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Tropical Inspiration

From Kahlo’s vibrant Mexico to Gauguin’s lush Tahiti, the tropics have always been an origin of inspiration. Designers take note this summer with a storm of colorful prints — and while not for the fashion faint-of-heart, there are plenty of ways to sport these pumped-up florals without looking like you’re going to a luau.

Ease into the trend by pairing a tropical top with a basic skirt or a crisp white button-down with palm leafed pants. Or, own the trend and power on in an all-over print jumpsuit. Silhouettes vary from loose and breezy to tailored and cinched, so there are lots of options amidst the flora and fauna suited to your style and body type.

The right accessories can transition your outfit from casual to cocktail: Big baubles signal fun, while delicate pearls and a structured clutch give more of an evening vibe.

Red printed jumpsuit by Rhode, and sunglasses by Gucci, all available at Oliver Clothing

Printed ruffle maxi dress by Alexis, available at Monkee’s of Wilmington; red beaded necklace and multicolored earrings, both available at Island Passage Lumina Station; and beaded bracelets, available at Très​ Bleu Boutique

Mixed print floral kimono, floral printed maxi dress, and shark tooth beaded necklace, all available at Ziabird; parrot beaded earrings, available at Monkee’s of Wilmington; and hand-woven bangle, available at Très Bleu Boutique

Papaya top and skirt by CeliaB and blue beaded earrings, all available at Monkee’s of Wilmington; coral beaded necklace, available at Island Passage Lumina Station; and tortoise shell BAG (stylist’s own)

Printed button-up top by Alice + Olivia, black beaded necklace, and pineapple earrings, all available at Monkee’s of Wilmington; purple silk wide-legged pants and hand-woven multicolored shoulder bag, both available at Ziabird; and yellow fruit-printed wrap crop top, available at Tres Bleu Boutique


MODEL: Brooke McKinney (Directions USA)

HAIR: Elisha Smith (Blush Haus of Beauté)


Island Passage Lumina Station, Monkee’s of Wilmington, Oliver ClothingTres Bleu Boutique, Ziabird


To view more of photographer Melissa Hebert’s work, go to melissahebertphoto.com

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Categories: Style