InStyle Fashion Assistant Alexis Parante gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the going-ons at Miami Swim Week. Read on for an inside look at her experience in sunny Florida.
1. MY PACKING LIST
The key to preparing for a week in Miami? Bringing pieces that are light, comfortable, and simple—the kind of stuff you can throw on without overthinking it. I brought a cover up, crop top, romper, sandals, and a statement suit. This Alix one shoulder black bikini puts such a fun twist on statement swimwear! I plan on pairing it with a breezy gingham off-the-shoulder cover-up by Tibi. Meanwhile, my crisscross sandals from Trademark provide a new take on trendy slides, and my gauze-y Solid & Striped cami is perfect to pair with jean shorts or a high-waisted kick flare. I’ll be wearing the simple white romper I packed for lunch al fresco.
2. A W SOUTH BEACH VIEW
Miami Swim Week’s home base is the W Hotel at South Beach. It couldn’t be more perfect… especially when you get to walk by this view everyday!
3. COCONUT REFRESHER
The perfect refresher in Miami’s 95 degree weather: a sip of coconut water straight from the source.
4. CANDLELIT DINNER
The dinner ambiance was on point this weekend thanks to a beautiful candlelit meal at The Grove with Same Swim.
5. BEAUTY BASICS
A near-overdose of sunscreen was a must this weekend, so I brought my Coola classic face lotion and SPF 30 lip balm along. Spending day after day in the direct sun called for Cocooil after sun lotion and H2O+ moisturizer—my post-beach essentials. Although the humidity in Miami wasn’t a friend to my hair, Fringe & Friends texturizing spray helped me turn the frizz into surfer-cool waves.
Shop the look: Cocooil After Sun Oil, $25; urbanoutfitters.com. Coola SPF, $32; coolasuncare.com. Fringe & Friends Texturizing Spray, visit Fringe Salon. Coola Liplux, $12; coolasuncare.com. H2O+ Beauty Moisturizer SPF, $42; h2oplus.com.
6. MY BEACH BAG
Let’s take a peek inside my beach bag. (Spoiler alert: It’s full of stripes!) This oversized COS stripe canvas tote holds all my essentials, including a towel, Coola sunscreen, and my Ouai surf spray. My go-to outfit? A knotted bandeau bikini from Mikoh accented with burgundy Trademark sandals.
Shop the look: COS tote, similar styles cosstores.com. Coola Face SPF, $32; coolasuncare.com. Coola Liplux SPF, $12; coolasuncare.com. Ouai Wave Spray, $26; sephora.com. Mikoh bikini top, $112; mikoh.com. Mikoh bikini bottom, $112; mikoh.com. Trademark sandals, call (646) 559-4945.
7. NET-A-PORTER X MIKOH DINNER
8. PADDLE BOARDING CLASS WITH FLAGPOLE SWIM
There’s nothing quite like starting your morning off with a relaxing paddle boarding class! This one was with Flagpole Swim designers Megan Balch and Jaime Barker.