Dedicated followers of fashion • June 2015
From LA’s laid-back vibe to the preppy aesthetic of the Hamptons, a journey around the US is a lesson in how to do beachwear. The Club asked local fashion writers to recommend what to pack for an American beach holiday
Evelyn Torres is the founder blogger of Brickellista Files, a Miami-based fashion and lifestyle blog. She tweets as @Brickellista
For swimwear, Luli Fama captures what Miami girls are really about. The designs complement curvy, healthy figures, and the bright, bold colours amplify a tan. After a day at the beach, I’d put on some sneakers from Miami’s Del Toro Shoes. If the women’s #Jetsetter slip-ons don't scream Miami vacation, I don’t know what does.
For beach accessories, it’s all about the tassels. Anything in neon (like this Beach Bunny bracelet, above, from Krystal Sasso) is muy caliente in Miami.
Alex McLean is a fashion and lifestyle blogger, as well as weekly fashion columnist for @KyForward
From the fit to the colours, Solid & Striped is so East Coast. Originally a men’s brand, it now also has pared-down, retro-inspired swimwear for ladies. The look is simple, cool and timeless, and the stripy, long-sleeve island knits are perfect for throwing on when the sun goes down.
To take New York style to The Hamptons, pack a bikini from Kiini. Created by a Turkish-born New Yorker, the bohemian designs, with crochet, elastic and hi-tech fabrics, are inspired by her travels.
Kira Hesser is a writer living in LA. She tweets as @kirahesser
I love this swimwear range (above) designed by plus-size LA blogger Gabi Fresh. I’d pair one of her high-waisted bikinis with jewellery from Alkemie. This husband and wife duo make everything from reclaimed metals - the results are edgy and hip.
Heading from the beach to the bar? Try a design by Ermie. The gorgeous, watercolour-inspired patterns and flowing fabrics are both casual and dressed-up. Add a pair of pink jelly sandals by Matiko and you’re all set.
Ayoka Lucas is the founder of Charleston Fashion Week and former style director of Charleston Magazine. She tweets as @ayokalu
With beachwear, you can't get any more Charleston than to own a Charleston Rice Beads necklace. Pick one up at Candy Shop Vintage before browsing the other pieces and limited-edition collections by Charleston-based designer Deirdre Zahl.
For the rest of your outfit, visit Troubadour Clothing (above) for flirty sundresses, and shorts and tanks in fun prints. For sandals, summer shoes and heels, head to Copper Penny Charleston for Rowen Footwear. To show off your look, Folly Beach has regular Moonlight Mixer dances from April to October.
Nadine Kam is a Hawaiian fashion journalist, blogger and stylist at Honolulu Star-Advertiser. You can follow her on Twitter at @fashiontribe
The best Hawaiian swimwear comes from Issa de’ Mar. Designed by two friends who love surfing and sewing, the brand is perfect for going from street to shore.
For shoes, it has to be Island Slipper (pictured). Hawaii doesn't have much manufacturing as it’s expensive to import materials and export products, so for more than 60 years the company has made sandals for everyone - from fisherman to fashionistas. There are now more than 80 styles.