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Party fashion: 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 ...
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Dress up for a night on the town
Then there's the matter of what to wear for a night out on the town or for a special occasion. Valestra relays that wrap dresses and halter dresses are hot now.The halter dress, pictured at the left, by Donna Ricco is a stylish choice.
Another chic style for dress-up cocktail parties is the strapless dress, especially in dark colors, such as black. Shamika Super adds that materials like silk and chiffon are popular, and notes that some summer-style dresses are now loose fitting and blousy, either sleeveless or with puffy or cinch sleeves. In her opinion, when it comes to dresses, tight, form-fitting dresses are currently taking a back seat.
If the evening calls for casual, like celebrating the end of the workweek at a local restaurant, bar or lounge, denim is still the go-to get-up. Whether it's a pair of jeans, a jean skirt or a pair of jean shorts, each item is easy to throw on and looks cute with a silky, sexy camisole, a jeweled tank top, or other trendy top and high-heeled sandals....
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Brights, prints, and metallic sneakers
Take one look at the colors of the hotels and apartment buildings, restaurants, houses, shops and other architecture in SoBe and you'll see why it's only fitting that the fashion follows. As in most style circles, white and black are always appropriate here. White is an especially sexy color to wear with a tan!
But it's the bold, bright colors that currently reign in SoBe, and according to one fashion follower, purple is really big as of late for both men and women. Alexis Zamudio, the owner of the in vogue Invasion Boutique, reveals that turquoise blue is in, as are prints. Shamika Super adds that all summer colors are popular, including yellow, orange, and blue. This tunic dress, by Trina Turk, is a great choice for casual or special occasion wear.
When it comes to accessories, stilettos are still number 1 for footwear. "Stilettos will always rule in South Beach,"" proclaims Valestra. Yet, he concedes that platforms are definitely gaining in popularity. The platform heel—with a platform in the front, a round toe, and a 5" heel—is starting to get some shine, and wedges can also occasionally be spotted. Here is a pair of gold metallic platform sandals from Steve Madden that can make any outfit shine.
As for what will be hot this spring...all parties agree: metallic colors. Torres assures us it's all about metallic, while Shamika Super gets even more specific, naming silver as the color of c...