Fall Shopping in Miami

There's no reason kids should have all the fun now that back-to-school shopping in Miami is in full swing. Let them stick to the bi-box department stores in their search for picture-perfect ensembles while we adults revive this annual shopping tradition at the city's top boutiques. Autumn in South Florida is a bit different than the mad hunt for sturdy boots and stylish trench coats up north. Let's take a look at the slick sandals and stylish humidity-friendly dresses that help you usher in your own back-to-cool wardrobe.

Updated: October 29, 2009

Strut Your Style

Jimmy Choo Usa

360 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Sandals: Leave those Ugg boots in the chilly northeast where they belong. Toe cleavage is always on display in warm South Florida. Fall calls for a stylish spin on the summer staples, so go all out and open the pocketbook wide to have at least one pair of designer sandals.

Guayaberas Etc.

270 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Menswear: Tropical autumns bring afternoon thunderstorms and unflattering humidity that linger until hurricane season ends in November. Looking good without breaking a sweat is what guayaberas are all about. The pleated linen shirts are fashionable and cozy. The Cuban shirts are also never tucked in, which comes in handy when the gut isn't in summer shape.


634 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Women: Adjust the climate control. Instead of leather jackets that sell briskly up north, think leather skirts. Nix thick pants for lace leggings. Thin denim jackets are okay, but denim or leather vests will do a better job of keeping you cool. The same can be said of rolling with a floral swing cami over a silk blouse over stuffy tops and pointless sweaters.


921 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Eyewear: A good pair of sunglasses always comes in handy. The specs block out blinding rays by day and conceal bloodshot eyes at night. This Lincoln Road boutique offers its namesake brand of sunglasses, ranging from large glamour specs that shout out "notice me" to sleeker models that help wearers fade into the crowd.

Ritchie Swimwear

160 8th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Swimsuit: Your springtime starvation paid off with a killer summer body, but now the carbs are calling again. That's okay. Since hitting the beach is a year-round affair in Miami, watery autumn outings simply incorporate more forgiving swimwear solutions such as tankinis, sarongs and tunic cover-up dresses.