Every summer for the last eight years, I’ve spent at least two glorious weeks on a tiny island off Maine called Northeast Harbor. Surrounded by the deep blue Atlantic ocean and the beautiful Acadia National Park, summer days are spent at the tennis courts, on the hiking trails, or out for a boat ride; nights are enjoyed on neighbor’s porches for cocktail parties, or as Mainers like to call them, ‘Porch Breakers.’ There’s something about being by the sea in the summer that, for me, sparks serious sartorial inspiration, especially when it comes to nautical fashion. From sweet sailor shorts to strappy espadrille sandals and crisp linens, I like to mix maritime-inspired pieces in with my usual vacation wardrobe essentials–think straw tote bags, all-in-one-outfit dresses, and if you know me, then you know I will always have a crop top or two packed away.
My first few days in Maine this summer were spent working from home. This meant that I had to dress appropriately for my post-work activities. I started strong on day one with a Matthew Bruch linen halter top paired with a plaid skirt. I styled the look with my go-to pair of summer sandals, Castañer’s wedge espadrilles, and tortoiseshell sunglasses from The Attico x Linda Farrow. Charo Ruiz Ibiza’s embroidered corset and skirt had me sitting on the dock, watching the boats pass by. To keep the look on-point, I completed the look in a pair trendy fisherman sandals. Maine days are usually very active and full of activity. So on day three, I went to work in my tennis whites provided by Alo Yoga. A pair of vintage red sailor shorts were the centerpiece of my outfit on day four–small details include anchors printed on the buttons. And finally, on day five, I dressed up to attend a dear friend’s wedding celebration with the help of Johanna Ortiz and Bottega Veneta.
Below are the five nautical-inspired outfits that I wore during my week spent on a tiny Maine island. A special place deserves a special wardrobe.
Matthew Bruch’s linen top is a staple in my summer wardrobe. I’m such a fan of its flattering silhouette that I have the tiny top in an array of colors. This cream color is perfect for summer, so I paired it with a plaid ladylike skirt. Wedge espadrilles are naturally nautical and this pair by Castañer is like a dressed-up version of a boat shoe. I finished the look with tortoiseshell sunglasses from Linda Farrow x The Attico.
Charo Ruiz Ibiza, a brand I just discovered, is something I love. I love their frilly, feminine frocks, and matching sets such as this embroidered corset and midi skirt. I paired this look with a pair brown fisherman shoes for an evening on the water watching the sailboats pass. I couldn’t resist sticking to the theme. To keep my belongings safe from the elements, I used a Staud shoulder bag with a rope-detailed strap.
Alo Yoga’s tennis whites allowed me to hit the courts on Day Three. ‘Charmed’Tennis dress and Superga shoes. I carried my racket to the court in a green and white tennis bag, and for aprés play, I cozied up in a retro athletic attire-inspired sweater by Tory Burch. Tip: New England summers can cool down significantly when the sun sets, so bring some cashmere.
Chilliwack Down Bomber Coat in black with stretch rib waistband and cuff, exterior pockets, adjustable tunnel hood
Shell: 50% polyester, 50% cotton
I really leaned into nautical fashion with this pair of vintage red sailor shorts from the ’80s. I paired it with a crop top from Cult Gaia to keep the look fresh. I continued the maritime look with a pair espadrilles, similar to these embroidered sandals made by Charo Ruiz Ibiza. The whole look is complete with a red Prada bag.
The last day of my week in Maine lined up with a dear friend’s wedding celebration. I knew that I wanted a floral gown to keep the theme going when I was in a botanical park. Johanna Ortiz had a lobster red maxi with a flattering high collar. For shoes, I wore Bottega Veneta’s stretch leather sandals in a mauvy brown. (If you’re wondering, these heels definitely came off for the dancing portion of the evening.) I accessorized with gold hoops from Laura Lombardi and a raffia tote like this one from Chloé.
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