Annual event happens April 27
By Leah Maki
Islamorada will be turning up the heat at the Sizzling Summer Fashion Show at The Village Square at Trading Post on Thursday, April 27. The fashion show will feature summer must-haves from Miss Monroe Boutique, D-Luxe Boutique, Island Trendz Boutique, and Otherside Boardsports. Here is a preview of the summer wardrobe essentials that will be highlighted on the runway.
• Chic cover-ups. Summer clothing should made of light-weight materials in sweatproof fabrics that will keep you cool all summer long. An ideal cover-up is versatile and will take you from boat mate to lunch date without much effort. The Echo New York cover-ups at Miss Monroe Boutique are essential for every fashionista’s wardrobe, in vibrant, colorful prints in lightweight fabrics with beautiful tassel and pom pom trim that will have you looking effortlessly chic. Available from $48 to $78 at Miss Monroe Boutique at 81868 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.
• Attention grabbing details. This summer it is all about the details with statement-making tops. Whether you bare the cold shoulder, rock the one-shoulder or brave the off the shoulder, be sure to reveal your neckline and arms this summer. Also, look for unique necklines with strappy crisscross accents and statement sleeves with ruffles and exaggerated bell sleeves to highlight your soon-to-be summer glow. Attention-grabbing summer dresses and tops range from $25 to $35 at D-Luxe Boutique at 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.
• Chic fishing apparel. Grundens is a brand known for its commercial fishing apparel worn by anglers since 1911. But its new line of men’s fishing apparel is getting a major upgrade. Grundens still offers the same high performance product but now a bit more fashion forward. The high-quality button down performance shirts are versatile, water-resistant, and 50 UPF, with quick drying fabric and 4-way stretch for optimal movement and comfort. Island Trendz is now carrying this chic fishing apparel line in shorts and performance shirts that can easily be worn for the boat or to casual dinners in the Keys. Prices range from $55 to $95 and they can be found at Island Trendz Boutique within the Amara Cay Resort at 80001 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.
• Upcycled swimwear. The ethical and sustainable fashion movement has gained steam in recent years with major swimwear brands debuting collections made entirely from recycled materials. Otherside Boardsports is carrying several swimwear lines that are environmentally friendly. Volcom uses old fishing nets to create women’s swimwear, MG Surfline uses recycled plastic bottles to create water wear, and Vissla uses discarded coconut husks to create men’s board shorts. Protect marine life and the future of our oceans by opting for sustainable swimwear that has been upcycled. Men’s board shorts range from $45 to $59 and women’s separates start at $39 and are available at Otherside Boardsports at 82758 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.
Join me on Thursday, April 27 for the 4th Annual Sizzling Summer Fashion Show to see some beautiful summer fashions for the Florida Keys from some of your favorite local boutiques. The gates and pop-up shops will open at 6 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 7:30 p.m. and will include complimentary drinks, taco bar from Bad Boy Burrito, and summer tunes by DJ Marissa Sardar. Tickets are $25. Purchase your tickets at participating stores or call 305.440.3951 for more information. Hope to see you there!