J.Crew shorts (on sale!) / The Shirt button-down / 525 America sweater (on sale!) / Sperry boat shoes / Linea Pelle belt, less expensive here / J.Crew hairbow / Robert Marc sunnies (old), similar here, here / Tiffany’s pearl studs (old), similar here
For as long as I can remember, my beach town uniform has consisted of the same essential pieces: shorts, belt, oxford shirt, sweater and canvas tote. It’s a perfectly preppy look that will carry you through any summer pastime.
Whether you want to take a stroll through town for an ice cream one, go for a leisurely sail, kayak to breakfast, or simply sit and watch the waves crash against the shore, this look has you covered. Crisp and classic, it is the foundation of my daytime, seaside wardrobe. It can do no wrong.
If I’m not barefoot, my go-to shoes alternate between boat shoes, Jack Rogers, and a more elegant pair of sandals (currently loving these darling slides and these pink block-heeled sandals). Decide what you want to do for the day and pick accordingly. A monogrammed canvas tote bag in a fun color (probably from L.L. Bean) usually accompanies the look. And since my zeal for overpacking extends to my handbag, this type of tote works spectacularly well.
For such a simple outfit, there are about a million variations. Think striped pink and white seersucker shorts with a blue oxford shirt and an oversized grey cable knit cashmere sweater. Or, as I am wearing here, crisp white cotton shorts, a braided leather belt, a navy and white gingham button-down shirt and a knit crewneck sweater in navy. (I wore this same sweater here with the prettiest, fluttery skirt). The options are practically endless.
It is kind of like an old school Matthew McConaughey rom-com. (How to Lose a Guy, anyone?) No matter which colors, fabrics or prints you pair together, it all magically comes together in the end. No planning or forethought required. You could get dressed wearing a blindfold (which is what is feels like before my morning coffee anyway). As long as you follow this simple formula (shorts + oxford + sweater + belt = 🙂 ), you will always look fresh and effortlessly put-together. Just add oversized sunnies and go!
And remember: salty hair is optional, but always preferred.
What is your beach town uniform? Leave a comment! And happy summering!
J.Crew shorts / The Shirt button-down / 525 America sweater / Sperry boat shoes / Linea Pelle belt, less expensive here / J.Crew hairbow / Robert Marc sunnies (old), similar here, here / Tiffany’s pearl studs (old), similar here