Are you a snowbird? Do you spend your winters in Florida, or pop down for a couple of weeks every year?
Like many northerners, Florida is my home away from home. I’ve been going there twice a year for the last 25 years to escape the cold and soak up the sun. The weather is great, the food and shopping are first class, and the beaches are breezy and relaxing. No wonder it’s one of America’s most popular vacation spots.
Recently, many of you have emailed me because you’re planning a trip down south, but you aren’t sure what to wear. So here’s a look at some stylish ideas for what to pack for Florida.
1. Pack an Easy Breezy Shift Dress
When I’m in Florida, forget cooking! I like to go out for dinner a lot, and I usually like to wear a dress. It just makes my evening feel a little more special. The problem is that many of the sundresses I come across are sleeveless or too skimpy around the neck or shoulders, meaning I freeze when I’m in an air-conditioned restaurant (some, which they keep as cold as meat lockers!)
That’s where a dress like this comes in. I always like to pack a cute, easygoing shift dress in a bright print. Shift dresses tend to be on the short side, so I just throw a little self-tanner on my legs, and I’m good to go.
This style ( above) looks great with flat sandals, which suits me just fine! I love the 3/4 length sleeves because you get upper arm coverage, but you can still throw on some bangles, etc., and show a little skin at your forearms, which is always youthful.
This is my Florida go-to dress that I wear shopping, to dinner, just about anywhere. It’s loose, but not baggy, colorful, sporty and fun.
2. Pack White Cropped Jeans
If you’re ever going to wear white, Florida is the place to do it. White cropped jeans that end just above the ankle are a staple in my “down south” wardrobe. They’re more attractive than capris, which end mid-calf, and they feel less formal than long white pants. The skinny
The skinny leg, and the way it shows off a touch of skin above my ankle makes me feel sporty and summery. Pair cropped white jeans with a colorful tropical top and some cute canvas espadrilles, and soak up the sunshine!
3. Pack Shorts
Not everyone is into shorts, but I think it doesn’t hurt to bring a pair. I like any color ( although I’m not a denim fan). My favorite is white because they look so fresh and crisp paired with any bright, silky top or casual, stretchy tee.
Florida is a place where you can let loose a little and have fun with a bright, eye-catching print. This feminine blue blouse gives off an exotic, world traveler vibe. What really makes it pop is a pair of cute sandals with wrap-around laces and a relaxed, boho-inspired drawstring bag. Details are important when it comes to dressing up a casual outfit.
4. Pack a Cold Shoulder Dress or Top
The cold shoulder look has been very popular lately. Florida or any other tropical vacation spot is a great place to try it out. This darling dress with the cut out shoulders is easy to wear and youthful looking too.
I’ve been showing a lot of Lily Pulitzer prints like this because they’re “so Florida” – very light, cheery and tropical. This cold shoulder dress ( above) would look super cute if you were going out to dinner. Wear it with a casual shoe like a canvas espadrille or a dainty flat sandal. I like footwear in a creamy or nude shade ( nude means whatever is closest to your particular skin color). Nude allows the bright pink pattern to really shine.
Dangly tassel earrings are a fun way to play up the cold shoulder. All attention goes up to your earrings and your sexy shoulder detail.
5. Pack something Playful
It’s vacation time, so why not pack a cute sundress or top that has a playful side? This swingy, ombré, lace sundress is what I’m talking about. See the tassels at the hem? Get our of your serious rut and have some fun with a dress like this. Not only will you look fantastic, but it will really put you in a relaxed holiday mood.
5. How about a Maxi?
You might not have thought of this, but a maxi is ideal for a Florida vacation. Wear it during the day by the beach and then dress it up at night. It feels breezy, easy and holiday like and it’s something different from what you might wear back home.
Sass it up with some sexy lace-up sandals, a great bag, and a smart looking hat, and you’ve got a total vacation look. Can’t you just see yourself wearing this on the patio, great music in the background with a Marguerita in hand?
Can’t you just see yourself wearing this on the patio, great music in the background with a Marguerita in hand?
Naturally, there are a lot more things to pack for a Florida vacation than what I’ve shown. A fab swimsuit is a must too. You can get some ideas for what to wear to the beach here.
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