When it comes to high-end resort fashions, Palm Beach really is top of the class. With incredible shopping from the best local designers on Worth Avenue and around the island, Palm Beach offers everything from beachwear to elegant evening wear. Whether visiting the magnificent Flagler Museum, playing a round of golf, or simply sipping cocktails at the Leopard Bar at The Chesterfield Palm Beach, follow our Palm Beach style guide and you’ll be perfectly dressed for every occasion.
Trying to define Palm Beach’s eccentric style is a difficult task. Blending various looks, from tropical to preppy with a dash of Hollywood and bohemian thrown in, colourful fabrics are ubiquitous here (something that’s also apparent in the interiors at The Chesterfield Palm Beach, where each room is sumptuously adorned with plush patterned fabrics).
While the hotel’s interiors are inspired by our founder Bea Tollman, Palm Beach is awash with bright prints and colourful linens. Men rock brightly patterned pants by resort chic brands like Lilly Pulitzer. Known as the Queen of Prep, Lilly Pulitzer was a Palm Beach fixture, and the socialite’s style is still celebrated; when you catch a glimpse of a vibrant floral pattern on a cool throwback casual dress, it is probably a piece of that living legacy.
Preppy, casual beach fashions are everywhere in Palm Beach, and companies like Island Company are really push this element of Palm Beach style. With a touch of castaway and a heap of resort cool, the most stylish Palm Beach locals often sport their swimwear and beachwear. At home anywhere on the resort island, Charlotte Kellogg is another hot brand for ladies; with tunics, blouses and cashmere scarves, their casual style is fitting for any occasion.
While big international brands like Gucci and Chanel will always have a loyal following in Palm Beach, other Italian companies like 120% lino, with their light, classic linen garments, are increasingly seen around town, too. Ideal for those looking to keep cool in the Florida sunshine while not compromising on style, the Italian brand offers the ideal balance of understated luxury.
Stylish footwear is also essential in Palm Beach, but the active lifestyle enjoyed here means that while more formal footwear is preferred at some smart occasions, comfortable, casual shoes are the standard. A lot of local ladies can be see wearing luxury, handcrafted shoes from Palm Beach Sandals (which are specifically designed for the Palm Beach social scene), while many men and women choose local brand Stubbs & Wootton, whose luxury slippers are worn by some of the biggest names in showbiz.
Ladies looking to offset their stunning Palm Beach outfit with some statement jewellery, should look no further than Floridian designer Angela Moore, whose nautical designs incorporate funky beads with Swarovski crystals.
After a busy day of shopping, why not relax with a cocktail and model your new Palm Beach style at the elegant Leopard Lounge Bar? After all, this is one of the most stylish addresses in the area.
Image credits: Cover photo of Palm Beach © iStock / ddmitr. Relaxing by the pool © Red Carnation Hotels. Worth Avenue © Red Carnation Hotels. A Collection by Palm Beach Sandals © Palm Beach Sandals. The Chesterfield Palm Beach © Red Carnation Hotels.