When looking into different aspects of Mexican clothing and Mexican clothes, it is important to do so in three distinct groupings. The clothing groups should generally be broken down and evaluated in the following manner; Traditional Mexican clothing, costumes and garments of celebration, and the modern clothing in Mexico. With this break down, one is able to study not just the progression of Mexican clothes but also narrow down their search criteria.
Mexico has a proud history which includes such ancient civilizations as the Mayans and the Aztec people. Mexican clothes have played a large part in the history of Mexico dating back to those early civilizations and it would not be prudent to look past the history of traditional Mexican clothes. In both the Aztec and Mayan civilization the styles of the men generally wore something called a Maxtlatl. The Maxtlatl was essentially a breech cloth and was worn under a tilma, which is a cape or a cloak. Women in the ancient civilization generally wore a skirt that draped down to the ankles and a blouse called a huipil. In the tradition of Mexican clothes, the huipil was woven with designs that could display the village that the woman is from, and perhaps even their marital status. In most cases the huipil is very bright and vibrant in its color scheme. The outfit was held together by a sash. Sandals were worn by both sexes and they were required to be worn before entering a temple. Warriors in the ancient civilizations wore something that resembles a loin cloth to battle. As they became more prominent in their skill, the ancient warriors would be rewarded with additional garments and jewels.
When discussing Mexican clothes, it is important to talk about the sombrero. The sombrero is a big part of traditional Mexican clothes, and is synonymous with Mexican culture. The word sombrero comes from the Spanish word, sombra which actually means shade. The sombrero was designed to provide shade from the hot sun that is prevalent in most Mexican climates. A sombrero has a pointy top and a large brim to provide the extra desired shade. The Sombrero can be made of many different fabrics, and the sombrero has a strap that rests under the chin to help keep it in place. The sombrero is still an important part of Mexican traditional clothes and head garments today.
As time passed Mexican clothes became more modern. The Mexican traditional clothes had taken on a style of clothing which was more similar to that of European styles. Materials like wool, cotton, and silk were used to craft the various clothing in Mexico at that time. They were being used in addition to some of the more traditional fabrics like bark, and agave. Traditional pants and trousers were worn as well as shirts for the males and more modern blouses for the females. Females still wore skirts but the material and make-up became more advanced with the introduction of the new materials used in the clothing creation. Despite taking most of its new found style from the European clothing at the current time, Mexico clothing would create its own bit of style with the creation of what is called a sarape. A sarape resembles a large blanket which is draped over the individual that is wearing it. Shoes were worn with the sarape and men would wear Mexican boots.
Mexican culture is filled with a lot of holidays and other days of celebration. Costumes are a big part of Mexican traditional clothes that are worn by both sexes during these celebratory events. In most cases, each event has its own special Mexican clothes which are worn as a costume. For example, the day of the dead or El Dia de Los Muertos as it is known in Spanish is a very popular holiday in the Mexican culture and it has its unique costumes that are worn in celebration of the day. The day of the dead is a day to for families to gather and remember and honor loved ones who have passed. The costumes for this day are made of bright colors which people wear as they dance in the street. Children wear costumes as well and participate in a tradition similar to that of Halloween trick or treating.
It is obvious that over the history of Mexico, clothes have played a large role in the society from as early as the Mayan and Aztec era. Today Mexico clothes carry on that same tradition. The traditions of the old world Mexican clothing are merged with modern day fashions. Mexican clothes and styles today look similar to that of its neighbors in North America and even Europe. Fashion and clothing in Mexico is and always will be an important part of the Mexican culture and tradition.