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Island Lifestyle: The Style Guide for Tahiti

Between the sparkling waterfalls, vast mountain peaks and turquoise lagoons, the incomparable nature of Tahiti has a funny way of slowing down your pulse. One glance at the untouched beaches that have come to characterize the French Polynesian island and you’ll appreciate the traditional pace of life typified by the locals. In Tahiti, it’s best to take it casual, comfortable and effortless – a style that will have you looking as relaxed as you feel as you cruise through the pristine islands, discover Polynesian culture and enjoy the high standard of cuisine under the romantic tangerine sunset.

Island Exoticness

Animal print, most notably leopard, but also zebra and snakeskin, has clawed its way back into the picture in recent months. What better way to incorporate the exotic trend into your wardrobe than on the remote island of Tahiti? Best paired with neutral shades, the print exudes a strong sense of power and independence.

Intelligent yet chic, this DVF Diane Von Furstenberg Leopard Wrap Dress is perfect for a nice night of island dining, whereas these Gold Hawk Leopard Print Shorts will have you looking fierce and keep you cool all day long. For those who simply want to incorporate a splash of leopard print, this French Wallet from Dolce & Gabbana French Wallet is a great way to ease your way into the trend.

 

Dolce & Gabbana

Sparkling Waterfalls and Endless Beaches

That oversized flower you’re thinking of sticking in your hair? Take it one step further with a floral-print bikini. Playing on the exotic nature of the French Polynesian island, floral-inspired prints are an explosion of color that will have you standing out even against the jaw-dropping nature of the region.

This Off-White Floral Bikini stays true to one of this year’s bikini trends: the one strap, while this Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Bustier Dress is a classic one-piece fit for lounging on the sea. For those looking to switch it up from the classic floral, try this multicolored Anjuna Diana Floral Bikini that features an all-over print and contrasting picot trim.

Pearls

Tahiti is world famous for its pearls. In keeping with the natural theme, your choice of jewelry can become a great reflection of this. Pearls remain to be an ultimate sign of sophistication and class, while giving a slight nod to a vintage era.

These Uzerai Edits Pearl Earrings are beautifully simple with its freshwater white pearls suspended on golden hooks, while this Natasha Schweitzer Pearl Ring offers a deeply elegant touch. This Pearls Before Swine Tahitian Pearl Necklace is a nice ode to the island and local culture.

Vilebrequin

Beach Days & Snorkelling

Tahiti and her outlying beaches offer experiences that are unique in the world. One-of-a-kind lagoons are beyond stunning next to peaceful stretches of coral and warm, fish-filled tropical water. It’s a safe bet you’ll never want to leave. 

These Dunhill Short-Length Paisley-Print Swim Shorts are a great way to stand out and blend into the tropical landscape, whereas these Vilebrequin Moorea Printed Swim Shorts have a more classic feel to them with the mid-length. Pair them with either these Saint Laurent D-Frame Acetate and Silver-Tone Sunglasses or these Oliver Peoples O’Malley Round-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Polarized Sunglasses for a winning combination.

Massimo Dutti

Dance Nights

No matter where you find yourself in Tahiti, it’s hard to resist the urge to shake your hips. The tropical vibe of the island, the local Polynesian two-step ingrained into the culture, and perhaps a drink or two. Even the best restaurants found throughout Tahiti usually only have a dress code of island casual, leaving you a lot of room to play with your outfits.

This Orlebar Brown Travis Camp-Collar Striped Cotton-Terry Shirt has the cool nonchalance of vintage-inspired holiday, and the Tod’s Camp-Collar Striped Silk-Twill Shirt offers a similar retro charm. Pair it with these Julian Slub Cotton and Linen Blend Shorts from Officine Generale or give these Cotton-Twill Chinos from Balenciaga a slight cuff on a cooler night.

Discovering Papeete

The main island and port of entry, Papeete, usually has high temperatures that last well into the evenings. In the heat of the summer, nothing beats casual, comfortable and stylish fashion as you make your way through the gateway to  French Polynesia. 

This James Purse Slim-Fit Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt is the perfect option that will have you exuding a simplicity while remaining as cool as possible. Pair it with a pair of espadrilles like these Mulo Suede Espadrilles or these Anderson & Sheppard Suede Espadrilles and you have yourself a winning combination.

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Braeden Alexander

Braeden Alexander is an explorer with an insatiable appetite for the world and all the exquisite experiences that await. As a writer, he's concerned with the similarities that connect us all.

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