Saturday was one of the biggest and craziest holidays in Tampa history, Gasparilla. It’s a tradition that has been celebrated for the past 112 years and it’s also the only day of the year where it’s completely acceptable to wake up at 8 a.m. to start drinking (no, seriously).
Everyone dresses like pirates and invades Bayshore for beads, debauchery and more drinking. Most Tampa natives look forward to this day more than Christmas. I look forward to it because pirates.
As you already know, I’m not a fan of dressing in costume. There’s something about spending all this money on an outfit I’ll never wear again that doesn’t sit well with me. This year, I did take some inspiration from the pirates and went for a very low-key look.
You can never go wrong with stripes and this dress was perfect for Tampa’s unpredictable weather. I switched the booties out with a pair of flat knee-high boots with gold zippers on the side for comfort. Gasparilla involves a lot of walking so it’s best to wear shoes you’ll be comfortable in all day.
I didn’t want to get too festive this year, so I opted for a boater hat instead of a pirate hat. I finished the look off with my Quay sunnies and M.A.C. crossbody.
Aside from someone punching a police horse in the nose, I think this year’s Gasparilla was one of the best yet! Till next year matey.