Island Dress Code


What I packed for St Lucia….


Here are photos showing some of what I am wearing while here.

Even though I was born and raised in London,  my origins are St Lucian and I have been visiting the island since I was a girl.

Like any tropical island, wearing anything loose, light and bright are life savers.

Pic 1: Tribal and snake print shirts and kaftans.
Pic 2 & 3:  Lace: dresses (1st one is from here), sheer blouses, crochet + cropped tops.
Pic 4:  Denim + cotton shorts
Pic 5:  Neon backpack, cloth + leather bags
Pic 6:  My jewellery

ps. I’ll announce the two winners of last Friday’s Chevy Malibu x Isaac Mizrahi post by the end of the day in this post!    The 2 winners for the giveaway are:

Monroe Steele & Elmo. Congratulations! Emails have been sent to both.  

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  1. madhatter says:

    wow! I love the style of these photos! Im so jealous of you, its horribly cold and rainy in the UK as normal!

    The snake print kaftan is gorgeous!

    Project Rattlebag


  2. Lacey @ My Boring Closet says:

    I love all the lace and those dip dyed shorts! St. Lucia seems like a beautiful place! xo Lacey

  3. Angela says:

    Love the Caribbean feel! Identify closely born and raised in London with Jamaican parents.

  4. Usha says:

    We were in St Lucia earlier this year and I still talk about it to anyone that cares to listen. We had a car so we explored so much of the island – though my favourite memory was climbing up Gros Piton – so intense yet exhilarating, especially to the non-hiker like me.

    Can’t wait to see more pictures of your paradise home Karen! Happy holidays!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have that same exact beaded leather bracelet. I bought it in the 90s and rediscovered it recently. I love it with my denim shirts and gold watch.

  6. Alexa Strautmanis says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m also a native city girl but have spent a good chunk of my life growing up in the caribbean, and your wardrobe is gorgeous in either terrain. I will probably reference this when I go to South Africa in a few weeks!

    Have some fun in the sun, Karen!
    NYC is a frigid ice box right now.


  7. Angelica says:

    nice dress collection. i love the laces on your blouse, so quirky.

  8. leesicam says:

    Is a june plum tree I spot in the background?

  9. RockTheBallerina says:



  10. friendsarefashion says:

    Love the way you display everything i s so “Island style “. I love the jewellery too.xoxo

  11. blklbutterflyz says:

    Great choices…so light and airy!

  12. Dee says:

    The jewelry is beautiful!

  13. Dee says:

    The jewelry is beautiful!

  14. Stephanie says:

    beautiful! I want summer all over again 🙂


  15. Monroe Steele says:

    OMG Thanks so much! I am in love with that black crochet dress.


  16. daria says:

    you are the best packer ever! g and i were trying to emulate your ability to edit your suitcase before driving home for the holidays…. we failed. lol.

  17. jennny ekberg says:

    WOW Karen, I love your jewellery, I have some Kuchi jewellery myself…
    I saw that Monroe Steele won something – I LOOOOOOVE her Youtube channel!!!

  18. jennny ekberg says:

    PS. Karen, because of you I have spent more than $1K on Free people in 1 month :o) :o) OOOOOOOOPS!!!! I am hiding that one from my husband!!!!! You are my number one fashion inspiration. Your sense of style reaches all the way to me in a small suburb in Australia. x

  19. Jennifer says:

    LOVE! Who are the jewels by?

  20. Live TV says:

    It’s nice 🙂

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