My New England Summer Wardobe Essentials

Today officially marks the start of another New England Summer and I couldn’t be more excited! I rounded up five of my classic casual summer wardrobe staples. These are the pieces that I always turn to year after year and continue to feel great in. They are the core staples that make getting dressed in the morning or packing for a weekend getaway to Nantucket easy.

1. Nautical Sweaters: Ok not all of these are necessarily “nautical sweaters” but they are meant for cold summer nights around a bonfire or windy days on the water.  I love a fun nautical motif just as much as the classic fisherman sweater. These sweaters are meant to be no fuss and can pretty much be thrown over any ensemble. I love watching my nautical sweater collection grow each summer. 

2. Oversized Glasses: I don’t know what I would do without my signature oversized Karen Walker Super Duper in Tort glasses. I have been wearing them on a almost daily basis for the past four years. I have sensitive eyes and tend to squint a lot, especially for pictures lol. My eyes are closed in more than half of my pictures without glasses on. For sunny days by the beach or road trips to the Cape, sunglasses are must. They also have the ability to make the simplest outfit appear more glamorous. 

3. Striped Tees: Striped tees are the core of almost every New England summer wardrobe. To me they are the epitome of effortless classic style, easy to wear and always stylish. I love wearing them with denim cutoffs or a white skirt. It’s a bonus that they also tend to be soft and cozy. Stripes are the foundation of nautical chic.

4. Denim Shorts: Denim shorts will always be a staple of mine. They emphasize a great summer tan and look good with literally everything. While I love to wear mine with casual pieces it’s also fun to dress down a blouse or more formal shirt with a faded pair of denim cutoffs. 

5. Classic Polos: A classic polo is a New England wardrobe must. I have a large collection off vintage Lacoste polos but I also cannot resist the J.Crew x Lacoste polos that have been released the past few summers. The dog polo c/o I’m wearing in the picture above is available at Ralph Lauren and can be customized with a few different dog options. 

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  1. Alice on June 22, 2017 at 1:00 am

    How lovely photos and outfit ideas, very inspiring! 🙂

  2. anon on June 22, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Perfect timeless picks! I have already started online shopping…I especially love the sunglasses. They make you look so glamorous.

  3. Shannon on June 22, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I just love denim shorts in the summer! Being from Florida they are essential to keeping cool. As always, I love your style!

  4. Paige Flamm on June 22, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I love that anchor sweater!


  5. Ewa Macherowska on June 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Always love your photos 😉

  6. Laura Mitbrodt on June 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    These photos are so cute and vintage, make me want to go to New England

  7. Anonymous on June 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Love your style! It's so classic and elegant.

  8. Carly Heideger on June 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Sarah! I've always loved your blog. I've been on a hunt for a white sweater like you're wearing in this post. Do you have any good/similar finds this year?

    • Sarah Vickers on June 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      That sweater is from LL Bean. It is still available this year. I was having a lot of trouble linking it.

    • Sarah Vickers on June 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you!!

  9. Piper Green on June 22, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the bag in the third pic—the one in which you are wearing the fisherman sweater, any similar recommendations?

    • Sarah Vickers on June 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      I bought it from J.Crew a few years ago. It's a simple straw tote and I added the anchor pin that was purchased from a craft fair.

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  11. carla on June 23, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Yes, so summery!

  12. August Harvest on June 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Love your style beautiful photos <3

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  13. Donna on June 23, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Three cute purses, and would love to know what they are. Especially the one with the anchor!

    • Sarah Vickers on June 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      The one with the anchor is a straw J.Crew tote with an anchor pin, the other straw bag is from J. McLaughlin this season, and the last bag is from Tory Burch

  14. Kritsida Adisakkitti on June 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I love your nautical look! Never really been into the trend, but I might give it a try!
    Be sure to check out my latest blog post!
    x. kritsida

  15. Kelly on June 25, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Oversized sunnies are definitely a must-have, I love your round up!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  16. Willy The Prince on June 25, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    yes, the cute woven bag, adorable.

  17. Hayleigh Shobar | Young Cosmopolite on June 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Love this post, Sarah! So perfect for the season. 🙂

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