On a tropical vacation, the cost of your outfit should never be higher than the temperature. This is by no means my life motto — it’s just something I realized on my recent Caribbean vacation. Whether you’re staying at a nice resort, traveling to a new beach destination, or embarking on an exotic cruise, you want to dress the part. But isn’t it a lot of money to buy a new vacation wardrobe in addition to the trip you are paying for? You don’t need to buy expensive clothes to feel like you’re in a travel magazine.
What’s the secret to affordable resort wear? First, shop online or at an outlet. There’s no reason to buy a bathing suit or white pants for a few hundred dollars when you know your size and can find those sizes online or at a reliable brand’s outlet or factory store. Some of my favorite places for bathing suits are Ralph Lauren and Target; great places for spring and summer clothes are J.Crew Factory and Tommy Bahama outlet; and if you want to work out on vacation (always optional of course!), the Under Armour outlet is a must – I’ve never had a need to splurge on Lululemon. Second, spend more money on your beach bag and shoes. If you have great wedges or a statement Kate Spade pool tote, you will be able to dress up any outfit! Same goes for tassle necklaces or funky bracelets — they can add a splash of color to any simple staple articles of clothing. These are just a few of my tips for affordable resort wear, and most importantly, looking as great as you feel on vacation!
Below is a slideshow of some of my go-to vacation outfits. These are formulas for fabulous and fiscally responsible outfits for spring break season! They’re under budget and are so fun to mix and match.
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