You’re going to ARUBA! How exciting. You already know where you’re staying (eh HELLO stunning hotels & apartments on Eagle/Palm Beach) and what you want to do while you’re there. BUT, most importantly, you need to know what to wear in Aruba. Here’s everything you need to know. I’m not going to lie, this post is mainly aimed at women, because I myself am a woman. So let’s get to it, everything about how to dress in Aruba from what to wear on the plane to Aruba to what to pack for Aruba.
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WHAT TO WEAR IN ARUBA
CASUAL DAY WEAR
Day wear is pretty much anything goes (apart from nudity, that’s a no-no). Sun dresses, linen pants, playsuits etc, there’s plenty of options. The aim is to keep cool but still covering up from the sun while you’re out and about on the island. Whether you’re shopping in Oranjestad or exploring Arikok National Park you’ll need to be comfortable, cool and looking amazing for your holiday snaps.
I’ve created a little carousel below of a few items that I think are a perfect example of what to wear in Aruba. Have a browse through and find some inspiration for your Aruba wardrobe. There are a few cactus inspired items to fit in with the arid landscape of Aruba. I LOVE the giant polka-dot jumpsuit. I have a cloud print version of it already and it is SO light and comfortable.
Throw a light shirt or kimono over it and it’s perfect for any occasion in tropical paradise. Material-wise it’s all about breathable fabrics; cotton, linen, chambray (lighter more breathable version of denim) etc. There will be a checklist further down the page with quantities of each item needed for a 7 day stay in Aruba.
EDIT – Aruba is VERY windy at times, so if you’re wearing a flowy or short dress that might blow up make sure to wear a pair of bicycle shorts underneath so that you’re not constantly trying to hold the hem down!
Let’s be honest, we all look forward to going out for a nice meal and a cocktail or two when we’re on holiday and Aruba is the perfect place for that. But what do we wear in Aruba during the evening? Simple, Aruba is not pretentious or stuffy. Depending on where you choose to eat you can go very casual.
But if you do want to go somewhere fancy you might need to dress it up a bit. You don’t have to be dripping in diamonds or wearing heels. Most of your casual day outfits can transition to evening with a slight change of accessories or top. It really is all about your personal style, of course, but as long as you look presentable/smart casual you’ll be fine everywhere.
Team a blazer with your sun dress or slip on a sequin top over your playsuit and you’re ready to hit the town. Some resorts/hotels will have a dress code in the dining rooms (though they’re not usually strict) so make sure to check the policy of where you’re staying or dining ahead of time. It does get a little cooler in the evenings in Aruba so it’s worth bringing a heavier cardigan or blazer.
Have a browse through some of the items below. I love these black palazzo pants! They’re the perfect balance between keeping you warm and cool and go with nearly everything.
ONE PIECE SWIMSUITS
I LOVE how swimsuits have become a thing again. The most colourful swimsuits I have ever seen in my life were in Aruba, so I recommend you bring something bright with you too. Bring a few different options, you’ll be spending a lot of time in your swimwear. The carousel below has some of my top picks from different brands. They suit all different shapes and sizes.
If you’re going to do sea-kayaking or anything along those lines make sure you get a swimsuit with fuller coverage or wear a rash vest over your suit to avoid sun burn. I got caught out with that when kayaking over to Mangel Halto. I put a couple of more “curve-friendly” suits in the carousel too because lord knows we are all different shapes and sizes!
EDIT – The staff at Superfoods don’t need to see you in your swimwear! At least throw on a cover up before you head down the vegetable isle.
TWO PIECE SWIMWEAR
Not feeling the one piece?? Need to get a bit more of a tan?? No problem! Aruba is the perfect place to flaunt your gorgeous bikini body (yes you, you big babe). I’ve got a good mix of colourful examples in the carousel below, so make sure to scroll through them.
Since Aruba is an island and has no shortage of stunning beaches you’ll need to bring at least a couple of different bikinis with you depending on the length of your stay. Personally I need a two piece with a bit more support in the bust so I try to go with the more sporty, less delicate, designs. The more colourful the better!
