Summer sun and beach fun are coming into season. There are many destinations with personalities and ambience that embrace their location. The glamour of the riviera, east coast classics of the Hamptons or hot exotic of the tropics. There are particular fashions to feel at ease in your ideal holiday stay. Grab your swim, a hat for shade and sandals for the feet. Here we go!
The Hamptons. From South Hampton to Bridge Hampton to East Hampton on out to tip of Long Island. Here the feel of the small communities are very New England in a traditional approach to fashion with classic pieces. Think Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, J Crew and Paul Stewart. Cotton and linen fabrics patterned in checks, gingham, plaids, stripes and seersucker. Bermuda shorts with a button down shirt great classic look for men and women. Gals can add a swim underneath tying the shirt tails up. A must piece for the east are the white wide leg linen pants which are timeless. Nautical motifs are best seen in wide striped boat neck shirts, loose knit cotton sweaters and cotton blazers for cool evening beach walks. Footwear in canvas or leather such as Sperry topsiders deck shoes, Cole Haan leather sandals and Tods suede loafers. How about a hat? broad brim canvas hats, ball caps and for those who fully embrace the early era of the Hamptons, sport a boater! Lastly, don’t forget your sunglasses. Go traditional frames with Aviator, horn-rimmed or tortoiseshell Wayfarer and round wire-rim with a blue lens.
The Riviera. Cruising the coast lines of Italy and France glimpses of glamour are on yacht and ashore. Champaign flows as does the water onto the beach. Sit, sip and soak it up in splendor. Fabrics again will succeed in cotton and linen however, here appearances in silk are as well. Think a 50’s/60’s headscarf wrap paired with large Jackie O black framed sunglasses. A one piece is quite elegant along these water. Suits with metal appointments or embellishments of designs make the statement check out Gottex. Here we will see fine jewelry is not left on the dresser. Keep the gold and silver cuffs and bangle on board. With this level of swim attire it is not unusual to complete the look with strapped heels and exaggerated broad brim hat. Flowing sheer caftans of silk in the evening breeze continues the chic attitude of the Riviera.
Tropics: If getting wet in the wild, grab fabrics of crunched cotton, hemp and rayons.
Prints will be abstract, floral and bold. Motifs of palm trees, turtles, sea shells and such mark their territory. Here, it is two piece exotics swimwear such as L Space and Vix that hit the mark. Additions to pile on this more tribal approach are multi strands of beads, rough woven straw hats, rope sandals, bandanas head wraps and tortoiseshell glasses. On a tropics holiday, one lives in their swimwear daily. Grab a tie dyed sarong to loosely wrap around high or low. Or even denim cut-offs are cute for the casual way of life there. Not too much to think about. And that’s the point. Aloha!