Where To Find A LBD Around LBK
Longboat Key and its surrounding islands are a shopper’s paradise, and not just because the shopping is set in one. It’s the fact that so many of our retail options offer everything you need to put together an ensemble fit for island living, from the floppy hat down to the espadrilles. Our top picks for shopping will have you stepping out in true Sarasota style (which is casual elegance, FYI). It doesn’t hurt that many are situated in gorgeous, walkable plazas and villages, either.
J. McLaughlin, Longboat Key
Relaxed elegance and clean tailoring are the name of the game at this shop, where you’ll find dresses, suits, blouses and pants that are equal turns sporty and chic. This is the place to pick up a stylish sheath or shirtdress, a leopard print scarf and some patent leather sandals that will take you through the season.
Exit Art, Longboat Key
You’ll find eclectic, sophisticated clothes and jewelry at this artistically-minded shop. Leave with an LBD that no one else will have, and don’t forget a distinctive piece of locally-made jewelry to go with it.
We would be remiss not to include Longboat’s classic shopping destination, a sweet collection of island standbys. Here you can poke around in boutiques, get your nails done, treat yourself to an ice cream cone and lunch at Blue Dolphin Cafe.
The Met Fashion House and Day Spa, St. Armands
Visit The Met for a showstopper piece that you’ll keep in your closet forever. This palatial store has a full salon and spa upstairs, as well as select make-up counters and some of the most glamorous brands on hand, from Armani to Michael Kors.
Foxy Lady West, St. Armands
It’s all in the name at this area staple, where everything from formal gowns to beachy caftans is on offer. Foxy Lady’s trunk shows and exclusive labels have been drawing the well-heeled ladies of Sarasota for years.
Lotus Boutique, Siesta Key
For trendy, boho-luxe looks, Lotus is the place. There are almost too many dresses to count in this fashion-forward shop, which has unique jewelry and bags displayed throughout, too. You could easily build a day-to-night wardrobe here, taking home both an LBD and an LWD with a clutch to match.
For a full shopping experience, spend a day at St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. Explore Siesta Key Village‘s fun range of shops or Anna Maria Island‘s funky boutiques and stores, which have as much character as the island itself. Venture beyond the keys and onto the mainland, meandering down Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. The area is also served by three malls: to the south, Westfield Sarasota Square; in the midtown area, Westfield Siesta Key (don’t be fooled by the name, it’s on the mainland); and out east, newcomer The Mall at University Town Center, a major area shopping destination.