Summer has arrived in Florida, and no matter how many decades I spend here the first days of 90 degree heat and full humidity always take my breath away. This is the time to keep very close to the best thing about my wild and beautiful home; the water. There are so many amazing beaches on both coasts, but Palm Beach has always been at the top of my list. It may be known for its’ luxury shopping and high society, but the ocean belongs to everyone.
It’s a sort of perfect mix of the darker navy blue waters and clay-colored sands of the beaches I grew up on farther north up the coast and the tropical Bahama-like beaches of Miami. Even just steps from Worth Avenue, there is street parking and an approach to walk right down to the ocean. Sunsets here bring cotton candy skies and the Atlantic Ocean temperature stays much cooler than the Gulf of Mexico on the other side of the state, which keeps a cool breeze blowing even into the depths of summer.
I always struggled to dress for the extreme heat, and for years would try to still wear jeans or cardigans over dresses or cute ballet flats, only to end up stifling and uncomfortable and even panicky(my best friend used to carry a tank top with her bc she was so scared she would end up overdressed and hot lol) Now, I stick with light gauzy cottons and linens and mostly dresses or higher waisted tea-length or maxi skirts with more cropped tops. I try to find ways to integrate detail and personal style, which can be kind of difficult when you just have to wear so little clothes all the time. Pintucked fabrics, vintage laces, statement sleeves, smocking, square toed sandals for a little current trend, and of course hair accessories are all musts for me. Loveshackfancy, Ulla Johnson, Spell and the Gyspy Collective and of course Free People are go-to brands for the kind of relaxed bohemian summer luxury that this dreamy island commands.
~Shop the (almost) exact post here, the top is sold out but I found the blue version in limited sizes
~Shop other pretties I’m loving here