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Tropical Chic: The Style Sheet for Martinique

Between the stunning Caribbean beaches that stretch for miles, high-end gourmet restaurants and plethora of sensory experiences that await, Martinique is the perfect tropical getaway. It’s infinitely varied in its natural landscape. One side of Martinique washes up against the Caribbean Sea and the other is the Atlantic Ocean. Some beaches you’ll find have ivory-white sand and coconut-laden palm trees and some others have sand that’s black and volcanic. On one hand, you’re certainly going to spend an ample amount of time soaking in the sun, laying on the beach and otherwise enjoying the natural beauty of the island. On the other, Martinique is still part of France, where chic resort wear still reigns supreme among its international clientele. That being said, the dress code throughout the island is generally informal. Even in the coldest months, temperatures rarely drop below 75ºF here, but the coastal breeze at night can have some visitors shivering. Think beach casual and resort collection during the day, so prioritize comfort, light colored clothing and lightweight fabrics, and a layer or two in the evenings. If you’ll want to enjoy the magnificent haute cuisine of the Caribbean nation that mixes both French and Creole tradition, you’ll have to take it a step further.

Moda Operandi

Fort-de-France

Between the colorful architecture, warm friendliness of the locals and rejuvenated public spaces, Fort-de-France is a place with a big personality. Even if you’ve come to Martinique for the beaches, the rich street life, local cuisine and ubiquitous music make for an excellent environment to spend a day. The delicate blossoms, square neckline and thick shoulder straps make this Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Cotton Midi Dress the perfect daywear option to wear around Fort-de-France during the day. Whether you’re shopping for local trinkets or enjoying a seaside lunch, this easygoing dress will have you feeling stylish, comfortable and free. This Mara Hoffman Diana Floral-Print Midi Slip Dress is another timeless piece with slender shoulder slips and flattering cut. Be sure to accessorize with these Essere 18K Gold Earrings, which are framed in the shape of the palm leaf and hang low, while these Loewe Gate Leather Sandals check off multiple boxes in the footwear department.

Frescobol Carioca

Pointe du Marin

The ideal destination for those who want to keep the energy up, Pointe du Marin is a fantastic stretch of coastline that follows the peninsula near Ste-Anne for 800m. It’s one of the most popular and crowded beaches on Martinique for the plethora of available water activities, including surfing, windsurfing, diving and snorkeling. With an overall lively atmosphere, it’s often the most crowded. Beach-goers also have a number of nearby restaurants and bars at their disposal. Cut with an easy and short length, these Frescobol Carioca Continuity Swim Shorts not only look great, but the quick-drying technical fabric works to maximize comfort whether you’re on the sand or in the water. It’s never a bad idea to pack more than one pair of swim trunks and these Thom Browne Striped Swim Trunks are a simple and classic option from the legendary designer. If you’re looking for a watch that you can wear without worrying about damage caused by sand or water, look no further than the military-ready Officine Panerai Luminor. To complete the beach-ready look, consider these stylish Givenchy Logo Slides that will take you from the resort to the beach with ease.

Maylana

Tropical Paradise 

Outside of Pointe du Marin, there are an endless array of beaches and natural hotspots around Ste-Anne that are less crowded for those seeking a more peaceful getaway. One of the brightest beaches on the island, Les Salines is a true Caribbean paradise in its most stereotypical form: pristine white sand, calm azure waters and soaring palm trees. Similarly, Anse Corps de Garde is another stunning beach that strikes the perfect mix between social and tranquil. Whether you want to bring a picnic lunch or relax with a nice book, Martinique has a slice of heaven with your name on it. Featuring a high-cut design, macrame side details, vibrant yellow color and cheeky rear, this Maylana Jess Mustard One-Piece is a wonderful swimsuit to take you through the duration of your visit. If you’re looking for an alternative to sunglasses, opt for this Eric Javits Floppy Woven Sun Hat, whose wide brim was designed to protect your face from the sun as you soak in the tranquil atmosphere. You can also bring along this KAYU St. Tropez Pom-Pom Embellished Straw Tote for the day, which will carry all of your necessities in an easy-to-carry and stylish woven tote.

Orlebar Brown

Gourmet Culinary

When it comes to enjoying dinner as the Caribbean sun begins to fall, you don’t necessarily need to go all-out, but rather a collared shirt and breathable bottoms will suffice. Designed to be the best of both worlds, these Orlebar Brown Mazanine Stitch Relaxed Fit Trousers are like a warm-weather essential version of trousers. The expert construction mimics the look of jeans and brings summer properties, ideal for the tropical climate of Martinique. Keep the look going with this Vilebrequin Terry Polo which brings a tailored fit to a classic style, constructed from remarkably soft terry cloth. Finally, these Common Projects Suede Slip-On Sneakers provide the finishing touches on the outfit to achieve that sophisticated smart-casual look.

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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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