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The Kentucky Derby brings to mind thoughts of galloping hooves, mint juleps, the Garland of Roses and "My Old Kentucky Home." However, what truly sets the Derby ahead of the pack for many is its elegant fashion tradition. Read on to learn more about how to execute spot-on Kentucky Derby style with a little help from Nantucket Brand. Continue reading
Seersucker shorts are a classic staple of the American man’s summer wardrobe. We grew up running (and sailing) around in seersucker and still wear it to this day. It’s breathable, cool, and perfect for warm weather.
Although we love seersucker, we didn’t love the fit of most of the seersucker shorts available. Typically, they’re too baggy and boxy. Occasionally they’re way too short. We’ve spent the last few years perfecting the fit of our shorts are are proud to offer our Whaler Shorts: great fitting men’s shorts with attention to all the details. Order by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday April 8, 2014 and save $25 with coupon code FAVSHORTS.
• Made in USA. These shorts were made in an American factory to ensure top quality. Plus, you’ll be proud to wear a American-made shorts.
• 9” inseam. This length typically keeps the shorts just above your knees - exactly where they belong.
• 100% cotton. Seersucker is often made from a poly/cotton blend, but that doesn’t work for us. We’ve made sure this fabric is 100% natural cotton to allow for maximum breathability and the softest feel.
• Nylon zipper. More durable and less likely to break than metal zippers.
• 2 side pockets. Angled just right to give your arm a natural position when using, but not angled enough to allow items to fall out easily.
• White lining. We’ve chosen a lightweight, solid white 100% cotton lining for these shorts.
• Two buttoned back pockets. Keep your wallet in place in the pocket of your choice.
• Striped blue and white pattern. This is the most common seersucker pattern, and for good reason. It’s simple but fun, pairs well with any solid shirt, and still carries a bit of summer sophistication.
These shorts come in two patterns: classic blue & white striped, as well as blue & white check, a slight departure from the typical seersucker pattern.
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All season long, Nantucket Island swarms with nature's most vibrant, inviting color palettes. Sunrises brighten our mornings with purple and skies, hilly bogs fill with maroon and red cranberries, and the deep blue tides turn frothy and white as they crash toward our shores. We think that's why madras and Massachusetts go so well together; the distinct, colorful plaid fabric is a summertime essential, and we offer several ways to style it just right for your own Nantucket adventures. Don't miss the video at the bottom with Bill Murray talking about Madras!
It's easy to figure out what to wear with madras if you stick to one rule: keep it simple! When it comes to accessorizing such bright colors, soft is safe and showy is too extreme. We do offer several options in lighter, more muted patterns; it's okay to bring out a pale blue scheme with pops of neon, but neutral is best for the rest of it. The vibrant colors in our madras apparel really shine when we pair them with white, tan, or gray fabric that stays out of the way.
Our Montauk madras shift dress is bursting with the rainbow's warmest colors; strips of lavender are scattered throughout a pattern dominated by bold neon pink, bright yellow, and oranges that range from peach to deep blood orange. Its flattering bateau neckline doesn't leave room for a necklace, but jewelry should be kept to a minimum anyway to let the dress make the statement. Simple earrings from Loren Hope, such as delicate Sophia studs with coral glass stones, offer a subtle complement to the dress's color spectrum.
Skirts are versatile summer staples that add a feminine touch and breezy comfort to strolls along the beach, afternoon lunches, and even trips to the mainland. We think madras skirts are even better at making you look confident and comfortable, especially when you accent them with elegant jewelry.
For a final addition to your green Madaket madras harbor skirt, drape Loren Hope's long, gold-plated turquoise pendant necklace over a white tank top or tee. Meanwhile, Kiel James Patrick's hand-knotted Adalie Sunkiss sailing bracelet is a perfect match for the aquamarine, perwinkle, and salmon in our mid-thigh or knee-length Beach House madras skirt.
