May 1, 2024

Come on SUMMER: Look for skirts, oversized accessories and textured bathing suits

Shopping list: Texture brings the magic to 2024 swimwear and this gorgeous suit is no exception. Maaji Mexican floral one-piece suit, $211. The Cabana shirt dress from Blanco by Nature, $48, can take you from beach to brunch and back to the beach again without missing a beat.

Beach walks, saltwater dips and summer in the city are just around the corner. It’s time to lighten up the wardrobe. And Kammie Tibbs of Envie on Pensacola Beach’s Quietwater Boardwalk has some ideas — and they run the gamut.

On the one hand, playful looks like preppy polos, bows, rosettes and disco sequins are showing up. On the other, classy monochromatics in sleek simple lines ooze timeless sophistication, Tibbs noted.

Skirts from micro minis to maxis to business-y pencil skirts are big fashion news in recent seasons. Sustainable fashion is hot with some swimwear fashioned from plastic water bottles and other refuse. Go ultra-timeless in a classic black bathing suit this summer — or choose red, purple, green or warm orange. Shimmering metallic and other textured swimwear is a pretty way to make a style splash. Cutouts in one-piece suits are trending.

With sustainability reigning, dominant accessories can refresh a look without starting over. Big chunky necklaces and earrings as well as statement belts are perfect choices to invigorate your 2024 style.

Shopping list:  Classy, cool, comfortable. what’s not to love about this earthy striped matching set by Bella Dahl? Wide-leg pant, $176; boxy, button-back top, $128.
Shopping list:  With Peach Fuzz reigning as Pantone’s 2024 color of the year, this fun outfit is on point. The vibrant orange and feminine pink top team with the season’s stand-out fashion piece — a skirt, this time fun and lighthearted. THML embroidered puff sleeve top, $84; Yanak gauze flowy skirt, $146.

Dakota Willis

Saltwater and white sand feel like home to May model Dakota Willis.

“I grew up in Destin my whole life. I’ve lived in the same house for as long as I can remember,” said Willis, who relishes her tight-knit family and girlfriend squad.

“My favorite way to spend my free time is definitely at the beach any time I get the chance. My mom and I love to go paddle boarding on a calm day when the waves aren’t too crazy. It’s really just so peaceful. Boating is also a favorite, really just anything near the water. I also love to shop and eat the delicious seafood and food options we offer around here.”

The Destin native aspires to be a cosmetologist and currently attends school and works as a hostess at a cafe overlooking a Destin harbor.  

When she’s not studying, hostessing, catching up with friends or soaking up the sun, Willis works out. Or dabbles in the kitchen creating recipes passed on from her mom.

So it’s no surprise active wear and beach casual are her go-to fashion choices.

“I love going to the gym and being active. I love any summer wear — swimsuits, cover ups, dresses etc. I’m really open to fashion and have been trying new things.”

Shopping list:  This Free People Bluebell maxi dress, $168, with its subtle hues, fluid lines and easy-going aura, channels the beach spirit. And it can take you practically anywhere this summer.