What to wear for the more soothing moments on the East End
Some nights call for sequins that shimmer, while others call for florals that flirt. In the Hamptons, there’s no shortage of soirees, happy hours, and beach parties that call for a fabulous one-of-a-kind ensemble. The rest of the time, though, there’s breakfast on the porch, afternoon shopping trips into town, casual boat rides, rainy days at the movies, and a million other wonderful summer hours that call for clothing that’s more functional than fabulous. Bringing it back to the basics can be wonderful—like slipping on your favorite sweater, or relaxing back into your best-fitting jeans. There’s no need why keeping it basic can’t also be fashionable, so we’ve pulled some of the East End’s best shops for everyday items you’ll look forward to keeping in your closet.
Lexington Clothing Co. (73 Main St., East Hampton)
Lexington Clothing Co. is a versatile line for everyday go-tos with polish, like a buttery leather jacket you can throw on with anything, or a wear-everywhere oxford shirt. The collection is mostly unassuming— with traditional neutrals and predictable silhouettes, but it is beautifully tailored, and features clean designs that you’ll turn to time and time again. Among our favorites are their outerwear options—from lightweight trenches, to casual cotton canvas eld jackets. Perfect for chillier nights or overcast days downtown, the Gloria Cargo Jacket is light enough to throw on with jeans and a tee, but the light pink color adds unusual air to an otherwise everyday basic.
Eileen Fisher (26 Newtown Ln., East Hampton)
Eileen Fisher has always set a standard for elegance, and her basics collection feel anything but well, basic. Yes, they’re neutral and layer well, and are effortless and easy enough to wear over and over, but the level of design and execution takes basic from blah to beautiful. Gauzy linen tops add an air of delicacy to lazy layering, and monochrome has never looked so sophisticated. The washable Slim Stretch Pants are somewhere between a beautiful work pant and a classy pair of jeans—with a slim cropped leg that is flattering and versatile. Layer with a silk duster in the same hue of bone white for an iconic summer white-on-white pairing. When the days get hot, Eileen’s organic linen collection has plenty of breathing room and just the right amount of wrinkle to look casual, but put-together. The linen cotton poncho is the perfect answer for a shell that is laid back and fashion-forward.
J.Crew (14 Main St., East Hampton; 84b Main St., Southampton)
J. Crew is no stranger to the basic department, but their summer collection switches it up. They’ve taken their most popular staples—cotton trenches, slub tees, and teeny bikinis—and added a twist, giving the basics some edge, air, and fun. Stripes have long been associated with the line, but this year, a striped tee gets an unexpected update with a patchwork combo of pattern. A lightweight cotton mini skirt gets a serious dose of texture, adding visual interest without distraction. One of the pieces we can’t wait to put on this summer is a dress from the Thomas Mason for J.Crew collection—an A-line maxi in cotton gingham, with haute detailing like a wrap tie-waist and elegant neckline.
Theory (46 Newtown Ln., East Hampton; 98-100 Main St., Southampton)
Theory’s summer collection is the ultimate not-neutral. Soft tones become stylish with unique details, like a tie-front added to a collared linen shirt for a youthful twist. A plain silk maxi is made magical with an asymmetrical ruffled hemline and an above- the-knee slit. It doesn’t get any easier than a jumpsuit—and this all-in-one outfit is perfected in the Crepe Short Jumpsuit—a black, wrap-front romper that is super flattering and easy to dress up or down.
Who knew going back to basics could be so chic? Spice up this attering fundamentals with bright accessories, popping prints, and your unique style to make them your own.