There’s one requirement I have when packing for the Caribbean – bring color and lots of it. Besides planning for lots of outdoors activities (hiking, visiting volcanoes) and beach bumming, I wasn’t sure what else I’d be getting into during my trip to St. Lucia. So, I mostly ended up packing new items I’d just gotten and was excited to wear (it had been awhile since I’d seen the sun because the weather had been miserable in NYC).
Here’s what I wore in St. Lucia…
While this look incorporates color, it’s also a little muted. I think this reflects the mood I was in having endured a long NYC winter.These nautical striped shorts are by
These nautical striped shorts are by Joe Fresh (they’re comfy), but I snagged them for $9 from Buffalo Exchange (NYC’ers – there’s a good location in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn)! What’s great about them is that they’re versatile – nautical stripes are classic and can be paired with anything (almost as though they’re solid).
In fact, this yellow top has an interesting texture that adds some character to this look. It’s a popcorn top, with lots of crinkles. It belonged to my grandmother who recently passed away (my aunt gifted me some of her clothes). Remember, family (especially older family members) members are great to source clothes from, I explain about why in this post.
The straw bag is from a market in the Bahamas. An option I like alot on Amazon is here. The wooden sunnies are by Perverse (similar alternatives are below – mine are sold out).
The shoes are from a Paul Andrew sample sale. I love the neutral nude color, which means I can wear these with anything, as well as the unique design and the straps (I’m a sucker for strappy sandals).
I’d been waiting to break out this denim dress with the sweetheart neckline and lace up detail. It is vintage from The Bargain District and I picked it up from the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show. It’s simple but cute. Furthermore, it has stretch in the tummy area which I need coming out of winter hiberation. YES! I paired it with Zara t-strap ankle sandals and red/white striped sunglasses by Perverse.