Women’s Martha’s Vineyard style is unique with a distinct look: preppy, nautical and Americana, but with more casual sensibilities than upper crust neighboring island, Nantucket. It’s the type of place for which you want to pack certain specific Martha’s Vineyard attire and Martha’s Vineyard outfits when you are visiting: like hats for windy breezes and pullovers for chilly mornings, not to mention boat shoes for your sailing adventures!
Over years of visiting there in the Summer, it has informed my own style. And one thing I really love about women’s Martha’s Vineyard style is how timeless Martha’s Vineyard outfits are.
And since this is primarily a book blog, I highly recommend you check out my list of best books set in Martha’s Vineyard. They all exude that special feeling of being on this unique island. And the best accessory to any Martha’s Vineyard outfit is a book!
This women’s Martha’s Vineyard style guide discusses Martha’s Vineyard outfit ideas; brands located in the Vineyard and/or whose style works well there; specific Martha’s Vineyard attire recommendations by category and print; and head-to-toe outfit ideas.
How Should I dress in Martha’s Vineyard attire?
Martha’s Vineyard outfits maintain a classic and preppy look, with hints of nautical and Americana inspiration. You should pack sweaters and sweatshirts, as well as hats and long pants for cooler, windy temperatures (even in Summer). Some Martha’s Vineyard outfit ideas are to bring a few classy pastel dresses for days or nights on the town. Prints such as blue and white stripes, gingham and madras work well. Consider brands like Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer, which are most popular there.
Women’s Martha’s Vineyard Style Brands
The following brands are either located in Martha’s Vineyard or have items that bear the distinctive Martha’s Vineyard attire. I regularly shop them all and love them!:
- Vineyard Vines
- The Black Dog
- Banana Republic
- Lilly Pulitzer
- Kiel James Patrick
- Draper James
- J. Crew
- J. Crew Factory
- Ralph Lauren
- Jack Rogers
- L.L. Bean
- Land’s End
Women’s Martha’s Vineyard Outfit Ideas by Categories
Below are specific women’s Martha’s Vineyard outfit ideas by category of the most popular women’s Martha’s Vineyard style. You can scroll and click through the widgets to browse or shop this Martha’s Vineyard attire:
Blue and White Stripes
Blue and white stripes are so nautical and, therefore, are crucial to your Martha’s Vineyard outfit ideas. It’s a classic print that looks good on everyone, whether it’s navy, seersucker or some other shade of blue.
Below are some blue and white stripe style options for you to scroll through and click to shop:
Besides blue stripes, gingham is arguably the most preppy print that will always fit in on the Vineyard and will never go out of style. I have an entire blog post guide to gingham.
Below are some of my favorite gingham style options for you to scroll through and click to shop:
Hats (Straw & Baseball)
It’s breezy, if not windy, year-round in Martha’s Vineyard, so hats are not just a fun preppy accessory but a must-have.
I have the packable wide bow sun hat from Tuckernuck and love it! It’s monogrammable and sells out nearly every year. The quality is fantastic for the price.
Below are a few more hat options for you to scroll through and click to shop:
(The first hat pictured is packable, monogram-able and sells out EVERY Summer. I have it and love it! If you are interested, definitely shop before it sells out.)
Tote bags are functional fashion accessories to Martha’s Vineyard outfits. Load up a classic canvas one from L.L. Bean for the beach or farmer’s market. I also adore Longchamp totes, which are more expensive, but wipe clean, last a long time, are packable, and hold so much inside!
Below are some of my favorite straw and rattan purse options for you to scroll and click through to shop:
Straw & Wicker Purses
Bicycle baskets are abundant in Martha’s Vineyard, and so straw and wicker purses perfectly echo this Island staple. Like most women’s Martha’s Vineyard style, they never go out of style. I’ve had one from Draper James for years that I love and always gets compliments.
Below are some of my favorite straw and wicker purse options for you to scroll through and click:
Sweatshirts and Pullovers
It’s always chilly in Martha’s Vineyard, so sweatshirts and pullovers are preppy, casual necessary Martha’s Vineyard attire. A quintessential Summer morning stroll is best equipped with shorts and a pullover! I’m a huge fan of pullovers myself and my favorites are from L.L. Bean and Lilly Pulitzer. My drawers are literally filled with them, and they are perfect for Martha’s Vineyard outfits as well.
Below are some of my favorite sweatshirt and pullover options for you to scroll through and click to shop:
Boats are plentiful in Martha’s Vineyard, and chances are you will be on one or more during your stay, so classic Sperry boat shoes are a must!
I wear the Sperry Angelfish, which is more feminine than a classic boat shoe and very plush inside. They are super sturdy, so sometimes I wear them in times I would wear a casual sneaker. They run true to size for me, but their classic boat shoes run ½ a size large on me. I’ve had them for years, and both the style and shoe itself have stood the test of time.
Below are a few more Sperry boat shoe options for you to scroll through and click to shop:
(I have the first pair pictured below and LOVE them. They have lasted me several years now. They run true to size.)
Martha’s Vineyard attire is often represented with patriotism. American flags are everywhere you look! The best way to sport this style is with the classic Ralph Lauren American flag gear.
Below are a few more patriotic style items for you to scroll through and click to shop:
Boatneck shirts are so classic and so flattering. And since they often come in stripes, they give off Americana vibes that are so plentiful in Martha’s Vineyard outfit ideas. I have several, and I consider this to be a staple closet piece. Most of mine are from Gap, J. Crew, and Talbots.
Below are a few more boatneck shirt style items for you to scroll through and click to shop:
Related post: For more, check out my J.Crew Capsule Wardrobe ideas.
Golf / Polo Shirts
Martha’s Vineyard attire is preppy, and there’s arguably nothing more preppy than a golf shirt. It’s great on its own or as a layering piece, for just about anything … including golfing of course! There are several popular courses on the Vineyard for golf lovers. My favorite golf shirts are from Vineyard Vines and bear a little blue whale emblem on the chest.
Below are a few more golf shirt style items for you to scroll through and click to shop:
If you are visiting Martha’s Vineyard in the Summer, you will likely be spending some time at the beach. Since you may be biking from town to town or hopping around the island, it’s nice to have a good coverup to take from the beach to town. And since it’s often chilly on the Vineyard, you may even end up wearing your coverup on the beach (I often do!)
My favorites are from Lilly Pulitzer because the pretty prints make them look like dresses! (I was wearing one when I got engaged in Martha’s Vineyard!)
Below are a few more beach cover-up style options for you to scroll through and click to shop:
Martha’s Vineyard Outfit Ideas
Lastly, to get some head-to-toe women’s Martha’s Vineyard style inspiration by outfit, scroll through and click below for some swoon-worthy preppy fashion:
That’s everything you need to know about women’s Martha’s Vineyard style!