The ins and outs of living in Puerto Rico

How Women Dress in Puerto Rico


If you are moving to Puerto Rico and you are a woman, you are probably wondering how women dress in Puerto Rico.

Moving to Puerto Rico from the US was a culture shock in many ways, but having visited before our permanent relocation, I already knew that how women dress in Puerto Rico is very different than how they dress in the US!

In the states I was your typical jeans, sneakers, and hooded sweatshirt kind of gal.  Nothing fancy and nothing girly unless it was a special occasion or I was attending church.  It was very laid back, casual, and not to mention COLD!  Of course moving to a tropical island you would expect to see a bit more flesh showing, but Puerto Rico has that sexy Latin flare that takes the fashion here to a whole new level.  Where I once dawned sneakers, I now wear 5-7 inch heels or wedges.  Where I once wore baggy jeans and sweatshirts, I now wear summer dresses, skirts, and skinny jeans.  Puerto Rico allows a woman to be as feminine and sexy and she wants or feels comfortable with.  Now whenever I go back home to visit and dress in my usual Puerto Rican attire, I am constantly being asked what the occasion is or they bust out the inevitable, “Oh my goodness, you’re going to break your ankle in shoes like that!” lolhow-women-dress-pr

The style of dress in Puerto Rico is much less casual than it is in the states to say the least, and I’ve come to find that there are 4 general ways that explain how women dress in Puerto Rico.

1) The everyday sexy Puerto Rican casual:

  • Heels for women or strappy sandals for younger girls
  • Skirt, dress, or tight fashion jeans
  • Nice blouse
  • Manicured fingers and toes
  • Nice accessories

2) The “Yales”

  • They have the dubi (doobie) in their hair because they just had it straightened
  • large purse
  • extremely high heels
  • dark markup
  • large costume jewelery
  • fake nails that are usually >1 inch long
  • very short skirt and visible midriff

3) The Stay at Home Mom

  • Tight yoga pants or running shorts
  • Sneakers
  • Workout top
  • Usually wearing makeup and has hair down (obviously NOT going to workout)
  • Can be found going shopping alone at Costco while kids are at school

4) The Tourist

  • Flat velcro sandals or flip flops
  • Shorts
  • Tank top
  • Visibly has gotten too much sun the days prior
  • Hair looks like it has never seen humidity or anti-friz products before.
  • It is very obvious that they are not from Puerto Rico and are only visiting.

As a general rule I fall somewhere within category 1 or 3.  Please never be caught dead in public looking like a Yale!  If you have curly hair, plan to do your shopping another day if you need a dubi to keep it straight for an evening event.  DO NOT GO OUT SHOPPING IN A DUBI!  That’s just plain trashy.  It’s looked upon as favorably as “trailer trash” or “red necks” from the states.  Not a good look around here. Yales are a long running Puerto Rican joke.


Puerto Rican Dubi Picture taken from: All credits go to them.

Another distinct fashion difference you may notice is that Puerto Rican woman have curves and, whether you think they should or not, they are not afraid to show them off.  Therefore you’ll notice a lot of muffin tops running around the malls.  I’ve actually had more than one woman from the states comment that even though I am always wearing high heels, I’ll never pass for a Puerto Rican woman because I do not have the muffin top to go with them!  lol  I am not sure if it’s just vanity in the number on the tag so “if it zips, it fits” or if it’s just the tight stretch fabric they are making jeans out of these days, but muffin tops are everywhere!  Try to avoid it by buying jeans that fit your waist first and then having them taken in if they are too loose or long in the legs.  Avoid the dreaded muffin top!  😉  Thankfully local seamstresses are cheap and good at pant alterations so you shouldn’t have a problem if you just take the extra time and pay a little extra to get a good fitting jean.

