So Much More... Stylish
With the vibrancy of our natural landscapes, pastel-splashed homes and buildings, and affinity for the colour pink, Bermuda has a flair all its own. Fashion here is no different. With a mix of island flavour and a nod to our British roots, Bermuda has a unique style you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Bermudians appreciate finely-made items and classic looks – with a fun twist, like bright colours and trendy extras.
Wondering what to bring on your next trip to the island? We talked to local designer and stylist Amethyst Richardson to get the do’s and don’ts of Bermuda fashion. With these tips, you’ll be fitting in with the locals and will be dressed to impress.
• Do Wear Bermuda Shorts Properly
Everyone knows Bermuda and Bermuda shorts go hand in hand. “The Bermuda short is one of the island sights that you will view almost all year round,” says Amethyst. They are the definition of island elegant casual, yet you may be surprised to see them worn in formal settings. Don’t be shocked to see even Bermuda businessmen sporting them.
The hem of Bermuda shorts should be three inches above the knee, and not bulky at the sides like cargo shorts. They come in a variety of colours and prints – have fun with them! Pair them with a casual top like a simple button-down shirt, and complete the look with closed toe shoes or nice sandals. Gentlemen can add knee socks if going with a blazer or suit jacket.
• Don’t Go Too Casual
Amethyst suggests packing outfits that would blend in with Bermuda’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere, while keeping in mind that the island is conservative. “Here in Bermuda, most people tend to follow trends that are more conservative, yet edgy,” says Amethyst. Feminine looks and clean-cut styles are most popular on the island, and people tend to dress age-appropriate.
“Pack a swimsuit and a cover-up, lightweight clothing such as tank dresses, tunics, simple pairs of linen pants, and of course, easy-flowing skirts,” says Amethyst. “Don’t forget that simple dress that you can throw on in the evening.”
• Do Take Your Look from Day to Night
From the SpiritWear Collection by Amethyst Richardson
Make the most of your time in Bermuda and put together outfits that can take you from day to night with just a few jazzed up additions. First, consider pieces that are created for easy wear, movement, and traveling, says Amethyst. An expert in this category, Amethyst designed his SpiritWear Collection to easily go from day to night. Finish off the look for evening with strappy high heeled sandals or a fun and flirty pair of flats. For nights with a breeze, “Bring along a wrap that can be added as a strong accessory for the evenings,” says Amethyst.
Another fabulous accessory? “Tanning in the Bermuda sun will give you all the bronzing needed to glow while vacationing on the island,” adds Amethyst.
• Do Play with Jewellery
Jewellery is one of the easiest ways to express personal style – one piece can change up an entire look. Talented local designers are always creating unique items; you can browse some of their designs at the craft market at Royal Naval Dockyard.
Also, keep an eye out this November for new boutique Davidrose Jewelry, set to open in St George’s. The shoppe will offer custom-made luxury and ready-to-wear statement pieces with glittering diamonds, precious gemstones, and metals.
For any jewellery fan (or thoughtful gift-giver), explore Bermuda’s largest jewellery store, Crisson’s, for quality collections and watches from world-class brands like David Yurman and Rolex.
• Don’t Forget to Leave Room in Your Suitcase
If you enjoy fashion, you must take advantage of the shopping in Bermuda! From upscale boutiques to impressive department stores, there are plenty of places to indulge in a bit of (tax-free!) retail therapy on-island.
Front St. in Hamilton is the go-to place for stylish finds on the island. Calypso, located in the heart of Hamilton, offers a selection of exotic and colourful clothes as well as accessories from all around the world. Cecile another Bermuda high fashion boutique specialises in European designer fashions and exclusive labels. You can also find one-of-a-kind items at the Clocktower Mall in Dockyard. Other picks: Davidson’s for fine-quality casual sportswear, British retail at Marks and Spencer, and be sure to check out Gibbons Company to get a taste of where the locals shop.
So, tell us what fashionable items will be in your suitcase the next time you visit Bermuda. Have photos showcasing your best island style? Leave a comment here, or visit us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Travelling to Bermuda
26 October, 2012