Fashion Friday: New England Seaside Chic

Summer always makes me fall back in love with New England.  Our long, brutal winters leave most of us cursing the day we chose to live in a place where the air hurts our faces and grey skies hang heavy day in and out- but then summer comes and our charming seasides wipe those depressing winter memories from the slate and infuses us with love for our little corner of the world once again!

We have our own brand of preppy here in the Northeast- one based in khakis and pearls, boat shoes and stripes. One only needs to spend a few hours in Newport or Nantucket to grasp the style, but I felt inspired to pull together outfits for her and him that reflect the classic laid back New England shoreline look.  As a special treat for our nine year anniversary (how the hell did nine years pass??) I booked Andrew and I a few nights at the impeccable and perfectly preppy White Elephant Resort on Nantucket in September (my favorite time to go there) so this is pretty much what we’ll look like on that trip:

FOR HER: 1. // 2. // 3. // 4. (just bought this- LOVE) // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. (a boat and tote to keep wine chilled-also makes a great gift) // 11. (this beach towel looks like a hide rug! DIE!)

FOR HIM: 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17.

Want to dress it up a little bit? Swap in these shorts, clutch and wedges (from Sole Society, where all sandals are 60% off today!!! For real!)


Need to get even dressier for a nice dinner out by the shore?  I am OBSESSED with this Sail to Sable Summer Stunner dress. MUST. HAVE. IT.


Doesn’t looking at this just make you instantly relaxed?





  1. Morning Erin….love, love the nautical inspired outfits…..I just can’t get on board with this whole Maxi Dress thing that has been plaguing our stores for the last lttle while. Maybe it’s my vertically challenged 5’3 & 3/8’s body talking!! You can’t go into any Gap and not see them. I mean who fits these things anyways?? In my humble opinion no one I have seen (for the most part) even remotley has the vertical statuesqueness to carry it off. Do you know how many girls I have seen having to hike it up so it doesn’t drag? I suppose it’s just jeaslousy talking……:) But like you I am a sucker for nautical inspired just about anything…..thanks for bringing together a great outfit, again.

  2. My husband and I just returned from The White Elephant and a wonderful few days on ACK, last night! Celebrated our 25th anniversary (the years pass so quickly when your happy!) You’ve chosen the perfect place to celebrate! Early June and Sept are my favorite times to go there! Loved all your selections in your blog today!

  3. Megan- To each their own. I love maxis and own a bunch of them. For me it’s hard to find them long enough. With tailoring I think just about anyone can wear one.

  4. Thank you Erin! I was so hoping for this post! We leave for our trip to Portsmouth, NH next Wednesday!

  5. Erin-I totally agree on the maxis! I wish they would make longer versions, to fit all body types…I have trouble finding them long enough. I love them and find them to be a necessity in the summer, as someone who isn’t totally comfortable showing off my legs. They’re a godsend and I only wish the stores would stock more in different colors and styles!

  6. I love JCrew for basic shorts and tanks. They are packed in my bags right now for our beach vacation. I’m glad to see a fedora on your list. My husband said he didn’t think people wore those any more when I added it to my bag. Why did I think he knew what he was talking about?!

  7. Just went on a J.Crew binge myself! Picked up another one of those white tanks, perfect layering piece.

  8. We honeymooned on Nantucket and have tried to make it a tradition to go back for our anniversary each year. The White Elephant is truly luxurious, and the islands has some world class restaurants. Your post made me want to hop the ferry and head there now! Have a wonderful time!

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  10. You’ve picked some amazing things here, especially the sandals and the hat! I love the preppy look, but find it hard to carry out myself, as I always feel the need to add some extra element that moves my outfit over to a completely different style category! In preppy, less is definitely more, and it looks so classic and cool, and always reminds me of America.

    If you think your weather is bad, try living in a place where the winter’s like yours and the summer means ONE WEEK of temperatures above 20 degrees celsius. That was our summer here in Bergen, Norway, last year. The rest of the summer it was about 10 degrees and raining… No wonder I’m moving to Oslo, right, where the weather is similar to yours? I can’t wait! (Though so far, the summer is quite amazing here…)

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