Is There Such a Thing as a Coral Gables Style? Do the Residents of the Gables Dress with Greater Refinement Than Those who Live Outside the City?
Photography by Jon Braeley
We would like to think so. We are not cowed by the uber-trendiness of Brickell, or the glitter of South Beach, or the ostentation of Little Havana. Our style is one of understated elegance, of taste and refinement, a sense of chic that is sophisticated rather than showy.
Each month we will bring you a different selection of the latest and finest from the shops of Coral Gables, with the styles worn by a citizen of the city rather than a model.
We start this month with the Carolina Herrera store in the Shops at Merrick Park, showcasing a preview of their Spring/Summer 2019 collection. The new garments, says CH spokesman Derek Cabrera, “breathe the influence of urban art in different details,” such as color, the juxtaposition of black and ivory, and a reinterpretation of polka dots.
Our model this month is Tamarind Effio, a Gables resident who works as a residential mortgage advisor in the Gables office of TIAA Bank, formerly Everbank. Born to British and Panamanian parents, she was raised in both England and Panama and attended FSU. After working in Jacksonville for Everbank, she was transferred to Coral Gables eight years ago thanks to her fluent Spanish. Her two children attend St. Philips Episcopal School on Andalusia.