Styling a Cinco de Mayo Outfit + Outfit Ideas That Are Fun & Flattering
Trying to figure out a Cinco de Mayo outfit for this year? Look no further! This post has everything you need to know about styling your outfit as well as Cinco de Mayo outfit ideas you can shop online!
Whether you’re attending a Cinco de Mayo party, hosting one, or traveling to Mexico for the holiday, here’s what you need to know about styling a chic, fun, and festive outfit that is perfect for the occasion.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
First of all, let’s talk about what Cinco de Mayo is. Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday to celebrate Mexico’s victory over the French army in the Battle of Puebla, during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. Contrary to the belief of many, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th.
In fact, Cinco de Mayo is not widely celebrated in Mexico at all, it is not a federal holiday so businesses, banks, and stores remain open. People carry on as if it’s just a normal day. The people of Puebla do celebrate Cinco de Mayo with reenactments of the Battle of Puebla and military parades.
Cinco de Mayo in the United States
Cinco de Mayo in the United States IS a big deal. There are parties, parades, festivals, and celebrations of Mexican heritage and culture. This is particularly true of regions with large Mexican-American populations. People and communities throw parties and celebrations with Mexican folk dancing, mariachi music, and traditional Mexican foods.
You would be hard-pressed to find a Mexican restaurant in the United States that doesn’t have Cinco de Mayo specials on beer, food, and margaritas.
Now that you know a little bit about the history of Cinco de Mayo and its history in both Mexico and the United States, let’s get back to the important part…what Cinco de Mayo outfit should you wear?
You should be looking for warm weather (think light-weight) fabrics, blouses, and dresses with ruffles, floral patterns, and bold beautiful colors and lots of it! If you want to dress for Cinco de Mayo and you live in a colder climate you can always add a shawl to your outfit, you’ll see some down below!
Here are some Cinco de Mayo outfit ideas that you might like.
Cinco de Mayo Outfit Ideas
Off Shoulder Maxi Dress with Floral Print
If you are looking for a dress with some Mexican flare for your Cinco de Mayo outfit, then you might like this off-shoulder maxi dress with ruffles at the top in a colorful and bold floral print. This lightweight dress is made of cotton and polyester and is quite comfortable.
The dress is available in sizes small through 3x and comes in a variety of floral prints. Prints 1, 4, and 6, are most appropriate for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but the others are perfect for a light summer dress.
Audrey Hepburn Retro Vintage Mexican A-Line Cocktail Dress
This dress is perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party or celebration. Bold floral patterns with 1950s Audrey Hepburn style and flare. This dress is available in sizes small through 2x and comes in four other prints that would also be appropriate for the holiday. (Just be sure to double-check the size chart before ordering, this site has pretty inconsistent sizing.)
The A-line style of this dress makes it flattering for all body types, and it is the perfect dress for a variety of occasions like Cinco de Mayo, a cocktail party, a bridal shower, or even a wedding. You will definitely find a reason to wear it more than once!
Traditional Mexican Scarf
This handmade traditional Mexican scarf is the perfect addition to your Cinco de Mayo outfit if you live in a cooler climate, or if rain and wind are predicted. The scarf is long and made of cotton with intricate detailing at the ends. This scarf comes in red, yellow, black, and green as well as some other colors.
Red Floral Crochet Frilling Chiffon Dress
This red floral chiffon dress with crochet accents would be perfect Cinco de Mayo attire! The flare sleeves and frilly bottom complement this dress, and the polyester fabric with a chiffon finishing means that you will be cool and comfortable even if the temperatures are high. This dress is available in sizes extra small through 2 XL and it is flattering to all body types.
Off-Shoulder Boho Floral Swing Mini Dress
This off-shoulder mini dress with a boho floral pattern is an excellent choice for a Cinco de Mayo party. This off-shoulder mini dress is perfect for warm temperatures, and a party atmosphere. This dress comes in six different patterns and they are all cute and perfect for the summer ahead.
Camila Maxi Skirt
This pink ruffled maxi skirt could be a part of your Cinco de Mayo attire. The ruffled bottom and bright pink floral pattern with a layered look would be the perfect skirt for your outfit. This lightweight skirt is hand wash only, and available in sizes extra small through large.
Floral Smocked Ruffle Tiered Midi Dress
If you are looking for a beautiful floral print dress with a lot of flair then you might like this floral smocked ruffle tiered midi dress from Express. This dress has ruffle sleeves perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration with a square neck and a bodice with ruffles.
The dress has a tiered midi-length skirt that is fully lined. This dress is available in sizes extra small through large through the Express Marketplace (not sold in stores).
