When getting your closet travel-ready, here’s where to shop
Summertime travel isn’t just about getting out of town; it’s also a way to break out of your look. Those bright colors that are too vibrant for the office and too resort-ready for the streets are right at home on the coast during these few hot months, so wear them—and shop for them!—while you can.
The hardest part about summer traveling, or traveling anytime for that matter, is packing. Striking the balance of having everything you need while magically making it all fit in a carry-on is a refined art that takes time—and a lot of trips—to master. Longchamp makes the process easier with its versatile, long-lasting bags and suitcases that are nothing if not handsome. For weekend jaunts out of town, there’s the brand’s famous Le Pliage bag expanded into an oversized tote; for longer trips, there are hard and soft rolling suitcases of all sizes, all with cowhide handles and trimmings. Garment bags, toiletry cases, and passport holders in matching styles make for full luggage sets too—the foremost sign of a well-seasoned traveler. (Fifth Ave. nr. 49th St.)
When in doubt about what to wear on warm-weather holidays, there’s one designer that women have been reaching for since 1959: Lilly Pulitzer. Doused in playful watercolor patterns of watermelons, flamingos , paisley, and hibiscus; colors of pink, teal, clementine, and lime; and edged with lace, embroidery, ribbon, and ric rac, Pulitzer’s dresses, tunics, and separates are unmistakable. If anyone had any doubts about the designer being a New York socialite come Palm Beach resident, all one has to do is visit the two-story Upper East Side store, a shopping shrine to both lifestyles with colored walls, chandeliers, and a pink staircase. Preppy and ladylike it all may be, but the best part about Lilly Pulitzer’s clothes are easy as a T-shirt—slip on a shift or A-line dress and go. (Madison Ave. nr. 79th St.)
For men, summer style is all about looking relaxed and effortless—off with those business suits!—while not looking too effortless, like you didn’t so much as look in the mirror before going to grab a watermelon smoothie. One of the best-kept secrets to men who look the best kept is the designer Perry Ellis. For linen bottoms and lightweight khakis, non-iron button-ups and durable solid tees, Ellis’s sportswear encompasses it all and in colors and patterns that are classic without taking themselves too seriously. As for the growing trend of going sockless, Ellis has that covered as well, with a line of casual footwear that includes Vans-like sneakers, classic boat shoes, leather drivers, and oxfords. (TK)
If there’s one thing that East Coast beaches all have in common, it’s Vineyard Vines swimwear. Shores everywhere from Cape Cod to Georgia’s mossy-treed Sea Island are like runways for brothers Ian and Shep Murray’s bikinis, one-pieces, trunks, and rash guards, patterned in tiny palm trees and anchors, pastel stripes and gingham, or those signature smiling whales. And it’s easy to see where this cult following comes from. Quality swimwear that doesn’t wear thin after one season of beach-going is hard to come by, and suits that are conservative without being a bit too old-timey (read: frumpy) are perhaps even more so. But in its nautical-themed Manhattan flagship, Vineyard Vines stocks its shelves with suits that are proven to endure summers upon sandy summers—and be flattering while doing so. (Third Ave. at 67th St.)