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Tropical Vacation Outfits for Women - How to Dress for Fun in the Sun!

Updated: May 18

You’ve booked your trip to an exotic tropical getaway, and now you just have to pack. But what should you wear? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! If you’re headed to the beach or poolside, stick with lightweight cotton or rayon fabrics that dry quickly and won’t wrinkle in transit or when stored at home (avoid denim unless it’s very lightweight, or in the form of shorts!). Tropical vacation outfits are all about fun, so don’t be afraid to match prints or colors!

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Casual Dresses

The best way to dress for a tropical vacation is with a casual dress. During your fun in the sun, you'll be able to wear all sorts of outfits, from flowy maxi dresses and breezy sundresses, or even a pair of cutoffs and a tank top.

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Keep your look laid-back and light with wedges or sandals, and don't forget about your bathing suit. Whether you prefer bikinis or one-pieces, make sure you have plenty of options so you can change it up every day.

Skirts, Shorts, and Pants

Shorts and skirts are easy, breezy options for tropical vacation outfits. Shorts can be worn with a variety of tops, such as tank tops and t-shirts, or bathing suit coverups.

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Skirts can be styled with a pretty blouse or dress. A great way to keep your look updated is by adding some fun accessories like a floppy sun hat, brightly colored sunglasses, or sandals with heels.


A loose-fitting top is a good choice when traveling because it can be layered with tank tops or camisoles as needed. Plus, it's easy to wash and dry a loose-fitting top after a day at the beach.

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If your luggage space is limited, then my advice would be to choose tops that can pair with anything, opt for neutral colors!


A swimsuit is a must-have when it comes to tropical vacation outfits.

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For a classic look, try a high-waisted bikini with cutouts and a braided strap. For something more daring, opt for a strapless bikini with an embellished waistband or high-cut sides. If you're feeling like showing off some skin, go for a bandeau top paired with high-waisted bottoms.


A cover-up can be as simple as a sarong or as complicated as a flowing maxi dress. Cover-ups are usually worn over bathing suits, but they can also be a great way to dress down your evening look and make you feel more comfortable on the beach.

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As long as you keep it light, breezy, and airy, any cover-up will do!


When picking out what shoes to wear on vacation, you have to keep in mind that you'll be on your feet a lot.

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Sandals are great, but they can be difficult when it comes to walking around a lot and chasing after kids. Sneakers will work just fine; just make sure they're clean before you head out the door. Flip-flops are also an option as long as you're comfortable with them.


A great accessory can take an outfit from drab and dreary to fabulous. Accessorizing is a great way to personalize your look and make it your own. For example, a statement necklace or earrings can give you that extra pop you need. Think about what type of accessories will work best with your clothing choices.

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Another thing to consider is their durability. Will the accessories you take withstand a day at the beach? Weather-resistant accessories, such as the Budha Girl Bangles, are an excellent option for those who plan on having waterboard adventures!

Sun Protection

The sun is a beautiful thing, but it can be dangerous if you don't take care.

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Protect yourself with sunscreen (SPF of 15 or higher) and lip balm (SPF of 30 or higher) that offers broad spectrum protection. Wear UV protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats, UPF shirts, and sunglasses.


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