Coastal Creations

Summer wardrobe staples from Studio 412 out of Rockland

Part of the magic of the Maine coastline is the creativity tucked into each nook, bay and beach. Our coast has a long inspired artists of all kinds, and you’ll find hidden gems absolutely everywhere if you look for them. Who knew there was a thriving atelier up the coast?

Designer Beth Bowley is the creative force behind Studio 412, a clothing line designed and made in Maine, located at 412 Main St. in Rockland. A Maine native, her designs have been featured by such labels as Anthropologie and Nordstrom, but Maine has always remained Bowley’s home. She describes the Studio 412 collection as being inspired by “a desire for effortless style and a love of the creative process. Each design must be timeless, uncomplicated and demand to be worn every day.” She accomplishes this goal flawlessly.

Featured here are three Studio 412 looks, all of which are available at Gingham, a boutique at 90 Main St. in Yarmouth. All three are beautiful in their simplicity, thoughtfully designed, artfully constructed, tailored to perfection and instant wardrobe staples.

Recognizing these are investment pieces, they ought to stand the test of time—the kind of items you will find yourself reaching for time and time again. As a demonstration of versatility, outfits can be paired with the Candice Crisscross Wedge by Eastland Shoe of Freeport, a tote by Erin Flett of Westbrook, earrings by Keith Field of Brunswick and Warby Parker sunglasses.

Stripe Tunic Dress

Photo by Amanda Whitegiver

This boat-neck tunic dress is 100 percent linen with a nautical stripe and finished with a raw edge and side seam pockets. Also available without the stripe, we found this dress to be effortless. I love the heavier density of this beautiful linen. With the sleeve length, it’s perfect for chilly spring days, windy days on the water or summer evenings spent by the fire.

Embroidered Flounce Top

Photo by Amanda Whitegiver

Made of a refined embroidered cotton from Italy, this top is cut in a body-flattering shape with a boat neck. I’ve typically shied away from the bell sleeve trend from a practicality standpoint. Honestly, they just get in the way. However, the three-quarter length, coupled with the bell shape, turns out to be feminine, fun and still allows you to cook over a gas range without fear of conflagration. The top is garment-washed for a casual finish, and the dark navy can be brightened with these AG Prima Crop Jeans in “high white tangelo,” available at Bliss Boutiques, 58 Exchange St. in Portland. The top would also pair nicely with a white jean for a more classic look or your favorite brightly colored or denim shorts.

Photo by Amanda Whitegiver

Wrap Jumpsuit

Always a fan of jumpsuits and never bold enough to don one, I was dubious that this would work as we added it to the pile in the dressing room. I’ve seen women in jumpsuits and enviously thought they looked fabulous, but never felt as though I could pull it off. The moment I put it on, I was an instant convert. This jumpsuit felt magical, as though it was made just for me. A bonafide petite apple shape, I struggle with waist definition and proper proportion, especially in one-piece garments like dresses, swimsuits and jumpsuits. This jumpsuit provided both of those things through the beautiful, simple design. A common problem with jumpsuits we’ve tried on in the past is a “pooching” of fabric around your lower abdomen—not something anyone wants to have happen. This jumpsuit lies flat and does not have that issue. The linen is airy and light, the length of the pant enables you to dress it up or down, depending on shoe selection, and the wrap allows for a custom fit. This is easily our favorite piece of any spring/summer 2018 line.

Get the look

Stripe Tunic Dress by Studio 412 ($290)
Wrap Jumpsuit by Studio 412 ($290)
Embroidered Flounce Top by Studio 412 ($275)
Candice Crisscross Wedge by Eastland Shoe of Freeport ($49.99)
Tote by Erin Flett of Westbrook ($95)
Earrings by Keith Field of Brunswick ($88)
Warby Parker sunglasses (starting at $95)

For more detailed fit reviews of these items and more Maine fashion, head over to the East Coast Inspired blog,

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Amy Power and Amanda Whitegiver are co-founders of East Coast Inspired, a fashion and lifestyle blog. Amy, modeling the pieces seen here, is a mother of two who spends her days dreaming of the ultimate craft room and intending to go for a run. Amanda is a lifestyle family photographer who adores dark chocolate and singing with her two daughters.

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