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Fashion Insider: Fall into Florida

Clara Reynardus de Villanueva shares her personal style tips for enjoying fall in Florida
by: Kayleigh Omang Contributor

I drank a pumpkin spice latte recently in a mini skirt and a crop top and it just didn’t feel right.

Clara Reynardus de Villanueva

Starbucks came out with its famous fall drink in early September, marking the unofficial start of fall. Officially, fall started Sept. 22. A year ago, I was gearing up for sweater weather in North Dakota and enjoying the fall colors in my favorite pair of jeans, layering my look with scarves and jackets.

Now in early November, even though it’s finally a little cooler out, I am still rocking the spaghetti strap dresses and flip-flops, making me one confused fashionista.

So as I start my first fall in sunny Florida, I got to thinking: How do I enjoy my favorite season of fashion when it’s still relatively hot outside?

To get some insider info, I talked to local stylish Black Tie reader Clara Reynardus de Villanueva. She’s on the advancement team for CAN community health, but she used to be a fashion stylist at The Met Fashion House + Day Spa. Plus, I’ve seen her at many philanthropic events and can attest to her style.

Reynardus de Villanueva used to live in Massachusetts, but she’s glad to be in Florida where she was able to redo her wardrobe for the warmer temperatures.

“We have an advantage here where we don’t have to put away those pieces for the season, we can just style them differently,” she says.

Below are her fall fashion tips, along with some examples from local boutiques.


T. Georgiano's, Billabong sweater, $65
T. Georgiano's, Bernardo booties, $199
T. Georgiano's, Ethem booties, $245
Bows & Arrows Boutique, Buddy Love tank, $48
Bows & Arrows Boutique, Buddy Love shorts, $48
Bows & Arrows Boutique, Buddy Love dress, $88
The Met, Smythe pant, $425
The Met, Kinross Cashmere vest, $785


I’m Kayleigh, Black Tie reporter. My cats and I moved here from North Dakota and I earned degrees from Minnesota State Moorhead in photojournalism and entrepreneurship. You’ll find me covering all the big fundraisers in town. Reach me at 941-366-3468 ext. 330.

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