Global Studies

Published on April 13th, 2011 | by Drury University Global Studies


Clothing in Mexico

There are many types of traditional clothing styles in Mexico, but the major styles include the quechquémitl, huipiles, puebla dresses, for women and sombreros, sarapes, and guayaberas for men. What each of these garments shares is a colorful, vibrant appearance and each is worn for its comfort, versatility, and functionality all across Mexico.



The quechquémitl can be compared to a poncho that women in Mexico wear for special occasions. It is made of two rectangular pieces of breathable cotton cloth and is decorated with colorful and exquisite hand-stitched embroidery.


Another garment Mexican women commonly wear is called a huipile which is a piece of clothing with lots of personality and is usually worn for everyday events. This piece of clothing is known for its highly decorated breastplate, which consists of a large portion of cloth that is woven in straight or downwards, zig-zag stitches, above which lie criss-crossed stitches.

puebla dress

Puebla dresses, worn for everyday use, are also commonly worn in Mexico and are becoming increasingly more popular in the United States. These lightweight, cotton dresses are usually short-sleeved, loose fitting and feature detailed, colorful embroidery patterns.




The sombrero is perhaps one of the most commonly known Mexican garments in the United States, due to the countless Mexican-American restaurants that often use the bright colors of the sombrero to add some flare. This Mexican hat also serves a very practical purpose since its wide brim protects the wearer’s head, neck, shoulders, and upper torso from getting sunburned in the hot Mexican sun.


The serape, going in line with the previous clothing garments, is also very colorful but also serves a very functional purpose. Serapes, which are made of heavy wool or cotton, are used as shawls or blankets that can be wrapped around the body to protect the wearer from the cold.


The third major type of garment for men living in Mexico is the guayabera. This garment is a lightweight cotton, usually pastel-colored, shirt that is worn for casual or formal occasions. These shirts are commonly worn for their comfort in the Mexican heat and for their attractiveness because they are embroidered with beautiful designs.


One thing to remember while traveling to Mexico is to dress for hot weather. As we can see from these six most popular clothing items, comfort is essential in the Mexican heat, however, the people of Mexico will surely tell you to never sacrifice comfort for colorful flare.


To learn more about clothing styles in Mexico, copy and paste these links into your browser window:

Tags: ,

6 Responses to Clothing in Mexico

  1. Nilda says:

    For a sweet lassi, add 1-2 tablespoons caster sugar instead
    with the salt and mint. The company made their business revolve around
    radios and televisions at first. The pricing could also reflect the quality in the hand blender you happen to be getting.

  2. Milan says:

    If you are looking for kitchen cookware to stay in your life for a while, invest in something a bit heavier such as copper or stainless cookware.
    Certainly, this does not signify that you should go out and
    buy the cheapest cookware collection that you can get. Traditional flashlights often become nothing more than tombs
    for dead batteries offering little or no use in our
    time of need.

  3. Sophie says:

    My partner and I stumbled over here by a different page and thought I shoyld check things out.
    I like what I ssee so now i’m following you. Look
    forward to checking out your web pazge yet again.

  4. Sarah says:

    I like this kind of style, it’s my favorite!!
    It’s possible to buy this type of clothes at Boutique Mexico. In this website you can find lot of things.

  5. Michelclund says:

    ?????????? ????? ?????? – ???????????? ??????????? ???????????? .
    ??? ????????????, ??? ??????? ?????? ????????? ????? ?? ??, ??? ????? ?? ????? ? ??????? ???? ?????????.
    ?????? ????????? ??????????, ??? ???? 4% ??????? ?????? ????? ? ????? ??????.
    ?????? ??? ???????????
    ?? ?????? ??? ???????? ??????? ???????? ??????? ? ????? ?????? ?? ?????? ?????.
    ? ???? ??????? ???? ?????????? ???????????? ???????????? ??????????? ???????????? ??????? – ??? ????? ??? ???????????.
    ??? ?????????? ??? ?????????????? ???? ??????????, ????? ???? ??? ?????????? ?? ???? ??????????? ???? ????.
    ??? ??????? “?? ???????????? ???????”, ????? ????, ??? ?? ??????????? ??? ?????? ????????.
    ????? ????????????, ??? ??????????? ????????? ?? ??? ?????????? ? ???????? ???????, ?????? ?????????? ?? ??? ?????????? ???????.
    ??? ???????? ???? ??????
    ? ???????? ?????????????? ????? ?????? ? ???????????? ??????? ?????? ????? ??????, ?????? ?????? ? ???????: “???????????? ??????????? ????????????”.
    ? ?????? ????????????, ? ?? ???????????.


  6. 86Phyllis says:

    I have noticed you don’t monetize your website, don’t waste your traffic, you
    can earn extra bucks every month because you’ve got hi quality content.
    If you want to know how to make extra $$$, search for: best adsense
    alternative Wrastain’s tools

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to Top ↑