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The Newport Flower Show…What to Wear?

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The “unofficial” start of the Newport Summer Season is the Friday opening night party for the Newport Flower Show. Coming as it does at the almost end of June (22nd-24th), the show brings with it the promise that we can indeed break out our summer wardrobe. The weekend is a display of color from floral arrangments within the rooms of Rosecliff (above) to the garden exhibits and finally to the clothes that are worn by the attendees. (Note: you can also add to your wardrobe from a number of boutqiues on the back lawn.)

Just for fun, I’ve styled three looks that could be worn to one of each of the three day events — the Opening Night Party (Friday), the Luncheon-Lecture (Saturday) and the Champagne Jazz Brunch (Sunday). I love the creativity in mixing high and low (i.e. Jimmy Choo and Anthropologie).  And there’s such good design out there from the “Fast Fashion” companies, like Zara, to the online retailers, like Net-a-Porter. I’m so enjoying the long looks that are out and about today! Of course my selections are all garden-inspired…

1. Magaschoni (86″ long) Rosy Cheeks Ruffle-trimmed Cashmere Scarf
2. Tory Burch Shasta Dress
3.  Sachin & Babi Coconut Beaded Earrings
4. Jimmy Choo Dacha 35 Sandals

1. Rebecca de Ravenel Wood and Glass Three-Drop Earrings
2. Mark D. Sikes Tiered Peasant Dress
3. J. McLaughlin Lyla Rattan Tote
4. Figue Pom Pom Mule

1. Mercedes Salazar Golden Curubas Earrings
2. Anthropologie Aprile Skirt
3. Anthropologie Spring Garden Clutch

No surprise, Martha Stewart is the special guest this year,  introducing her delicious new book Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying.

See you at the show!

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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

6 thoughts on “The Newport Flower Show…What to Wear?

  1. I love your fashion side Ma’am! Rebecca. Tory. Jimmy. Anthro. All divine. Half the fun of the flower show is watching what people are wearing. And don’t forget those hats! 🤗. I can’t wait.

    1. You’re so right…people watching is a major plus of this show!! See you next week. xB

  2. Really fantastic fashion sense you have! But, of course, your taste is impeccable in everything your little hand touches! Beautiful selections..see you there if not before ….I’ll be wearing something recycled from my bountiful closet…your selections inspire me to update!..😻😻

    1. You’re too flattering, Miss Jane. Especially from one who’s so chic herself.So shop your closet, as they say, will really turn up something awesome, I have no doubt. xB

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