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Five Wardrobe Essentials for Summer in the Caribbean

by Maia Muttoo Jul 15, 2019

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Summer’s in full swing here in the Caribbean.

It’s time to update your seasonal closet with these five wardrobe essentials that are both practical and fashionable.

A Textured, Underwired Swimsuit

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Structured swimsuits with underwire are on trend this summer; textured suits made with alternative fabrics are also making waves. Combine the two trends for the ultimate summer beach look.

A Floppy, Wide-Brimmed Hat

Protecting your skin is essential year-round in the Caribbean, and no less so during the summer. Rock a floppy wide-brimmed hat with your swimsuit or day dress. Woven straw or thatch versions harken back to traditional Caribbean styles, while floral prints evoke the brightness of the summer season.

A Colourful Raincoat

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In the Caribbean, the summer months coincide with the rainy season. Umbrellas are easily lost or broken, so add a durable and stylish raincoat to your wardrobe instead. Opt for a colourful jacket in a summery shade like yellow or sky-blue to keep the grey clouds at bay.

A White Linen Dress

Urban Outfitters dress. Image via Fashion Wanderer.

A white linen dress is a perfect day to night wardrobe staple. Linen is a versatile fabric – lightweight enough to keep out the heat, and of a good quality enough to keep you looking chic. Wear it to the beach, and then restyle it with a pair of chunky heels for a sophisticated outdoor dinner.

A Pair of Loose, Wide-Leg Pants

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Say goodbye to those tight skinny jeans that trap in the heat. Embrace the wide-leg trend with a pair of floaty trousers. With summer fruits like mango and guinep coming into season and a host of regional food festivals on the horizon, these forgiving pants are just the ticket!

Between the heat, the rain, and the range of activities to do, summer can be hard to dress for in the Caribbean. With these five essentials, you’ll be fabulously ready for anything the season throws at you.

Sources: The Zoe Report, The Strategist, Glowsly, Who What Wear, The Cut, and Style Debates.