Summer has arrived, and as you all know summer for Upper East Siders means: Hamptons. After months of donning heavy sweaters, cumbersome boots and bulky outerwear, we are free to sport the chic spring and summer fashions we’ve seen trouncing down the runways this year. Summer at Hamptons means WHITE PARTIES!!!
Summer “white parties” have been a mainstay of the Hamptons social calendar long before P. Diddy made headlines with his annual celebrity-studded extravaganzas. But while the dress code appears simple—white—there’s a certain sense of style you need to keep in mind, so here you can find some useful instruction to choose the right outfit for these kind of events.
Browse through copies of summer fashion issues of leading women’s and men’s fashion magazines such as “Vogue” and “GQ” to familiarize yourself with the latest summer fashions. Hampton white parties tend to be upper-crust social affairs, and the last thing you want to do is look like John Travolta out of Saturday Night Fever when the cameras click. Tear out pages you like, or write down the information so you can use it later.
For men, consider a white linen suit or sport coat with matching slacks. You want something light, breezy and casual. Avoid dense (and out-of-date) polyester.
Similarly, avoid a stiff white dress shirt. Go with something that will complement the linen look, like a madras shirt or a cotton shirt with embroidered trim.
For ladies, a white summer dress, sleeveless if you’ve got the skin and body for it, is a good, safe bet. As an alternative, you may wear a smart white blouse with skirt and matching blazer for a more businesslike look.
Stay away from pumps or anything with high heels. Stick with simple white sandals.
To add a touch of class, consider a light, breezy summer hat—white, of course.