How to Style a Warm Weather Vacation Outfit… For Less!

Planning a getaway in the distant future? Seeking style tips because you’re embarking on a well-deserved tropical vacation during these upcoming spring or summer months is not a terrible dilemma to have. I implore you to read on! In the Covid era, we have all been collectively contemplating such getaways in our dreams, but hopefully this spring or summer we will have an opportunity to relax by a pool or beach with a delicious cocktail in hand. I’ve pulled some affordable warm weather vacation pieces shop and mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe.

Warm Weather Vacation Outfit

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Flattering One-Piece Bathing Suits

It’s no secret that buying a flattering bathing suit isn’t an easy task. Luckily, there are a few highly-rated, affordable suits readily available. Coined ‘The Perfect Wrap One-Piece,’ the universally flattering one-piece from Summersalt would be a perfect vacation investment if it fits well. It is available in ten colorways and has high reviews. Summersalt also has a long torso version, cover-ups and beach to brunch wrap skirts. Their mission is to ensure you feel as comfortable as you possibly can be while at the beach or pool. This is the swimwear equivalent of a wrap dress from the legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg!


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Another option for a bathing suit is this sporty suit from Athleta. It features a keyhole back and comes in a fun and trendy blue tie-dye print. It’s made from stretchy, recycled fabric that ensures it’s sleek and has a built-in shelf bra for support.

Beachy Vacation Outfit Dresses

Having a chic, comfortable cover up or dress to transition from pool to dinner is important! In scenarios like these, I favor breezy midi dresses due to their coverage. They’re not too short and not too long. This tropical dress from Billabong has feminine puff sleeves, a shirred waist and a pretty light blue floral print. The colors are relatively neutral, so you could certainly pair this dress with a pop of hot pink or neon green to embrace the neon trend without looking too over the top.

If you’re comfortable donning a dress with slightly less coverage, Urban Outfitters has a beautiful lace trim midi dress available in classic black or floral prints in either orange or cream. You could easily layer a kimono or light sweater on top for more coverage. It features lace, a keyhole cutout and slit on the side.

The Relaxed Vacation Outfit

Does a casual, matching two-piece set consisting of a beach shirt and pants align better with your style aesthetic? Then look no further than this relaxed set from ASOS in classic black! A shirt and pant set like this would be an effortless cover up over your bathing suit and provide practical protection from the sun’s harsh UV rays. You can easily mix and match this look with other go-to pieces already in your wardrobe.

The Time-Honored Duo: Button Down and Linen Pants

For brunch or dinners during your trip, there’s nothing more timeless than a simple button-down shirt and linen pants. Gap is a consistent, reliable source for wardrobe staples; their latest offerings for spring fit their reputation. The brand’s 100% organic cotton shirt is available in nine colorways including preppy striped versions. Throw one on and you’re instantly put together!

Old Navy is a wonderful resource for reasonably-priced wardrobe staples. These high-waisted, linen wide-leg pants would be perfect for a polished vacation look paired with the aforementioned button-down shirt. They have an easy pull-on style that would make a quick change in your hotel room a breeze.

Puff Braided Sandals

Braided sandals are trending this spring! These puff braided sandals from Dolce Vita are available in twelve colorways. They would match a variety of outfits in your wardrobe and would likely get a good cost per wear in the summertime. The square toe is very trendy and chic too.

Tips for Styling a Tropical Vacation Outfit

  • Invest in a flattering bathing suit that you feel comfortable and confident in!
  • Midi dresses are versatile and easy to transition from the beach to pre-dinner cocktails; swap your flip flops or slides for a more upscale sandal.
  • Snap up a relaxed shirt and pants set for an effortless mix and match ensemble.
  • A comfortable button-down shirt and linen pants can make for an elegant ensemble for vacation dinners with family and friends.

Shop Warm Weather Vacation Fashion for Less

Summersalt The Perfect Wrap One-Piece, $95

Athleta Maldives One Piece Swimsuit, $109

Bloomingdale’s Billabong Salty Sea Printed Midi Dress, $70

Urban Outfitters Dara Lace Trim Midi Dress, $79

ASOS South Beach Relaxed Beach Shirt and Pants in Black, $38

Gap 100% Organic Cotton Big Shirt, $70

Old Navy High-Waisted Linen-Blend Wide-Leg Pants for Women, $35

Dolce Vita Indy Sandals in Café Stella, $75

How would you style a warm weather vacation outfit?

– Claire Mykrantz

You may like to read more of Claire’s looks for less posts like How to Style The Best Blazers Under $125 and Shop Sophisticated Overcoats for How to Style The Best Midi Skirt Suits For Women Over 40.

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