Hawaiian-themed parties are a popular choice for good reason. They create a laid-back, easy-going atmosphere, where you can socialize, eat good food, and have a good time. Hawaiian-themed parties or Luaus, are used to celebrate anything from the start of summer, to birthdays, to work events.

Dressing the part is a key way to make your party feel official and a fun reason to break out your bright and bold clothes. You most likely have most or all the pieces needed in your closet already. Dressing tropical means choosing pieces that are casual, comfortable, and colorful. 

A Hawaiian-themed party is a great excuse to have fun playing around with different looks, different colors, and patterns. It is also a great time to wear your loose, light beachwear and summerwear, even if it isn’t summer. 

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Hawaiian Shirt

Hawaiian Shirt

A Hawaiian shirt works for women and men. Pick one out in bright colors, with floral or plant print to embody the tropical theme. You can wear it buttoned up, open, or tie the bottom up to turn it into a crop top. 

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Shorts 

Shorts

Shorts will go great with your Hawaiian shirt, and any other pieces you choose. Choose denim and ripped denim shorts for a more casual look, or add more formality with a pair of linen or khaki shorts.  

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Crochet Top

Crochet Top

A crochet top will help add texture and detailing to your outfit. It can be worn on its own with a pair of shorts or a skirt, or it can be worn over a dress or crop top for added coverage. Try one in a white or cream color with lots of details and lace work. 

Learn what else to wear under a crochet or lace top here.

Floral Swimsuit Trunks 

Floral Swimsuit Trunks

If you want to incorporate tropical patterns into your bottoms, many swimsuit trunks have floral and natural patterns. Make sure your swimsuit trunks are lined, or consider wearing another layer underneath for added modesty. 

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One Piece with Cover-Up

One Piece with Cover-Up

As long as you are not in a work setting, a one-piece bathing suit with a cover-up matches the theme. Choose a bathing suit with vibrant colors or gradients, and with tropical prints or floral prints. Choose a sheer cover-up to showcase your bathing suit or a long cover-up that opens at the front. 

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Matching Two Piece

Matching Two Piece

Create a cohesive look by matching the pattern of your top and bottoms. A two-piece can consist of anything from a long shirt and long pants to shorts and a crop top, depending on how much coverage you want and the look you are trying to achieve. 

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Floral Headband 

Floral Headband

An easy way to accessorize and add more tropical elements to your look is with a faux or real floral headband. Choose flowers with vibrant colors and colors that match your outfit. A floral headband looks great with your hair down or in a loose, beachy updo. 

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Seashell and Flower Jewelry 

Seashell and Flower Jewelry

If you want to add jewelry to your look, seashells, and floral jewelry are popular choices. Try a seashell choker or bracelet with your look and floral earrings or a floral pin in your hair. 

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Traditional Muumu 

Traditional Muumu

Try out a traditional muumu, or a loose, Hawaiian dress. A muumuu is light, and flowing and doesn’t restrict movement, making it perfect for maximum comfort and for an easy-going time. Wear it on its own or over a pair of shorts or a swimsuit for more coverage and warmth. 

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Sarong or Pareo Wrap 

Sarong or Pareo Wrap

A sarong or pareo is essentially a large sheet of fabric wrapped around your waist, or body in a variety of styles. It is a versatile piece that works great as a bathing suit coverup, a light dress, and a shawl. 

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Floral Print Dress

Floral Print Dress

A floral or plant print dress goes perfectly with the laid-back atmosphere of a Luau or Hawaiin-themed party. Pick a long, loose flowy dress for added comfort and breathability. Go for a beachy vibe with spaghetti straps or a strapless dress. 

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Hawaiian Lei 

Hawaiian Lei

A Hawaiian Lei is a long necklace made from real flowers. If you can’t find a real one, one with fake flowers works just as well. Choose one with bright colors so it pops against your clothes.

Find more ways to create a vibrant look here. 

Sunglasses 

Sunglasses

You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on accessories. A cool pair of sunglasses will do the job for men and women. Choose a classic pair of aviators, or go with a bright-colored pair that will pop. 

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Maxi Skirt

Maxi Skirt

A maxi skirt is loose and flowy, making it a great fit for the theme. Make sure it is not so long you are tripping on it or so tight it is hard to move in. Pair it with a crop top for a nice contrast or a light tank top for more coverage. 

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Sandals 

Sandals

Sandals are a staple for a Hawaiian-themed Party. You can go simple with a pair of flip-flops or dress it up with gladiator sandals and wedges. Going barefoot is also common if you are outside or on the beach.  

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Beach Bag

Beach Bag

Choose a lightweight beach bag to carry your belongings and anything else you are bringing to the party. Pick one with vibrant colors or one made of straw or tweed to go with the Hawaiian Theme.  

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Straw Hat 

Straw Hat

A straw hat is a perfect tropical accessory. It will go well with the rest of your Hawaiian-themed  look and will protect your eyes from the sun if the party is outside. It is also lightweight so it won’t weigh you down or overheat you. 

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