PASSION FOR ISLAND FASHION
Solitude and attitude define island couture
There really is an “island fashion.” Open space and, especially, isolation shape Sanibel and Captiva as unmistakably distinct. Its residents are bohemian―—pastel shorts, a colorful tee, bangles and flip-flops for women; men just as casual. And we are elegant—Naot Michele sandals or Etienne Marcel jeans, for example.
Unlike Naples, Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton, island apparel here is cleanly offbeat―—and upbeat. Peach Republic’s Sue Bobak says of her Sanibel boutique, “We are more laid back. Where else can [you] go where there’s no stoplight in the whole place? Clothes-wise, it’s no different. Our feet are in the sand, but we wear cottons and linens, a more upscale-casual style.”