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Bringing Preppy Back

By Ainsley Rogers |  Photography by Romona Robbins

For over a quarter century, the iconic neoclassical Seaside Post Office has stood proudly in the town center, the perfect backdrop for countless souvenir and scrapbook photos of visitors and locals alike. What a fitting location for VIE’s “The All-American Summer” photo shoot. To us, it’s evocative of mom and apple pie, the imagery of Norman Rockwell, and all things preppy. And, with the addition of our beautiful models Lauren Cottrell and Shelley Parker on a fire-engine red scooter, preppy has never looked “spicier.” We know this summer is going to be long and hot!

 

Preppy never really went out of style.

Chances are, if you’ve recently been shopping for a new wardrobe or perused a fashion magazine, you’ve seen the reemergence of preppy-inspired pieces for summer. Gingham dresses, linen pants, seersucker shorts, boating shoes, almost anything with navy and white stripes with a dash of red—even bow ties—are making their way back onto the fashion scene. It’s a clean and classic look—not unlike attire worn on Nantucket, in the Hamptons, and at every yacht club you’ve ever visited.

Along Walton County’s Scenic Highway 30A, we know that dressing a little preppy never really went out of style. When the month of May dawns upon our beach communities, it is with a subconscious ease that we begin to celebrate summer with our quintessential style—the distinctive 30A style is definitely preppy with a coastal flair.

 
Beating the heat on the shaded front porch of the Seaside Avenue Bed and Breakfast: Bottom Left: Tonal stripe white shirt from Hartford, $172; Stripey Holly bikini in red from Elizabeth Hurley, $191; Pinstriped short from Hartford, $182. All from Seaside Classic. Top Left: Midnight Moon linen shirt from Island Company, $150, Seaside Classic. Top Right: White linen shirt from Island Company, $138, Seaside Classic; Reversible canvas short in aqua from Tailor Vintage, $8, Seaside Beach. Bottom Right: Mini-stripe tank dress from Petit Bateau, $120, Seaside Classic; Rope sandal from OndadeMar, $104, Seaside Classic; Raffia fedora from Scala, $48, Perspicacity.
Beating the heat on the shaded front porch of the Seaside Avenue Bed and Breakfast:
Bottom Left: Tonal stripe white shirt from Hartford, $172; Stripey Holly bikini in red from Elizabeth Hurley, $191; Pinstriped short from Hartford, $182. All from Seaside Classic.
Top Left: Midnight Moon linen shirt from Island Company, $150, Seaside Classic.
Top Right: White linen shirt from Island Company, $138, Seaside Classic; Reversible canvas short in aqua from Tailor Vintage, $8, Seaside Beach.
Bottom Right: Mini-stripe tank dress from Petit Bateau, $120, Seaside Classic; Rope sandal from OndadeMar, $104, Seaside Classic; Raffia fedora from Scala, $48, Perspicacity.
   
Alys Beach’s Central Park serves up the perfect picnic spot on sunny days.
Alys Beach’s Central Park serves up the perfect picnic spot on sunny days.
 
Afternoon croquet on the Gulf Green of Alys Beach
Afternoon croquet on the Gulf Green of Alys Beach

Re-invented Classic American Style

Whether by way of linen shirts and striped sundresses worn casually over bathing suits, or American flags and white clapboard beachfront homes in any given neighborhood, our whole way of life is infused with preppy details. Classic attire is just a part of it, and this time children and adults alike are donning the look with a new twist—colorful fedoras and updated accessories give the classic look a little splash of reinvention.

 
This striking tangerine summer dress pops against Gulf-front views at Alys Beach: Cicero Tribal Chic dress from Velvet, $174, Perspicasity.
This striking tangerine summer dress pops against Gulf-front views at Alys Beach: Cicero Tribal Chic dress from Velvet, $174, Perspicasity.
   

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Long Lazy Days of Summer

For “The All-American Summer” issue of VIE, what better way to celebrate this reinvented classic American style than against the backdrop of our classic 30A home? Depicting the long, lazy days of summer in a unique 30A way, models are dressed in pieces from Seaside Classic and Perspicasity and riding Vespas through Seaside, lounging on the shaded porch of Seaside Avenue Bed and Breakfast, picnicking in Rosemary Beach, and playing croquet in Alys Beach. This is preppy—redefined!

 
Lounging during those long, lazy days of summer in Alys Beach’s Central Park
Lounging during those long, lazy days of summer in Alys Beach’s Central Park
 
It’s all apple pies and smiles during together time in Rosemary Beach: Left: White linen shirt from Havacoa, $88, Seaside Classic; Striped seersucker short from Hartford, $155, Seaside Classic. Center: Chambray shirt in dark denim from Hartford, $164, Seaside Classic. Right: Microdot shirt from Hartford, $160, Seaside Classic; White linen pant from Island Company, $138, Seaside Classic.
It’s all apple pies and smiles during together time in Rosemary Beach:
Left: White linen shirt from Havacoa, $88, Seaside Classic; Striped seersucker short from Hartford, $155, Seaside Classic.
Center: Chambray shirt in dark denim from Hartford, $164, Seaside Classic.
Right: Microdot shirt from Hartford, $160, Seaside Classic; White linen pant from Island Company, $138, Seaside Classic.
 

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Creative Team: Lisa Burwell, Ainsley Rogers, Tracey Thomas

Makeup by Natasha Vaughan

Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach set styling by Paige Schnell and Bess Marshall of Tracery Interiors

Wardrobe and styling by Erica Gibson-Pierce of Seaside Classic and Perspicasity of Seaside

Special thanks to Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Seaside, and Seaside Avenue Bed and Breakfast for allowing VIE to shoot at these perfect locations. 



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