Get the look: Rio Carnival fashion

Rio’s annual Carnival may have finished but we are still not over our #FOMO. The rhinestones! The caipirinhas! The all-night dancing in a bikini that could floss teeth! Even if you didn’t get to experience all that partying in the flesh (literally) this year, you can still dress the part on holiday and conjure up a mini carnival of your own. Here are 10 pieces that will add a few Brazilian frills, flounces, feathers and fun to your beach vacay look.

1. The Day Skirt

Sequinned midi skirt, Zara

High-waisted sequinned midi skirt with ruffled hem,  approx. US$36,  Zara

Vibrant colours, a tropical motif, feminine ruffles and a scattering of sequins add up to a whole lotta fun.

2. The Statement Swimsuit

Missoni Mare fringed one-piece

Missoni Mare tiered fringed one-piece, US$1,060, Moda Operandi

When too much is never enough. Strictly for poolside lounging/head-turning only; do not add water.

3. The Fun Sandal

Passion Blanche sandals

Passion Blanche lace-up sandals, US$209, Yoox

Because nothing says ‘ready to party’ like a flat shoe with pom poms AND feathers.

4. The Travel Outfit

Diane von Furstenburg top and skirt

Diane von Furstenburg wrap top, US$191, and skirt, US$208, Net-a-Porter 

A skirt and wrap top combo in a bright print is smart enough to take you from the airport straight to lunch.

5. The Crop Top 

Johanna Ortiz cropped top

Johanna Ortiz polka dot cropped top, US$430, Matches Fashion

Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz is the new queen of feminine resortwear, and this cute bow crop top shows why. Wear with floaty palazzo pants or a flippy skirt.

6. The Feathered Hat

Eugenia Kim straw and feather sun hat

Eugenia Kim feather-embellished straw sunhat, US$368, Net-a-Porter

Stay sun smart while giving a nod to those zany feathered headdresses without going fully loco.

7. The Statement Earring

Sachin & Babi earrings

Sachin & Babi ‘Coconuts’ earrings, US$307, Farfetch

Because are you even on a beach vacay if you’re not wearing a different dangly earring every day? Especially ones called ‘Coconuts’.

8. The Beach Bag

Pinata straw tote, Kayu Design

‘Pinata’ straw tote, US$69 (on sale), Kayu Design

Swap your natural straw beach bag for this colourful fringed number by Kayu Design that has the added bonus of being heavily discounted.

9. The Itsy Bitsy Bikini

Bikini, Zimmermann

‘Melody’ shoulder frill bikini, AU$250 (approx. $195), Zimmermann

If your bikini is this tiny, don’t feel you have to go for bright colours or wild prints too. The shape is statement enough.

10. The Spangly Cocktail Dress

The ‘Lens’ dress, by Ginger & Smart

Lens dress, AU$649 (approx. US$500) by Ginger & Smart

Amp it up for sunset drinks in a sequinned cocktail dress. There’s no such thing as being overdressed when you’re channelling Carnival!

All dressed up with nowhere to go? We suggest Greece, the Maldives or Thailand for your glamorous new wardrobe.


Kate Guest

Australian-born journalist Kate has spent the past 20 years travelling and working for some of the world's best publications in Australia, the UK and Malaysia. The former editor-in-chief of ELLE Malaysia, she recently swapped her stilettos for sandals and is now enjoying the freedom of her new freelance life. She's had a severe case of wanderlust since the age of 10, when her parents pulled her out of school to spend a year travelling around Australia in a 4WD and caravan, although these days she prefers #thatvillalife.

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