21 April 2022
People in the Cayman Islands sometimes say there are only two seasons worth talking about here: hurricane and mango – both of which happen to start in spring.
Since changes in Cayman's weather over the course of the year are subtle and make it more difficult to appreciate the changes of the seasons, it isn’t easy to partake in season-based fashion.
However, spring wardrobes are often favourable for warmer climates as it begins eliminating bulky layers as the world says “see you later” to winter.
Here are some spring 2022 fashion trends that anyone in the Cayman Islands can embrace — and find at the various retail stores in Camana Bay, including Amé, Forever Summer, NKY Collections, Red's Emporium Sand Angels and Vertu.
Spring fashions are usually associated with the beautiful colours of blooming flowers. But don’t think pastels — go bold. From rich sunset and sky hues to bright shades of the earth and seas, solid saturated tops are one of the must-haves this season, and, as a bonus, they are also on the radar as a summer trend. The versatility of these tops allows them to either be the centre or complementary piece to any outfit. You can double the boldness by colour blocking by matching them with another bold colour.
Lines are often seen as rigid and structured. Stripes, however, have become fun and rebellious. Many designers used stripes as a runway staple in their spring and summer collections, taking on different directions, sizes, colours and textures. Pick your stripes wisely, as they can either be flattering or unforgiving.
Knitwear seems like an immediate no when thinking about “island life,” but what screams beach- and boat-ready more than the use of nets? Netted knits provide significantly less material and are breathable because of the openings in the clothing. Incorporate it as a swimsuit cover-up or build an outfit under or around it for a night out. This style allows you to choose your level of opacity.
As tourism comes back rapidly in the Cayman Islands, you’ll see an extra fanny pack or two walking around the place. However, this accessory has long since transcended its association with “tacky tourist” apparel to become a functional fashion statement. It’s the Bluetooth of bags, providing a hands-free experience with — at least these days — an edgier approach.
This article was originally featured in the April 2022 print edition of Camana Bay Times.
About the author
Ariel Thompson is a content specialist consultant for Dart, having worked at the company from 2017 to 2022. A lifelong writer, Ariel was born and raised in the Cayman Islands before studying abroad at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, for her BA in public relations and film and television. With nine years of experience in marketing, Ariel joined Dart after working as Cayman International School’s first marketing communications officer. As her name would suggest, Ariel is a Disney fan and enjoys being both in the water and on land as much as The Little Mermaid. She loves acting and conceptualising TV and movie scripts with hopes to one day be a director. When in Camana Bay, Ariel can be found enjoying Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar’s Pad Thai, or shopping with friends and a scoop of gelato in hand.