By Alexandra Jacobs
Spring in the Hamptons has arrived, and those with Hamptons vacation homes are ready to enjoy the season in style. The time has come to shed the bulky clothing, clunky boots and awkward outerwear of winter and don spry spring and summer fashions we’ve been coveting since they first appeared on the catwalk this year.
Fashion in the Hamptons, while still chic, reflects a more casual nature than uptown style. Marine and nautical inspirations infuse the environment, which is reflected in natural, lightweight fibers such as cotton, linen and silk. Simple cuts and light, breezy patterns bring a fresh contrast to the stifling weight of winter apparel.
Nautical-stripe tops in short or long sleeves pair well with skinny jeans or modern cut chinos, perhaps cuffed. For a more formal look, linen blazers in blue or red might accent the outfit, keeping in touch with Hamptons style but remaining casual enough for grabbing a bite at a beachside stand. For evening, the outfit works beautifully as well.
Another versatile style is the simple white dress. Featuring a form-fitting bodice and straight skirt, this stunning piece replaces the little black dress in the Hamptons this season. Square sleeves add a casual feel while the scoop neck offers that extra panache. For daytime wear, this number paired with Espadrille wedges, perhaps featuring rope, denim or canvas work, will turn heads and draw compliments. For evening events, simply slip on a pair of strappy sandals or brightly colored pumps. Add nautically themed jewelry such as earrings and a necklace with boat wheels or anchor designs and perhaps a few stackable bracelets to match. The transformation requires little effort with great benefit.
Those strappy sandals, particularly in high-heels, and nautical jewelry are must-haves for Hampton style. While enjoying Hamptons real estate, be sure to take advantage of the transformation these accessories can make on the most casual styles. A pair of cuffed jeans or chinos topped with a polo top instantly transforms into evening wear with smart high-heels and a stack of nautically inspired bracelets or a fashionable cuff.
Those who enjoy mimicking the plant life of the Hamptons in their clothing will enjoy many of the chic floral outfits available this season. Street-length flowing skirts or fashionable tulip skirts pair nicely with light knit tops in summer pastels or bright nautical hues. A matching floppy hat, outrageously popular this year, will mirror the skirt shape and protect the face from too much sun.
Spring and summer in the Hamptons may be the most enjoyable time of all. Evenings bring with them boat parties, lobster dinners on your own Hamptons real estate or at a local restaurant and even clam bakes on the beach. Every woman needs a special party dress in bright patterns or solid nautical colors, perhaps something from Versace or Vera Wang.
By taking advantage of versatile spring and summer fashions, you can look great while having a great time. No party, luncheon or relaxing day on deck will find you wondering what to wear.
Alexandra is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about tourism, beaches, food, and the wonderful things in the world. She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere. If you would like to learn more about her, follow her @alexsjourneys or visit her blog alexsjourneys.wordpress.com