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What to Wear for a New England Summer

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4 May 2016 by Patrick Griffin

The New England coast provides never-ending inspiration for timeless style; after all, this is not a region that’s about fashion so much as hardy staples and not trying too hard. Whether you’re planning on jetting off to Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod this summer, or just want to bring a little laid-back seaside attitude to your own wardrobe, here are our favourite ways to infuse New England’s looks into your everyday.

Beach carryalls

Beach carryalls

Classic tote bags are the name of the game for men and women on New England beaches, from Maine to Rhode Island. Make sure to bring along local favourites—there’s a reason why home-grown brands like L.L. Bean endure, and it’s because they are nearly indestructible, and never go out of style.

Seafaring gentleman

Seafaring gentleman

Menswear owes a lot to the boating gents of Boston, Nantucket and beyond. From linen button-downs that keep out the humidity to divers’ watches and shoes with real grip, everything here is practical as well as good-looking, and works for men of all ages.

Casual Seaside Supper

Casual New England seaside supper

This is not the sort of place to bring your stilettos and sleek fashions—summertime meals in New England are best enjoyed without a tight waistband, to make more room for local lobster, chowder, and a scoop of ice cream on the walk home.

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