By: Amanda Del Duca, Fashion Blogger & Editor based in Miami, FL
Packing for Miami
The key to packing for Miami is keeping it LIGHT. The weather is warm and sunny, so you don’t need layers. Keep it simple with a few great pieces. Besides, you never know what you will come home with, Miami has fantastic shopping!
Wrap Scarf - This is your most versatile travel companion!
- Wrap it around your waist as a cover-up by the pool.
- Lay it out to use as a towel.
- Fold up for a great head pillow while laying out at the beautiful Miami beaches.
- Wrap your wet hair up into a chic turban look.
- Drape across shoulders for protection from the sun.
Panama Hat - It may seem cliché, but a great Panama hat is so necessary in Miami. The Panama Hat is actually of Ecuadorian origin, but through popular culture the style is associated with island life and tropical living. It’s fun to dive into the Miami lifestyle right away with a simple hat.
The Bikini - On vacation I love to get tan lines. Using the same swimsuit (or style) is a good way to keep track of how much sun your getting.
One-piece - In Miami, swimwear is a form of clothing. It’s totally appropriate to go to lunch in a swimsuit and coverup. I love one-pieces for days where I am not too concerned with tanning, and more concerned with having fun! A one-piece paired with a cover up can take you to the pool, lunch, afternoon shopping, the spa or bar with ease and comfort.
Sunglasses - I promise you will have these attached to your face for all waking hours (and maybe even later at nightclub, LIV). Bring a few pairs! You won’t want to accessorize too much on the beach. Changing up your sunglasses mid-vacation will keep you feeling stylish and eyes protected.
Wedges - In Miami, the women like to wear heels. Yes, sometimes even to the beach! Wedges are the best option for tropical packing because the same pair can take your look from day to night.
Zip Clutch - You don’t need much to carry around with you because of the beautiful weather, but it’s nice to have a zip-up pouch to carry identification, lip balm, money and your room key.
Maxi Dress - When it’s 90 degrees and sunny, you want as little fabric as possible with maximum impact. Bring along a flowy, brightly printed maxi dress that will keep you cool, comfortable and stylish.
has three locations in South Florida. I love the Miami Beach and Aventura locations when I’m looking for a party dress or shopping for a special occasion. The selection is curated by Jessie and she makes sure to only stock a few of each item to keep her shoppers feeling special. Jessie’s carries swimwear, cool coverups, dresses, shoes and chic handbags. It’s girlygirl heaven. TIP: Jessie is one of the few places you can shop for local favorite, ALEXIS.
Ramona La Rue Coconut Grove native Arianne Brown is the creative mind behind local design house, Ramona La Rue. The brand’s collection’s get stronger every season and now just opened a new store on Lincoln Road! Find bright prints, light fabrics and flowy styles perfect for Miami.
Del Toro is a men’s and women’s shoes and accessories brand cocreated by Miami resident, Matthew Chevellard. The Wynwood Boutique features styles in exotic fabrics and collaborations with Miami artists. Del Toro shoes are a fresh take on classic silhouettes like wingtips, slippers, drivers and sneakers.
Isa Boutique Owned by two Miami fashion industry veterans, Isa Boutique, carries a wonderful selection of Miami style and local designers. Shop for Miami swimwear brand Bianca Coletti here.
KOTO Founded by the need for random adventures and built on a foundation of love for unique items, KOTO is one of my favorite novelty stores in Miami. A great place to bring home a gift for someone special or to find something new for yourself. This shop on Lincoln Road is super cool and super local.
Merrick Park Village of Merrick Park is a wonderful outdoor shopping experience in Coral Gables. Stores such as Silvia Tcherassi, Tiffany and Co., Jimmy Choo and Nordstrom surround a grassy, open-air courtyard with live music and dining. Merrick Park is perfect for a leisurely day with family.
Fly Boutique Fly Boutique is one of my favorite vintage stores in Miami. Find one of a kind pieces from Missoni and Chanel at this charming consignment and vintage haven located at 72nd Street & Biscayne Boulevard. Be sure to check out owner Jean Marie’s own line Puglia.
Alchemist Alchemist is one of the most breathtaking shopping destinations in Miami. Its location has incredible views and the inventory is just as interesting showcasing top designers and highly conceptualized styles.
Haus Fashion Owner, Emilio Uribe, has a strong connection with contemporary art curating a fabulous selection of rare pieces at reasonable prices from the newest designers and local up and comers.
This popular South Beach boutique carries a wide range of bright and flirty swimwear. Find styles from L*Space and Mara Hoffman along with delicate beach accessories.
La Belle Rebelle (Women)
For the trendy and body confident, head to La Belle Rebelle. This store is a local favorite with many different styles in the same fabulous prints.
This South Miami hot spot carries bikinis, coverups, bags, sandals, hats, sunglasses and anything else you need for a day in the sun. Swimwear brands include Acacia, Lolli Swimwear, Mikoh and Kai Lani.
OndadeMar (Men and Women)
Colombian swimwear brand, OndadeMar, carries a range of resort lifestyle products for both men and women with subtle Latin flair.
Beach Bunny Swimwear(Women)
Boudoir inspired and swimwear that makes a bold statement! Shop for some of the most glamorous swimwear anywhere at Beach Bunny in South Beach.
The Webster(Men and Women)
For the luxury shopper, The Webster, is the perfect place to find a bikini you won’t find on anyone else. Off the runway looks and a nice selection of neoprene swimsuits from the Lisa Marie Fernandez collection.
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