How to Dress Like a Rio Girl | Rio Style Guide

Our Rio style guide will show you how to look like the Girl from Ipanema.

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Rio style guide: What to wear in Rio de Janeiro

I’m currently spending my summer interning in Rio, and I’ve fallen in love with Rio style. If you follow my posts here on CF, you’ll know I’m originally from Brazil, but from the city of São Paulo. So being in Rio is a needed change of pace for me.

Rio girls have a very distinct style that makes sense given the place they live — Rio is unlike anywhere else on Earth. So for this week’s post, I’m going to be sharing with you 5 items that every Carioca (what they call girls from Rio) has in her closet.

It may be winter on this side of the equator, but here but in Rio, it’s summer all year round. Today, CF will help you channel your inner girl from Ipanema!

Printed Maxi Dresses

Brazilian fashion: Rio girls love printed maxi dresses
Dress: ASOS

Carioca girls love printed maxi dresses. These pieces are perfect for the tropical weather and will ensure that you feel light and airy all day. Plus, they’re so easy to dress up or down depending on the shoes and accessories. They’re also flattering on all different figures and are so worth it.

Havaianas Flip Flops

Havaianas flip flops are a rio fashion favorite
Flip Flops – Havaianas

Havaianas flip flops are so perfect! They’re comfortable, durable, and look great for years. Whether you’re wearing them on the beach or as shower shoes in your dorm, they’re worth every penny. As I mentioned, these rubber flip flops will look new forever — they won’t wear out or look dirty for years!

Bonus: Havaianas is a Brazilian brand so Carioca girls love it. They are the epitome of Rio style.

Lace Tank Top

White linen tank
Tank Top – Perman (Amazon)

Tank tops are a classic piece that every girl loves. But Carioca girls add a special twist to the traditional top by going for ones with lace detailing. The look is very delicate and girly! It’s perfect for warm summer days whether you’re going to the beach or out for lunch with friends.

Jean Shorts

Jean shorts are a carioca favorite
Shorts – Forever 21

When you’re in such a tropical climate, you gotta love easy pieces like jean shorts. They’re comfortable, practical, and work for a variety of occasions. Plus, they come in so many different styles so you can find one that works for your aesthetic and price range.

Lace-Up Wedge Heels

Rio style: Soludos wedges are a rio fashion staple
Wedges – Nordstrom

Wedged heels are one of my favorite style of shoes and also a Rio style favorite. They’re comfortable, pretty, and very elegant. Plus the lace-up design on these wedges is such a fun detail that will add a perfect finishing touch to any outfit. Fun fact: In Brazil, these are known as “Anabella shoes.”

Triangle Bikini

Rio style 101: Every carioca needs a good brazilian bikini
Bikini – Victoria’s Secret

Carioca girls are all about going to the beach any time of year! They definitely prefer bikinis to all other styles of swimwear and every Rio girl has plenty in her closet. The triangle shape is a personal favorite and it’s made even better when you add a fun, colorful print!

Plus, this gorgeous bikini is only $21 so you’ll definitely want it in your wardrobe this summer.

Statement Jumpsuit

Rio style guide: Jumpsuits
Jumpsuit – ASOS

Carioca girls are classic and relaxed yet also fashion-forward. They love pieces in bright or bold colors that make a statement when they enter a room. Jumpsuits are a staple of their aesthetic and they especially love wearing them when going out at night when it might be a little chilly.

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