Flaite (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈflajte]) is a Chilean Spanish slang used to define urban youth of low-socioeconomic background who are linked to vulgar habits and crime.[1] The stereotype of the flaite is from a low socioeconomic background, can be a delinquent, travel in groups, and like chavs, have a distinct style of dress. They enjoy (vacilan) music such as cumbia and reggaeton.

The flaite stereotype wear sneakers such as Nike Dunks and other basketball or soccer shoes. They usually have short haircuts (called "sopaipilla", because it looks like that fried pastry) accompanied by jockey caps. They enjoy wearing flashy accessories, known as bling-bling, as well as tightly worn jeans.[2] Some youth from middle to upper socioeconomic backgrounds follow the fashion style of the flaites[3] by wearing baggy jeans, which is believed by some to be evolving into a subcultural group.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roxana Fitch, Jergas de habla hispana, Ed. BookSurge, North Charleston, 2006, p. 56
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Las Ultimas Noticias Benetton transforma al "flaite" chileno en ícono de la moda
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Red de Televisión Chilevisión La moda de los "Chilean Flaites"
  4. ^ Chilenismos : a dictionary and phrasebook for Chilean Spanish by Daniel Joelson Pgs. 4-5