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Wear in … Miami

Author Sara Lieberman Photography Karla Garcia

wearin_2Rachael Russell

With a client list that includes Sony Music, Lindsay Lohan and Neiman Marcus, it’s no wonder this Ford Models wardrobe stylist is in high demand. The 26-year-old founder of Style Saves, a non-profit that provides outfits for underprivileged youth on their first day of school, shares her advice for blending in in Miami.

How would you describe Miami style?
The style here is a cross between casual chic and edgy streetwear. You have Miami Beach, where girls wear flowy caftans with oversize glasses, espadrilles and tote bags, and then you cross the bridge into the Design District and everyone looks like they’re from Brooklyn in Margiela and Kenzo.
 
How can you tell the tourists from the locals?
People who live here tend to get a little dramatic if the temperature drops below 70 degrees, and can even be spotted wearing cold-weather accessories like gloves and scarves! But the worst thing a tourist can wear is innerwear as outerwear. It may be hot, but that does not mean you should let it all hang out.
 
Where in Miami do you shop?
C. Madeleine’s is a 10,000-square-foot vintage showroom, spanning 10 decades’ worth of consignment. It’s like a museum. I go in there and can get lost for hours! Then there’s the Design District, where I can get anything from Hermès to Céline in a cool artistic area. It feels like SoHo, with all this high-end fashion and street art right behind it.

Tell us what you’re wearing today.
I bought the dress in Cuzco, Peru, while I was there volunteering for a few months. It’s one of my most treasured vintage pieces. The platform tennis shoes are by Sessùn, a French brand I fell in love with while I was in Nice last summer. The sunnies are Komono, from Jakarta, and were a Christmas gift from my stylish better half. The blazer is H&M, and the bracelets are from my accessory line, Kemana.

What about when you travel: Is there an item you never leave home without?
My bikini.

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