Women's Madras Hoodies
Madras has continued to evolve since its journey from the marketplaces of South India to the shoes of Nantucket Island. It was first crafted in Madras (now Chennai), India, with the hot sun in mind, and it's still sported under that same sun every summer. Thanks to the addition of women's hoodies to our inventory, you can incorporate it into your nighttime wardrobe too.
After the sun sets and the sand gets chilly, strike up a bonfire and spend the evening in our Newport madras hoodie sweatshirt. With black that matches the starry sky and blues pulled straight from the ocean (including the pale blue of its soft, terry cloth lining), it's a fitting choice for a night on the beach. Channel seaside nostalgia with Eliza B. leather ascots in stingrcobalt blue.
Our Myrtle Beach madras pattern is one of our favorites. Its patchwork pastels are feminine and summery, and it's easy to find a shirt in pale pink, green, blue, or yellow. Because it's available in shorts, Bermuda shorts, or pants, that shirt can be anything from a tank top to a silk blouse, depending on the event you'll be attending. If it's a casual one, we recommend a Harding-Lane needlepoint hat like their pale blue mermaid hat. And if you're going formal in the form-fitting pants, make a statement with Loren Hope's small dahlia cuff in lilac; each of the brass bracelet's five, hand-polished glass petals are surrounded by real Swarovski crystals.
Men's Madras Shorts
Esquire Magazine called shorts the "easiest" way for men to introduce madras into their wardrobe. They recommend a simple, plain white T-shirt to pull off the loud pattern as casually as possible. To support the neutral, laid-back look, opt for the white cotton and split leather in Kiel James Patrick's Mariner and Cape Poge Bay sailor rope bracelet.
Our loudest pair by far are the Marblehead madras whaler shorts, on which patches of bright green, picnic-blanket gingham are stitched between a variety of bold plaid squares, some in matching shades of green and others in jarringly sophisticated deep reds and blues. Offset the potential for clashes by bringing out those patriotic hues. Try a Smathers & Branson cotton twill, needlepoint hat; they have plenty of choices in both faded rust and navy, which are adorned with everything from a mako shark to a fishing lure. To really balance out this ensemble, we recommend a navy hat with a sea turtle that unites the bright greens and dark blues in one swift move.
One of the best things about summer is the wardrobe. Nantucket Island is never more beautiful and relaxing than when we’re underneath the summer sun, being rocked by the tides or the salty ocean breeze. Seersucker fabric is a lightweight summertime favorite among the nautical at heart, thanks to a unique weaving process that creates its signature “crinkled” look and airy feel. The fabric is designed to touch the skin as little as possible, leaving plenty of air to circulate and warding off heat and moisture. Continue reading
1. Navy White Zip Cable Hoodie
2. Myrtle Beach Madras Bermuda Shorts
3. Castaway Fleet Anchor Bracelet by Kiel James Patrick
4. Women's Maya Flat by Sperry Top-Sider
Style StACK Issue 03: Faded Red, White & Blue
Our latest Style StACK features styles for 4th of July celebrations and ideas for how to look like a gracious guest if you're attending an Independence Day party.
Made from 100% cotton, our button downs are perfect for the office or a backyard summer BB-Q.
Made in USA from 100% cotton oxford, our new Whaler Shorts are perfect for every summer activity.
Available at Sperry Top-Sider
Just add wine to this adorable wine tote made with recycled sails by Seabags.
Wow your host or guests with this festive red, white and blue dessert. If you try this recipe out, share your finished product with us on Facebook!
Available at Shop Sweet Lulu
A classic comfy crewneck is the perfect shirt for a day of summer celebrations.
Made in USA from 100% cotton oxford, this is the perfect casual summer skirt.
Available at Jack Rogers
The countdown to Figawi and the unofficial kick-off to summer is on. Whether you're watching the race on Nantucket or headed to a backyard BB-Q, this Memorial Day we have you covered with classic summer staples for any occasion.