The Hamptons are some of the trendiest seaside communities to visit, requiring a fashionable packing list to match. Whether you have a shared house or are heading out East for the weekend, we’ve created a packing guide for a stylish weekend in The Hamptons. Before you jump on the jitney, follow our guide on what to wear in The Hamptons.
Written by: Lola Méndez
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Also known as NYC’s backyard, The Hamptons are a New Yorker favorite to visit, especially in the fall. From beach excursions to evening concerts to clam bakes, there’s something for everyone. Relax and recharge or plan for a nonstop, jam-packed few days of fun.
The Hamptons Clothing Style
Style in The Hamptons is all about grace, and wealth, whether you have the bank account to back it up or not. Opt for sleek, timeless pieces like stripes, polka dots, linens, and cottons when putting together your travel capsule wardrobe.
Stock up on this vacation staple with this season’s best linen clothing!
The Hamptons Beach Essentials
Your time in The Hamptons will likely include trips to the beach. Keep your essentials organized using a packing cube inside your large tote that doubles as a beach bag. Toss in a book, sunglasses, sunscreen, a towel, and a water bottle.
My secret weapon is ChafeZone to combat ‘chub rub’ during beach walks. Enjoy tunes on the beach with a waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can use it in the ocean or in a pool.
This summer’s hottest trend is fun floaties. They’re heavier than you’d expect, so instead of packing one, head to Mixology Clothing Company to pick up a toucan or cactus float. If you need to purchase any essentials, this store is the most affordable boutique in The Hamptons.
Here are 10 of the best beach bags and totes for a pool or seaside trip!
What to Wear in The Hamptons for a Day Trip to Montauk
If you’re visiting The Hamptons, head to Ditch Plain Beach to catch some rays or waves. There are several shacks where you can rent a longboard, but make sure you pack your own rash guard.
Wear a pin-up style bikini with ultra flattering high-waist bottoms and an underwire top, or go for a one-piece with an open back or lace-up sides to show a little skin in all the right places. Gingham swimsuits have been popular all summer and embody classic Hamptons style.
Pack a cover up that can double as an outfit to wear to The Sloppy Tuna for lunch. An oversized button-up shirt worn with lace-up whicker sandals and a large sun hat with a playful message is a stylish but comfortable look. As you’re packing light and only away for a few days, the shirt can double as a nightgown.
Round out the day with a visit to Surf Lodge to enjoy the sunset and live music. Your beach look is equally acceptable at Montauk’s sandy bars so no need to change. A body chain or delicate necklace will transform your outfit for evening.
These are the best swimsuit coverups of the season!
What to Wear in the Hamptons for a Girl’s Night Out
The Hamptons nightlife is next level, and your outfit should be too. Little white dresses, gorgeous jumpsuits, and lace blouses with silky shorts are all the rage with The Hamptons stylish elite.
Find out how to wear white clothes on vacation plus what to wear underneath!
You’re going to be snapping lots of pics, so make sure to pack an outfit that you feel confident wearing. Avoid stilettos and opt for a strappy pair of sandals with a low heel so you can spend the whole night dancing. Plus, sandals will fit in with the beach vibe of The Hamptons.
If you’re looking for a memento to remember your weekend trip, collect sand from your favorite beach and Dune Jewelry will make a customized set of three rings for your girl gang.
Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too.
What to Wear in the Hamptons for a Yoga Session
Work off that hangover at one of the many yoga studios in The Hamptons or bring your own mat and go through your flow on the beach during sunrise. If you’re practicing outdoors in the summer heat you’ll be better off wearing a sports bra and matching shorts.
If you’d rather hit up a yoga studio, the rooms can get chilly with air conditioning, so bring a lightweight tee and leggings. Didn’t bring a yoga mat? Many studios let you rent one for a class.
Check out what TFG readers voted on the best leggings for women who travel!
What to Wear in the Hamptons for Wine Tasting
A trip to the Hamptons wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting and walk through the vineyards at Wolffer Estate. Skip wearing shoes with a heel, as you may be walking on dirt paths and uneven surfaces. Instead, match your outfit to your glass of rosé by wearing a blush maxi dress and comfy ballet flats.
Wear a button-up blouse over your dress when it’s windy or tie it in a knot around your waist if the evening warms up.
Here’s a list of cute and comfortable ballet flats to wear at home and abroad!
The Hamptons is one of the most stylish New York destinations. What are your recommendations for what to wear in The Hamptons? Share your tips in the comment below!
For more North America packing lists, please read:
- What to Wear in Los Angeles
- Cape Cod Style: 4 Perfect Outfits
- USA Road Trip Packing LIst
- What to Wear in New York
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Author Bio: Lola Méndez is a full-time traveler sharing her adventures on Miss Filatelista as she adds to her collection of passport stamps. She travels to develop her own worldview and has explored 46 countries. Passionate about sustainable travel she seeks out ethical experiences that benefit local communities. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.