What to Wear to Your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Despite the fact that so many people gather to celebrate on May 5, few understand exactly why they might be encouraged to drink margaritas or wear bright colors on the holiday. Cinco de Mayo is “part of the Latino experience in the American Civil War. It’s not about the Mexican experience,” says David E. Hayes-Bautista, director for the Center of the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA’s School of Medicine. Basically, what we celebrate on Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican victory against the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. If you’re curious to know more about the holiday’s history, this Time magazine article is an informative read. So what does one wear to celebrate an unlikely “against-all-odds” victory?

Bright colors, summery prints, and flirty ruffles are all in order to ring in Cinco de Mayo in style. Ahead, see our outfit inspiration for the holiday from bloggers like Denni Elias of Chicmuse and Gala González of Amlul. And though the festivities may only last for a day, the bright and colorful looks are something to be celebrated all season long, which is why we included our favorite pieces to stock up on.

Style Tip: Fresh florals are *actually* groundbreaking this spring when rendered in an of-the-moment puffy sleeve top.
Available in sizes 0 to 3.
Style Tip: Finish off a bohemian-inspired dress with tan sandals and a woven sun hat. 
Available in sizes XS to 4X.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Style Tip: Team yellow and red via a floaty sundress and strappy sandals.
Available in sizes 10 to 18.
Available in sizes 37 to 38.
Style Tip: Flirty patterned sets are both festive and summery.
and Lucia Skirt ($88). Both available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 35 to 42.
Style Tip: Tuck a ruffled tank top into a full skirt.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Available in U.K. sizes 6 to 16.
Style Tip: For a laid-back celebration, go with something more relaxed like satin trousers and add a fun element like pom-pom slides.
Available in sizes P to L.
Available in sizes 00 to 12.
Available in sizes 35 to 42.
Style Tip: If it’s too hot out for a jacket, wrap yours around your waist for a laid-back look.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Available in sizes 1 to 4.
Available in sizes 23 to 32.
Available in U.K. sizes 3 to 9.

Now you’re ready to celebrate the Mexican holiday in a truly stylish manner and you have eight fun outfit ideas to try this summer. A win-win if you ask us.

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