No matter what you wear in Aruba you will need to have a couple of perfect accessories. I’m talking beach bags, inflatables, sunglasses, jewellery, sun hats etc. This is mostly about your personal style (as I keep saying). However, I’ve put together a few suggestions, mainly themed around Aruba’s famous flamingo beach and the cacti that cover the landscape of this Caribbean island.
Have a browse through the carousel below, you know the drill by now. My favourite pick is probably the cactus handbag. It’s such a cute statement piece that can work with casual or evening wear.
Sunglasses and a good sun hat are absolutely essential! Nobody wants sunstroke on their holiday. And who doesn’t want ridiculous vacation photos of themselves lounging on a rose gold inflatable flamingo?! You’ll be the envy of everyone else at the pool. And don’t worry about packing a towel, they always take up way too much room in the case. Most hotels will have beach towels for rent or you can pick one up in Oranjestad.
This may sound basic, but footwear is usually where people go wrong. Bringing too many pairs of shoes or the wrong pairs can take up an unnecessary amount of space in your suitcase forcing you to limit yourself when packing. Obviously you’ll need a pair of flipflops or sandals.
A pair of trainers/runners are essential if you plan on doing anything active like hiking in Arikok or walking around Oranjestad for the day. Make sure you put your footwear in a plastic bag on the way home as there’s bound to be some sand stuck in them and you don’t want that all over everything in your suitcase.
Personally I will only bring one casual sandal, either a Birkenstock or a Haviana flip-flop. I love them both. Then I take a pair of plain NIKE runners for those days when I know I’ll be doing a lot of walking. Then, if I know I’ll be going somewhere fancy I bring one pair of evening, more dressy sandals or a pretty pair of flats. I’m not a heels person, but if you are that’s fine of course! Just don’t bring more than 2 pairs (you really only need your very favourites).
7 Day Outfit Checklist – What to Pack For Aruba
Swimwear (whatever style) x 3
Pants x 7
Bras x 2-3
Beach cover up x 1
Casual kimono/shirt x 2
Dressy blazer/kimono/cardigan x 2
Jumpsuit x 1
Casual sundress x 1
Skirt (maxi/midi/mini) x 1
Palazzo pants x 1
Tops (vest/tshirt etc) x 5
Sunglasses x 1-2
Hat x 1
Shoes x 3/4
PJs x 2 (not necessary if you sleep naked, hahah)
Light rain coat x 1 (JUST IN CASE)
What to Wear on the Plane to Aruba
Obviously you have to be prepared to step off the plane into the blissful heat of Aruba. BUT, we all know planes can get quite cold with all that recycled air etc. So make sure to have a cardigan or hoody in your hand luggage for the flight. Plus, comfort is key when flying. So make sure you wear something comfy without a restrictive waistband or anything like that. Especially since flights can cause you to feel a bit bloated/swollen.
I’m a big fan of leggings or sweats on a plane with lace up shoes that I can loosen if needed. OR, even better, slip on sandals with socks. It might not win any fashion awards but you’ll certainly be comfortable. Alternatively you can put some pop socks/slippers in your hand luggage and put them on during the flight (depending on how long your flight is).
Aruba Clothing and Shopping
Arubans LOVE bright airy clothes and funky patterns and there are plenty of great places to shop on the island. So if you forget to pack something or want to pick up some local souvenirs then there are plenty of places to do that. Cosecha Aruba is a design store full of locally made crafts and art pieces including jewellery, design pieces and more.
They’ve all been produced by nationally certified local artisans. The Renaissance Mall is a great spot for shopping too if you’re in Oranjestad. There’s an Aruba Aloe store in there which is great for souvenirs. Eva Boutique in Oranjestad is also a popular favourite with regular holidaymakers in Aruba.
Is there anything I missed above?
Is there an item of clothing you always wear in Aruba?
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