The major palette influence is turquoise (as well as other blues). I was going for a calm, breezy look, free of affectations. Enjoy! :-)
(And please feel free to share your favourite wardrobe acquisitions for this summer, Long Island ladies.)
Look #1: Crisp cuts, quality fabric, and slightly playful prints. Lord & Taylor's own, on sale at the Garden City location. (Bring your coupons; Friends & Family still worked on top of the additional 25% off! ;-) I paired the top and shorts with a delicate custom-made seaglass necklace from Sayville's haven..., which runs between about $25-50 a necklace depending on the design. Nautical bracelet was $3.95 at Greenvale's Paper Source. Add an inexpensive straw hat and shades and you're boatworthy, or a pair of dressy sandals and you can lunch somewhere smart.
Look #2: Coastal Pool Party. It is my rule o' thumb never to spend more than $25 on any unlined cotton dress. Why? Because a lot of unlined stuff in cotton hangs poorly, and you're not getting what you paid for. That being said, there are times you really do want a simple unlined cotton dress, especially when it's hot out. This Elan hi-lo style dress was found at the Stony Brook Marshall's-Home Goods for $19.99. Beautiful, multi-toned and extremely comfortable wedge sandals were found at DSW for $34.99 and can be worn with outfits #4 & #5 as well. 'Paired the dress with a shell necklace I had gotten a few year's back (sorry!)--- the reason being a solid colored number like this can handle a chunky, expressive necklace or dangly earrings. You don't need to spend much on costume jewelry to channel this look--- for example, I spied a beaded necklace at Claire's for $12.99, a coral & scallop necklace on etsy for $28, and dangly shell earrings from a Huntington etsy designer for $9.
#3 Nautical Prep. En route to the Island from Philly, I passed through a favourite old haunt of my mother and I: Lambertville, NJ, one of the prettiest litte towns in the Garden State. (Side note: The fact people associate the rest of NJ with the northern end of the Turnpike is comedic--- many of the northern and western suburbs are downright idyllic and picturesque.) Duo Design Shop's own Ginnie Burke-Preston makes adorable fabric headbands--- scored this one for $12. The scalloped-eyelet, inverted-pleated dress was also a Lord & Taylor sale purchase (and happily lined! :-)
#4 Beach going blue. The trends in swimsuits this year are rocking. Matchy-matchy out, but just about every style known to mankind--- in. That makes for great versatility and finding something that best suits your age, body type, skin tone, etc. Whoever thought swimsuit season could be so win-win? This cut-out suit from the Lake Grove Gilly Hicks was just $20. If you prefer coverage as I do, these gauzy palazzo pants came from Marshall's for just $16.99.
#5 Travel-ease elegance. This yayajeans polyester, lined, pleated maxi dress (purchased at Regatta Girl, $44) can be literally bunched up in a suitcase and taken anywhere.
#6 Other adorable summery staples: Southampton's Jack Wills comfy & cute braided headbands ($12.50); Joe Fresh's ikat printed cotton dresses ($22, jcp.com); and Gilly Hicks flip-flops ($15.50).
For inexpensive clutches, totes, hats and scarves, there is an adorable collection of Hamptons-y things at mud pie. (Consequently when I was in Southampton, I noticed a lot of their wares carried in the boutiques.)