Island Wardrobe Essentials

Photo Credit: Kelli Ronci, CORDA Designs

Photo Credit: Kelli Ronci, CORDA Designs

When you move to St. Croix, one refreshing difference versus living stateside is a simplified wardrobe.  Our daily forecast year-round rarely varies from 88 degrees and sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain.  So you can donate the clothes you own for all the other seasons and simply stick with summer.  No bulky sweaters and coats . . . just shorts and sandals.  Also, no one recognizes or cares about designer brands, so that’s one less thing to spend money on.

Clothing retailers in Christiansted specialize in island wear including Shay’s, From the Gecko, Hot Heads, asha and the Scuboutique.  Shop during a Jump-Up festival for great sales!

Here are some essential pieces for your island wardrobe:


Island wear for ladies is very casual, shorts and tops or sun dresses are the norm.  You’ll be in a swimsuit often, so have a handful of them you like along with light cover-ups.  Cottons are key to keeping cool in the hotter months, so ditch the fabrics that don’t breath well or wash easily.

Leave your heels behind!  You hardly ever see women wearing them, except at dressier events like A Taste of St. Croix.  Even then, the attire will range from shorts and t-shirts to full length gowns.


St. Croix gentleman live in shorts and sandals.  Even island business attire is khaki shorts with any short sleeve collared shirt (polo or button-up), paired with leather sandals (versus flip-flops).  Tee shirts and swim trunks are acceptable almost anywhere.


Kids on island enjoy playing outside everyday year-round, so their wardrobes are mainly cool cotton fabrics too.  Shorts and t-shirts for boys and girls are the way most parents go.

Ready to live in year-round summer wear?  Please leave your tropical shirts behind . . . you’ll look like a tourist.  Download our free guide the 10 Best Reasons for Living on St. Croix.