‘dressy-beachy’ exists, and i’ve got the #ootd to prove it.

my recent stay in miami was met with nearly perfect weather. it was 80 degrees and sunny every day, and the evening temps were grazing 70 even after the sun went down. i knew while i was packing that i would need some beach-friendly-night-wear. i’m not talking ‘dinner on the docks’ white jeans and sandals. i’m talking ‘ocean drive is lit and you never know where the night will take you’. i wanted to keep my dinner outfits comfy and sexy enough that i’d be able to walk up to any lounge and not feel out of place. this was one of my favorite south beach evening looks:

you know what makes elastic-waistbans sexy? leather. in this case, these shorts are ‘imitation leather’ (keeping it animal friendly). they are last-season h&m, but you can find a similar pair right here. i’m really loving this shirt. it’s the ‘clear eyes crop top’ from mystique boutique, which is a nyc-based store with a great online shopping selection for those of you that are outside the tri-state area. at only $27.99, this is such a statement piece. the base is in between navy and royal blue, and the light floral pattern throughout allows you to wear it with virtually anything – black, white, tan, even denim. this is the type of silky shirt that can be dressed way up or way down, and it was serving the right purpose during my trip to south beach. the clutch is a staple of mine from francesca’s (last season). they always have great handbags, which you can browse here.

it would be completely tragic not to put a spotlight on this incredible jewelry set by chloe + isabel. similar to stella & dot, a company i collaborated with on a few past looks (click each individual word-link to check them all out!) – chloe + isabel is the type of company where you can ‘be your own boss’ by becoming a merchandiser. it’s a really cool concept, with gorgeous high-quality costume jewelry in so many different styles. unlike stella & dot, i wasn’t working with a stylist when i got my hands on this collection. the set was gifted to me, and i fell completely in love with the brand. seen here are the ‘bella fiore’ drop earrings, the ‘bella fiore’ statement bracelet, and the ‘bella fiore’ statement necklace. you can get the entire set for $244 which is unbelievable for something that (quite literally) looks ‘like a million bucks’. i stood out from the crowd, got so many compliments and felt like an actual mermaid-beach-princess. and now i want everything on the website. help!!!!!

what do you think of this beachy, evening look? how would you style a classic pair of (p)leather shorts? comment below, and follow my instagram for more inspo!

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