Wondering what to wear for a summer trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts? Nantucket style is equal parts dressed-up prep and laid-back coastal cool. A visit to the island calls for seafaring style: navy stripes, white jeans, and basket bags. Draw inspiration from the windswept elegance of Brant Point Lighthouse, the postcard-perfect scenes from ‘Sconset, and the grey-shingled coastal homes framed by white-picket fences, deep blue hydrangeas, and cobblestone streets.
Check out my top ten picks to pack for a summer trip to Nantucket.
Nantucket is known for its history of hand-woven baskets (fun fact: in the mid-1800’s, crewmen aboard the Nantucket Lightships made baskets for their sweethearts and spouses on the island). This beach bag is a perfect nod to the tradition. What could be more fun and fitting for a New England island than a sail print bikini. The best part? It’s reversible! Throw on this swim cover-up and some fun and flirty slides for effortless style from beach to street. Top it off with this oh-so-adorable beach hat, which keeps its shape and is perfect for packing.
Nantucket red, which fades to pink with time, is the color that best represents the island. These shorts, from local Murray’s Toggery where the brick-red hue was first introduced in the 1950’s, are a must-have. And don’t forget to pack a pair of white jeans, the unofficial Nantucket uniform.
A rain jacket is an essential item in a place nicknamed “Grey Lady” for its unpredictably stormy weather. Even summer nights can get chilly when you’re near the water – it’s one of the things I love most about summer in New England. Be prepared to throw on an extra layer with this crewneck sweater.
Now it’s time to show off your style! Headed to Nantucket? Leave a comment with your favorite places to eat, stay, and play on the island, and pin this packing list for later!