It may be one of the most remote island destinations in the world, but it’s also one of the most style-conscious. One word: Instagram. When you’re in the most likeable Indian Ocean locale with uber-blue skies and sand so bright it hurts the eyes, you want the holiday snaps to prove it, right? The dress code: laid-back, barefoot chic with subtle, oh-so-understated style signatures that stand out without trying too hard; easy-going ensembles that work as well at the beach as they do at the bar: silk dresses, pastel-linen suits, statement sandals and assertive eyewear are the order of the sun-dappled day in the Maldives, where a growing number of well-edited island boutiques have recently upped their offerings to help you go with lithe, loose-fitting flow.
COMO the Shop
The retail space at COMO Cocoa Island captures the essence of the Maldives with a breezy, barefoot aesthetic where hand-hewn soaps and shell necklaces make the perfect holiday souvenir.
Como Cocoa Island, Makunufushi Atoll
Three boutiques at this private-island resort offer everything from billowing kaftans and designer sunglasses to local, hand-crafted souvenirs.
Olhuveli, Kudahuvadhoo Dhaalu Atoll
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Concept Store Surely the coolest shop in the Maldives is this concept store from the LVMH brand stocking chic homeware and out-there objets d’art.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll
Part of forward-thinking pioneer resort Soneva Fushi’s eco-minding ethos sees this on-site studio repurpose glass waste into alluring, artsy take-home vases. Guests can have a go at glass blowing, too.
Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Island, Baa Atoll
NEO Beach Beachwear at its best at this resort boutique, where Melissa Odabash swimwear nestles alongside glam catwalk-worthy Missoni and Mary Katrantzou dresses.
One & Only Reethi Rah, North Malé