Whether it’s a tiff with a partner or a missed-out promotion, sometimes you need a bit of retail therapy to feel like yourself again. The next time one of life’s little frustrations starts to get you down, grab your girlfriends for some shopping in Miami. A fun day out — and a new pair of shoes — will put the pep back in your step in no time. Here are your top shopping destinations for leaving the clouds behind and feeling good again, from funky outdoor promenades to discount havens and everywhere in between.
Lincoln Road is the beating heart of South Beach, and it’s one of the most famous pedestrian streets in Miami, if not the world. The crowd here is as glamorous as the fashions on display, so make sure you set aside some time for people watching as you shop for new ensembles at favorite chains like H&M or Zara. In between the multinationals, you’ll find plenty of local boutiques as well, including the glittery U-Rock Couture for your rockstar friends, and popular shoe store Scene, where the local fashionistas pick up the hottest heels in town.
There’s nothing like a good deal to turn that frown upside down, so head to this huge outlet if you’re looking to buy designer apparel at low prices. It is located about 35 minutes from Miami, so you ladies will want to put together a playlist for the drive — but bargains on high-end clothes from Michael Kors and Tony Burch make the trip worthwhile. At the end of your exhausting day, replace all those calories you burned while bargain-hunting at the Cheesecake Factory with some apps and cocktails.
You’ll need to do some strategizing before you arrive at the classic Dolphin Mall: With 240 shops, there’s no way you’ll hit every one. You may even have to split up, so make sure you have your smartphone handy — you’ll need it to send each other reconnaissance selfies from Express, Aldo, Forever 21, DSW, and Bloomingdale’s.
You’re a Cosmo girl and you want everyone to know it, so flip through hangers alongside the celebrities and socialites who shop at the elite Bal Harbour stores. Splurge on those amazing Jimmy Choos you just saw in a magazine, or find the latest Alexander McQueen collection — nobody said shopping in Miami was supposed to be practical. The gorgeous diamond necklace from Tiffany’s might have to wait, but that doesn’t stop you from looking at it longingly through the glass.