The Quiet-Luxury Crowd Flocks to Nantucket This Time of Year—21 Items They Pack

Nantucket outfit inspiration collage on Sierra Mayhew

Before this month, I had never been to Nantucket. I'd certainly heard of it, but because the tiny island only stretches across about five miles of land, it's difficult to get to and even harder to find a place to crash at. One thing I knew about Nantucket, though, without having any further introduction, is that it is a very popular travel destination for those who naturally fall among the quiet luxury crowd. Long before this rising aesthetic ever became "trendy," there was a set of East Coasters who chose to invest in quality pieces, whether that was Aritzia or Loro Piana, and stroll the cobblestone Nantucket streets.

I am currently writing to you from Nantucket, and for me, this place was a "love at first sight" kind of thing. The island itself feels like a private club that has a collection of codes and secrets that you only get to know about when you come here. I got so much style inspiration from the well-dressed residents of the island that come here during high season and never wear anything too flashy. From linen pants to modest yet flattering swimwear, explore my Nantucket packing list below, and don't be afraid to embody the Nantucket aesthetic from home.

Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.