Likewise, women are women in Puerto Rico.  The more feminine the better.  Of course there are exceptions to every rule and it’s not completely black and white but generally women dress to show off their assets in Puerto Rico.  If you have a nice bust, then wear a top that accentuates that.  If you have killer legs, than a nice skirt or dress with a pair of heels is perfect.  If you are like me and you’ve had two kids and your legs are only nice from the knee down, then by all means, you do not have to wear the mini skirts or shortie shorts.  Despite what some of the locals may exhibit, it is not a 24/7 “see who can show more skin” contest.  That’s a Yale and we’ve already discussed never being that; that is not how women (should) dress in Puerto Rico!  lol  Just accent your assets in a feminine way that is tasteful and that you feel comfortable with.  Which I honestly think is true for most women everywhere except that the climate in Puerto Rico allows for less clothing all year round.  There is no time of year where you get to hide in a big puffy sweater and long pants around here.  So, unfortunately if you go a bit over board sampling your holiday baking and put on a couple pounds, there aren’t any winter coats to hide it with here.  😉  However, thankfully since the weather is so nice during those holiday months, you should have no problem keeping the extra pounds at bay with an evening walk/run, so no worries.  😉

So, when you are planning what to bring with on your move, leave the winter clothes (except maybe one of two cute cardigans or shawl for the movie theater or a nice restaurant) and bring along some cute summer dresses or skirts, matching accessories, high heels or really cute strappy sandals, nice fitting jeans, and figure flattering blouses (do not read t-shirt, I said blouse!), and you’ll be be all set!  That’s how women dress in Puerto Rico.



  1. I hope you still respond to this thread. I need help with what to wear for my trip to Puerto Rico. I have shorts, lightweight pants or capris. However, most of my tops and dresses have a tropical flower design, suitable for a Hawaiian vacation. Will this work for PR? Should I stay with solid colors or a specific design (floral, nautical, paisley, tie dye). Aside from a sheer blouse, what do you suggest? I prefer thin straps or tank top, fitted or loose.

    • Angela

      Hello Chris,
      No worries, we respond to all our threads; sometimes it just takes us longer when life gets crazy. 😉 As far as how to dress when you come to Puerto Rico on vacation, it really depends on what you’re going for. If you want to be recognized as a tourist and enjoy the perks of being treated like a tourist where all the shop owners are super kind and automatically speak to you in English (if they know it), then dress like a tourist and do not worry about what the locals are wearing. If though you would prefer to fly under the radar and keep everyone guessing, the local women tend to dress more business casual and they do not typically wear Hawaiian printed tops. Shorts, skirts, and dresses are all fine. Loose or fitted light blouses rather than t-shirts are the norm unless you’re going for a hike or something. Of course pack flip flops for the beach and sneakers for your outdoor activities but also pack some nice strappy sandals or even some wedge high heels if you are feeling brave. Make sure your nails are nice and manicured and do not forget your sunscreen. Too many tourists turn into lobsters by their second day because they get too excited about the sun and don’t take Puerto Rico’s proximity to the equator seriously. I don’t care if it’s 8 am or 3 pm, you need sunscreen and/or a protective spf50 sun shirt/wide brimmed hat/ or umbrella. The fastest way to be noticed as a tourist is by letting the sun paint a giant red burn on your face, shoulders, and back. 😉 lol Other than that though, don’t worry yourself, you’re going on vacation!! Enjoy yourself! Hopefully the island will have power and be back up and running again before you arrive. 🙂 Keep in touch! We look forward to hearing all about your Puerto Rican vacation experience!

  2. Wow! Thanks I’m moving to PR from the states and I’m in the midst of packing! Being from the the northeast this is time where we bi polar our closets and switch to winter gear ( which I hate) so I’m having a yard sale tomorrow to get rid of anything winter. But I was still holding on to my 3 dozen t shirts, lol, but everything you said makes sense because my cousin in law is from PR and she’s dressed like diva doll in heels since I met her! And yes she styles her muffin top very well! So ok this definitely helps me part with more unnecessary clothing, ecspecially since it cost so much to bring!

    • Angela

      LOL! Too funny! I’m glad my silly tongue and cheek post helped you out! Do be sure to hang on to a few light cardigan sweaters though! The malls, restaurants, and movie theaters do get chilly with their AC blasting! lol! Good luck with your move and be sure to let us know if you need anything else when you are getting settled! Take care!

  3. Ah hello!!! Puerto Rico is USA territory so walk outside your house and you will see how different people dress thesame inPuerto Rico, Mexico, and many other coutries. Unless peole are living in an oppresive regime under religious orany other kindof subjugation most countries dress like in the 21first century maybe.

