8 Editor-Approved Style Essentials To Nail Summer In The Hamptons

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If you’re heading to the Hamptons, you’ll want to make sure you look your best! So, read on to find our top tips about what to wear when holidaying in the Hamptons.

Heading to the picturesque Hamptons for a summer getaway? Whether you’ve been invited by a friend to spend time in their summer house, or you’re visiting as a tourist, it’s a good idea to prepare a packing list of must-have items so that you don’t stick out like a sore thumb.

The Hamptons, renowned for its elegant charm and refined beach culture, strikes a perfect balance between relaxed beachwear and sophisticated style. Whether you’re strolling along the sandy shores, indulging in seaside soirées, or exploring the vibrant villages, dressing to impress while embracing the coastal chic aesthetic is key.

While there’s no official dress code, there are definitely a couple of staples that keep popping up wherever you go. In this article, we’ll guide you through the fashion essentials that can be most often spotted in the Hamptons, so that you can feel at ease during your getaway, whether you’re going for a long weekend or a day trip during the summer season.

What To Wear To The Hamptons

1. White Garments

Chic all white Hamptons outfit
via @weworewhat | Shop the brand at Revolve

White clothing is a quintessential part of the Hamptons aesthetic that you’re bound to see everywhere you go, especially if you spend time in exclusive venues like the Surf Lodge.

So, make sure to pack a few of your favorite white garments, whether that means a chic pair of shorts, an elegant white sundress, a casual pair of jeans or a chic blazer for chilly nights.

White Outfit Ideas We Love
White crop top
Line & Dot

Amor Bustier Crop Top

At Revolve

White midi dress with puff sleeves

Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

At Revolve

White long sleeve dress

Baha Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

At Revolve

2. Wide-Leg Pants

Wide-leg pants have become the latest it-item to have in any summer wardrobe, as they are incredibly chic and go with almost everything. Just wear them with your favorite tank tops for a casual Hamptons outfit, or opt for an elegant blouse or top with nautical stripes like in the outfit above. Accessorize with your favorite sunglasses and a chic designer day bag.

While we love a good pair of white linen wide-leg pants, you don’t need to limit yourself to any particular color. With this said, black, beige and olive green are a popular choice in addition to light neutrals.

Wide-Leg Pants We Love
White wide-leg pants
NONchalant Label

Fabi Wide Leg Pant

At Revolve

Cream colored linen wide leg pants

Mason Linen Pant

At Reformation

Beige wide-leg pants

Hills Pant

At Revolve

3. Linen Clothing

Whether you’re spending the day exploring Montauk in East Hampton, or chilling at a friend’s house soaking up the sun, linen clothing is a must. Striped linen shirts are a summertime favorite, and can be incorporated into many different outfits, as well as used as a beach cover-up, but they’re not the only choice that you have.

Look for breezy summer dresses, shorts, wide-leg pants and oversized blazers in your favorite colors at your favorite retailers. For example, Reformation has an extensive collection of all things linen, ranging from casual items to fancier statement pieces.

Linen Clothes We Love
Beige linen set

Olivia Linen Set

At Reformation

Striped shirt

Linen-Cotton Beach Shirt In Stripe

At J.Crew

Pink linen shirt

Leo Shirt

At Reformation

4. Maxi & Midi Dresses

Is there anything more summery than feminine flowing maxi dresses? We think not! In the Hamptons, you’ll want to choose a light and airy fabric that will keep you cool in the summer heat.

While white is a safe choice, there’s no official color scheme you have to follow; just wear whichever summer dress makes you feel your best. Dress it with a pair of wedges and jewelry for a wine tasting at Channing Daughters winery or the Wölffer estate, or keep it casual with flat sandals and a straw hat for a day at your favorite beach.

Maxi dresses We Love
Hot pink maxi dress

x REVOLVE Peaches Linen Dress

At Revolve

Light blue floral maxi dress
Yumi Kim

Baxter Maxi Dress

At Revolve

Lime green maxi dress
Petal + Pup

Franco Maxi Dress

At Petal + Pup

5. Beach Bag

A good holiday look is never complete without a chic beach tote. This year, raffia, rattan and straw bags reign supreme in the Hamptons.

Beach Bags We Love
Anine Bing Beach tote
Anine Bing

Large Rio Tote

At Shopbop

Loewe basket bag

+ Paula’s Ibiza Leather-Trimmed Woven Raffia Tote

At Net-A-Porter

YSL raffia basket bag
Saint Laurent

Panier Medium YSL Raffia Tote Bag

At Neiman Marcus

6. Flat Sandals

Flat sandals are the best footwear choice for casual days at the beach, exploring nearby villages like Sag Harbor, and daytime garden parties.

People in the Hamptons tend to dress quite elegantly, so we would recommend opting for flat leather sandals instead of casual flip-flops (although heeled flip-flops have been very trendy this year, so you will most definitely see them around town!).

You may also want to bring a comfortable pair of sneakers, especially if you’re going to be spending the majority of your time exploring.

Flat Sandals We Love
Black YSL sandals
Saint Laurent

Woven Leather Sandal Slide

At Neiman Marcus

White Gucci flat sandals

Interlocking G Cutout Slide Sandal

At Nordstrom

Crystal embellished flat sandals
Rene Caovilla

Embellished Satin Sandals

At MyTheresa

7. Wedges

What to wear in the Hamptons: wedges
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If you’re looking to bring a pair of evening shoes, wedges are your best option, as there are many garden parties and beach clubs in the Hamptons, and both grass and sand can be tricky to navigate in stiletto heels.

With this said, wedges are, of course, a chic choice to wear wherever you go on your weekend trip, and can be worn with a wide array of items ranging from a casual pair of white jeans to an elegant dress when going for a nice dinner.

More Wedges We love
YSL Cassandra wedge
Saint Laurent

Cassandra YSL Logo Raffia Wedge Sandal

At Nordstrom

White Gucci espadrille wedges

GG Espadrille Sandal

At Gucci

Nude Valentino espadrille wedges
Valentino Garavani

Valentino Rockstud Espadrille Wedge Sandal

At Nordstrom

8. Casual Beachwear

Lastly, don’t forget to pack your bikinis and a chic beach cover-up for your trip to Cooper’s Beach! Spending time by the beach (or a pool, if you’re lucky) is a quintessential part of life in the Hamptons, so make sure that you are fully prepared for beach days. This includes packing your sunscreen and a wide-brim hat – the sun in the Hamptons can be pretty intense.

Beachwear Finds We love
White crochet skirt
Camila Coelho

Offshore Midi Skirt

At Revolve

Pink and red high-waisted bikini
Beach Riot

Eva Bikini Top

At Revolve

Purple crocet beach set

Elie Set

At Revolve

So, there you have it – our must-have items to wear in the Hamptons. While we have focused on the most important garments for sunny days, make sure to add a few cozy sweaters or a light jacket to your Hamptons packing list, as the evenings can get quite cold.

Hopefully, this guide has given you a good idea about what to wear in the Hamptons! We hope you have the best time, whether you’re planning to see some live music, relax in a luxury hotel, enjoy a trip to the vineyard, or simply spend your days finding the best lobster roll on the East Coast.

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