Oahu Flower maxi, Issa ($725). Intermix, 87 Main St., East Hampton, 907-8025; 64 Main St., Southampton, 283-8510. Chantilly Garden earrings, Alexis Bittar ($275). Intermix, SEE ABOVE. Light gray summer Donegal double-breasted jacket ($1,395), purple horizontal chest pleat shirt ($425), and dark green seersucker tie ($185), Michael Bastian. Scoop Beach, 51 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 329-6800. Aviators, Ralph Lauren ($250). 45 Main St., East Hampton, 907-9120.
Impossibly elegant, at 5 feet 9 inches tall with long tawny tresses, Manhattan style maven Lucy Sykes Rellie is fashion director for Rent the Runway. Fittingly when dressing for an East End barbecue, she opts for classic staples in bright colors and eye-catching prints like this magenta, floral gown. “With its breezy silhouette and saturated hues, this Issa maxi dress is festive, yet casual—just right for a beach picnic,” Sykes Rellie explains. “I’d pair it with Alexis Bittar earrings and Kurt Geiger sandals for a ‘beach chic’ ensemble.” Offsetting the ethereal silhouette with bold, directional accessories, Rellie’s look is the ultimate lesson in effortless elegance.
As senior managing director of Business Development Asia, an NYC-based investment banking firm, Euan Rellie requires a wardrobe that can transition from country club to boardroom. Lightweight blazers, cuffed trousers, and versatile loafers are a few of his go-to articles, particularly from Michael Bastian, who designs “for the redefined prepster,” Rellie says. “Elegant, understated, properly fitted, but not skinny, [Bastian’s] effortless Americana sensibility works well for a business meeting and for lunch at the beach.” The streamlined cut of this Michael Bastian suit says business, but its pale gray hue and a colored button-down reflect a carefree summer spirit.