I like to think of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s annual Pops by the Sea event as a really big garden party, and dress accordingly. To me, this might mean flowy, flowery dresses, straw wide-brimmed hats and wedge sandals. But this year’s event theme offered a little bit of a twist. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the Boston Pops’ playlist included music from 1969 – and thus the theme of the event was the Summer of ’69.
I had fun putting together an outfit around this premise, marrying the styles worn by the flower children and the mod queens of the 60s.
I ended up choosing a flowy and flowery top from Artichoke (channeling my inner flower child).
The drawstring that cinches the shirt in the middle allows the shirt to become short-waisted so it pairs well with a pair of high waisted (mod inspired) shorts from Devinto.
Here is an outfit that highlights all of the best of fashion after Memorial Day: sleeveless tops, white jeans, open toed shoes, and pops of turquoise.
The gorgeous green shirt from Green Eyed Daisy is not only sleeveless but the halter top accentuates the shoulders that are (finally) sun kissed.
I paired it with a classic pair of white jeans from Changing Tides Consignment. Admittedly, I resisted adding white denim to my wardrobe for a very long time, however, they truly are a great addition to a summer wardrobe. They can be worn with a basic tee for daytime looks and with a sparkly top or dressy blouse to make a nighttime look a little more elevated.
I thought a pop of turquoise would add a fun element to the outfit, so I chose these gold hoops from Design Works, and finished the look with my go-to gold sandals also from Design Works.
I know we’ve been sharing quite a bit about Hyannis Main Street’s Long Table event a lot lately, but how could we not?! It was an incredible event that showed just how far Hyannis Main Street has come since the late eighties and early nineties – the street looked beautiful, the restaurants exceeded all expectations and the energy was incredibly positive.
A special event calls for a killer outfit. You may remember I started searching for an outfit for the Long Table event some weeks back, and found some great options. But it wasn’t until I found the Briso Palazzo pants from local design house Devinto (they were literally made in downtown Hyannis) that I felt I had found the perfect piece to make the right statement for the event. The flowy style and the colorway of the pant embody the spirit of summer.
I paired the pants with a bright yellow top with a flutter sleeve detail from another Hyannis shop, Country Soul and gold platform sandals from Soul to Sole in Falmouth. And because I was sitting at the West End’s table with a Roaring 20s theme, I topped the outfit off with vintage costume jewelry I borrowed (she might say, stole) from my mother.
The Long Table has been a signature Hyannis Main Street event for years, but this year for the first time ever, on Sunday, June 23, the event will take place in the middle of the street.
Picture this: an elegant dinner party with over 500 guests enjoying delicious food from thirteen local restaurants at one long table while also enjoying fabulous entertainment like curated music from DJ Ian Lee. Each participating restaurant will offer their own themed four-course, sit down meal with wine pairings, and corresponding table décor.
Naturally, my first thought when I heard about this year’s event went to what I would wear. Different restaurants offering different themes means the options are varied – and fun! So, I made a plan to go to three Hyannis Main Street boutiques to find the perfect outfit to sit at the tables of Rendezvous Café & Creperie, the Naked Oyster, and The West End.
Rendezvous Café & Creperie is planning on bringing a Cape Cod twist to a traditional French meal starting the evening off with Salade Lyonnais and finishing with a Crème Brule, and their table will be decorated on the theme by Betsy Young of Soho Arts Company.
So, what does one wear to a French themed dinner party? Why, a black jumpsuit and a whimsical printed scarf from Directions, of course!
Naked Oyster will be cooking up a Taste of the Sea with a menu that features oysters from their very own oyster farm and local artist Stephanie Swanson of Swanson Studios will be creating the decor.
To dress for this table, I couldn’t resist trying on a nautically inspired blue and white striped sundress from Puritan Cape Cod, and the flowy ruffled bottom reminded of an ocean wave.
The West End and their incredibly talented events manager Meaghann Kenney will be creating what they do best: gold, glam and Gatsby-inspired. Their menu is thoughtfully curated with a main course of a filet mignon with foie gras butter, smashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Sitting at this table calls for a black, lace cocktail dress from Country Soul paired with a long gold, tasseled necklace reminiscent of the flapper style.
Regardless of where I end up and what I wear, the night is bound to be one for the books!
Even though the weather on Cape Cod isn’t cooperating with my desire to transition my wardrobe to spring-mode, I’m still taking liberties and dressing like it’s 60 plus degrees every day.
This means taking out my cropped jeans, wearing shoes without socks and unpacking my short-sleeved shirts that were put away for the winter.
I love a good pair of dark skinny denim, but I also like a pair of jeans with a little bit of personality and interest. Accordingly, the central focus of this outfit is the Blank NYC light colored cropped jeans with some fraying and contrasting darker color details from Green Eyed Daisy.
I paired the outfit with an oversized navy marled top with a knotted v-neck from Weekend to highlight the darker blue color in the jeans, along with a pair of light gray Converse Chuck Taylors I scored at Changing Tides Consignment to create a more sporty vibe and my favorite stacking rings made on Cape Cod by Molly Avellar.
I look forward to wearing these jeans throughout the spring season and into the summer with tank tops and flip flops, and the Chuck Taylors in the warmer weather with my summer dresses and shorts.
