What To Wear in Maui + 8 Chic Outfit Ideas & Printable Packing List

Headed to on a Hawaiian beach vacation? Here’s what to wear in Maui for style, function, and comfort, so you can enjoy your beautiful time there!
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If you’ve never been to Maui here are a few things you should know that will help you when you are packing.

  • The weather is most often warm to hot with breezy trade-winds
  • It’s humid, so you want to go with light, airy, breathable fabrics
  • The temperature gets a touch cooler at night so layers are a good choice
  • Rain comes and goes, especially in the northern parts of the island so a light rain jacket is handy to have
  • The island vibe is generally casual (unless you are staying at a luxury resort) 
image of a woman on a beach wearing a white swimsuit, white button up shirt, and sun hat
photo: @juliaberolzheimer

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The Maui Packing List

Now that you know some details about Maui climate and vibe, here are the clothing items I recommend you pack. You can make adjustments to this list according to your own style and preferences – there are no set rules!

  • Oversized button down shirt (white, striped, or neutral) – this is the perfect layer, it’s great as a beach cover-up or layered over a dress and tied cropped at the waist. 
  • (2) Neutral tank topsperfect for pairing with shorts, skirts, and flowy pants, and can be easily dressed up or dressed down. 
  • Lightweight slip dress (or body-con dress)an easy beach cover-up or it can be dressed up with some jewelry and worn to a nice dinner out in the evening
  • Gauze cotton shirt dressthis is perfect for a beach cover-up, wearing out and about to brunch, lunch, or exploring, or it can be dressed up for a nice evening. 
  • Neutral or floral midi dressa pretty flowy dress is perfect for a day of checking out the nice resorts or a dinner date out. Go with a pretty print or stick with black or white. 
  • Lightweight knit sweatera perfect layering piece that can be worn over shorts, pants, or a dress in the evening or put over a swimsuit if it gets cooler at the beach. 
  • (2) Swimsuitsself-explanatory! 

photos: @neutrallyashlan, @hannahcrosskey, @un-fancy

  • (2) Pairs linen or cotton shortsneutral shorts made from linen or cotton are great as they can easily be dressed up or down depending on the activities of the day. 
  • Denim shortsgreat for exploring the island, heading to the beach, or taking the road to Hana! 
  • Lightweight linen or cotton pantsanother versatile piece for the beach, or to wear out during the day or evening. 
  • Black sarongperfect for the beach of course, but you can double this as a skirt with a neutral tank top and some jewelry for an evening out browsing main street Lahaina. 
  • Airy blousea dressed up top is great to have and can be paired with shorts or pants for shopping, exploring resorts, or going out for lunch or dinner
  • Linen camisolea lightweight linen tank is another great option for a top to wear for the beach or when out exploring. 
  • Woven beach totego with a tote that is a little nicer and use it for practically any occasion!

  • JewelryI recommend avoiding expensive jewelry that can get stolen and or fall off in the pool/ocean, rather stick with simple pieces to dress up an outfit, and make sure they are tarnish resistant as there’s always humidity and moisture in Maui!
  • (2-3) Sandals – a few pairs of sandals; dressy, casual, and waterproof (for pools/pool bathrooms) are always a good idea. 
  • Sun hatNecessary for that sun protection, and can be stylish too! I love a good straw sun hat, but you can also bring a visor, baseball cap, or any other style hat you prefer. 
  • Sunglasses
image of a blonde woman sitting on a sandy beach wearing a knit sweater and white shorts
photo: @fakander

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More Items To Consider

Depending on the activities you plan on doing while in Maui you may want to add this additional items to your suitcase to wear.

  • Rash-guard – a perfect addition for snorkelling, scuba, or surfing. 
  • Spandex biking shortsto wear hiking, running, or for a walk to get coffee in the morning. 
  • Running shorts – same as above.
  • Sport tank topsfor hiking, exercising, or similar activities. 
  • Sweatshirt or hoodieif you head inland, or up to the Haleakala crater (incredible views!) the temperatures drop quite a bit, so you’ll want warmer layers. Also great for flights.
  • Leggings same as above.
  • Hiking or running shoes (or sandals)
  • Baseball cap
  • Rain jacket 
image of a woman sitting on a beach from the back wearing a flowy white shirt and a sun hat
photo: source unknown

If you are going to a fine dining restaurant for dinner you can wear a dress with sandals, layered with a light knit sweater like look #8, or glam it up with a look like #3. For a more casual dinner, you can easily wear a nice pair of shorts, sandals, and a pretty top with added jewelry.

Aside from luxury hotels and fine dining establishments, it’s unlikely to find a dress code in Maui, and usually you are always safe with something along the lines of “business casual”.

photo: @sincerelyjules


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