spanish have named after famous women.

Starting at the top, we have the pamela. (Note that the stress is on the second syllable, not the first.) I love the way the Spanish wikipedia page gives fashion advice about when and how to wear these wide-brimmed hats named after the eponymous heroine of the Samuel Richardson novel.

Then there’s the rebeca – the neat round-necked cardigan, typical of a classic twin-set, worn so fetchingly by Joan Fontaine as the second Mrs de Winter. Oddly, I’ve never found a single word in Spanish that would be equivalent to the catch-all ‘cardigan’ in English.

So, hat, top and shoes are covered, but I can’t think of anything for in between; surely there must be a famous cut of skirt or trousers that can complete my top-to-toe Spanish female outfit? The best I’ve come up with so far is pantalones Marlene, but since you can’t omit the word trousers it’s not quite the same.

Hmm… I suppose it’s back to jeans, then.

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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