Let’s face it: Key West is the sequin capital of America. And to those that say it isn’t? It’s not less than the sequin capital proper now, because the southernmost metropolis within the nation gears up for Fantasy Pageant, a week-long costume-infused avenue pageant proper earlier than Halloween . In different phrases: Anticipate to see sequin attire and feather boas galore. Whether or not you’re in search of a elaborate gown for a fundraising gala, or a cocktail gown for an evening out, right here’s the place to search for the style finds in Key West.

Model ideas from a neighborhood

“Key West is heat year-round, s summer time attire by no means exit of favor,” stated Milva Victoria, a neighborhood designer who hails from Argentina. “Whether or not they’re lengthy or quick, or have a geometrical print or tropical flowers, all the things is vibrant and colourful. Shirts are outsized and buttoned-down cowl ups are paired up with denim shorts. Linen seems to be are big, so are palazzo pants and skirts.”

Victoria recommends pairing up a pair of sparkly sun shades with a sequin gown or a metallic shirt. “It provides a contact of magnificence to any outfit,” she stated.

Boutiques and trend finds

Kirby’s Closet, a retail and pre-loved designer store run by Kirby Myers, who sells enjoyable, flirty attire, skirts, blouses, handmade kimonos, and what she calls “enjoyable, vivid, eclectic blissful items.” What makes this boutique distinctive is that Myers hosts personal purchasing events with sangria and private styling for teams of 5 to 50 in-store.

Look forward to finding manufacturers like Lilly Pulitzer, Free Folks, Banana Republic, TopShop, Anthropologie and distinctive objects from native designers like tiaras by Kathy Timberlake, and British model, By no means Totally Dressed. “Its inexpensive purchasing that’s enjoyable and eclectic with a private contact,” stated Myers. “That is tropical glam.”

She additionally hosts month-to-month e-book swap events, and make-up events, for glam and go, with the in-house make-up artist and hair stylist, Frankie Flemming, who does make up for weddings, galas and occasions, native charities, fundraising balls along with her firm Frankie Key West. She hosts a “get up your make-up” occasion, inviting friends to usher in their make-up luggage from dwelling and use them in new and surprising methods. “We add that hospitality contact,” stated Flemming.

Try the Flamingo Boutique and Mimosa Bar for enjoyable sequin attire in a storefront that additionally doubles as a mimosa bar through the day. In the meantime, Nushuz, run by a pair from Los Angeles, Dan and Teresa, sells the very best celebration gear, from fake fur vests that gentle up in colours, to sequin objects and purses created from rubber chickens.

Religion Michaels, a drag queen and shoe designer, sells her custom-made footwear, lots of that are bedazzled, too, and can be found at In Contact With You on Duval Road. And don’t neglect the Coach Outlet, which has the very best purses, footwear and backpacks from the high-end trend model.

Enjoyable festivals, artwork and tradition

The Ernest Hemingway Museum is a must-visit for the wealthy historical past of the author’s outdated dwelling, and walks us by means of his iconic books, lots of which have been made into performs and Hollywood films. Additionally take a look at the Tennessee Williams Museum, which is in a vivid yellow home, reveals the acclaim this playwright had from A Streetcar Named Want, to his illustrious private life within the Keys. The Butterfly Conservatory permits you to stroll by means of what appears like a rainforest of tropical butterflies as they flutter round a large pond and pathways you rigorously tread upon.

The Key West Movie Pageant is developing from November 16 to twenty, internet hosting screenings throughout city. The Customized Home Museum is that includes an exhibition that runs till December 11 known as Key West 200, celebrating the 200th yr of the primary Key West settlers in 1822, and is stuffed with memorabilia. And to take dwelling an arty memento, get inked on the Southernmost Tattoo parlor, which is dwelling to the island’s greatest artists who’re well-versed in nautical symbols, enjoyable island tattoos and another custom-made art work you may need to deliver dwelling inked in your pores and skin.

For music, attempt the Tiki Home on Monday nights, the place native musicians David Warren performs usually, as does Dylan Thomas on acoustic guitar, and performs round city with the band, the Durtbags. Jay Bangles performs at Irish Kevins, whereas Zach Lovering performs round city, too.

Wholesome eats

Sugar Apple café is for the health-conscious fashionista and is the premiere place in Key West for natural, vegan fare. 9 One 5 restaurant presents stellar salads and shared plates in a luxe outdated mansion, whereas Bagatelle is the city’s foremost seafood restaurant, providing the very best from the ocean. Poke within the Rear is a restaurant serving poke bowls and flatbread behind the Aqua nightclub, identified for its every day drag reveals, and has a enjoyable, dress-up scene. The hotspot for sequins is 22andCo., which has a weekly TuTu Tuesday.

Trendy keep

The Winslow’s Bungalows is a set of pristine, white, clapboard bungalows which might be surrounded by palm timber, swimming swimming pools and a comfortable bar. Each week, they’ve yoga and barre lessons and DJ units by native musicians like DJ Izzy, so there’s heaps to do on this quiet nook of Key West. They run numerous properties right here with Kimpton, too, together with the Lighthouse Resort, Ridley Home, Ella’s Cottages, Fitch Lodge, too.