Soli­tude and at­ti­tude de­fine is­land cou­ture

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

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.

Peach Repub­lic

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.”

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