  4. Born and raised in PR, lived 4 years in Baton Rouge, La. and travelling 3 to 4 times per year to Miami/Orlando area I can easily see the difference on how women dress here from there! You are soooo right! And you made me laugh sooo much!!! As I was reading I could just hear myself saying “antes muerta que sencilla”! Ha! That is me except that I can no longer wear high heels but pretty platform sandals will do it. Dressing up for Plaza Mall, oh yes….well fitted jeans, pretty blouse, pretty sandals, purse and accesories to match, hair done and some make up and you are set to go!!!!! Haha! Loved your article!

  5. I have laughed so much with this article. I myself did not know what was the “muffin top”. And it is so true. You see many of them at the shopping malls. I was born in New York and raised in PR. In the 1990’s moved to Florida and I remember everyone staring at me because of the way I dressed. The “antes muerta que sencilla” look. Now its different because of so many women moving to Florida. But, I guess you get use the dressing style to wherever you move to. Thank you for the article.

    • Angela

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that I could bring a smile to your face. I really enjoyed writing it. 😉

      • Hi Angela,

        Im visiting soon, 49 yrs old and don’t wear high heals. What in the world does a 49 yr old can wear comfortably if the shoe area. I am totally a jeans girl….HELP!!!…….You have me nervous to visit from reading this article…

        • heels that is….can’t spell either….:-)…Definitely don’t want to look like “trailor rash” or ” redneck” even though I’m not white…Crap maybe I should cancel this trip…:-(

          • Angela

            LOL! No! Fran, please do not cancel your trip because of shoes! LOL! The article was not meant to scare you! Many tourists dress in casual summer attire and they fit in just fine. Jeans will be very hot here this time of year unless you are coming from an even hotter climate and are used to it. My suggestion would be to wear whatever you would normally wear during hot summer months with some strappy sandals. No need to break an ankle trying to wobble around on heels just to fit in with the locals while you are on vacation. 😉 So, dress for the heat, bring a pair of sneakers if you plan to do a lot of tourist activities and pack some pretty sandals for evenings out. No need to get too worked up about it. 😉 Hope you enjoy your vacation in our tiny tropical paradise!

      • Hi Angela, thank you so much for this article, I got a kick out of it and it was very helpful since I’m planning on moving back to my island. I have always heard that there is a lot of “orgullo” in Puerto Rico but there is nothing “orgulloso” about the dubi, LOL! I have never worn a dubi inside the house let alone outside! Okay, let’s talk about heels. I am sixty-three years old and have always worn heels. Once my best friend said to me “I had a dream with you last night and you were wearing your heels.” – Lol, in thirty- eight years she never saw me in loafers. I just wouldn’t feel dressed up if I didn’t have my pumps on. Well, I moved to the city from upstate New York a few years ago and the walking so much in heels is a now a no no (oh I miss my heels so much). I wear sneakers and boots in the winter and sandals in the summer with long summer dresses. If the days are cool and I’m wearing a shorter dress or skirt, I wear leggings. My legs are a bit pale and once I was walking in San Juan in the seventies and this guy passed by in a car and said “que piernas blancas tu tienes!” Help! Anyway, I weigh 117 and still can get away with wearing skinny jeans but they are too hot for Puerto Rico. Do they wear the long summer dresses over there?

        • Angela

          Thank you Eve for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the article! It was fun to write! 😉 Also, welcome back to the island! How fun for you! I’m sorry to hear that you can no longer wear heels! I think we all reach that point eventually! However, have no fear, cute strappy sandals are perfectly acceptable and you will see them a lot around here. As far as long dresses, yes, many women wear them! I have a few and my only advice is to not get the heavy cotton or jersey knit ones because they feel like an oven after just a half hour of not being in air conditioning! Plus, if you are a shorty like me, it’s impossible to find a long maxi dress or skirt that doesn’t drag on the ground when you wear flat sandals. 🙁 I tend to opt for knee or just below the knee length skirts. That way they hide any hail damage (cellulite) on the thighs, but still feel cool in this hot weather. 😉 Otherwise, Capri pants are great and so are the high-low skirts. It really depends on what you plan to be doing that day. 😉 I hope that helps! Good luck and let us know if you have anymore questions! We love hearing from our readers! And sorry for my delay, it’s been such a busy week. Oh and don’t worry about pale legs, mine are white as snow but if I plan to wear a skirt I just put on a little tinted lotion to darken them up a bit! Jergens natural glow is really nice and doesn’t cake or leave lines. 🙂 Take care!

