Monday, July 20, 2009

Guest Blogger Carrie Couture: East Coast Summer Style

CC says: darlings, whether you’re taking the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Fire Island, heading out to Montauk, or just jetting down to the Jersey Shore, you’ll need to outfit yourself in East Coast summer style. Think chic basics with some edgy pieces thrown in for good measure. After all, you might need to make an appearance at a couture-ified Cape Cod clambake or haute Hamptons polo match!East Coasters summer in style; the vibe is preppy with a glam twist. First photo: Brazilian Vogue.

You’ll need a sporty yet pretty tote for the beach. CC loves the traditional L.L. Bean bags (monogrammed, even!), but a fashionable East Coast beach-goer might also try this large J. Crew canvas tote.

Feeling a bit more trendy? Carry your Ban de Soleil, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, and Hermés towel in this Stella McCartney cloud-print shopper, available at

If Designer terry is not your thing, never fear: this Land’s End kaleidoscope print beach towel will be perfect for either Sea Bright or Sag Harbor!

At the yacht club, you’ll need two types of suits... a skimpy bikini for sunbathing (CC is quite taken with this Emilio Pucci triangle string bikini, at and a more utilitarian maillot for jaunts to Block Island.

East Coast fashionistas are loving vintage-inspired suits this summer. This Carmen Marc Valvo red retro one-piece is available at

CC also adores this Zelda Sweetwater sky blue Nina suit. Visit to purchase.

Ladies, you’ll also need a fabulous cover-up. CC is smitten with this Missoni Mare lurex caftan, at After all, the Elberon Bathing Club restaurant requires diners to dress for lunch!

For that BBQ in Misquamicut, opt for a breezy Tory Burch dress like this Venice caftan or a colorful, beachy tunic and crisp white jeans.

For cocktails al fresco in Edgartown, you may even try some “evening-ready” shorts, like these
J. Crew wallpaper jacquard shorts that CC just snapped up... perfect with a white LnA tee, a lightweight cashmere sweater or a silk blouse.

Just add some gladiators and you’re all set! These
Elizabeth and James Luella booties can be purchased at

Or go nautical-chic for dinner in Bridgehampton with this incredibly sexy Pleasure Doing Business 5-band skirt, at Pair it with something unexpected, like booties and a sheer chiffon top. Err on the side of
outré... too preppy and you’ll look like a caricature!

Remember, East Coast summer style is about building on classics to create your own unique silhouette. Be adventurous!
Have a fabulously fashionable summer, darlings!
Thank you so much CC for sharing with us this wonderful post about East Coast Summer Style. Want to know thoughts are about West Coast vs. East Coast Chic? Head over to Couture Carrie's blog today to see my guest post. Have wonderful days lovelies! ~ Laura


Couture Carrie said...

Love how you put the post together, darling ~ it looks gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity!


Dani @ Weddings Fresh said...

great idea for the posts! i adore the east coast couture but i will never give up my west coast chic :) great blog, love it!

The Mighty J said...

Great ideas - keep 'em coming.

Dollface said...

Dont think I can rock those heels, but do love the ideas!! xxxoo

FabBlab said...

Aw, lovely post.
And great idea, BTW.
CC is the best :)
And so are you.Very interesting observations between the style difference of the East and West coasts.

Kisses from India! XX

lisa said...

Oh I can't decide which aesthetic I like best after reading both posts--they both sound so appealing!

Lily G. said...

Fantastic post! You did a great job on CC's site too =)

Gabbi said...

Lovely guest spot! The picks and tips are amazing... I need that gorgeous Zelda suit. Even the name is perfect!

R.C. said...

hey darling! Sorry I havn't gotten back to you via e-mail ! It seems as though my inbox ate it up (can't find it ANYWHERE!) Anyways, I would love to do the posts together and I will be working on an interview for ya ;)

Niki said...

I love CC and now I love your blog after reading your guest post on hers. Great job ladies!

xo Niki

Anonymous said...

Love these guest blogger posts! CC gave some great tips! These are so fun to read since I used to live on the east coast!

xo, Becs

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