Solid Flounce Waffle Knit Top
This solid color flounce waffle knit top should also be considered as part of your Cinco de Mayo outfit ideas. The solid color top with flouncy, ruffled sleeves can be paired with your favorite bold and beautiful floral skirt.
This top comes in a variety of colors, including bright pink, and black so that you can mix and match it with bold patterns. Sizes include extra small through 2 XL, and the blouse is flattering for all body tops with its flouncing sleeves.
Radiant Ruby Red Floral Print Chiffon Maxi Dress
This red chiffon dress with a bright blue, yellow, and white floral print is perfect for Cinco de Mayo. This dress has a v-neck neckline with an empire waist and an adjustable cold shoulder. The ruffles just enhance the tropical look and feel of this dress.
This dress is also available in hunter green with a pink, blue, and white floral print. Either print would be appropriate for Cinco de Mayo attire. This dress is available in sizes extra small through extra large. You will wear this gorgeous dress all summer long.
Oasis Midi Dress
This Oasis midi dress from Free People would also be an excellent outfit for Cinco de Mayo. This flowing dress with a smocked and ruffled bodice is perfect for spring and summer, and it comes in a variety of bold solid colors. This dress is available in sizes extra small through large. Don’t forget to pack it on your next tropical getaway!
If you want to add some more color to your dress you might like to accessorize with a floral print scarf like this one or a color block scarf like this one.
Tie-Back Maxi Slip Dress
This tie-back maxi slip dress would be an amazing outfit for Cinco de Mayo, and it comes in solid colors or a bright pink floral print. The dress has an adjustable tie-back, spaghetti straps, and an a-line hem that swings out when you walk.
There is a slit on the side of both legs, and the rayon material means that you will be cool and comfortable, no matter where you wear this stylish dress.
Warm Color Blocking Maxi Dress
If floral prints just aren’t your style but you still want a boho-style dress for your Cinco de Mayo attire then this bold and bright color-blocking maxi dress from Farm Rio may be perfect for you.
This halter neckline has a smocked back, and a braided and cut-out front bodice with a tiered skirt, in bold beautiful colors. This dress will be the one you want to wear all summer long!
Floral Print Knot Side Wrap Skirt
This floral print knot side wrap skirt is perfect for Cinco de Mayo, summer fun, or a tropical vacation. This boho skirt ties at the waist and has an asymmetrical ruffled hem that will be perfect for showing off your favorite strappy sandals like these.
Boho Pleated A-Line Beach Skirt with Pockets
If you have already picked out a bright, floral top for your Cinco de Mayo outfit you may be looking for a solid colored skirt to go with it. Look no further than this affordable boho pleated a-line beach skirt with pockets.
This flowing skirt will look amazing with your blouse and it comes in a wide variety of solid colors and prints. Solid color skirts include black, green, white, red, and orange. It’s not often you find a nice flowing skirt with pockets!
Leona Floral Printed Jumpsuit
This floral printed jumpsuit has a flowing silhouette with its wide legs, a rounded neckline with a button front top, and spaghetti straps. The brightly colored floral pattern makes it an excellent choice for Cinco de Mayo.
The jumpsuit comes in mustard yellow, has side pockets, and is available in sizes small through X-large. Every single review for this jumpsuit mentions how comfortable it is and that you will want to wear it often!
Sweetheart Cropped Sweater Cami
If you are looking for a solid colored top to go with your brightly colored floral print skirt for Cinco de Mayo then you might like these sweetheart cropped sweaters. They come in several bold solid colors to help you complete your Cinco de Mayo attire, and they are affordable too.
Vintage Floral Embroidered Mexican Style Tunic Blouse Shift Mini Dress
This vintage floral Mexican style blouse can be worn on its own as a mini dress, or you can pair it with leggings or a solid colored skirt and wear it as a blouse. This floral embroidered shirt with ¾ length flowing sleeves comes in the classic Mexican heritage colors of red, green, yellow, white, and black.
Marigold Floral Print Strapless Dress
If you are looking for a bold, mini dress as part of your Cinco de Mayo attire then this marigold strapless dress might be your perfect choice. The marigold background with bright pink flowers is cute and colorful.
The strapless dress has a ruffled hemline, with a layered skirt. Perfect for a party or a day at the beach! Just add your favorite accessories and you are ready to go!
No matter if you are looking for a dress, a skirt, or a colorful blouse, there is a selection for everyone to choose from here. It doesn’t matter if your Cinco de Mayo plans are attending a party or hosting one, heading out to a festival or parade or just going out to dinner, your perfect outfit is here.
Now I’m curious, which Cinco de Mayo outfit is your favorite?
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