  6. You completely said everything that I being saying since I move back to Puerto Rico. I live in the USA for eight years. Then after two kids we move back to Puerto Rico, and for me it was a shock. In the states I was able to go to the doctor offices, the supermarket or the library in jeans, tshirts and sneakers. Here in Puerto Rico, I need a complete fashion makeover. The moms drop the kids at school at 7:30 am in full make-up and heels. Walmarts aisles looks like a runway show and everybody at the pediatrician offices, looks like is going to a party after. I called it the Miss Universe syndrome.

    • Angela

      Miss Universe syndrome! LMAO! I love it! That is too funny and SO TRUE! I’ve even noticed the clothing worn to church services are extremely different compared to what women wear to church in the states. It’s a bit daunting, however, if you try to keep up with the locals. 😉 I think that culturally Latina women are just raised as pretty, well dressed women. From the time they are babies with their dresses and headbands and dainty shoes, to their beautiful princess gown quinceaneras and refinement schools, they are taught and raised to be pretty and put together. Women in the states sometimes see that has sexiest, but it’s not like that at all. It’s just a distinct cultural difference that you find in Puerto Rico, Spain, Colombia, and the like. Women are women in this culture and it’s empowering because however refined, they are still a strong, independent, and powerful force. They are not meant only to be seen, they also demand to be heard. Good luck to you and welcome back! 🙂

  7. My cousin linked me to this article a few days ago (we’re both Puerto Rican and live on the island) and this article has bothered me since. I couldn’t pin point why at first but honestly it’s condescending and a little racist.

    Yale is an offensive term with a long history of imperialism and racism attached to it and it’s sickening to see someone (who is writing as an outsider passing judgement on the locals) use it so flippantly. Besides, that it’s a word that will get anyone’s ass kicked if said out loud to anyone.

    As for the rest of the article, I don’t see how pointing out muffin tops is useful information to anyone considering moving to the island…

    • Angela

      Hello Des, and thank you for your comment.

      First of all, the only thing I can say is wow. Or maybe WTF? I suppose anyone can take anything as condescending or racist. After all, many people consider the term “gringo” as racist and quite offensive while I nor anyone who I associate with consider it racist or offensive. I however find myself a little perplexed as the whole point of the article was to talk about in a lighthearted manner my perception of how many women dressed and how I basically appreciated it and started to dress like many women here and how much I love it.

      Second, this is the first time I have ever heard that the term “Yale” had to do with imperialism and racism. According to my husband and many of the locals, the term “Yal” or “Yale” started in the early 90s when the Reggaeton music (then called “underground”) used those terms as a slang term for girls or women, usually sexy and desired, similar to what a “broad” would be in English, but then the term “yal” has evolved to describe a different type of woman, one more closely to what I described in the post. However, there is reason to believe that the term “yal” actually evolved from the Jamaican slang word “gial” used instead of “girl”. There is no imperialism or racism there in any way. If you do a Google search on how to spot a “yal” you will see that my description was not any different than the way just about anyone else uses it.

      Hate to brake it to you, but I am not an outsider. And my point of view is not of an outsider passing judgement on anyone. I have lived here for many years, my husband was born and raised here as well as our children. All of my family lives here, this is home.

      Ah the muffin top! It was fashion advice! Women ask me all the time how to avoid it. You may not know how that is useful information but you are not the person moving here, obviously many women have noticed when they visited or after moving here and therefore asked enough times that I decided to write about it, many women have since thanked me.

      Having said this, I apologize that you found this offensive, those were not my intentions.

      All the best.

      • Angela, I agree 100% you go girl!!! Yo should write more about us at least you found something good to say above all the bad stuff happening. Thank you for that positive note!!

