Paul Gauguin, a leading artist in Post-Impressionsit movement, is celebrated for his eccentric use of color and experimental synthesist style (a combination of abstract and representational forms). Though he painted many different subject throughout his career, I would say his paintings of French Polynesia are the most adored. Gauguin first sailed to the Polynesian islands in 1891 to escape the banal superficiality of European civilization and find truth in life.
“It was Europe, the Europe which I had thought to shake off — and that under the aggravating circumstances of colonial snobbism, and the imitation, grotesque even to the point of caricature, of our customs, fashions, vices, and absurdities of civilization.” -Paul Gauguin
Gauguin spent time between his beloved islands and Europe until 1895 when he made Polynesia his permanent home. His paintings, lush with color and life, depict the passion he had for the islanders, their lifestyle, their philosophy, their being. Though truly the best way to be inspired and influenced by the Polynesian natives is to visit and spend time with them like Gauguin, learning and absorbing their culture. On a (superficial level) you can channel their aesthetic nature, as captured on canvas by Gauguin, with your summer wardrobe. Long and breezy skirts adorned with large floral prints, sensual off the shoulder blouses and accessories inspired by the flora of the tropics could, perhaps, transport you mentally to your own exotic paradise.