• Wardrobe V

    Dress Code  

    Dressing for the beach can be just as challenging as preventing a blistering sunburn. Start with a great trunk in an interesting print or a pop of color. Grab staples such as a pique polo and a sweatshirt—for those chilly beach nights around the bonfire—in light colored solids, holding yourself to just one loud piece. Add a couple bracelets and a tote to carry the necessities. If there’s ever a time to stack bracelets, summer is that time. Vary the widths and textures (e.g. rope, nylon, alligator) to keep it interesting. Before you actually hit the sand, throw on a canvas sneaker. Even at the beach, I can't bring myself to slip on flip-flops.

    1. Striped beach towel
    2. Sea Bags tote*

These totes are in line to replace the celebrated L.L. Bean bag in the hearts of prep fashionistas. Each bag is sewn in Maine from recycled sail cloth with anchors, stripes, and numbers. The best part? Each bag is one of a kind—they all vary slightly in size because they’re handmade.

    3. Lacoste pique polo
    4. Strong Boalt swim trunks**

This Palm Beach-based luxury swim trunk ($145) designed by islander Amanda Boalt, is the perfect summer uniform for men who are sticklers for fit, quality construction, and flash occasional Lilly tendencies. It sits a hand width above the knee with a 5 3/4” inseam. Boalt traded in her Manhattan post as a buyer at Ralph Lauren last year to launch Strong Boalt from her hometown. With details like bar-tacking at seams for extra durability, signature metal grommets at waistband and back, side vents, and 100% quick dry polyester microfiber with peach finish, it has quickly become my go-to trunk this summer.

    5. Rugby reversible sweatshirt
    6. Ray-Ban tortoise shell Wayfarers
    7. Tretorn canvas sneakers
    8. Keil James Patrick Turk’s Head rope bracelet
    9. J.Crew nylon bracelet

    10. Timex Easy Reader with alligator leather strap

    *courtesy of Seabags
    **courtesy of Strongboalt

    Jun 20, 2011 | Permalink (16) Total Comments

    MDB left a comment on 6/19/2014 at 8:03 PM:

    Just stumbled onto this - old post but still relevant. Nice bold/subdued balance. Cheers to summer!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/25/2011 at 6:44 PM:

    @N.R.Y.—The alligator leather strap is by Michelle Watches.

    N.R.Y left a comment on 6/25/2011 at 6:39 PM:

    Where is the alligator watch strap from, I really like the rich color

    GLG left a comment on 6/24/2011 at 12:02 PM:

    @KRC -  Thanks, but I was looking at the bermuda shorts on the lilly site, they were green with calvary style swords on them.

    KRC left a comment on 6/24/2011 at 8:04 AM:

    @ GLG - I work for a Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop and we have tons of trunks left for summer! Let me know what ones you want and I would be happy to help you get them!

    GLG left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 11:02 AM:

    @Hilton:  Lacoste polos are definitely over-priced, but their sale prices are often more affordable (like their current sale.)  As for quality the shirts are ultra-light weight, the perfect summer shirt, if not the best choice for early spring. Unfortunately, as you mention the brand image has been diminished, but despite all the hooligans the brand is still popular with the younger tennis and golf crowd, and fondly remembered by every New Englander that lived through the 80’s.

    JABL left a comment on 6/21/2011 at 9:11 AM:

    Lovely beach look. especially the rope details on the bag and KJP bracelet – where else is this more relevant than the beach?
    Personally I’d shy away from a popped collar on anything, especially a polo shirt, now that they have become so ubiquitous. Keeping the collar down differentiates us from the hooligans that Hilton mentions


    NWR left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 9:09 PM:

    Great work, Fred! Thanks for the beach outline and I’m right there with you on the flip-flops…no thanks. Keep it up!

    GLG left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 4:12 PM:

    @ FEC - For some reason, Lilly’s offerings are extremely erratic.  I was eyeing a pair of printed shorts on her website, which have since disappeared . . .

    cam left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 3:01 PM:

    fred - thanks for the post. i’m just curious as to your beef with flip flops?

    CC left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 2:57 PM:

    Fred - this might be my favorite piece you’ve ever done.  Your timing is spot on.  I agree with the wristwear however, I ‘d take it off to avoid tanlines.  I prefer my swimwear sans elastic waistband.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 1:36 PM:

    @CJM—Yes, my Wayfarers are RB2140 with polarized lenses.

    @Hilton—Lacoste certainly doesn’t make them like they used to.  Regarding hooligans, are you going to stop wearing Ralph Lauren’s polo just because every out-of-shape suburbanite dad wears them too?  Everything you wear is about the attitude you wear it with.

    CJM left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 1:23 PM:

    Are these regular RB2140 with polarized lenses? Nice tote bag!

    Hilton left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 1:01 PM:

    What are your thought on the quality and price of the Lacoste polo compared with others such as Brooks Brothers? I don’t feel the same about Lacoste as I used too given the tendency of hooligans to wear the shirt now.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 12:26 PM:

    @GLG—The price premium of Strong Boalt’s trunks can be attributed to their boutique approach and the fact that they offer multiple designs in trunks and board shorts.  Lilly Pulitzer is currently only offering one trunk for men (although I love it).  The key about the sneakers is removing them once you are ready to hit the sand.

    GLG left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 12:16 PM:

    Perfect New England look Fred - I see this all the time.  The Lacoste L!VE polo is great - not only because of the slimmer profile, but because of the low profile collar which lets you avoid looking like a dork if you pop it.  The only items I’m leery about are the trunks which are quite a bit more expensive than Lilly P’s very similar model, and the sneakers - which will get ruined right away.  Then again, I might just be equating sneakers on the beach with kids that wear boxers and New Era ball caps in the water.