    • Be real I’m from P.R. and what she saying here is 100% true. But the truth of matter is that we have to admit that we lived the island and we dress down we go back and is ( primero muerta que sencilla) first dead than simple. And when we see someone that is to simple the mouth start running.

  8. Love it!
    I agree with you 100%!!!! I was born and raised in PR now live in mainland US. I had the same shock you had but when I moved here to go to college. How would you dare to go out in public (to school for that matter at the time) without a perfect manicure and pedicure? And without a lot of make up????? This was a huge thing/shocker for me.

    Remember in PR we always run into people we know anywhere we go; therefore you are almost required to look your best regardless if your going to Walgreens or to an event. If I can add to your beautifully written post… list #1, when we go out to dinner we like to dress up regardless if its pizza. Of course, if its a formal event we always find a way to look sexy yet classic and elegant. Formal means black tie/tuxedo for men and long dress for a woman. This was another shocker for me (when I moved to US) as formal here -for the most part – is not the same.

    BTW you made me laugh so hard with #3… You described me to the tee! I looked like I was ready to go to the gym but didn’t even had a membership to one. Why would you? To sweet would have caused make up to run!. Costco, Marshalls and “Plaza” (the big mall) were all up my alley with friends.

    Again, loved your post. Good luck in “la isla”.

    • Angela

      LOL! Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it, it was a fun piece to write. 😉 Yes, it never fails that I always run into people when I’m not dressed my best, so having learned my lesson the hard way, I never leave home without being put together. 😉 Too small of an island to be caught in your sweats and a baggy t-shirt!

  9. Your article is a cute tongue in cheek satirical characterization of Puerto Rican women. I laughed because I enjoyed it so much! However, as a born, raised, and educated woman from Puerto Rico I would be very cautious to offer this as researched factual advice. Like Martha, I think your comment about the “muffin top” is unnecessary and lacks basic understanding of what it means to be a curvy woman in an island where most (if not all) products are imported. Do you know that most affordable clothes sold in local retail stores in Puerto Rico a fitted to white european women’s bodies? The woman cooking in heels for the most part is an urban legend…sexualized homemaker kitten image we are told as niñas we should be to keep a man. I remember my mom, aunts, grandmas, and most of my Boricua diva friends who are “primero muertas que sencillas” being practical by cooking wearing their chancletas. Lastly, a shout out to all the Yales our there!!!! Yes, I too criticize you for going out with your dub-dubi on. But heck what a wonderful way to crash all the impositions to women on the island by being confident being yourself! Peace!

    • Angela

      LOL! Yes obviously this was a tongue-in-cheek lighthearted blog post. It was not meant to offend anyone, but rather to make light of the daunting task expat women have when deciding what to pack when they move to this beautiful tropical island. Clearly this is not a black and white subject and as many have correctly pointed out, like most places, the exceptions are the rule. 😉 Certainly this is by no means rooted in fact nor based on any research and was not meant to be read as such. If you were to go back and reread the post in a more sarcastic and playful tone, you will see that it was merely written in a spirited girlfriends chatting over tea manner. Once again, I meant no offense by it. I definitely commend all women who are confident and dances to their own beat by crushing all stereotypes they are meant to fall into. Hence, my own feelings of confidence to continue to dress more feminine even when returning home where it is less accepted. Likewise, I understand your concerns about the clothing being imported and thus more fitted to European figures. However true that may be for places like Old Navy, Gap, and Nordstrom, I find that isn’t the case for the local clothing stores such as Kress, Infinito, Me Salve, Rainbow, Marianne, and the like. They are very affordable and as soon as you take one look at the mannequins you’ll see that they do in fact cater to the more curvacious Latina figure and style. 😉 And finally, of course women cooking in the kitchen in high heels is an extreme stereotype, much like that of stay at homes moms always wearing aprons and pearls. I think every women knows that not to be the case nor did I suggest that it was. That was simply a picture my husband took of me when I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner so I thought I would include it as an example of how differently I dress now on a daily basis than I used to when I lived stateside. 😉 Just call me an over sexualized homemaker kitten. I don’t mind. lol 😉 I wish you all the best!

