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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

5Island-vibe tote

Spice up a neutral outfit and add a splash of summer fun to your look with this floral tote (DSW.com, $40) featuring bold, blue flowers and eye-catching coral trim and handles. Whether you hit the beach or meet your besties for brunch, this is a great take-anywhere tote.

6Cuff cravings

Easily accessorize any outfit with a statement-making cuff. This intricate etched cuff (Swell.com, $17) caught our eye and we couldn't resist adding it our list of island-inspired looks. Detailed floral cut-outs sit atop bright magenta fabric for a flirty, bohemian piece perfect for wearing to your next backyard bash.

7Big island beauty

You might feel like you're ready for a luau once you slip into this super-cute a-line skirt made from a vintage Hawaiian shirt (Urban Outfitters, $49). The always-exciting Urban Renewal label turns kitschy cast-offs into stylish pieces sure to turn heads. Pair yours with a fitted tee and pretty peep-toe heels.

8Hello, hibiscus

Nothing says island vibe like a beautiful hibiscus in bloom. The much-loved tropical flower steals the show on this charming necklace (Shopruche.com, $28) featuring detailed hibiscus flowers on a dark, brass colored chain. Sweet and summery, we love the look of this tropical-inspired accessory.

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