The Summer Olympics officially start this Friday in the beautiful and bustling city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Athletes from around the globe have gathered to compete, and if you are traveling as a spectator, you’ve likely got a full schedule of your own. As the torch is making its way through the city now, we’ve narrowed down the strongest outfit ideas to make packing for the main events a bit easier. From patriotic stadium ensembles to breezy options for evenings, these looks offer inspiration to both attendees and those who’ll be viewing stateside in style.
POOLSIDE AT COPACABANA
After arriving in Rio, use downtime between games to relax poolside at no other than the legendary Belmond Copacabana Palace. The hotel is conveniently located near the Fort Copacabana Olympic venue and is steps away from the beach.
To channel the vibrant vibe of the city, pack a bikini in bright, saturated hues. This patterned suit from Mara Hoffman is reversible, offering the option to change up your look throughout the trip. Accessorize with a straw tote to carry all your necessities and slides to easily slip off for a dip in the pool.
NIGHT ON THE TOWN
After the sun goes down in Rio, grab a signature Brazilian cachaça cocktail made from sugarcane juice at Aprazível. Located on top of a hill, the restaurant/bar overlooks the city and has a cozy, inviting atmosphere.
Even though the weather can be humid, you can still look polished for dinner and drinks in a breathable striped button-up. Pair with cotton shorts and leather loafers for a low key outfit to enjoy the night.
TRACK & FIELD
Celebrate victories in the stands while wearing something both stylish and comfortable. With Olympic venues spanning all across the city, you’ll want to pack options that beat the heat if your event is outdoors.
Watch your favorite team compete for glory in a white dress and sporty aviators. Pair Nike leather sneakers with a tennis bracelet for a hint of sparkle. As per the Olympic guidelines, we suggest bringing in a small bag, so this Valextra crossbody is a great choice.
DAY AT IPANEMA BEACH
Another must-visit destination close to Olympic venues is the picturesque Ipanema beach. Venture into the Fasano Hotel—the exclusive rooftop infinity pool offers breathtaking ocean views.
LIVE MUSIC AND DANCING
Check out the nightlife and bar scene in the Lapa neighborhood, located in the center of Rio. If you are in the mood for authentic live music, head over to the Circo Voador concert hall. Different events and musicians are scheduled daily.
This floral A.L.C. dress is perfect for twirls on the dance floor. Liven up the look with a luxe metallic clutch and strappy sandals. For a simple beauty routine, this Givenchy liner and Yves Saint Laurent lip stain have strong staying power sure to last samba after samba.
AT THE STADIUM
The excitement from the international crowds in Rio will be evident, especially at the Maracanã Stadium (pictured here), which will hold both the opening and closing ceremonies.
Wearing your nation’s colors is always encouraged at the games, of course, and this outfit brings out hints of red, white, and blue. Pack along a charge case in the most-honored color, gold, for an extra battery boost to snap memorable photos.