I spent a summer in Miami at 20. As I was packing before the inevitably lengthy drive from upstate NY, I called a friend that lived here to consult about what to bring. He told me, “Sunglasses. It’s too hot during the summer. No one wear clothes. Just bring a couple pairs of sunglasses, maybe a bathing suit.” Unfortunately, I am notorious for misplacing or breaking sunglasses. Fortunately, not sure if you guys have heard, but I am a pretty good shopper and usually pick up pairs for a quarter of the retail price.
Seven years later, on the verge of getting through my third winter in Miami, I finally picked up the most Miami-esque (brandwise at least) set of sunglasses I’ve ever owned. Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly love my Ashbury’s but for days like yesterday, it seemed the advice from an old friend rang true.
a necessity for driving boats… of course.
I fell in love (awkwardly because I don’t think my friends even gave these glasses a second glance) months ago in Sunglasses Hut on Lincoln Road, so much so that I took a picture of the tag to get the proper product code (3081 502/13, if your interested). So when my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, not only did I reveal I wanted Dolce & Gabbana shades, but I gave the original cost, the product code and a link to a much better price. Sunglasses Hut had them for $169.99. Shadesdaddy.com has them for only $108. My mom saved just about $62 with an almost 40% discount.
The moral of this story is browse in person, shop online and pack light for Miami.