By Hillary Latos
In mid-July, the summer social season in the Hamptons culminates for the opening of the annual Bridgehampton Polo Match that lasts for 6 weeks. Every Saturday from 4-6, the social set takes time away from the beach to socialize, party, sip champagne, and maybe watch a few horses. While guests spend more time checking out each other rather than the match, here are some style tips for first timers to strike that perfect balance of casual and chic.
Color or All White- City slickers should leave their black in the city when heading out East for the weekend, and all white is always chic. Bright tunics, florals, stripes, color blocking all pair well with this season’s must have- white denim.
Rock this season’s brightest trends with dresses and separate in -scarf prints, graphic stripes, and floral prints.
The same goes for men, it’s the one time pastels can be mixed and matched without a shade of black or grey. Colored chinos or white denim paired with pastel linen shirts and a navy or seersucker blazer will be cool even in the blazing sun. The only requirement is no socks, the only thing between your feet and a pair of suede driving mocs is a thin layer of Gold Bond powder.
Balance volume-pair maxi lengths with slim camisoles, or peasant blouses with slim pants or a mini skirt, and pick the length you love and make it your own, whether its shorts, or cropped capris, minis to maxi dresses.
Wedges- This match takes place on a farm and wedges vs thin stilettos are the perfect way to provide height and comfort when trudging along over dirt and grass. Jute colored espadrilles, wooden platforms, or cheerful print wedges add the perfect burst of color.
Small but subtle hints of bling can accent a summer outfit. Rebekah Lea has the perfect assortment of exquisite semi precious and multi colored diamond jewelry in gold and platinum that are inspired by her summers spent in Nantucket.
Keep your cool with oversized colorful frames and a wide brimmed hat. Although this side of the pond dons headwear at polo matches and horse races, it’s considered a faux pas at polo matches in the eyes of our Anglo neighbors.