I like to think of summer as a season of paradise — school is out, the sun is shining, and I can lounge on an inflatable raft in my pool without a care in the world. No doubt, designers such as Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, and House of Holland (pictured above) all feel a similar way as is apparent in the tropical-inspired styles seen in their Spring 2011 collections.
Even if you don’t have a tropical vacation planned this summer, you can still feel like you’re in paradise when wearing some of these pieces. Below, I have created 5 different outfits inspired by this summer’s island-inspired trend.
Hawaiian print shirts are such an iconic look, however they sometimes get a bad rep. This shirt from Forever 21 is an example of an updated style of Hawaiian print shirt similar to those seen on the runway. Tuck this bright orange top into a muted teal paper bag skirt for an unexpected pairing. Finally, finish the look with some simple yellow ballet flats, nude colored sunglasses, and this embroidered leather cross-body bag.
This outfit would be perfect for a night at a luau, or for those of us who won’t be visiting the Big Island, a dinner date or night out. Start the look with this pretty hibiscus print dress. Add on a simple blue cardigan to keep you warm during the chilly hours of the night. Accessorize with some pretty teal earrings and a bangle set. Wedges are always a summer staple and a pair that match your skin color (these are great for pale girls) will go with anything and will elongate your legs.
As we mentioned in a previous post, bright shorts are a hot trend this summer. This pair of bright floral shorts incorporates both the island-inspired trend and Summer 2011’s love for bright colors. A simple white button-up shirt is a classic staple that every girl should own in her wardrobe. Wearing it tied it up (like the one pictured) is a super hot way to style it for summer. A turquoise necklace, floral white sandals, and an adorable bucket hat complete the look.
This outfit incorporates a pink, palm-tree print top and a long maxi skirt, a hot trend for summer. Separately, these items might seem hard to style, but together? They contrast perfectly. These adorable pineapple studs add a fun Hawaiian-inspired element to the look, while white sandals and lucite bangles add the finishing touches.
This last outfit is more subdued than the others, as the print on the romper is reminiscent of island foliage, but not in a literal way. A pink jacket will help keep you warm while adding extra visual interest to the outfit. A simple navy watch and strappy gray wedges both complement the look. In in Marc Jacobs’ recent runway show, hibiscus flowers adorned the models’ hair and clothes. Achieve this look with a flower hair clip like the one above.
What do you think?
What are your thoughts on this trend? Would you wear island-inspired clothes and accessories? Do you think these outfits incorporate the spirit of this tropical trend? Which outfit is your favorite? Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!