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Tropical is an aesthetic that is based on comfort, ease, and utility and is eclectic by definition. The style is characterized by warm and soothing themes and colors drawn mostly from natural elements such as the sea, sky, and vegetation (plants, fruits, flowers, etc). Hues may be deep and rich or may fall on the lighter, brighter side.


Tropical aesthetics are usually inspired by a tropical island, the beach, salty life, simple living and bohemian living. The clothes are usually beach friendly, mostly white clothes to help with the heat of the sun, beige colors, green and brown. This (currently) small aesthetic is closely related to Nautical and Bohemian.

The principles are inspired by survivalism and eco-friendly life. It includes elements of tropical culture, such as the stilt houses of traditional Southeast Asian architecture.

  • Tropical islands
  • Turquoise water
  • Sandy beaches
  • Shipwrecks
  • Straw huts
  • Hammocks
  • Jungles
  • Coconuts
  • Bananas
  • Palm trees
  • Ocean
  • Crabs, turtles, and other sea animals


Tropical fashion can go in any multitude of directions, but it's generally agreed upon that Tropical clothing is usually very lightweight and breezy.

For younger people, there might be a nod towards the Surfer look, such as oversized t-shirts, beach waves, beach bags, and a carefree attitude. These characteristics also tie into stereotypical surfer vibes, which are a large sum of the origin of this aesthetic. Many women may opt for swimsuits or bikinis or even wetsuits if they are also surfers.

For the more well-to-do, there is Resort wear (also known as cruise wear) is a fashion style that was initially only for customers of affluence who would travel abroad around Christmas and New Year's to warmer climates, but has since become a more common fashion aesthetic with the increase of both volume and accessibility in air travel. Resort wear is signified by its lightweight material, ease of cleaning, and don't need to be ironed at all. The look of resort wear can include a Nautical theme, Hawaiian prints, Mediterranean colors, and overall bright floral patterns combined with oversized hats, sunglasses, swimsuits, and open-toed shoes. Despite the ease of access to Resort wear for regular people, it can still be a signifier of relaxation, affluence, appreciation of nature, and a sharp sense of style. Even though there are stores that specialize in Resort wear (like Banana Republic, J. Crew, and Tommy Bahama), individual fashion houses will still create Resort wear lines in their individual collections (like Chanel, Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors).

For older men, there is the Vacation Dadcore aesthetic, while older women may identify with the Coastal Grandma lifestyle.

Like its visual elements, the fashion of the tropical aesthetic is also inspired by traditional culture. For example, the flower necklaces commonly worn in the aesthetic are Lei that originated from Austronesian people.

Common clothing elements from Tropical aesthetics include:

  • Colours: White, brown, green and beige
  • Seashell jewelry
  • Swimwear and beachwear
  • Crochet clothes
  • Second-hand clothes
  • Thin and flowy fabrics
  • Lei (Flower necklace)
  • Straw hats
  • Leaves and flowers
  • Long, salty hair
  • Hawaiian shirts
  • Tan skin


Island tiny house

The decor is based on found things on the beach and seashells among other "castaway" related things:

  • Plants
  • Candles
  • Seashells
  • Stones
  • Silk
  • Wooden decor
  • Found objects (around the beach)
  • Fruits
  • Painted and handmade objects
  • Ropes and other ship items


Island Life

Usually, Tropical-related activities revolved around the beach and the ocean, collecting things and being in the sunshine

  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Beachcombing
  • Collecting herbs, seaweed or rocks
  • "Fishing and collecting fruits for survival"
  • Planting
  • Boating
  • Building and crafting
  • Napping
  • Meditating
  • Surfing
  • Snorkeling


Tropical visuals are strongly featured in movies such as The Blue Lagoon, Nim's Island, Castaway, and Moana.

Milla Jovovich


  • The Blue Lagoon (1980)
  • Splash (1984)
  • Castaway (1986)
  • Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
  • Rapa Nui (1994)
  • Waterworld (1995)
  • Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
  • Cast Away (2000)
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  • Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
  • Survival Island (2005)
  • Barbie as the Island Princess (2007)
  • High School Musical 2 (2007)
  • Nim's Island (2008)
  • Kon-Tiki (2012)
  • Life of Pi (2012)
  • Moana (2016)

TV Shows[]

  • Gilligan's Island (1964-1967)
  • Ocean Girl (1994-1997)
  • SpongeBob Squarepants (1999-present)
  • Lost (2004-2010)
  • Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island (2005-2006)
  • H2O: Just Add Water (2006-2010)
  • Almost Naked Animals (2011-2013)
  • Mako Mermaids (2013-2016)
  • Teen Titans Go!: Island Adventures (2016)
  • Pokémon The Series: Sun & Moon (2016-2020)


  • Virtual Villagers series
  • Far Cry
  • Pokémon: Sun & Moon
  • Super Monkey Ball
  • The Donkey Kong series
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Zuma
  • ABZU


  • Castaway by Lucy Irvine
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  • American Girl Kanani series by Lisa Yee
  • American Girl Nanea series by Kirby Larson




  • "Banana Man" by Tally Hall
  • "Black Rainbows" by Miracle Musical
  • "Coco Jamboo" by Mr. President
  • "Da Coconut Nut" by Smokey Mountain
  • "Iko Iko (My Bestie)" by Justin Wellington
  • "Lambada" by Kaoma
  • "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" by Las Ketchup
  • “Banana Smoothie” by The Naked Brothers Band
  • "Mango Love" by Shawn Wasabi
  • "This Girl" by Kungs & Cookin' on 3 Burners
  • "Cheerleader" by OMI
  • "Pate Pate" by Te Vaka
  • "Lowlife" by Poppy
  • “Vitamin Sea” by Owl City


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