Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Question for the Community: Spring and Summer Wardrobe Essentials

All Original Photographs from Archives
Some have asked the community for a list of core spring and summer essentials to build out their wardrobe.  What items would you add to such a list?  Below are just a few contextual photos.









































































































For Keith Baker,
Here is one of the Jamestown/Newport ferries leaving Narragansett Bay after being replaced in 1969 by the Newport Bridge.  One of them became a restaurant in Maine, I think. 
- Sent by a reader

42 comments:

  1. Madras. Nothing better than a good patchwork.

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  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! Love all these photos! I am so ready to get on the next plane heading north!! How I long to be up there on the water and in line at Reds and wearing cotton sweaters and nautical stripes! Well, shoot! I forgot the question. Oh yea ~ we don't need to tell you our wardrobe essentials 'cause you showed them all. I would only add sun screen!

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  3. In early spring I take the crew neck sweater off, a bit later I remove the socks, a bit later still I roll up the shirtsleeves. When it really gets hot I break out the Bermuda shorts and maybe a polo shirt or two. A splash of madras and a splash of seersucker.

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  4. Seersucker. A must for the hot, sticky days Sunday's here in the South. I have been to Easter services many times with the temps in the upper 80s.

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  5. I agree with Susan---it's all in your photos. Occasionally I add a long flowing sundress. Calling for snow here Friday, so we won't be breaking out the spring clothes yet...unfortunately.

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  6. Your pictures tell us all. Seersucker is such a perfect summer staple. Also cotton sweaters for evenings. Lip balm and sunscreen might be the only additions.

    I feel anything I might add would just be captioning your photos. Well done.

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  7. As a former Rhode islander now living in the south, I love SWNE's ability to bring back great memories through your photos. One suggestion -> please do a story on Route 1 from the Maine coast to the NYC line.

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  8. Sandals. But not flip flops

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  9. Wonderful photos! Might add Jack Rogers sandals?

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  10. Suede bucks and madras shirts, as well as Duck Head brand shorts (being from the South).

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  11. Switching from regular Oxford cloth buttondown shirts to pinpoint Oxford, end-on-end (fil-à-fil), or light chambray buttondowns.

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  12. It's funny how we can now "date" these photos by the quickly superseded digital DSLR cameras in the shots . Like the lady with the Nikon D1X that was a 5mp 2001 launch ....... 3/4 through the listing .

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  13. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing. As others said, your pics say it all regarding clothing. I don't think I saw one pair of dirty, torn (deliberate or otherwise) jeans. How refreshing.

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    1. Agreed, how refreshing. Muffy, how to you manage to find so many non-jean wearers when that's all I ever see? I need to visit New England more often!

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  14. Thank you for planting such lovely thoughts of summer while the threat of a snow storm is looming! Your photos will be a handy mood booster for sure!! My go-to summer attire consists of breezy skirts, Polo shirt dresses and shifts with espadrilles, straw hats 'n bags, and not to forget my trusty Ray-Bans.

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  15. What a wonderful collection of photos. For us who reside (for now) in Dixie, seersucker and poplin keep us (somewhat) sane during the miserable months we call 'summer.'

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  16. Thank you for these pictures! I'll be looking at them for ages, especially as we contemplate a move to Florida.
    A further question- can anyone recommend a good sun hat brand? There is one example that I like about half way through the pictures, a woman on a boat, holding a phone.

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    1. Tilley Hats, hands down!They're well made and they back up their lifetime warranty. I had a seam rip in a 10 year-old hat and they sent me a brand new one. They have tropical-weight hats as well.
      Dave

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  17. Jack Rogers, linen, a good sun hat and lots of light weight cotton and I am ready to go. Jane Keller

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  18. I concur. All the necessities have been well represented with the exception of sunscreen. Now if winter would kindly move on. BTW. The Jack Rogers are peaking out of a tote 18th pic from the bottom:-)

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  19. Great photos depicting a wonderful lifestyle. The ones with the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge revive many fond memories.

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  20. I note the presence of PFDs, but the absence of bike helmets! Safety first ;)

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  21. Give me a broken-in OCBD shirt, old pair of khakis, a cotton crewneck sweater and a pair of Topsiders...and I'm set thru the 4th of July !

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  22. Good Irish or Italian…
    linen (or the bottles of which you first thought of right here), Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care Sea Kelp lip balm, capri’s from Sahalie, Cole Haan slide on mule sneakers.
    Before the yr 2007, it would have been anything from Eileen Fisher and JJill clothing line, a cross pollination of the two, in classic styles.

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  23. I never realized how much the tourist looked so painfully uncomfortable...nor how laid back happy the locals looked.

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  24. Where is this golf course? I would love to play there.

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  25. The common thread of all these wonderful photos is that THESE worthies have enough sense to wear their underwear on the INSIDE, unlike so-called "stars" and other TTFW's populating the Solla Sollew world of Dr. Suess fame. ;-)

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  26. Utterly delightful! And all passing the Dinghy Test!

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  27. For spring: bright colored cottons, and navy or khaki slacks. LL Bean fleece and a great LL Bean Pathfinder rain jacket. For summer: white cotton and linen clothing--polos, tee shirts button downs. Navy, white or khaki slacks. Cotton shift dresses. Sperry boat shoes and Keen sandals. Espadrilles and long skirts. Oh, I can explain...Im a bordertown New Yorker.

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  28. Early in the warmer weather (or my mid-winter trips to Naples from Michigan) it's almost exclusively Lilly or bright madras from Cape Madras. As the season continues I seem to return to my basic khaki, navy & white. Jacks run the season, with Topsiders and Keds tossed in the mix. cheers! scotmiss

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  29. I love these photos!

    My take, so far as it goes, differs by region.

    For NE, where it gets warm but cools quickly: lots of cotton trousers, usually khaki or red, paired with an OCBD or a light polo-style shirt; a themed embroidered belt; and some pennyloafers or boat shoes. For evenings, maybe a light sweater in solid or horizontal stripes, in perhaps navy, pink, or natural.

    For the South: largely the same, but with perhaps shorts (for super hot days).

    In other words: This style is really, really simple. Clean, natural fabrics. Only issue is the bright colors, which can (and for fun, should be!) combined with abandon.

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  30. For my Alabama summer: loose, linen or cotton sundresses; sandals; sleeveless linen or light cotton tops with no collar; cut off shorts; linen shorts; loose linen skirt; canvas sneakers; light cotton sweater for A/C.

    I try to avoid: anything tight at my waist, anything with a collar, clothing that is too tight to move and let a breeze through.

    The pictures of NE look beautiful, but those are more what I'd wear for early spring around here.

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  31. Thank you, these pictures certainly help today move along into Spring.

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  32. Beautiful montage.

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  33. Palm trees are swaying here in Palm Beach. Going to be chilly the next few nights--in the 50s! Brrrrr.

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  34. Eliza B flip flops for weekends days and Jack Rogers for slightly less causal needs.

    Linen, especially pants for work days.

    In PA, it's a rare but delightful summer evening when I need sleeves. I keep a couple of whisper weight cashmere sweaters at the cabin and a few of my husbands old OCBDs for cooler mornings.

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  35. Muffy, I have seen you wear those adorable dark trimmed linen colored skimmers in numerous photos. I am on the lookout for something similar and haven't been able to find a shoe with contrasting trim like those. Can you tell me the make and/or where to shop for something similar?

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    1. Eliza B. made those, but they don't make them any longer.

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  36. Thank you, Muffy. That's too bad, I wish Eliza B. would reconsider. Their products are attractive and well-made.

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