I love island time, but not island prices
I spent a great week recently on Nantucket, two hours by ferry from the real world. Much of this island is simple. Like the fact that you can walk most everywhere, there are no bilboards or neon anywhere, the beaches look the same as they did 200 years ago when whalers ruled the island and most streets are either stone or sand.
But shopping is far from simple. The stores are filled with the latest fashions from New York and California and priced as though they were brought over one piece at a time by a messenger whale. Mannequins and real life women who "weekend" or "summer" on Nantucket who have the bodies of mannequins were decked out mostly in boho chic looks. Off the shoulder peasant blouses with long and short sleeves were everywhere. I even saw an off the shoulder bikini. And I saw a ton of dresses, shoes, tops, skirts and bags with Mexican embroidery.
I didn't see a single top of either style under $150 and dresses were $200-600. So here's what I learned. Go to a remote, historic island to escape everyday life. Go online to Etsy or Gap to escape the clothing prices of the remote, historic island.
But it was great people and style watching. I was glad to see our local desinger Tracy Negoshian's line in two different shops.