Our Writer Jen Takes On A Summer Jaunt To Her Home Town

Summer style varies from destination to destination for the global jet setter. Earlier this summer I spent three weeks in New England. Yes it is the home of clam bakes, lobsters, clam chowder and other tasty crustaceans from the sea. And with this coastal influence, it is a lot of what you see from the sea in motifs on clothing, espadrille sandals, and beach bags. Lucky enough to have a private pilot bring us to Nantucket in his Piper Arrow I had to pack lightly. We went to Nantucket, an elite island off the coast of Massachusetts for the Nantucket Film Festival. Compared to the couture glamour of the Cannes Film Festival, Nantucket is preppy casual where cotton sun dresses are what to wear. Think Tory Burch, J.Crew, Lily Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren Polo and anything with stars and stripes. Newport, Rhode Island is my home town and is known for its yachting community. Again the preppy casual look is key. Cute boutiques in Bowens Wharf, along Thames Street and Bellevue Avenue sell a lot of coral, turquoise, Kelly green, and hot pink colors from tops, to kaftans, and cashmere sweaters with seahorses, lobsters, and dragonflies on the front. The Flower Show was held at one of the majestic mansions, Rosecliff. Many of those who attended were the ladies who lunch crowd with their large straw hats, pearl necklaces and classic style. We also took a day for tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Championships tournament was held on the only grass courts in New England. The tennis look is sporty but fellow spectators tended to dress up a bit more than usual. And just as a perk to keep you cool in the 90 degree temperatures, ladies were given hand held paper fans upon entering the compound. The beach style ranges from surfers to socialites that is of course depending on which beach you go to to bask in the sun. Bailey Beach is private. From members only to the public beaches the one thing that is in everyone’s beach bag is sun block.