Beach Style: Northern Hemisphere

- Rory Taylor Coulter, Creator of, a carefully curated lifestyle blog.

May not be time to put away the Moncler just yet, but summer’s on my mind nevertheless.

Consumed by visions of cruising along the Grande Corniche in a vintage 1953 Sunbeam Alpine Sports Roadster à la Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, nary a day goes by when I’m not dreaming of the beach. Here are four spots in the Northern Hemisphere for soaking up some sun in style:

BEACH: Plage de la Croisette, Cannes, Cote d’Azur

STAY: Majestic Barriere or InterContinental Carlton Cannes

BRING: Music by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis and Carla Bruni; Borsalino hat; K. Jacques sandals; ERES swimsuit; Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Oil; French market tote.

BEACH: Paraggi Beach, Portofino, Riviera Ligure

STAY: Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare or Eight Hotel Portofino

BRING: Giambattista Valli dress; Bottega Veneta clutch; Guia La Bruna bikini; Moroccan market tote; Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Tanning Emulsion; Vespa; Helmut Lang blouse; Superga shoes.

BEACH: Main Beach, East Hampton

STAY: c/o The Maidstone

BRING: Proenza Schouler PS1 bag; Linda Farrow x Alexander Wang sunglasses; Rodarte for Opening Ceremony swimsuit; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Maison Michel hat; Linus bicycle.

BEACH: Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya

STAY: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

BRING: Mayabags bag; Toms shoes; Proenza Schouler Baja jacket; Sacai Luck shorts; Alexandra Cassaniti surf board; Bantu Wax bikini; 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck.

For more travel style inspiration, I suggest Beach Style: Southern Hemisphere and Destination Style.  And for more swimwear inspiration, check out Gottex Heats up New York Fashion Week with Irina Shayk, who just landed the highly coveted cover of the Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Rory Taylor Coulter is the creator of Coulter Curated, a carefully curated lifestyle blog. To read more of Rory’s work, visit

  1. Ugh, you have me totally wanderlusting right now!!! I can’t wait to wear some of these styles in Brasil in 6 weeks.

  2. Hannanh says:

    Just returned from a weekend in cornwall! Whilst the weather was exceptional for this time of year, your Cannes beach wear has brought back many fond memories. I would recommend the Le Canberra – beautiful hotel !

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