What To Pack For Florida: 5 Breezy Ideas

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 excellent, 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, some of you have emailed me because you’re planning a trip to Miami, Tampa, or Orlando, but you aren’t sure what to wear. So here’s a look at some stylish ideas for what to pack for Florida.


Florida Vacation- White Pants

1. White Jeans

If you’re ever going to wear white, Florida is the place to do it. White jeans, long or cropped, are a staple in my “down south” wardrobe. This year crop wide-leg is more popular than ever. Try them with this cute striped top with the boho fringe edging for a beachy look. Add some sleek square toes sandals, gold hoops, and a slouchy wicker bag, and hit the beach for a glass of wine and a seaside lunch.

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Florida Vacation Blue Maxi

2. A Fabulous Maxi

A sun vacation is a great time to go all out and wear something you might typically not wear at home. A long maxi dress is perfect for resort life. This gorgeous maxi in sea green and ocean blue is soft and flowy, just what you need when you want to look a little glamorous and feel relaxed. Pair it with these sleek sandals, this darling wicker bag, cute earrings, and a big, floppy sunhat!

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Florida Vacation - khaki shorts

3. Shorts

Not everyone is into shorts, but I think it doesn’t hurt to bring a pair. I like neutrals and some brights, but I’m not a denim fan. Talbots has a great collection of shorts.

These taupe ones are one of my current favorites because they are stylish and timeless. They are made from a comfy stretch twill and have a very flattering 7″ length, making them not too young looking but not too old lady either. A classic white linen button-up always looks classy with shorts. Finish off the look with these cute straw platform wedges, some sea glass earrings, and this festive straw bag!

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4. A Cute Sundress

Casually chic is the name of the game when you are on vacation, and this cute sundress fits the bill. Tropical prints are always at home but even better on a dark slimming background. This darling shift dress is bright and fresh but sophisticated too. Play it up with a fun fringe bag, some raffia earrings, and some knotted slides. And don’t forget a pair of glam sunnies! Are you ready to do some shopping?

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5. A Sexy Swimsuit

If you are planning on packing a swimsuit, make it something exciting. A plunging neckline with a peekaboo keyhole makes you feel like a starlet in a shimmery one-piece swimsuit that’s paparazzi-approved. After a dip in the pool slip on this gauzy white coverup and settle in to your lounger to read a good book.

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These are just a few ideas for what to pack for Florida. I hope you have a wonderful time!

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19 thoughts on “What To Pack For Florida: 5 Breezy Ideas

  1. I live in Central Florida and will be retiring soon to SW Florida, and if you’re traveling here anytime more quickly, you’ll want to pack warmer clothes as it gets cold at night and isn’t warming up enough during the day to wear these clothes. My advice to my friends and relatives that travel here this time of year is to pack layers. It can be 80 degrees one day and in the 40’s the next if a cold front comes through.

  2. I have lived in Sarasota/Bradenton area for eight months. May is a shoulder month for the weather, which means temperatures are on the way up, but high humidity is relatively down. Just layer your outfits because the air cools fast if the sun is not there. Bright spring colors will fit right in, and sandals always work this time of year. Most spring days are sunny since the rainy season generally starts in June. I hope this helps with fashion choices…

  3. Hi, I am coming to Tampa, Florida, in May for my grandson’s wedding. I am bringing a three-piece outfit that is mixed and matched, it is navy and grey, the skirt is interchangeable & long, and the top is sleeveless, with another top over it with sleeves, very lightweight material. Should I wear a hat? We will be there for three or four days.

  4. Hi, I am coming to Tampa, Florida, in May for my grandson’s wedding. I am bringing a three-piece outfit that is mixed and matched: navy and grey, my skirt is interchangeable & long, and the top is sleeveless, with another top over it with sleeves, a very lightweight material. Should I wear a hat? We will be there for three or four days.

    1. Hi Joan, If the wedding is outdoors you may want a hat, but it is not required. Just be sure to wear sunscreen and don’t forget sunglasses. If you have bare shoulders, you may also want a light wrap so you don’t get sunburned!

  5. Thanks for the tip that beach dresses can double as a way to cover up my swimwear when I’m not in the water. Since my wedding has been postponed, my fiancé and I just focused on possible honeymoon destinations once the pandemic is over. As such, I think I will spend some time upgrading my wardrobe for some resort wear.

  6. As a snowbird for years, I have been visiting the Sarasota area. I will be moving there permanently next year. I will be 70 in January, yet I am pretty into dressing well. I Am 5’3”, size 2-4, love shorts, hate capris (which make me look shorter), and am slender. I love suggestions, so I blend in without looking like a snowbird!! Thank you!

  7. I love SW Florida. I wear shorts, tops, sandals, and sneakers. That’s it. I’ve never worn a dress. In the last three years, I’ve only worn pants once. And my shorts are long, just above the knee. I’m not 16. It’s very casual down here.

  8. I do like the idea of the maxi. My husband and I make an annual trip down to Florida to the Bradenton/Sarasota area. We’re baseball fans and take a weekend trip to watch a Pittsburgh Pirates spring training game. I generally pack my Pirates jersey and t-shirt.

    Our hotels have a pool, so I always pack my bikini. I am looking for something to wear poolside.

    Because we’re only gone for 3-4 days, I use the “less-is-more” plan when packing.

  9. I hate to say this, but dressing like this in Florida, i.e., loud tops and sandals t-shirts, becomes boring very quickly! Here in Central Florida, where I live, Women cannot wait for the temps to drop to 75 so we can wear jeans, leggings, and boots!

    1. Hi Linda,
      If you live in Florida, I understand that you wouldn’t be dressing like this so much, but for us northerners, it’s vacation time. We can’t wait to get out of the dull colors and into something light and a bit tropical. Bring on the sunshine!

      1. You can tell the comment is from a resident. Us northerners would be sweltering in jeans and a sweater when it is 75 degrees. I love the bright (not loud) colors, although I rarely wear sleeves in the islands or FL. Too hot for my liking.

    1. I live in Florida. These suggestions are great. Good-fitting jeans are a staple here as well as day-to-evening sandals. Neon tops have long been popular in South Florida. It is a Palm Beach/South Beach sort of thing. You can wear a less loud or patterned top with white shorts/skirt/jeans to be less traffic-stopping. Navy, green, yellow, orange, fuchsia, or black with colorful accessories make a standout outfit with white too. Floridian females live in well-fitted scoop-neck t-shirts, intelligent accessories, shorts, and sandals. Pack a lovely sundress for evenings, and bring a wrap if the one you choose is strappy to fend off the a/c.

      1. Hi Corrine,
        Great advice. Nothing like hearing from someone who lives in Florida to get the full scoop on what to wear. I like cropped pants ( plain and printed) and wear many of them in Florida with pretty tops and sandals.
        Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Deborah

xo, Deb

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