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A Fashion Lover's Guide to Miami

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Updated: 12 October 2017
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Vice City hasn’t always been synonymous with high-end fashion and culture, but with the growing population of foreign residents and investors, it’s now pulsating with newfound luxury fashion, iconic architecture and a string of museums. Read our fashion lover’s guide to the new-and-improved Miami.

Alchemist

Head to Lincoln Road to peruse the trendy assortment of edgy contemporary clothing at Alchemist. From Vetements to Yeezy, this shop carries a wide selection of high-end brands. Enclosed in an über-sleek, all-glass structure wedged on the fifth floor of a parking garage, Alchemist is just a few minutes’ walk from South Beach. Stop in for the go-to styles of the moment accompanied by must-see views of the glittering Miami skyline.

Alchemist
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Style Mafia

Modern with feminine flair, Style Mafia’s lineup includes a range of unique structured tops with ruffled sleeves that bring tropic chicness to Miami. Launched just four years ago, the minimalist space has statement fashion—everything from dresses to outerwear—at affordable prices. The store is set among the art galleries and hipster coffee shops in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood. After a shopping spree, catch a break at local favorite Panther Coffee, and peruse the huge graffiti murals at Wynwood Walls (it’s free and highly Instragrammable).

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Fly Boutique

Fly Boutique is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind vintage finds. Stop here for a dose of interior inspiration and the crème de la crème in designer handbags (yes, we’re talking Chanel). This eclectic consignment store sells antique lamps, rotary phones, velvet furniture and rack upon rack of top-brand fashions. Perched right on Biscayne Boulevard, you can store hop through galleries and furniture shops along the way.

1960's swivel recliner chairs, in beautiful shape 👌🏼

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Mandolin Aegean Bistro

If you’re ready for a food break, escape to the Aegean coast with lunch at the trendy Mandolin Aegean Bistro. Just a short walk from the Miami Design District, this Mediterranean restaurant is a fashionista favorite with a delicious menu and tavern-style architecture. Order the scrumptious Greek salad or grilled octopus while under the shade of lush trees. The pretty blue-and-white façade dolled up with bright bougainvillea makes for a charming date spot, as well, but be sure to make reservations if you’re heading there for dinner.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro
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Sugar

The indisputable talk of the town, Sugar is a glamorous rooftop bar atop the newly opened EAST, Miami hotel in the Brickell District, the luxurious business neighborhood. Decorated in lush greenery and featuring stunning panoramic views of the city, the bar is the go-to spot to mingle with the entrepreneurs and business moguls of Miami. Dress to impress, and sip on a cocktail from the dazzling drink menu while meandering through the attractive crowd.

Miami Design District

Not too far from Miami Beach, this shopping district is the city’s mecca of fashion and culture. What was once the quiet, uneventful Buena Vista neighborhood, is now where fashionistas venture for a dose of shopping and dining in an open-air space among historic landmarks and renovated architecture. You’ll also find free events here, such as orchestral concertos, farmers’ markets and activities for families. Be sure to check out the must-see modern art collection at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami.

Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome in Miami Design District’s Palm Court
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