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Katarina Kovacevic is a freelance travel writer specializing in hotels and resorts. She's the author of The Food Lovers' Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about fashionable travel. Her work has appea...

Dress like a local

No two cities' styles are alike. From sexy South Beach to a laid-back Rocky Mountain getaway, dressing the part is almost as fun as the travel itself. See how to dress like a local when shopping for vacation.

Miami

Miami

Visiting Miami is the perfect excuse to play around with dazzling colors and lively prints.

1Flowy dress

Beach vacation style should be breezy and bright. Maxi dresses like this V-neck halter from Victoria's Secret ($89) are both comfortable and eye-catching with an exotic floral print and plunging neckline. Coupled with an empire waist, this dress is curve-hugging in all the right places.

2Glamorous details

A vibrant dress needs a pair of sandals that hold their own without putting the outfit over the top. A gleaming gold hue in this pair from Isola ($134) is more subdued but the braided leather ankle strap adds the right textural dimension.

3Shiny bangles

When temperatures are 100-plus, the last thing you want is to be weighed down with heavy accessories. Ditch the fussy trimmings for a minimal look. Fun bangles like these from Nordstrom ($24) round out a simple but swanky beach look.


Denver

Denver

Blend in with Denver's natural style in an outfit that's as much about comfort as it is fashion.

1Celebrity style

Hollywood starlets like Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé love the line of super-soft hoodies from Kings of Cole ($154). The "boyfriend's hoodie" for women is cozy but form-fitting, which is a nice alternative to boxier styles. Understated but stylish, it's a great option for laid-back mountain getaways.

2Lightweight jeans

We love a good pair of jeans, and the gently worn wash on this lightweight set from True Religion ($246) breathes effortless style. The "boyfriend" cut is made more feminine with slimmer calf openings and rolled cuffs for a clean, everyday look.

3Kickin' it

A city that is as pedestrian-friendly as downtown Denver requires comfortable shoes. Top off your Mile-High City look with the relaxed, but trendy All-Star slip from Converse ($50) in neutral. These kicks are perfect for hours spent strolling through the 16th Street Mall.


San Francisco

San Francisco

In San Francisco, rock bold statement outfits like this mod black-and-white look.

1Show your stripes

The fashion world is a bit obsessed with stripes at the moment. Thick bars on this dress from designer Minnie Mortimer ($148) actually can slim down figures, and a daringly short hemline is balanced by long sleeves for a fun and flirty look.

2Written in the stars

We'd like to thank Kristen Wiig's character in Bridesmaids for reminding us that blazers don't have to be uptight and corporate-stuffy. Pair this boldly striped dress with a solid jacket like this one from Michael Stars ($88). City chic at its best!

3Chain of command

This outfit can look too "blocky" without accessories to break up the structure a bit, so consider finishing the ensemble with a trio of chunky chain necklaces from Cara Accessories ($45). The mixture of textures adds another layer of interest.

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