Sometimes you just have to go off the grid.
Here in Massachusetts, at least in the summer months, that means braving a few hours of traffic each way to and from the Cape. However, after Labor Day, particularly when you start edging into those shorter, brisker, October days, the traffic lets up and the crowds disperse. This past weekend, a few friends and I sneaked off down to South Dennis, MA, a few days of solitude down the cape.
Early fall and late spring beaches are by far the best. As you can see from the photos, they were dead empty save for a few local dogs and a local out with a metal detector. Add in a bright sky and some crisp, clean sand and you have yourself a wonderful backdrop. But I digress, this is supposed to be a fashion blog. So onto the fashion.
Guys in Boston have a tendency to go all-out when they head to the cape. There's some unwritten code in our blood that says when you head more than one hour south of Boston you need to break out the Nantucket reds, Vineyard Vines, and embroidered belts, all at once. Well, you probably shouldn't - at least not all at once. The thing is, it looks gimmicky and generally, those brands that cater to that style don't fit too well. Sure, if you have a vintage sailing jacket your dad passed along to you that you want to crush then you should totally go for it. Same with those oxford cloth button downs that you've worn the shit out of. But when it doubt, err on the edge of simplicity. When I headed south I opted for white jeans - out of season, I know - and a super-casual denim shirt (found at the ever trusty Gap). Loose enough to give me some movement when I was futilely trying to fly a kite in the windless beach, but fitted enough to tailor to my arms and chest. Layer a worn Barbour on top of it, and you've got yourself a few early-Fall staples.