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