Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

What to Wear on a Tropical Vacation

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Even though I just got back from Thailand a few weeks ago, the New York cold already has me dreaming of my next tropical vacation. These photos were taken at the Four Seasons resort in Koh Samui, where there was a private beach complete with cabanas and delicious poolside cocktails. For my trip to Thailand, I decided to stick with a specific theme for my clothing, which made packing a lot easier and my photos more cohesive. Read on for my tips on what to wear on a tropical vacation.

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What to Wear on a Tropical Vacation

    • Floral dresses and floral print pieces: Nothing screams tropical like a pretty floral dress, and who doesn’t want to live in floral pieces all week long? For Thailand, I stuck to the floral theme and packed tons of floral maxi dresses (you see can one of them in this post), floral beach cover-ups, and even floral print sandals. I wanted to be effortlessly pretty with pieces that you can just throw on and go.
    • Wide-brim hats: For any tropical vacation where sun and/or beach are involved, a wide-brim hat is crucial for both protecting your face from the sun and looking stylish. Wide-brim hats are the perfect accessory for both the beach and a day-trip exploring an exotic attraction.
  • 2-3 Pieces of Boho Chic Jewelry: Jewelry can make or break your outfit, but it’s one of those pieces that are super annoying to pack. So I suggest limiting yourself to 2-3 key pieces that go with the theme of your vacation outfits. Pick a pair of statement earrings that stand out whether you have your hair up or down, a delicate necklace, and some fun bangles. To match with the floral theme, I chose boho chic pieces that add a free-sprited vibe to my outfits.

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For this beach look, I went with a sheer floral cover-up that can also be worn as a dress with a slip underneath. Bonus points if you can bring a piece that suits both the beach and dinner! To achieve an interesting mix of prints, I paired the dress with a striped bikini underneath. I finished the look with a navy wide-brim hat, statement earrings, and a long dainty necklace.

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40 responses to “What to Wear on a Tropical Vacation”

  1. Victoria Schneider says:

    Wow! The embroidery on that is lovely! You look gorgeous!
    victoria |

  2. Brittany N says:

    The embroidery on that dress/cover-up is beautiful! Love all of your pics for a tropical vacation, makes me want to travel even more now 🙂

  3. Emily Jones says:

    You look amazing – I live in Cornwall in the UK and this look would look cool on the hot sunny days on the beach x

  4. Ahhhh, the embroidery!! Love! x

  5. Sophie says:

    Beautiful! I’m off to Indonesia next month and can’t wait for the summer items to hit the shops!

  6. Caitlin says:

    Okay so jealous that you went to Thailand! xx

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  7. Ana Prodanovic says:

    Thanks for all the tips, love! I am obssed with your beach look and wish I was in Thailand right now. Xx

  8. Blaze Ann says:

    So obsessed with the embroidery! I love your style!

  9. Neelofar says:

    Wow Mary, this cover up is everything! I love how you mixed patterns too!! I will definitely be purchasing this cover up for my next trip!

  10. Liz says:

    Omg I love your outfit! I’m so jealous you’re on the beach!

  11. Nicole Fuentes says:

    What a lovely cover up! I love the contrast with the blue color of your nails.
    xx, Nicole

  12. Lee says:

    Great tips on what to wear – I am SO with you on the floral print pieces! And I love your floral maxi coverup!
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  13. Alix Maza says:

    Floral pieces are always good to me!

    Alix |

  14. J’adore! thanks for sharing. bisous

  15. Gail says:

    That floral coverup is so pretty and I love the striped bikini underneath. The photos are stunning! Xoxo

  16. That swim coverup is so amazing, I want it!!

  17. Karissa says:

    I love the idea of sticking to a theme when traveling! Great post:)

  18. If we plan our next vacay soon, I will need that cover up dress! Gorgeous!

    Chelsea ||

  19. Emma says:

    I love the embroidery of that kaftan. It looks absolutely stunning on you – wish I was somewhere tropical now!

  20. Liza says:

    So beautiful, dear. Love the dress.
    Liza Corner | Instagram | Facebook

  21. Mariam says:

    That cover up is gorgeous! Desperately looking forward to my next holiday.

  22. Jenna says:

    I love the combination of stripes and floral print. It’s one of my favorite ways to mix prints. Your coverup is beautiful and I like the idea of packing with a theme. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers, J

  23. Julie says:

    Such great timing! I have been looking for a coverup and am in love with this one!

    Julie |

  24. Love your cover up so much! Now i just need a tropical vacation to go on!

  25. shannon says:

    this cover up is the best! so much prettier than the typical boring cover ups you see! great choice love! xo

  26. Jessica says:

    The striped swimsuit under the floral coverup is GENIUS!! Seriously I freaking LOVE that!!

    xo, jess

  27. Kristen says:

    It looks like you had such a blast!! I think we might get a few warm days in NY, so don’t be too sad!!

    xoxo, Kristen

  28. You look so happy! Love the cover up, so freaking cute! 🙂 xo

  29. Mar Ward says:

    What a magical looking vacation! Love that cover up 🙂

  30. Love this cover up – You are getting me all excited for my next getaway!!


  31. Miri says:

    Oh Mary, you look stunning in this cover up. You inspired me, thank you. I am going to Costa Rica on vacation and the weather will be similar to Thailand!!!
    Happy Wednesday, sweetie!

  32. Fashiondra says:

    Want the same, so sexy and feminine. You can even wear it for a night out with a bodysuit inside and sexy pumps <3

  33. vidya says:

    Look simply cute. Great post.

  34. roxy says:

    I am totally day dreaming about the beach now! I love your cover up and hat…those are basically my two necessities for any beach vacation!

  35. Liz says:

    I’m obsessed over how you wore this dress as a cover up! It is so so stunning. What a dream vacation!


  36. Joscelyn says:

    What a beautiful cover-up! Love how long and flowy it is! Can’t wait to go on a tropical vacation now!

  37. Kira says:

    Really love this dress and your fab style!!
    Kira Is Wearing

  38. Love this! This is exactly what to wear at a tropical vacation!


  39. So obsessed with the embroidery! Love your style!
    Dreaming about the beach now!