South Beach Style: Dress-up with Attitude
As most Florida fashionistas will attest, South Beach is its own separate world. Residents don't follow the trends; they create their own. At Arrive Miami, a hip retail boutique in Miami Beach, one of their mottos reads, "Fashion is merely an extension of self-expression; treat it with an open mind but never take it too seriously." South Beach style is all about individualism — and, of course, having fun in the glorious Florida sun!
One trip to SoBe and you'll realize why it ranks as one of the nation's cities with the sexiest women: skin, skin, skin. With an average annual temperature of 76.7 degrees, ladies—and gentlemen, too—bare it all, year round.
Where do locals and tourists go to stock up on South Beach style essentials? The hottest boutiques in town: Arrive, Scoop, Intermix, Club Monaco, Source Paris and Base, to name a few.
Looking cool, staying cooler
The majority of skirts in South Beach are short, short, short. "Short and tight is always popular in SoBe," assures Corey Valestra of Base, an award-winning lifestyle/concept store located on Lincoln Road. While the warm weather and bevy of beautiful bodies may dictate these mini, mini skirts, you can catch an occasional bohemian style, or long and flowy skirt for the ladies who opt in favor of comfort. This extra-affordable cotton skirt is both flattering and comfortable.
Topping off the mini-skirts are usually stylish tanks. Embellished tops—with rhinestones and crystals—are big! (Check out designs by the label Bejeweled for examples.)
Shamika Super of Collins Avenue's Intermix agrees that anything embellished is all the rage. At night, when prepping for parties and clubs, Veronica Torres of Source Paris, another stand out shop on Lincoln Road, says à la mode corsets are worn to dress the mini up. And Valestra advises that with SoBe's tropical climate, wraps are great evening cover-ups.