Summer Packing Guide: Miami Beach
In general, people never tend to believe me when I first tell them I hail from Miami Beach, FL. "But why are you so pale?" some ask. "You don't really strike us as a 'beachy' kind of girl," others remark.
Indeed, I called South Florida home up until I graduated from high school, and now head back for mini-trips whenever I can. I may have taken that beach proximity and ample sunshine for granted as a teen, but appreciate it far more now that I've got limited access. While perhaps not as slick and cosmopolitan as some metropolitan areas, Miami Beach has a booming art scene, great dining and prime people-watching. Few other cities in the continental US, after all, regard a string bikini as a complete ensemble.
Click through the gallery to see some of the items I'd love to pack for my annual end-of-August trip back to, in Will Smith's immortal words, "the city where the heat is on." Bienvenidos a Miami.
From the South Beach color palette to the wetsuit-style silhouette, everything about this maillot is pitch perfect.
Mirrored lenses in deep pool blue? Yes, please.
We got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea....
Whether or not you're wearing them to be ironic, tropical prints always work in SoFla.
Big enough to fit everything you'll need for a day by the shore, bright enough to banish all thoughts of the standard-issue school backpack.
An absolute necessity in Miami.
Half skirt, half shorts, all awesome.
Bracelets and necklaces leave tan lines. But if you've ever wanted to test drive the statement earring trend, Miami's the place to do so.
Comfy enough for hours of walking along Lincoln Road.
But when it's time to change for a seafood dinner alfresco, these beachy wedges are a great choice.
Protect your smartphone from sand—and support one of Miami Beach's coolest stores—with this exclusive iPhone case.
It's actually set in Palm Beach, not Miami—but Heartbreakers is perhaps the funniest Florida flick ever. Bravo, Sigourney.
If you can only pack one thing for your trip to Miami Beach, make it a white dress. This summery staple works for absolutely everything in South Florida.