Nantucket Outfits: Everything to Pack for Summer in Nantucket
- Pink Tote / 2. Gingham Top / 3. Wedges / 4. Cozy Knit Sweater / 5. Floral Shorts / 6. Gingham Day Dress / 7. Jean Shorts / 8. Sandals / 9. Sunglasses
Nantucket Packing List
For a visit to the Grey Lady, think preppy but casual. Annual summer visitors keep it casual in Nantucket but classic: pearls, monograms and pulitzer, lilly pulitzer.
Here’s a look at what I wore for our summer trip to Nantucket and what you should pack for a vacation to Cape Cod!
What to Wear in Nantucket in Summer
1. Casual Clothing
…preferably monogrammed (ha).
While the rich certainly summer on Nantucket, you wouldn’t know it based on the way people dress! It’s a very relaxed island, and most people sport conservative yet classic staples. Think breezy linen dresses, crisp white jeans, casual sandals and cable knit sweaters.
The vibe was much less ‘scene-y’ than say, the Hamptons. Save the “extra loud” prints for back home and the skimpy bodycon dresses for NYC – the fun going out bar here is more dive bar than upscale nightclub. For the guys, don’t forget a pair of faded Nantucket Reds!
I packed a couple of denim shorts, soft cotton tees and white dresses.
1 / Colorblocked Tee
Super super soft – I live in these t-shirts all summer long! Also great for home lounge wear. Available on:
Nordstrom, Zappos & Alternative Apparel
2 / High waisted Shorts
Comfortable, relaxed fit but still super flattering. You can cuff the bottoms or leave the raw hem exposed
2. Rain Gear
In the evenings and early mornings, the fog can lay quite a chill, so pack a couple Patagonia pullovers and cozy sweatshirts to layer up.
If you forget to pack warm layers, don’t worry – there are tons of souvenir shops on the island selling cute ‘NANTUCKET’ sweatshirts and tees. If you visit Cisco brewery, they also sell some really soft, cute gear!
It can also rain quite frequently, so bring along a good rain jacket and umbrella.
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1 / Purple Jumpsuit
I’ve been obsessed with this breezy, comfy jumpsuit since I bought it for my trip to Mexico. It comes in 2 other colors if purple isn’t your thing, and looks like a dress but has super wide legs!
The top straps are entirely adjustable, it has pockets, I mean I could really go on.. :) Do yourself a favor and pick it up! Available at:
Nordstrom, Shopbop, Macy’s, Revolve
2 / Marc Fisher Platform Sandals
These are adorably chunky, and super comfortable – I can walk all day in them! They’re the perfect shoe for maxi dresses or slightly too long pants that could do with a slight hem :)
Similar versions here and here.
3. Accessories: Pearls, Stripes & Pastels
You should definitely pack a classic pearl necklace and anything striped that you own. As a close alternative, polka dots will do!
Ultimately Nantucket is very laid back, so a pretty white boho dress or printed Lily shift will be just fine for even the ritziest dinner spot.
1 / Philosophy Hope in A Jar Serum
I used the extremely hydrating Hope in A Jar line all throughout July and loved it. It’s the perfect moisturizing formula: non greasy, lightweight and they offer day creams both with and without SPF. I try to always keep up with my skin care routine, especially when I know I’ll be out in the sun or dehydrated!
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4. Comfortable Sandals & Boat Shoes
Downtown Nantucket has quaint cobblestone streets so pack comfortable canvas slip on shoes or comfortable leather sandals. Anything by brands like:
will blend in perfectly!
If you know you want to go sailing, boat shoes are a great thing to pack as well! For dressier dinners, think cute summer wedges over heels.
I also packed along my converse shoes for riding around the neighborhood.
Don’t forget your swimsuits and cover ups! I wore this adorable halter tie one piece with blue and white polka dots that got a lot of compliments! The nice thing is they make the same print in a variety of cuts: a halter one piece, tankini, full coverage swim shorts, rash guards and mix n’ match bikinis.
I also recommend a large beach tote / day bag. From running around town to sightseeing, this woven bag was perfect! Don’t forget sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin too!
1 / One Piece Swimsuit
Fits true to size and really sucks in your figure for a nice shape.
2 / Blue Thong Sandals
Super comfortable and perfect for a summer in Nantucket
Finally, one thing that really surprised me about Nantucket was that almost everything is cash only.
For example, all the taxis we took were cash only and rates are per person. Most restaurants are cash only as well. I’ve never been to such an upscale vacation spot in the US with such an emphasis on cash!
Fill up at the atm before you get on the island. There are limited banks and with prices as high as they are, extra ATM fees are not fun.
Nantucket isn’t friendly on the wallet, so budget ~$200 per day, at the least, to feel comfortable.
Where to Stay in Nantucket
And that’s it! Let me know if I’m forgetting anything you need on Nantucket.
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Flight Deals | Jet Blue offers nonstop flights from NYC to Nantucket. The flights are short and affordable, but occasionally fog disrupts routes. Alternatively, you can fly to Boston and then take the ferry. Set a fare alert here to be notified of discounts. September is a great time to visit to avoid the crowds!
Accommodation | Nantucket is a pricey weekend escape, so book hotels in advance to save, or check here for last minute deals. Alternatively, get a fun group together and rent a house on AirBnB for a slightly more budget friendly option. Save $40 on your first AirBnB stay here.
Insurance | Lastly, be sure to visit Nantucket with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Nantucket’s reputation as the Grey Lady means flights are delayed often. In our case, our flight was canceled and then our rebooked flights were delayed for 12 hours! I use and recommend Allianz travel insurance.
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