It’s that time of year, the summer sale racks have been picked over and wheeled away. Fall season has replaced the bright colors of summer with dark, rich, earth tones and heavy knits. Facebook tells me that friends in the North East are wearing sweaters and sipping their pumpkin spice lattes. I love fall. It is my favorite time of year. It means hot apple cider, colorful leaves and crisp fresh air. When you live on a Caribbean island September and October usually means brutally hot temperatures with an occasional day of rain as relief. So for couples and families planning a lifestyle photography session during their vacation to St John and St Thomas it might be a challenge to shop for the bright and colorful, sun dresses, and accessories once fall and winter collections roll out.
4 tips to finding the pretty summer sun dresses in fall or winter…
1. September though October keep an eye on the SALE section of retailers websites.
The in-store summer items are long gone, but stores usually sell the remaining summer items online to clear out stock. I just ordered a bathing suit at Garnett Hill that I’ve loved since it was released in spring 2014 and it was marked to 80% off.
2. Be Thrifty. Depending on where you live thrift stores have potential to be amazing, and while they do style featured displays to match the season, they always plenty of warm weather finds too. And for cheap! If the thrift stores in your town smell like an old basement and you’d rather not check out these 3 AHHMAZING ‘like-new’ online boutiques: thredUP, Snob Swap, Like Twice. (pre-owned items in the last style board below!)
3. Shop where islanders do: 6pm, Dog Funk, Swell, RVCA, Stores like: Anthropologie, Modcloth, Forever21, JCrew, Gap, Piperlime, Old Navy, JCrew, Macys, Nordstroms etc. Carry some suitable apparel for warmer weather all year online. While there is snow on the ground at your home in Boston there customers also live in warm regions. (Southern California, Florida)
4. Buy local on St John. We have a handful of amazing little clothing & island lifestyle boutiques in at Wharfside and a 5 minute walk to Mongoose Junction, and I love and recommend shopping:
Nest & Co. (mongoose junction, cruz bay) – Island and coastal living home and lifestyle boutique. Women’s clothing, coffee + brownies, cards & stationary. I could live in this store. In fact this is the place that I got my client ‘thank you box’ goodies. See my thank you box here.
Ranifly Bikini – (coccoloba mall, coral bay) BEST bikini’s in the world! I swear. SO comfortable, the fabric is super soft, but a tough match against the harsh Caribbean sun + salty sea. See the shop/studio on my blog here. Limited supply of Ranifly Also sold at Big Planet.
Made In St John (mongoose junction, cruz bay) – Locally designed and hand-pull, screen printed t-shirts, hoodies, dresses, tanks & more.
Big Planet – (mongoose junction, cruz bay) – giant surf shop, swim wear, dresses, sandals, bags, sunglasses, t-shirts & shorts etc.
Water Base by Big Planet (wharf side, cruz bay)
Bamboo Studio (wharf side, cruz bay) Jewelry – BEST hook bracelets on island, hand-crafted next door in their workshop.
Low Key Watersports – mostly snorkel and dive gear, but I love their selection of flip flop selection.
Savanah Loftus is a lifestyle family and wedding photographer based on St John in the US Virgin Islands, with a visit every August/September to Maine and Vermont. For more information on wedding collections and lifestyle portrait sessions visit: SAVANAHLOFTUS.COM | EMAIL: INFO@SAVANAHLOFTUS.COM OR CALL 310-954-7223