After Hours

When the Sun Goes Down, Style Comes Out

While the first thing that comes to mind when envisioning an expedition out on the East End is usually a day at the beach, nighttime adventures are just as import- ant when considering what attire you’ll be packing in your overnight bag. Whether you’re getting dolled up for a hot date, going out to hear some live music, head- ing to a bonfire on the beach, or grilling with friends at home, there are variety of options at your fingertips.

DATE NIGHT

Let’s say you’ve landed yourself a glamorous night out with someone special (check out Almond in Bridgehampton). Anthropologie’s Evelyn Wrap Dress is perfect for date night. Designed by Hungarian-born visionary Eva Franco, this delicate floral print is a celebration of the modern sacred feminine. The billowy sleeves and wide V-neck are great for warm weather and the tie closure will keep you cinched at the smallest part of you.

Speaking of modern, Phyllis & Rosie’s Wave Slider Earrings are an elegant touch of contemporary jewelry. Available in three distinctive metals (rose, sterling silver and standard gold), these swish-shaped beauties can be worn creeping up your ear or hanging down low. Complete this gorgeous look with a pair of Sam Edelman’s Liliana Wedges. Easy and with a comfort-focused minimalist aesthetic, these sandals come in five different vibrant colors (the red ones would pop nicely with the wrap dress) and won’t kill your feet by the end of a night on the town.

LIVE MUSIC

Live music is another Hamptons nighttime activity that can call for some outfit specifics. If you’re dropping by The Talkhouse to see a show or perhaps hearing a concert at The Surf Lodge, you’ll want to make sure you’re dressed for an evening to rock out. A denim skirt can last for a long time and is an incredible versatile addition for anyone’s closet. GAP’s Five Pocket Mini is a quintessential interpretation of that staple and is ideal for summertime.

A bit of pink up top is just what you need for this look and why not salute to your favorite gal pals Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe while you’re going that way? Urban Outfitters’ Friends Graphic Tee features the leading ladies of the beloved sitcom, Friends, on a soft cotton crew- neck with a long-line silhouette that’s as close to a hug from your girls as you can get from a shirt. The final touch here is a comfy pair of kicks from J/Slides. The streamlined simplicity of the Artsy in white leather is as easy to step into as it is elegant and will complement tons of different looks.

BEACH BONFIRE

A bonfire on the beach sounds incredible, doesn’t it? If this is your cup of tea while on your weekend getaway, it’s all about setting the bar against a comfortable and relaxing backdrop. Start with a scarlet Montauk Mainstay’s Clam Bar sweatshirt, which features a red and white silkscreen print of the iconic Clam Bar at Napeague.

Pair it with some low-rise ankle jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch. Made with some stretchy give, the bottom hems are stylishly distressed and hit high enough that you won’t track sand when you head back inside. A pair of espadrilles come on and off supremely easily and Soludos Platform Tennis Sneakers are platforms for a fun night with friends. The bouncy rubber sole and canvas uppers make these heavenly lace-ups very easy on the eyes and your heels.

HOME GRILLING

Okay, how about instead of gallivanting out and about, you’re planning to hang around the house. Maybe you’ll have some folks over and throw some goodies on the grill. You can keep things casual and comfy but still look put together. Athleta’s Coaster Sweatpants are gloriously snuggly without sacrificing your desire to remain posh. The drawstring and creamy soft French terry will keep you calm, cool and collected, while the deep, dark black color and graceful cut elevates this out of the realm of typical sweats. And speaking of French garments, Club Monaco’s Tykina L’Amour Tee complements those sweats with an unobtrusive dash of Parisian panache. This bright white and billowy cotton tee bears the heart- warming phrase “L’amour est tort” (love is all) in a fabulously delicate black font.

While you might not necessarily need shoes if you’re staying home, you might want to think about a pair of Havaianas Slim Royal Flip Flops. They’re no fuss and the lotus flower-and Indian-themed print will keep you always of the mind that your weekend getaway is no place for stress.