  10. So true. Funny thing is that I never caught up with the style even when I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and lived there until I was 21. I always had a preference for the beach look, t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, casual boot cut jeans, etc., and no make up. Never did my nails and high heels bother my feet. Now when I visit the island and go to Plaza in my all too casual no-make style, shop clerks speak to me in English, thinking I’m a tourist! Too funny.

  11. Is very funny but I am puertorrican. And yes I only were high hills love them and even when I get home I keep them to cook. Always very fashionable; that is my trademark.

  12. Hola, great article! I think you hit the nail on the head. I lived there as a child and then moved to the states. I remember how my mom would dress and looking back, everyday was an occasion. The weather itself lent itself to more socializing. Well, you never know who and where your going to bump into anyone and you might as well look your part! Good luck!

    • Angela

      Yes, the weather allows women to wear dresses year round if they wish! And yes, I like to look my best every time, one time I ran into my husband’s ex and I was not looking my best! Needless to say I am making sure that never happens again! LOL 😉 You never know who you’ll run into! Puerto Rico is not very big!

  13. I’m from PR and I’m proud. I like it and its very true, we like to be all set always even when we are sick. But it’s true here life it’s difficult, I’ve been looking for a job more than three months and nothing.
    Great article !!

  14. Loved it!!! I am 100% puertorican and you nailed it! I am very proud of who we are!!! Hope you are enjoying our island!!! I would not change this life for anything in the world!!

  15. I am a Puertorrican and I hate the muffin top. Is just too wrong. If I going to buy a jeans it have to fit me well, so no muffin top for me. But is true mos woman have it.

  16. Why you move from the States to PR? By the way that’s all true. I’m a Puertorrican

    • Angela

      Well why not move from the states to PR? I love it here!

      I mean, life in the states is OK, but I feel much more comfortable and at home here in PR. I’m not saying that one place is better than the other, but to me personally, Puerto Rico fits my lifestyle much better than the states ever did.

      Plus, I get to wear cute clothing and super high heels every day if I want to! I couldn’t do that in the states without getting mean looks and nasty comments. I’m just fine here, thank you! =)

      • That’s Ok. Life is a little bit hard here because of the Job’s oportunity. I tok my self as an example I have a Bachelor and a Master degree in Natural Science and I haven’t been able to get a job in my area of education. But is good to know that you like it here.

        • Angela

          Johannie, I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling to find employment in your chosen field. I too have faced needing to return to school to explore different career paths despite my bachelor’s degree and other various degrees. However, I’m afraid that is the case throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and many parts of the world right now. I was on unemployment because of budget cuts and lay-offs in the states before moving to PR. I also have had many friends from high school grads to Ph.D holders that have struggled to find employment in the states and throughout Europe and South America. It’s unfortunate that unemployment is a problem in many places. All that I can suggest is to keep looking and eventually with enough persistence and time you’ll find something you love. Good luck!

      • I love your respond. I wish I could go back. People look at me weird here in the states because I still dress up puertorican style in GA. Uff! Sorry for them! Rather to be dead than simple. Lol
        Primero muerta q sencilla! Jajaja.

        • Angela

          Eileen! Yes I also get looks when I go to the states to visit! But I like how I feel when I dress up! It’s my style! Glad you stay true to yourself! =)

  17. I liked it. Very well said up to where you criticized other women with the “muffin top”. Been an article where you talk about how to dress in PR I think that was out of line. Other than that paragraph I liked it very much.

    • Angela

      Oh Martha, I am so sorry I offended you. I really meant no offense! Last thing I want to do is offend another woman! =(

      Here’s the thing. I really just try to say things as they are, it is what it is type of thing. If you notice, I never said that the whole thing with the muffin top was bad or ugly or anything of the like. In fact, I did mention that women here are not afraid to show off their curves! And why not!?

      Having said that, no one can deny that muffin tops are everywhere! If one likes them or not, or the person cares or not to show the muffin top, that is up to them. I truly do not feel like I criticized anyone about the “muffin top”. In fact, I also mentioned that I have been told several times that I cannot pass for a woman from PR because regardless of my high heels, because I don’t have the muffin top to go with them! These comments have been told to me several times by different people, mainly people from the states but very recently, that very comment was said to me by a local woman, so this tells me that the whole “muffin top” thing is known. Most of the women that ask me about how to dress here do not like to have a muffin top showing so I decided to give some advice regarding that very sensitive topic; other women may not care, and that’s OK!

