Memorial Day is right around the corner and what better way to flash your hot new bikini bod than a mini escape aboard a mega yacht cruise. Treat yourself as the king or queen that you are and explore all that Miami has to offer. Various local companies let you to rent a vessel for just under $2000. A personal favorite is Atlantic Yacht Charters where genial captain Jean-Guy and his staff aim to please. This crew is top class undoubtedly due to their long list of celeb clientele that include; Selma Hayek, Tom and Katie Cruise, amongst others. So the question arises what should one wear on a yacht? Whether you are a jetsetter or day-tripper you will benefit from my top 12 list of boating must-haves.
- Flirty Caftan/Sexy sheer cover-up
- Palazzo Pants
- Neon tank
- On trend bikini
- Sleek Dress
- Small clutch
- Oversized carry-all totebag
- Yachting shoes~Espadrilles
- Costume jewelry in neon color
- Killer shades
- Modern Panama hat
A Flirty caftan from Calypso is a surefire way to bring the St. Tropez element to your boating wardrobe or a POP color and jewel encrusted cover-up from Taj by Sabrina in SOBE. If you are not a dress lady than go for the seasons hottest printed Palazzo or sheer pants paired with a luxe tee. Alexis Bittar has designed some killer ones available at Splash online or Martier at Gulfstream Shops. If you have a rocking derriere throw on short shorts in a knit or crochet fabric like these inexpensive beauties from Zara and top them off with a bright neon tank from Jcrew on Lincoln Rd. Since yachting typically consists of lounging more than swimming opt for a trendy fringe bikini or one with some glam factor. The bikini Spring 2012 trend is all about mix n’ match, retro revisited, prints and neon. Designer Matthew Zink’s line encompasses all the above styles. Preferably a bikini that flatters like the cheeky Brazilian cut bottom and a convertible bandeau top.
Finally, if you are going from yacht to party, then toss a sexy little lightweight dress like this one from Camilla Franks her extensive line can be found at local fisher island favorite Boheme Boutiques. A chic clutch can be easily thrown into your totebag for a nighttime transformation and quick access to cash, lipstick, etc. Forget the straw beach bag instead sport an embellished mirrored croco embossed Marc Jacobs oversized tote. If your budget conscious opt for the sparkle goddess bag only $150 at Henri Bendel’s in Aventura mall. The boutique also carries an extensive line of fashion forward costume jewelry. No outfit is up to date with out neon jewelry. Love this Ted Rossi python neon cuff found at Intermix Bal Harbour. An experienced boater understands the lifestyle calls for a fab and sun protective hat. Check out this newcomer to Miami, Metier for modern straw hats. The finishing touch to any yacht attire is knockout designer aviator shades. Make them nautical inspired like this pair from Dior.
This mini guide is key to a glamorous nautical holiday escape; well at least for a day. Consider tips from a seasoned fashion stylist that wants you to set sail in the right direction.
Hit the Miami pavement for sophisticated boat look
Debbie Katz just off Lincoln Rd. 1629 Alton Rd. 786-543-7074, debbiekatzsouthbeach.com. Known for her beach chic looks shop for luxurious beach cover-ups and tunics.
Jessie Boutique- just off Lincoln Rd. on Alton Rd. Carries an assortment of modern day brands like: Alice & Olivia, Ella Moss, Cynthia Vincent, Parker and Mara Hoffman
OndadeMar-Perfect one stop shop for bikinis, straw hats and beach bags. 231-A 8th street, Miami Beach. Ondademar.com
Curve Soleil Elegant beachwear comes in all categories, apparel, shoes and bags. 2381 Collins Ave, Gansevoort Hotel, shopcurve.com
W Hotel SOBE Carries beaded and embellished silk tunics and headpieces by Deepa Gurnani from India. Lobby Boutique inside W Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave
Scoop Miami-Carries a modern assortment similar to the Scoop beach store in East Hampton. Bikinis by DVF and sexy beach cover-ups by Elizabeth Hurley. The Shore Club Hotel, 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Splash- Online boutique only ships from Miami. They carry the most exquisitely embellished kaftans and tunics. Some favorite picks are by Taj, Deepa Gurnani and Mara Hoffman. Shopsplash.com
South Beach Swimsuits has a chic assortment of beach wraps and bikinis by popular brands; Becca, VIx, Debbie Katz. Southbeachswimsuits.com
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