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Summer Packing Guide: The North Fork

In a few weeks, my fiancé is taking the first portion of his medical boards and he's been cramming like a crazy person. My role in all this studying mainly involves using headphones while I watch Mad Men and planing for our post-test celebration—a long weekend in Long Island's North Fork.

Less scene-y than the Hamptons, but just as picturesque, the secluded spot is perfect for those looking to enjoy the eastern coastline without a lot of crowds. I've already booked a room at a homey bed and breakfast for a couple blissful days where brunch turns into a nap which turns into reading 50 Shades of Grey on the beach for three hours straight. Of course, all that relaxing requires a very specific wardrobe—here's what I'm packing for three days of doing absolutly nothing:

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The bigger the sunglasses, the less I have to stress over sticky face sunscreen.

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This, plus a white T-shirt or two, is the only top I plan to bring. I'll wear it with cut-offs, jeans and as a swimsuit coverup.

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For at least one night, I'll want a dress I can wear out. Luckily, this one works during the day too, with flats or white sneakers.

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Bikinis with a supportive bra cup mean I can run around the beach without any Super-Bowl-Halftime-Show-worthy wardrobe malfunctions.

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Distressed denim that doesn't look sloppy can be tricky to find. The addition of white keeps these relaxed yet refined.

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This is a vacation—I cannot be bothered with shoe laces and other such frippery.

 

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A raffia or straw tote feels too expected to me. But sporty neoprene that is printed to look like a raffia or straw tote? I'm down.

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The flat iron stays home. Why would I work against the ocean air if I don't have to?

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Instead of bringing a beach towel, I'd rather invest in a striped throw. It's bigger and is good for picnics and stargazing, too.

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