When the weather starts to warm up and the days get longer my mind turns towards the idea of a vacation. Maybe a tropical oasis where the ocean shimmers like sapphire, a lush breeze blows through my hair, and all drinks are dutifully served with tiki umbrellas? Yep, my mind goes on island time with that fantasy! Just because we can’t jetset off into the caribbean right this minute doesn’t mean we can’t revel in paradise in other ways. Slipping into tropical fashions can easily make us feel like we’re on our own personal island where bosses, dirty dishes, and deadlines are thousands of miles away. Try on these 5 island-inspired looks to kickstart your trip to paradise!
1. Sweeping Maxis
When on vacation all I want to do is relax and be comfortable. Sweeping skirts and maxis are laid back and easy to style making them the perfect island fashions. The best part of dresses like the Ultimate Maxi Dress by Liz Lange is how easily they can be made to look casual or very polished simply by accessorizing. For example, you can pair this maxi with the “Zela” Leather Multistrap Platform Wedge Sandal by BORN® and some jewelry and it’s a perfect outfit for a nice dinner.
2. Cool Cardigans
If I’m going from the beach to the market nothing beats a long, draping cardigan for its comfort and style. When my outfit feels like it needs a little zest the Bell-Sleeve Cardigan with Draped Front by Liz Lange is the perfect partner. Its pattern is energizing with cool tropical blues and it’s great for layering over tops or dresses. Carry this cardigan around in a stylish bag like the “Bambi” Satchel by Big Buddha that can fit everything you need without feeling cumbersome.
3. Sheer Tunics
Gauzy fabrics and sheer layers make me expect to see colorful swimsuits peeking out from underneath. The Handbeaded Printed Tunic with Cami from Alia by Alia are so light and airy that we’ll liberated from stressing over our daily chores and envision a day at the beach. Such fashion inspiration might make us even want to start packing a bag for the isles! The Global Chic Rock the Runway 23″ Carryon Luxe Duffle Roller by IMAN is ready to roll with that plan.
4. Slip-on Skinny Jeans
One of my go-to casual outfits are skinny jeans since they can look sleek and slimming while still being super comfortable. The Soho Skinny Jean by DKNY Jeans can let me go to an isle of relaxation and get back in touch with the basics. This jean will also go well with the “Thanda” Leather Platform Wedge Sandal by BORN®. Introducing a little splash of tropical color will keep my toes content until I can dig them into the sand.
5. Graceful Caftans
Ready to be surrounded by a sea of tranquility? Relax into a bohemian vibe and easy attitude with this Handbeaded Printed Caftan with Slip from Alia by Alia. A traditional style for south of the equator, this caftan will revive your island fantasies with its prints and refreshingly flowing fabric. Grab your “Vida” Trifold Wallet by Big Buddha and enjoy a night out on the town.
What outfit makes your dream island vacation feel a little closer?