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Tropical tease: Island inspired styles

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Tropical fashion flair

Oh baby, it's hot outside and when the temperature soars, we can't help but think of the tropics. Bold florals, eye-popping hues and pieces that remind us of sexier, sandier locales graced the runways of Jill Sander to Prada, and we're reveling in the pretty Polynesian prints popping up everywhere. Blake Lively, Emmy Rossum and Lauren Conrad have all gone tropical, so what are you waiting for? Relax into the island vibe and check out our picks for adding a little piece of paradise to your wardrobe.

Tropical inspired fashion

1Feel the heat

Make a spectacular summer style statement in this bold Nanette Lepore tropical print dress (Revolve Clothing, $398) with a bright orange background and eye-catching island-inspired florals that look ready to pop right off of this sexy frock. A bandeau top and slim straps complete the look, which we suggest pairing with sky high platform pumps.

2Playful in purple

Pretend you're rubbing shoulders with Beyonce and Jay-Z in St. Tropez while wearing this pretty purple and white Tory Burch tunic (Neiman Marcus, $175) with a Polynesian vibe and a squared caftan neckline. The easy-wearing look would look great over slim fitting white trousers or tossed on over a bikini once you're back on the yacht.

3Beautiful batik

Stay cool while looking hot in this simple yet stylish batik-print tank top (Mod Cloth, $40). We love the blousy look and laid-back charm of this summery piece. Pair with high waisted shorts, wedge heels and a cute, cross body bag for the ultimate beat-the-heat outfit.

4Swinging style

You'll look almost sweet enough to eat in this swingy sleeveless mini dress (Asos, $43) featuring bold, island-worthy florals in a refreshing combination of orange and cream. We love the soft pleats and high rounded neckline that give this piece a decidedly 1960s feel. Pair with oversize shades and strappy flats to complete the ultra-cute look.

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