20533 Biscayne Blvd. #E-2
Aventura, FL 33180
Jessie Boutique is a great contemporary boutique with women’s apparel and accessories from favorite designers like Rory Beca, Alice + Olivia and Haute Hippie. The spring/summer 2013 collection features bright pinks, bright oranges, lots of white, maxi dresses and pieces that show a lot of leg (mini dresses, rompers, chic shorts). Two standout pieces are a sleeveless, v-neck, graphic print romper from Donna Mizanni and white lace shorts by Haute Hippie. There are two more locations (Boca Raton and Miami Beach) and there is an online shop as well.
7416 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138
Julian Chang is a popular local designer in Miami whose success has reached much farther than the Sunshine State. South Florida women flock to the designer’s feminine, gorgeous designs. His spring 2013 collection features plenty of graphic prints, halter necklines, one-shoulder silhouettes and breezy, flowy pant styles. The look is very Miami chic and it incorporates the season’s trends without being overly trendy. It’s chic and sophisticated and many of the looks may be translated with the right hair and accessories to suit women of many age groups.
326 S. County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Rapunzel’s Closet is a great store with high-quality, stylish looks for women from brands that include Rachel Pally, Elizabeth & James and Ella Moss. Spring focuses on feminine dresses, flowy tops and white and sorbet colors – colors seen all over the runways for spring/summer 2013. New merchandise arrives regularly and it’s a great shop to discover the newest, hottest designers. There’s a shop for the little ones in Palm Beach as well that is just as fashionable as the women’s store – Lil Rapunzel’s.
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2381 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Curve is the sunny, tropical version of the contemporary to designer high-fashion boutique that features three other locations in the U.S. – New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The spring/summer 2013 season is a playful one at the boutique located in The Perry South Beach Hotel. Spike/stud/cross embellishments, distressed leather, hammered metal jewelry and stripes and zigzags run rampant. The most popular runway color of the season, emerald, makes a strong presence at Curve as well as nautical-inspired pieces (Acne), black and white, graphic prints (Mary Katrantzou, Peter Piloto, IRO) and cuts and silhouettes from the 1960s. Isabel Marant does a fabulous job interpreting the Southwest/Santa Fe trend.
Lilac and Lilies
2541 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
This is a great boutique with everything you’d need for a complete wardrobe. The new arrivals for the season are light, wearable and on-trend. The prices points suit many shoppers with items from the mid-contemporary to contemporary ranges, and pieces for layering like light sweaters and hipster tank/tees really open up the styling possibilities. Great jewelry, funky shorts, bright, sexy bikinis and spring staples, like the perfect pair of white pants, are the highlight of the spring/summer 2013 offerings. The roster of great designers includes Miss Fanatic, Yumi Kim and Mara Hoffman.
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Chanoa Chen is a well-published blogger and online journalist on topics ranging from luxury lifestyle living to fashion shows and trends. A self-proclaimed Miami Beach fashion expert, she is also working on launching her first jewelry line, Boki Love. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.