Style Vs. Style: Which Blogger Has The Best Beach Look?

SoCal and Miami — they're both breezy, sunny, surf-friendly locales with specific styles all their own. Can we really say we dig one more than the other? No, not truly — we love 'em both. Still, there's nothing wrong with a little fun, friendly competition now and again.
With nothing up for stake but bragging rights and local pride, we enlisted two beautiful bloggers from opposite coasts in a cross-country showdown we call the CityStyle Challenge. Fun, right? Today, you'll meet our two online stars, as they create two very different takes on the ideal, beach-bound outfit that's both sweet and easy. Naturally, we wanted to set up this little game with a level playing field, so we've supplied the ladies with the same chic pieces from our partner in style, A|X Armani Exchange. Then, we asked them to build an outfit around those selects. Let the games begin!
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Click through to see the results, check out more fun-and-sun ensembles at A|X Armani Exchange's axdressedfor.com, and tag your own outfits with #DressedFor.
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In this corner, we have Miami's Martha Graeff, the globe-trotting Brazilian blogger behind Around in Style, offering up an all-white Magic City look. Take it away, Martha.

"Hey, there! So, I decided to use my whole, busy Sunday to show off my beach-ready look. Of course, it all started off with slipping on those blue, A|X shades! It's funny — they make all colors look better."

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"And here's my whole look, from head to toe, next to my beloved paddleboard! This look would be perfect for trekking out to the beach with it. But instead..."

A|X Armani Exchange Mens' Pima Crew Tee, $25, available at Armani Exchange.

Photo: Courtesy Martha Graeff
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"...It was time to read The Power of Now (em português, claro)!"

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"After that, we got ready to head out to Key Biscayne for lunch and then downtown for a little graffiti-spotting."

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"Now, you can't see that these cute, white cutoffs have spikes down one side. You can, though, see the eagle necklace a friend brought me from Colombia that I paired with them."

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"Ah, Key Biscayne! This is right before we stopped to eat at my favorite fish restaurant along the water."

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"We finished up in Wynwood in downtown Miami where graffiti artists show their work. P.S., I accessorized the A|X T-shirt with a spiked necklace. Nice, right?"

A|X Armani Exchange Colorflash Sunglasses, $95, available at Armani Exchange.
A|X Armani Exchange Mens' Pima Crew Tee, $25, available at Armani Exchange
A|X Armani Exchange Colorflash Blue Watch, $100, available at Armani Exchange.


Photo: Courtesy Martha Graeff
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Representing the West Coast, we have Ann Kim of andyheart, a longtime favorite over here and a tough, all-around fashion fighter. Did her look win your heart? Tell us in the comments.

"To demonstrate my perfect beach look, I headed out to the perfect L.A. beach — Santa Monica! When I hit the beach, I tend to keep things minimal and sporty — this look being the perfect example. BTW, under the Santa Monica pier is a great place to shoot (especially when the sun's too bright!)"

A|X Armani Exchange Colorflash Sunglasses, $95, available at Armani Exchange.
A|X Armani Exchange Colorflash Watch, $100, available at Armani Exchange.


Photo: Courtesy Ann Kim
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"Oops, time for more sunblock! You can never be too safe."

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"I love the way Santa Monica's iconic palm trees create a wondrous skyline down here. Just as inspiring as the view of the ocean, really."

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"A good pair of UVA-equipped shades is a must in California! Of course, the stripes and the all-white shorts help to give me a little bit of a southern-France-beach vibe and protect my arms. Have I mentioned how sunny it was that day?"

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"After the beach, I took a walk along the Third Street Promenade. Peaceful."

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"My beach kit: sunnies; a sporty, water-resistant watch; sunblock; and a fun, flamingo tote. It's about all I need."

So, folks, who did the beach best? Tell us below and, while you're at it, check out more beachy looks at axdressedfor.com and share your own by tagging your Instagram pics with #DressedFor.



A|X Armani Exchange Colorflash Sunglasses, $95, available at Armani Exchange.
A|X Armani Exchange Colorflash Watch, $100, available at Armani Exchange.


Photo: Courtesy Ann Kim
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