You don’t need to speak Spanish to look Calle Ocho cool. In fact, it’s all about mixing up traditional accessories and apparel with a modern twist. Here are the top 6 trends you’ll be spotting on denizens and where to get them no matter your budget.
Salsa Dancing Shoes
Yellow is the “it” color for Spring and these Cole Haan oxfords for the guys will keep them in rhythm and breaking lots of corazones. The leather shoe is also concealed with NIKE AIR Technology. $189; ColeHaan.
Miami is known for being muy caliente and a Spanish fan is a must to stay cool especially when strolling down Eighth Street to watch locals at Domino Park playing a game of dominoes. $29; Esty.com
Bling Bling Every Cuban girl gets a stack of 15 gold bangles for her Quinces and women keep piling on the pulsos through the years. Local label Citrine by the Stones’ Large Wire Bangle has an antique vibe. $265, Citrine byTheStones.com
When it comes to tops, nothing says Calle Ocho like a guayabera. Whether you are getting a mamey shake at El Palacio de Los Jugos or having a sit down dinner with the family at Versailles, these tops are versatile to don at anytime. Check out the modern line Cubavera; $60, Macys.com
Lots of Latinas turn to body hugging dresses to show off their curves. Others resort to breezy tropical frocks. Whatever your choice, a dress is a must. This BCBG’s dress combines the color blocking and pleated trend and makes the perfect get up to dance the conga or hit up a fiesta with a caja china; $288, Nordstrom.
Patriotic and Proud
If there is one thing Cubans are proud of, it’s their heritage. Tops, bottoms, hats and jewelry baring the Cuban flag are common to see. Keep it hipster with a Cuban themed Adidas track jacket; $79, Ebay.