What to wear on a Caribbean vacation

Q. I am a HUGE fan of your website and would love to get your advice. I will be vacationing with my fiancé’s family in St. Maarten in mid-June. I have never been outside the states or to such a nice vacation spot. I do not have a clue what to wear that would be comfortable and beach-worthy. I know we will be going around sightseeing, since I am a very adventurous gal. I am in my early-twenties, petite, and looking for some great versatile pieces to wear. Any help would be greatly appreciated! And, could you find some great footwear as well?
-Beach Bummed

A. It’s very simple to pack for the Caribbean. By day you’ll be wearing a swimsuit, shorts, tanks and short skirts, and by night, sundresses. For shoes you’ll need a good pair of flip-flops. I’m a fan of inexpensive Havianas, sandals/flats and one pair of higher heeled sandals or espadrilles. For sandals, consider a metallic pair that will match with all the dresses. And just bring along one small clutch for evening and an oversized bag for shopping and the beach. I shopped for several pieces that should fulfill many items on your packing list and they are all incredibly affordable.


1. Havaianas Flip Flops (7 colors), $16 at saks.com
2. Boutique Nordstrom ‘Tabby’ Sandal (5 colors), $69.95 at nordstrom.com
3. Xhilaration® Tally Strappy Wedge, $19.99 at target.com
4. Calvin Klein ‘Coral’ Sandal (2 colors), $89.95 at nordstrom.com
5. Steven by Steve Madden ‘Casting’ Thong Sandal (4 colors), $78.95 at nordstrom.com

6. Women’s Mix-Print Henley Tanks, $14.50 at oldnavy.com
7. Women’s Low-Rise Cuffed Twill Shorts (4 colors), $15 (sale) at oldnavy.com
8. Holly Striped Hobo (2 colors), $26.50 at delias.com
9. Women’s Embroidered Keyhole Halter Dresses (2 colors), $39.50 at oldnavy.com
10. Lux Lightning Strikes Dress, $68 at urbanoutfitters.com

  • Nataly

    Hi! A very helpful advice not only for the girl who asked but also for everybody who likes to trevel and to look well. You made a nice selection of wear and sandals. Frankly speaking I like a little unusual clothes. Often download fashion TV-shows at http://www.picktorrent.com. But as I can see, you don’t have to go so far to find good ideas!

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