PSA to all honeymooners and wedding guests planning a trip to Africa: spare yourselves the style travesty of packing bland wilderness clothing that will bog down your travel bags. Instead, let’s plan for the rising midday temperatures to match your flaming hot vacation wardrobe. And since no trip to Africa is complete without a safari, we simply must help you look safari chic.
The key to our safari wardrobe is incorporating stylish pieces for your trip that are also functional with the climate. This means a focus on natural and breathable fabrics. If you’re in the heat of the afternoon with a high UV index, you’ll want the comfort of breathable linens or cotton with some coverage. Our selections will work for any type of safari plan, ranging from a quick 60-90 minute ride or to a full day of activities.
A tip from our editor Claire: riding in the back of a safari vehicle might also get breezy as you zip from one location to another. Outfits with sleeves or pants, chic shawl accessories or cardigans, and anything versatile will help you stay comfortable as you ride in the open air and adjust to the changing temperatures. And if you’re planning a sundowner cocktail and dinner afterward, we want you to look sleek and feel effortless.
Let no wildlife be missed, and may no afternoon heat get the best of you. While traditional outdoor safari style is practical, we’re turning the dial up to make your looks chic and savannah-ready. Let’s stretch the boundaries of khaki and button-up blouses just a little farther with our ultimate safari-style wardrobe!
Oasis Jumpsuit in Organic Cotton by Savannah Morrow – Lightweight, with the perfect crinkled cotton fabric, means you’ll look put together all day long in this sexy jumpsuit.
Mora Shirred Linen Top & Straight-leg Pants Set by Reformation via Net-a-Porter – Find comfort in this 100% linen set that you can style easily with other pieces in your honeymoon wardrobe.
Pocket Jumpsuit in Windowpane by Madewell x Laude the label – Say hello to the cutest ivory jumpsuit. A simple neck scarf and fitted jacket transform this look from day to evening in a snap. Dare we add, leopard print sunnies?
Utility Dress in Paper Cotton by Alex Mill – The ideal midi-length dress that’s sophisticated and neutral enough for the rest of your adventuring, with all the perks of a utility-style shirt, but make it a dress.
Good Vibe Set by Free People – This boxy set can be dressed up with a stylish sun hat and your sassiest pair of sun glasses. It’s essentially an outdoors-all-day look without the yoga pants.
Clare Cotton Gauze Jumpsuit by Hannah Artwear via Net-a-Porter – This is a perfectly flowy romper with a belt addition to cinch the waist and add an element of shape and style.
Button Down Jumpsuit by SELFI – Handmade in Africa’s fashion capital Cape Town, South Africa, our own Editor Claire wore this comfortable & stylish linen jumpsuit throughout her South African safari honeymoon. “Easy to hop in and out of the Land Cruiser & stylish enough for sundowner photos with my love & bestie giraffes.”
The Kira Dress by Liv & Light – Drawing inspiration from nature, the South African sister-led brand Liv & Light knows a bit about dressing fashionably for the bush. This beautiful linen shirt dress would be the perfect, comfortable understated look made yours by accessorizing however you see fit. (We envision pairing the dress with one of our favorite cottagecore sun hats!)
Utility Shirtdress by Banana Republic – This dress can go anywhere you and your adventure partner desire.
Mae Printed Cotton Gauze Shirt & Belted Shorts by Zimmerman via Net-a-Porter – Made from a comfortable gotten gauze, the palm print is both colorful and subtle, in a way that can easily work into your vacation wardrobe – and for hanging out poolside!
Luisa Leaf-print Linen Midi Dress by Cala de la Cruz via MATCHESFASHION – Perhaps you have a more casual daytime safari planned. You’ll look stylish and ready to pose for photos with the most stunning scenic backdrops.
Blombos Eco-print Halter Dress by Nadya Von Stein x INYONI ART – Featured in our Resort Wear Wedding Dress guide, South African designer Nadya Von Stein worked with eco-print artist INYONI to create this incredible, naturally printed hemp & dupioni silk resort wear collection. You’ll blend right into the bush wearing your fynbos printed halter gown, getting you even more intimate with Africa’s flora & fauna.
Wrap Midi Dress by Banana Republic – A dreamy and printed wrap that’s going to be oh so comfortable for a day of adventuring. Long cotton sleeves will keep you protected from the sun, and it serves as a romantic date night outfit for all your honeymooning.
Alaine Roll Cuff Floral Print Linen Romper by Zimmermann via Nordstrom – Not for the shy type, this patterned playsuit is an amazing safari statement piece.
Camille Dress by Heidi Merrick – This dress is laid back and the ultimate high-fashion-meets-safari look.
Separates & Layers
Azalea Kimono by FP One via Free People – Wear it open or wear it tied, and we guarantee this ultra light layer can fit in any of your bags.
Bloom Wrap Bandeau & Bloom High Waisted Trousers by Nadya Von Stein – The perfect modern crop plus trouser look, this bandeau top & pant comes from South Africa’s own Nadya Von Stein. Dress down this look for your safari ride & then embellish with jewels as you retreat to your swanky lodge dinner.
Lula Oversized Linen Blouse by Posse via Moda Operandi – A true wardrobe staple, toss this on with shorts, pants, or a skirt for a completely breezy look.
Nebbia Trousers by Max Mara via MATCHESFASHION – The essential fashion lover’s version of cotton cargo pocket khaki pants.
Jewelry by Pichulik – We love Cape Town-based Pichulik’s modern take on traditional African jewelry. Pairing any of their colorful & sophisticated designs (like this incredible Mali necklace previously featured on Bridal Musings) with the above neutral dresses & jumpsuits will make your look pop while evoking true African style.
Towels & Blankets by Mungo – The ultimate travel companion: a lightweight throw that can go from shawl to blanket, to wrap, to anything else you need it to be. Handmade in South Africa, these luxe towels are woven with the African climate in mind.
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