I started to become more aware of my personal style when I graduated from NYU in 2012. Before that time, I could be spotted walking through Manhattan in dark jeans, UGG boots, a chunky oversized sweater, and a knitted beanie cap. I wore mostly neutral colors and I never liked my clothes to stand out. I remember when I began attending briefings at the United Nations, my friends were always so stylish with their stilettos, chiffon floral blouses, pencil skirts, and I would arrive in khakis and an Oxford shirt.
I broke the mold and created my own refined, laid-back style once I settled in the Hamptons full time. My favorites are nautical prints, bright pink tops, skirts and dresses, as well as Breton tops, fitted dresses, and first and foremost, pieces that are comfortable and breathable. Below I have picked out six examples of my typical summer outfits. I intend to do this post once a month to showcase even more style ideas for your Hamptons season.
I purchased this dress this year by Indian designer, Anita Dongre. I also own a navy version. This is one of my top three favorite dresses I own. I recommend it for BBQs, especially for parties at dusk, because it is long, airy and will protect you from mosquitoes. I am so prone to bites, so I prefer to wear dresses that cover my ankles when I am outside during the late evenings.
Tented Benefit Bash
This photo was taken at Guild Hall last summer when I attended the opening night performance of All My Sons. This dress, also one of my favorites, is by British designer Katherine Hooker. I literally own five of her coats and jackets. Her tailoring and design is exquisite.
I most often grab one of my seven or so Breton tops when off to a clambake on the beach. The material is soft lycra cotton, keeping you warm against the sea breeze. I own several versions of this top, and most recently purchased a navy with red stripe shirt.
The bold prints are perfect for an art show, such as ArtHamptons where this photo was taken last season. This dress is by British label, LK Bennett from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection. It has a sleek fit and has the perfect amount of stretch.
There is sometimes nothing I enjoy more than taking a leisurely stroll through the park or a sculpture garden, such as the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, a spot a frequent and take my family to at least eight or so times a year. The long, flowing skirt is so perfect and I just love button-front shirts with three-quarter length sleeves, especially since I find myself rolling up my sleeves so often. Belt is from Scoop (purchased almost 15 years ago!) and the skirt and shirt is from White House Black Market.
Your Favorite Boutique Gym
I’ll never forget going back a few years before I started teaching fitness classes, I was someone who wore a tee shirt and sweatpants to the gym. Similar to your typical gym outfit we all once wore back in grade school. I was completely out of the loop! I felt like I was walking into a fashion bonanza when I stepped inside the fitness studio. Though I rarely shop at Lululemon, my favorites are Sweaty Betty, Alo Yoga, JUJA Active‘s brands, and Body Language Sportswear. Wearing Alo Yoga butterfly leggings and black top.