Traditional Mexican Women’s Clothing

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Each country has its own customs and traditions, something that undoubtedly makes each country and its people special and unique in the world.

In addition, the traditions and the way of thinking of people is usually reflected in the way of dressing of that society.

Today, I want to talk to you about the traditional clothes of Mexican women so you can check how they dress today and the customs that modify their clothes.

Some brushstrokes on the typical dresses of Mexican women

Traditional clothing for women from Mexico
There are plenty of typical clothes in Mexico, which have been transmitted for centuries and still continues to stand out.

Their dresses are still shown and dazzle by tradition south and that is why they captivate the national and foreign public by the design of their colors and textures, making these clothes , a mixture of colonial techniques and indigenous symbols that are directly related to the Mayan and Aztec culture.

It is also worth mentioning that typically Mexican clothing is made of silk.

We have already spoken on an earlier occasion about the costume of the mariachis or charros.

With regard to women, the typical dress of the Jalisco area is a wide dress, of different colors.

In the upper part, the blouse, with long sleeves, is decorated with colored ribbons.

In general, the traditional dress of Mexican women is similar to that of Jalisco, although with some variations, depending on the region, at the top is white, with embellishments and embroidery of various types, depending on the region, and the bottom part is a wide skirt, which reaches to the feet.
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This is not seen in the typical costumes of the capital Mexico City, which have a clear Aztec roots (remember that formerly this city was nothing less than Tenochtitlán, capital of the Aztec Empire).

In some regions like Colima, the capital of Jalisco; and Aguas Calientes, among others, combine some Aztec motifs with the fashion brought from Spain .

It is also worth noting that each dress, they add something representative of the region.

For example, in Colima, the costume is adorned with motifs of the Mexican patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, which does not happen in the beautiful and harmonious Oaxaca, where the costume is a combination of the fashions of Europe with the traditional the Aztecs.

Then I will talk a little more about the typical Mexican women’s clothes, do you want to know more?

The clothing is a mixture of indigenous and imported cultures

Women of Mexico with tourists
After the arrival of the Spaniards, Christianity spread rapidly and today almost 90% of Mexicans are Catholics.

But we must not forget that the indigenous and prehispanic reflection of Mayan civilization continues to be very prominent in Mexican culture.

All this led to the development of a pure multiethnic and multicontinental society in Mexico.

The traditional clothing of Mexico is a mixture of indigenous and imported cultures.

Mexico is not a small country and since it has such a wide geography, clothing can vary depending on the climate of the place.

So there is a wide variety of clothing in the Mexican population that varies from region to region.

Many people still like to wear hand-woven garments, there is no distinction of the textile characteristics of different indigenous groups, but most of the fibers are hand-spun cotton or locally grown silk.

Butterflies and floral motifs are common and striking in many regions.

Mexican Women’s Traditional Clothing

Traditional clothing in Mexico women
If you want to take a look at traditional Mexican clothing for women, it reveals a lot in the handcrafted garments.

There is also a confluence of European and native elements, with striking colors.


It’s a sleeveless tunic.

It is a garment that is used to identify the origin and thanks to this garment women can be distinguished and know the community from which they come.

Designs can also convey the marital status of the person who is wearing it.


It is mostly used as clothing for a party or some special occasion.

It consists of two rectangular pieces of woven fabric with a small poncho.

They are made of cotton wool and can be embroidered with animals, floral prints and graphic designs.

Depending on the community of women, quechquémitl can be done with different techniques.


Rebozos are multifunctional garments and are usually made of cotton, wool or silk.

They are used to cover the head or body like a shawl.

They carry distinctive designs with colors of stripes of different shades to know the place of origin.


Women who do not wear huipiles can wear traditional blouses that are made with basic commercial materials.

These garments reflect the traditional Mexican spirit and are embroidered with color patterns, as well as pearls and lace for their beauty .

Other common shirts are constructed with cotton.

Traditional Mexican Dresses

Casual dresses

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Another basic element in the wardrobe of the Mexican woman is informal dress.

Informal dresses dream of being broad and embroidered with bright colors and vibrant designs.

They are usually used for celebrations.

The best thing is that this type of dress can be worn by any woman regardless of how the body is, they fit very well.


The outskirts are skirts that are known by other names as well, such as: enredo, chincuete, petticoat, posahuanco, refajo and more.

There are many styles of lack that the Mexican woman can choose, but choosing one or the other will depend above all on her origin and her personal tastes.

Some women like to wear skirts by the height of the ankle and others by the knees.

These are some forms of typical clothing that you can find in Mexican women.

But it should also be said that more and more Mexican women, in addition to continuing with the traditional or typical clothes of their region, like to dress modern to feel even more beautiful and attractive following a more modern fashion.

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Camille L.

Passionate about foreign languages, cooking and writing. I wish to share with you the places, the meetings and the gastronomic discoveries which gave relief to my travels.

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