AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) - Miami's fashion trends are relaxed and revealing this spring: Crop tops (best worn by those with great abs) and lightweight, sheer fabrics in soft pastel colors and floral prints.
You could blame the local beaches-and-boating lifestyle, with its emphasis on fit bodies. True Miami fashion will always include showing some skin and showing off your figure.
But fashion-conscious shoppers even in places without Miami's steamy weather will be seeing the bare-midriff crop tops this season. Wide leg pants are also coming into vogue as they can transition from day to night and from work to play. They also provide comfort. Prints are also emerging - everything from floral patterns to exotic designs on footwear inspired by crocodile and snakeskin.
One popular destination for South Florida's many international shoppers is Aventura Mall just north of Miami. Exotic prints and bright colors are showing up at high-end stores there such as REDValentino and Emilio Pucci, while floral prints and pastel colors are on display at Banana Republic. More on-trend styles are being seen at budget-friendly Forever 21.
COLORS AND PRINTS
Orange and pinks and purples can be seen on summer dresses and blouses. And the pastels aren't just for the ladies. It's not unusual to see men wearing pink Bermuda shorts or ties in playful prints.
SILHOUETTES AND STYLES
The colorful and feminine silhouettes on display at Aventura appealed to Anneka Johnson, 33, a visitor from Estonia. "I like when women wear dresses and not too much makeup," said Johnson, wearing a bright pink dress and sandals. Comfortable and sheer fabrics also have a big presence this season, as seen at a DKNY fashion show at the mall. The show, highlighting the line's 25th anniversary, included athletic-inspired clothing, from jersey dresses in feminine cuts and pastel colors to slouchy pants in asymmetrical shapes.
Pastel clutches and strappy sandals for everyday wear are among the fashion trends in Miami this season, as are sheer tops and sneakers with heels or exotic prints.
"It's more exciting in Miami," said Lucille Abecassis, 62, a former fashion industry professional who's now an event organizer for older adults. She recently purchased a light sweater in an almost sheer fabric at H&M. It's an on-point trend this season - even though Abecassis says she doesn't follow trends.