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Island Vacation Outfit Ideas 2018

April 13 2018

If you have spent the whole of winter in Europe, you are probably getting pretty tired of the cold, dreary, gray weather right about now. Perhaps it’s time to trade some of the European snow for sunshine or, if nothing else, it’s time to at least start thinking about booking your next island vacation, which will give you something to look forward to (and should help you to get through winter with your sanity intact!).

If you are looking to book, or have already booked, a holiday in some magical island destination such as Mauritius or the Maldives, one thing is for sure, you need to make sure your wardrobe game is on point. It’s places like this that not only attract some sneaky celebs looking for an unconventional destination to holiday under the radar but totally call for stunning beachside fashion. If you are hoping to look your bohemian best as you soak up some rays on your next holiday, then here are some island vacation outfit ideas and style inspiration that will ensure that you look and feel incredible on your holiday in the sun:

The glam cover-up

Beach Glam Look
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The great thing about this island vacation outfit idea is that it basically doesn’t matter what you wear when you throw on a stunning new cover-up; it transforms any normal beach outfit into one that is tres chic. And the best part is that with the huge array of cover-ups and beach caftans out there, you can stay true to your sense of style while donning your new item, be it sophisticated or boho. These useful and oh-so-stylish island vacation outfit ideas come in a myriad of different styles and fabrics. You can find them in crochet or silk, in different prints, sarong-like materials or embellished with gold embroidery—the options for this essential island vacation outfit are virtually endless. Finish the look off with a wide-brimmed sun hat, gorgeous sunnies and of course, a solid layer of sunscreen. 


All things retro

Women Retro Swimwear
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Whatever you do in 2018, make sure you add a little 80s funk to your island vacation outfits. We are talking colourful high rise bikinis and vibrant one-piece swimsuits (which are definitely making a huge comeback in 2018) as well as high cut shorts. If you want to soak up the sun in style, be sure to hit your island destination armed with some vivid 80’s-inspired swimwear sets. 


Add a touch of lustre

Women sequins bikini
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That’s right glam kings and queens, one of the greatest textile trends sure to shine (excuse the pun) in 2018 is lustre. This year, this subtle, shimmery glow is not just for New Year’s Eve and fancy parties, it’s set to be a trend all year round, with anything from swimwear and couture to footwear shining with this special trend. If we could make one recommendation? If all things shiny aren’t really your thing but you are tempted to try the trend, then get yourself a stunning bikini in a subtle pale yellow or baby pink.


The mini-dress

Mini Beach Dress
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One of the cutest and simplest island vacation outfit ideas for 2018 is undoubtedly the mini dress. Mini beach dresses come in a multitude of fun designs and patterns so shop around and find the one (or two) that you really love. Some of them come embroidered, in the off-the-shoulder style or even with light long sleeves, any of which would make a great accompaniment on your trip to paradise. These are great alternatives to cover-ups and you can make an entire outfit out of them, adding t-shirts underneath and paring them with your favourite pair of sandals and bold sunnies.


The long skirt look

Women Long Skirt Boho Look
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If you love all things boho and beautiful than this one is definitely for you, and perfect for a casual day or evening out. Take a break from the normal beachwear outfits and instead opt for whimsical, flowy maxi skirts or stunning bohemian-inspired sarongs. Feminine and fairy-like, these gorgeous skirts come in a huge range of colours, styles and patterns, so find one that resonates with your inner goddess. Pair it with a silk cami for a beachside dinner date, or a crop top for a relaxing brunch post-suntan. 


The romper

Women Beach Romper
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Rompers aren’t a new trend in 2018, but they are such fabulous island vacation outfits, why wouldn't you want at least one in your fashion arsenal? Equally feminine and playful, rompers can be long or short and come in a huge array of vivid colours, patterns and fabrics making it obvious to see why they have fast become the quintessential beach holiday must-haves. These are ideal for day trips exploring your island destination, perfect for wearing over a swimsuit and can even be dressed up depending on the occasion. You could pair a romper (with a nice back perhaps?) with a colourful belt, wedges and stunning jewellery for the perfect dinner overlooking the sea. They also take up minimal space in luggage which is always a plus!


Outfits with bold prints

Stripes Off-Shoulder Dress
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While many solid-coloured items will always be classic (the little black dress is a fine example), many of the gorgeous island vacation outfit ideas this year are sure to centre hugely on bold prints. 2018 is all about prints in primary or neutral colours with thick stripes being a particularly big hit. Get yourself something stylish for a special dinner in a magical setting, with bold prints and perhaps in a cheeky off-the-shoulder style? These items have been all the rage on the runways and now need to make their debut in your cupboard.


Island-cool trousers

Women Harem Cotton Trousers
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While having a great pair of handy denim shorts is an absolute must, on your next vacation, swap them out for a pair of chic culottes or beach harem trousers. Either of these wonderful options is a perfect vacation pick (throughout the seasons in some parts of the world). Both are lightweight, comfortable and cool, with harem trousers being perfectly beach-casual and culottes being the kind of thing you can put over your bikini and pair with a crop top to dinner (the latter being especially versatile). Find a pair that already goes with items in your cupboard to ensure that you have ample island vacation outfit ideas with one simple pair of trousers. 


The swing dress

Women Swing Dress
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If you are heading to a stylish, exotic destination that is pretty much guaranteed to be hot the entire time you are there, then definitely opt for a short swing dress (ideally one in cotton). These fabulous island vacation outfits are perfect to take to the beach but also wonderfully glammed up at night making it the perfect beach-to-bar item—all you need is a pretty pair of pumps or gladiator sandals and some eye-catching accessories. 

Now that you are equipped with an array of excellent island vacation outfit ideas for 2018, it might be time to book that stunning getaway somewhere beautiful and exotic (if you haven’t already). Thinking of heading to the volcanic island of Mauritius or the coveted holiday (and honeymoon) destination that is the Maldives? Then have a look at the glorious luxury Sun Resorts hotels. Any of these exquisite properties are sure to make the perfect backdrop for your glamorous island getaway. 

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