Are you a snowbird? Do you spend your winters in Florida, or pop down for a couple of weeks every year? Are you getting ready to visit after Christmas?
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, many of you have emailed me because you’re planning a trip to Florida, 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 because it 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. Florida is a place where you can let loose a little and have fun with a gorgeous, eye-catching print. Pulitzer dresses are the best ones because they’re “so Florida” – very light, cheery, and tropical. Shift dresses tend to be on the short side, so I 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. 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. Pair white jeans with a colorful tropical colored top and some cute gold strappy sandals, and soak up the sunshine!
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). This trendy square neck tee gives a basic pair of shorts a fresh update. Cute gold sandals, fringe earrings, and a round rattan bag uplevel the look.
4. A Cute Sundress
Casually chic is the name of the game when you are on vacation, and this cute sundress fits the bill. Stripes are very nautical and always a great look when you are by the ocean. This darling midi has a gorgeous twist, literally with that wrap tie waist. Add a sporty natural tote and braided flats, and you have a fabulous summer look.
5. Linen Pants
It’s vacation time, so why not pack a pair of easy breezy linen pants? They’ll keep you cool, they feel comfy, and they look so summery. Team them up with a linen shirt, a pair of cute flat sandals, and a wicker bag, and you have a great look to go shopping or out to the beach for pizza and a glass of wine.
5. How about a Beach Dress?
If you are going to Florida, you likely be at the beach, and so a cute beach dress is a must. Here’s a darling maxi sundress that doubles as a swim coverup. 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 gold sandals, a great bag, and a smart-looking hat, and you’ve got a complete vacation look. Can’t you see yourself wearing this on the patio, great music in the background with a margarita in hand?
6. Your Favorite Jeans
Your favorite jeans will always come in handy, especially when it cools down at night. Wear them with something light and flowy like this pretty asymmetrical tunic to create the perfect outfit for when you want to go out to dinner or the movies, and the air conditioner is blasting away. White espadrilles give you a cute tropical look. The straw circle bag is a fun, relaxed addition.
These are just a few ideas for what to pack for Florida. I hope you have a wonderful time!