Island Stylin’

Summer Fashion Inspo From Island Gypsy

By SANDRA WEYANT | Jun 05, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Beach Haven — Hot days. Cool looks. Summer trends go way beyond bikinis and jean shorts. It takes patience, research, knowledge and passion to bring the freshest trends to any store.

LIM College alumna Jill Guidice has a knack for selecting of-the-moment clothing and accessories to stock the Beach Haven boutique Island Gypsy. Guidice became the store manager when the shop opened back in 2013.

“I have always lived at the Jersey Shore. I grew up here, and I am very familiar with the people and the overall vibe. I was a buyer for 10 years before I became the manager at Island Gypsy, and I feel like my background really fits the store. I help the owner buy for the store, and I love it,” she said.

Guidice always had an interest in business and fashion, and she was determined to find a way to combine the two for her dream career.

“Island Gypsy is a perfect fit for me. LBI is our beach that we go to as a family, so the whole area is just home. There is no place else I would rather be,” she said.

As the temperature continues to rise, which looks should you have on your radar? Here are the top summer trends Island Gypsy has to offer.

Wild At Heart. Hey, grrrl. Welcome to the jungle (sort of). If you’re on the prowl for something new and exotic, give animal prints – snakeskin, leopard, tiger – a try.

“We are seeing that animal prints are very big this year. We’re getting lots of different styles in, from tops to dresses. Even our denim skirts have animal prints accents. It’s really trending at the moment,” Guidice said.

Make Jeans Come True. When it comes to denim, the closer to unique, the better. It’s all about cool and uneven hemlines, distressed fabrics and frayed edges. Jeans are always in style no matter the cut, but don’t be afraid to stray away from your typical skinny jeans or boot-cut pants for something more unexpected.

A Bright Idea. Your summer look? It’s electric! (boogie-woogie-woogie). Neon and bright colors – flashy yellows, oranges and pinks – are hot right now, and if you rock these shades, you’ll always stand out.

“I almost feel like I’m back in the ’90s. All of the fashions we saw then are coming back now,” Guidice said.

One-Piece Perfection. There is no wrong way to wear a jumpsuit. Printed or solid, off-the-shoulder or long-sleeved, Island Gypsy has one-of-a-kind styles for every occasion.

“We have many silhouettes for a variety of body types, and they are an easy summer fit. Jumpsuits are the perfect alternative to dresses to vary it up,” Guidice said.

Be a Frill Seeker. This trend is oh-so-sweet! Fun and flirty ruffles are everywhere. You’ll spot them on sleeves, shirt hemlines, dresses, and even pant hemlines. These girly details are appealing to all women. Yes, you can rock ruffles at any age.

Find Your Perfect Match. Get set for summer with adorable printed matching sets. Remember when you were 5 years old and your parents dressed you and your sister in the same coordinating outfit? It’s kind of like that, except this time you’ll actually want to wear these pieces.

“Printed matching sets are always very big for us, year after year. Most people like pants and a matching crop top, or shorts or a skirt plus a matching top. It never looks like too much, either,” Guidice said.

Floral Support. Printed floral dresses are Island Gypsy’s wardrobe staples. Basically, you need at least one (or five) of them to freshen up your closet.

“We’re on the shore, and people love them. They’re mostly mini dresses with tiny floral designs – a ‘ditzy floral,’ as I call it. It’s an all-over, small print. We have so many of them.”

Pick a Straw. Fashionable and functional, straw hats are all the rage this year. From floppy, wide-brimmed styles to chic fedoras, Island Gypsy is stocked with your favorite beachside headwear. Protect yourself from the sun’s rays and look amazing at the same time.

Once you find the perfect topper, you’ll need some straw accessories to match.

“Woven basket bags and clutches are really big in our area, and people love that natural look. We’ve been selling a ton of the circular straw bags already,” Guidice said.

Treat Your Feet. There is nothing like taking a walk on the beach and feeling the warm sand between your toes. Chances are you’ve heard of Havaianas flip-flops; if you haven’t, you’re seriously missing out.

“Flip-flops are your go-to shoes at the Jersey Shore, so that’s really what we focus on, and we always have them. We sell out of our Havaianas every single year.”

Havaianas come in hundreds of different colors and patterns, so you can wear your favorite flip-flops with every outfit.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.