The Coastal Edit: Coastal Style for Spring

I love coastal style. Stripes are my favourite – no matter how many stripey tops I own, I can always justify buying more. I’m also a big fan of boat shoes – a key wardrobe staple for seaside living. But the great thing about coastal style is that it’s not restricted to days spent by the sea; it works anywhere for anyone. In fact, for my 30-something friends and I who aren’t into high fashion, coastal style is pretty much our uniform – stripes, denim, pastels, greys, whites, chunky knits and the odd brighter colour infusion (who doesn’t love wearing yellow from time to time?).

Coastal style - stripes

Me, obviously wearing stripes

Therefore as part of my coastal lifestyle blog, I’ve decided to start blogging more on the style front with this – The Coastal Edit. These posts will be an edit of coastal style, selected from boutiques & shops based in coastal locations, brands that are seaside inspired and pieces from other brands that have a coastal feel. I’m starting out with style, but hope to include home and art & design offerings too in time. I’m also hoping to channel overall coastal vibes, as opposed to pure seaside novelty – but there will of course be exceptions, who doesn’t love a palm tree print?!

I hope you enjoy The Coastal Edit – and if you have any thoughts please let me know; I’d love to hear from you.

Sugarhill Boutique

For this, the first edition of The Coastal Edit, I’ve decided to feature a coastal designer local to me – Brighton based Sugarhill Boutique which was founded in 2006 by Aleks Pzedpelska. From its Brighton studios a small, talented team dedicate themselves to creating flattering easy to wear pieces that are perfect for seaside living. While the brand offers a range of fun prints, there’s a definite coastal influence as a result of its seaside location – which made Sugarhill Boutique an ideal feature for The Coastal Edit.

You can check out its range online – it has a great recently redesigned website (they also offer 10% off to first timers) or you can visit the outlet store in Brighton or boutique in Clarks Village; a selection of pieces are also stocked in independent boutiques and at John Lewis and House of Fraser.

As I’m a firm believer that you can never own too many stripey tops, I added a casual Breton top to my wardrobe (I love the pineapple addition!) and this lovely striped top to my work wear wardrobe – perfect with a navy blue pencil skirt or coloured jeans. I was able to go to the outlet store in Brighton – which I would highly recommend, as they have some great offers!


Breton top: £20; white & blue stiped top £28 (reduced in the sale to £15); both Sugarhill Boutique.

While these were only my first purchases from Sugarhill Boutique, I am sure I’ll be back for more – as stripes are essentials for anyone living by the sea! Or anywhere actually.

Key coastal style pieces for April

In addition to featuring a coastal brand, The Coastal Edit will include a round up of other key pieces that I have discovered.

Blue & white striped t-shirt: £5.99; green & white striped t-shirt: £9.99 (no longer on website); beige sweater: £17.99; all Zara. Cargo trousers: £44.95 (now reduced); Gap. Gold boat shoes: £39.50; M&S.

First up are these amazing gold boat shoes from M&S. Spring has finally sprung, which means out with the boots and in with the boat shoes – and these would be a great new addition to any wardrobe, regardless of whether or not you live by the sea.

As it’s getting warmer, I felt the need for a casual pair of trousers – particularly as we’re off to California next month for a road trip, so comfort will be key! I love these cargo trousers (I don’t think I can say pants, I’m British after all) from Gap.

These trousers look great with a t-shirt, so I thought that was a good excuse to pick up a few new ones from Zara (I love their basics), and also this lightweight jumper as it’s only Spring, so evenings on the beach still require a sweater.

I hope you have enjoyed The Coastal Edit. I certainly have, as suddenly my shopping habit is justified – my blog basically needs me to shop.

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