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The Coastal Getaway

What to wear on a weekend trip
to a seaside spot like Kennebunkport

With the Fourth of July madness quickly approaching and a heat wave sweeping across America, it's the perfect time to take a quick trip for some well deserved R&R. Kennebunkport, Maine is an ideal destination—the charming seaside town has everything you could want for an Atlantic ocean getaway, with none of the hassle of Cape Cod. Speckled with beautiful cottages and beach houses for rent, there's a spawning boardwalk, vibrant downtown and a forest-meets-ocean vibe that just can't be beat. Lobster and blueberries are among local delicacies, and the water, while chilly, is perfectly swimmable and a pleasant contrast to the balmy beaches.

A trip to any coastal location demands that you lean into the half nautical, half preppy origins of the area for a couple of days, whether it's relaxing on the beach, flexing the cerebral muscle or curling up with a great book on a gingham couch. Physical exercise is optional, with bonus points for playing a sport that requires a racquet or, at least, a polo. Do like the locals and embrace everything that comes with owning a boat. However, preppy doesn't have to mean stuffy. Patterns and colors are your friends, while mixing and matching is fully encouraged. Comfortable shoes that can handle sand are the first thing that should go into your weekender, followed quickly by your favorite swim trunks. Don't forget a sweater or rugby that can be pulled over a lightweight button-down, as the ocean breeze makes chilly nights a regular occurrence.

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Men's coastal vacation outfit inspiration
Rowing Blazers Duke and Duke Banker Bag

Duke and Duke banker bag, $135 by Rowing Blazers

Tombolo Fruits de Mar Swim Trunks

“Fruits de mar” swim trunks, $108 by Tombolo

Alex Mill Short Sleeve Poplin Popover

Short sleeve poplin popover,
$88 by Alex Mill

Polo Ralph Lauren Relaxed Fit Polo Prepster Pant

Relaxed fit polo “Prepster” pant, $89.50 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Drakes Striped Rugby Shirt

Striped rugby shirt, $225 by Drake's

Birkenstock Milano Sandal

Milano sandal,
$125 by Birkenstock

Casablanca Beach Towel

Beach towel, $169 by Casablanca

L.L. Bean Croquet Set

Croquet set, $289 by L.L. Bean

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Men's coastal vacation outfit inspiration

Duke and Duke
banker bag, $135
by Rowing Blazers

 

Short sleeve
poplin popover,
$88 by Alex Mill

 
 

Relaxed fit polo
“Prepster” pant,
$89.50 by Polo Ralph Lauren

“Fruits de mar”
swim trunks,
$108 by Tombolo

 
 

Beach towel,
$169 by Casablanca

Croquet set,
$289 by L.L. Bean

 

Milano sandal,
$125 by Birkenstock

 

Striped rugby shirt,
$225 by Drake's

 

When in Maine ...

Maine coastline

Despite its size, Maine is incredibly accessible. For a quick day trip, try the half-hour drive to Portland, ME, an equally picturesque but much larger town. It’s a foodie’s paradise, with everything from fresh-from-the-boat seafood to some renowned and historic ice cream. If you have more time on your hands, Acadia National Park is only a few hours away. The park boasts incredible hiking camping and wildlife that puts your local trails to shame—just watch out for ticks.

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