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Florida Keys Conch Style: The Key to a Fashionable Wardrobe

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Leah No Comments

In the Florida Keys, it can be difficult to be stylish.  The heat and high humidity are not complimentary to getting dressed up. And our testosterone- infused pastimes don’t exactly inspire creativity in fashion.  It isn’t out of the ordinary to spend an afternoon at a community event, take a boat ride to enjoy the sunset and then end up at a restaurant for dinner and drinks.

The secret to a fashionable Keys wardrobe is versatility, owning great basics, buying colorful on-trend accessories and finding comfortable, yet stylish shoes.

Living an active lifestyle means being ready for anything so your Florida Keys wardrobe needs to have versatility.  Not only do we want to look stylish, but we also need to be able to get in and out of a boat without a problem.

Look for pieces that can be dressed up or down – taking you from the boat as a bathing suit cover-up, out to dinner with friends.

Investing in great basics is the foundation to any stylish wardrobe.  Look for pieces that fit and flatter your body.  Wardrobe basics should include fitted shorts, a few colorful fitted shirts, a long maxi dress, two to three colorful jersey dresses, a fitted jacket in a neutral color (such as tan, black or navy), a nice black dress and a great pair of jeans.

Next, add colorful, on-trend accessories such as scarves, jewelry and bags.   This season’s hottest fashion trends include:

  • Embrace neon.  Neon and bright colored pieces such as pink, orange, and yellow are in this season.  Don’t be afraid of color: wear a pink dress with a bright yellow scarf.  When shopping, look for bright colored accessories to add to the great basics you already own.
  • Color-block your look.  Create this by pairing two complementary colors such as yellow and purple or blue and orange.  You can do this by adding a jacket or handbag to your outfit in a color on the opposite side of the color wheel, or be bold and wear a red top with a yellow skirt.
  • Wear contrasting patterns together.  As long as the base color of the two patterns is the same, go for it.  Think long navy striped maxi dress paired with a navy floral scarf.
  • Pair colorful accessories such as a bright bag, statement necklaces and sandals with neutral shorts and top or a black dress.

In addition, here in the Keys comfortable shoes are a must.  Try wedges for a more dressed-up look and lots of bright colored sandals and flip-flips.  Look for a few neutral-colored shoes and then buy lots of color as shoes are a great way to add color to your outfit!

Check out the following affordable Keys boutiques for creating your fashionable Florida Keys wardrobe:

Miss Monroe Boutique in Plantation Key (MM 88.5 bayside) – find fun, flirty frocks in patterns and on-trend colors, a wide-selection of jewelry, and unique sandals and shoes to complete your look.

Waters Edge Gift Cottage in Key Largo (MM 95 bayside) – Great styles in a variety of sizes and colors with a fabulous selection of dresses, jeans and accessories.  This boutique also offers amazing housewares and gifts.

Christina’s Boutique in Marathon (between Bealls and Office Depot) – This boutique offers great colorful handbags, a variety of jewelry, cosmetics and sandals.

Wanderlust in Key West (310 Petronia Street) – Find ethnically inspired beachwear and dresses, local, hand-made jewelry, colorful scarves and a great selection of fashionable sandals.  Oh yeah, and they sell some fantastic local art.


Colorful Tory Burch inspired handbags ($49) from Christina’s Boutique in Marathon.


Dresses and local artwork at Wanderlust Boutique in Key West.


This article was also featured in the Florida Keys Reporter and Keynoter as a part of my “Conch Style” column that runs bi-monthly in the Friday and Saturday edition.  If you have story ideas on style in the Florida Keys, please send me an email at Leah@leahsfabulousfinds.com.