      Again, I meant no offense, I don’t see where I criticized it, all I did was mention its presence and how to avoid it if you wish to do so. I am merely talking about my experience and the things I perceive based on the numerous questions I get from women moving to Puerto Rico.

      Seeing how feminine and cute women dress in PR has changed the way I dress forever. I truly feel like the way women dress here is the way I was meant to dress (I would’ve been OK with dressing up like women did in the ’50s too ;-)). I LOVE how I feel when I dress up, and being here in PR I am able to dress up every day if I wish to do day to day errands, something that would get me mean looks in the states.

      Thanks for the comment!

      All the best.

      • Angela, you are too kind indeed in your apology… You nail it on the head. I grew up in PR but reside in FL for way too long- LOL… Anyways, you did your “research” and I agree. I’m was marry to an “good ol American girl” and I used to buy her clothes and SHOES…. Along with getting her toe nails done… If you got the personality and dress well we guys go “krazy” 4 ya! …. Your hubby must be a “happy camper” … As for me, i’m going back to my “roots” LOL … PS – keep writting about your experiences and perspective of the PR live style, you know how to deliver a message … Gracias

        • Angela

          Thanks for the comment. Yes my husband is the absolute best and he actually buys and chooses many of my clothing items including the shoes! I never buy anything without consulting him! I will continue to write about my experiences. Take Care!

      • Born and raised in Ponce and moved to the States long time ago, 1968…. you know, I have no idea what ‘muffin top’ means…. may have known but forgotten, am 69 yrs. old now….. can you remind me pls? Tks…..

        • Angela


          A muffin top is that roll of fat that hangs over your pants when you are wearing pants that are too tight for you! It is normal to see a bit of skin hang over the jeans if the pants are tight but a full on “muffin top” normally is quite a bit of fat over the pants. It looks like the top part of a muffin as it hangs over the muffin tin or cupcake paper. =)

      • I am Puerto Rican and I didn’t see any offense in the muffin top because it is something that we see every day and I don’t think Puerto Rican women actually care about it, it doesn’t seem to bother them. I see them happy showing off their muffin top! Lol.
        Although I am Puerto Rican though, I am a very conservative woman and am in between the PR and American style, more American at least in work clothes style. I would never go out showing a muffin top!!!
        I choose very carefully the jeans that I buy and make sure they fit well at the waist like u suggest.
        I do wear tee’s sometimes (so that my muffin top doesnt show lol!), no sneakers though but comfortable decent maybe 1 inch heels, and I do not wear makeup for my everyday stuff… just like feeling fresh and clean, with a soft perfume scent. To me there is nothing better than being yourself and I am me! I am not part of the large masses 🙂
        But I truly loved your article, because in general that is exactly how it is; u described every single detail very well. And I am very glad that u like it here and that u like the dress style. So new to Puerto Rico people that’s how it is here. Come and enjoy!

  18. This post made me laugh…took the words out of my mouth! I’m an American living in PR for 5 yrs and this is so true!

  19. This is a fantastic article with much appreciated advice. Also, the Thanksgiving dinner shoes are FABULOUS! Thank you so much for this breakdown. 🙂

    • Angela

      LOL thank you so much Mary! I’m glad you liked the blog post and my shoes! =)

      Are you moving to Puerto Rico?

      Let me know if you have any questions or need advice!

      Take Care!

  20. Wow! You nailed it! I am Puerto Rican, lived there for almost 30 years and have lived here 23+ years, and it’s true. PR women dressed much more feminine than US women, and fortunately, I’ve kept that tradition… 😉 Sometimes when I visit PR I do dress down a little to more comfortable outfits, but always on the “flirty” side and of course, wearing make up and perfume. You see my mom of 79 getting all dressed up to go to “Plaza” (that’s Plaza Las Americas shopping mall, where you see women showing off their latest fashion trends).

    I do hope that you get used to dressing as feminine as you see there and keep it up for the rest of your life. Many in the US may joke about it, but secretly, MEN LOVE it – whether they admit it or not!

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