We interrupt this cold, winter, lots-of-layers season to bring you Dressing Local: Vacation Edition.
I was fortunate enough to have been invited to a dear friend’s destination wedding in the Cayman Islands right around the time I knew I would need a little escape (March is rough!). The 83 and sunny weather did not disappoint, and neither did my locally purchased summer wardrobe!
For this out-to-dinner-island-style dinner outfit, I chose white denim shorts, a flowy top, sandals and earrings to match. In my opinion, these particular white shorts from Puritan Cape Cod offer the same comfortable vibe of a regular pair of denim shorts, but they are just a little bit dressier. The flowy embroidered top from Weekend is one of my go-tos for occasions on a hot day – it is loose and breezy, but also the pop of orange screams warm, sunny weather.
I paired the outfit with a pair of gold flat, sandals from Design Works (yes, the mostly home goods store has a great selection of cute shoes and sundresses!), which have become an instant staple in my closet, and a pair of locally made ceramic earrings from the LoveLocal Collective that complement the gold of the sandal and the white of the shorts.
Now that I have taken my summer clothes out of storage, it’s going to be really hard to put them back in! Coming soon to Cape Cod, I suppose!
One of best things we do all year is host a shopping event and fashion show to raise money for WE CAN – Women’s Empowerment for Cape Area Networking. The organization is all about empowering women to help them through life’s transitions, changes and progressions. They do this through mentoring, information, education, networking and support.
One of the aims of The Current Quarterly is to empower women through connecting them with the local business community, as well as help them gain confidence through style and fashion. Fashion is a powerful and important form of self-expression.
And we are proud to provide one opportunity for WE CAN clients and volunteers to choose a few outfits and strut their stuff on the runway.
It is also such a treat for them to get their hair professionally styled and makeup professionally applied, thanks to the generous and talented hair team (Stacey Kuehn is the best!) and makeup team who donate their time.
The event also features pop up shops from local boutiques, makers and organizations, giving women (and men!) the opportunity to shop them all in one place.
Join us for the event on Tuesday, April 23 from 5-8pm and help us raise money for a great cause. Tickets are $25 and are available here.
Pictures from the 2018 event thanks to Frank & Helen Coombs/ You Ought to be in Pictures
It is my firm belief that when you find a little black dress that you like and fits you well, you must find a way to get it into your closet.
There is a reason the LBD is one of the most iconic and talked about fashion pieces in the world. They are the easy go-to for so many occasions (weddings, funerals, work, play), they are what I like to call blank canvases because they can be accessorized with any color, and in general, black is a color that looks good on everyone.
My favorite little black dresses are ones that have a little bit of interest, a detail whether it be off the shoulder, some lace
incorporated into the look or fun cut out details.
That’s why I had to find a way to get this cocktail dress from Sposabella Bridals (don’t let the name fool you, they have tons of gowns and cocktail dresses in stock!) into my closet! Not only is it a sophisticated pencil dress, but the top half has an interesting additional layer of fabric, the neckline is a bit unique and the spaghetti strap detail in the back – all making it special while also remaining versatile.
For this event I wanted to remain understated but still add a little bit of flair. So, instead of wearing black strappy shoes, I found a pair of silver metallic heels from Changing Tides Consignment and chose a black clutch that also had a bit of gunmetal detail. I finished the look off with a couple of vintage pins in my hair and a pair of costume diamond studs from East Wind Silver Co. and was good to mix and mingle!
I am excited to keep exploring the possibilities with this dress – perhaps try an all-black look with a colorful statement necklace or throw on a pair of red pumps and grab a large red clutch to match. The best part is that the color and style lend themselves to a seemingly infinite amount of style possibilities.
You might remember when I first started The Current Quarterly I used to share photos of what I was wearing – all of which was purchased at locally owned stores – in an attempt to show people that Cape Cod has a lot of great locally owned boutiques that offer on trend as well as classic styles.
After many requests, I decided to bring this fun practice back in a bi-
monthly blog post with a little commentary on the pieces I picked and put together.
The center of this outfit is quite obviously the pants, which I found at One 21, a newly opened boutique in Mashpee Commons that stocks apparel and leather goods made in Italy. There are many eye-catching pieces in the boutique, but I have always been attracted to a great pair of trousers, and these with the paper bag waist and maroon and black houndstooth print made me fall in love with them the moment I saw them. In addition to offering something new and fresh, I felt like they were versatile – I could wear them to work, for a night out with the girls or to Thanksgiving dinner (I have done all three).
But an outfit is not an outfit without the complementary pieces and accessories to support the eye-catching piece.
I am loving the baggy-sweater-tucked-in-just-at-the-front-of-pants look right now, and these pants with their waistline detail lent themselves well to that trend. So, I pulled out my sweater of the season (in the same maroon color of the pants) from Shift, to achieve that look with this outfit.
My long-ago purchased short booties from Mass Bay Co. worked well with the length of the pants. And I added little pops of gold with my go-to gold hoops from Red Fish Blue Fish, and my Trust bar necklace (with the word ‘local’ engraved in it) from the LoveLocal Collective in Hyannis.
I’m curious – how you would have styled these pants?
Amanda Converse is the Editor & Publisher of The Current Quarterly, and is passionate about fashion and shopping local. She can be reached at email@example.com.