We’ve been fans of Liz Hostetter of Ellie Kai for years. From when she began her trunk shows at the White Elephant, to opening her very own showroom and boutique down on Old South Wharf in 2015, this woman and her made for you apparel brand, appeals to a variety of women who love customized fashions to fit their modern day styles.

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The blACKbook gals have rocked EK in a variety of ways over the past few summers… and the clothes are a Nantucket summer staple as they are casually chic and ideal for day to night fashion. You can find the gamut of amazing wears for every body type with the Ellie Kai Showroom… And with the perfect transitional styles from summer to fall, we’ve got the six favorites on blACKbook right here…



1. Nantucket Boat Neck Top

This is a classic boat neck shirt in stripes, but Liz added some fun details to the sleeves (hard to see in the photo below) with contrasting lime zippers. They’re a thicker weight so they look like a shirt but have the warmth of a sweatshirt which is perfect for cool Nantucket nights! Wear It In August... with a pair of white jeans as you savor a sunset and a CRUcumber on the patio of CRU 1. Nantucket Boat Neck Top Rock It In September... paired with your favorite dark jeans or brightly colored cropped pants, this boat neck top is our go-to weekend look that we’ll be grabbing to wear running errands. Or pair it with a contrasting pencil skirt and layer with a jacket for a work-worthy look.
This is a classic boat neck shirt in stripes, but Liz added some fun details to the sleeves (hard to see in the photo below) with contrasting lime zippers. They’re a thicker weight so they look like a shirt but have the warmth of a sweatshirt which is perfect for cool Nantucket nights! Wear It In August… with a pair of white jeans as you savor a sunset and a CRUcumber on the patio of CRU. Rock it in September … with a contrasting pencil skirt and layer with a jacket for a work-worthy look that goes from coffee to cocktails.


2. Kelsey Maxi 

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The Kelsey Maxi is an EK signature wrap dress and a best-seller every season…. and it’s no surpise why! With its super soft fabric and hidden bra hooks to pull your bra straps back and help them from slipping out, the Kelsey is just as comfortable as it is chic. And definitely check out the maxi in the Summer Morocco print, which is part of the EK capsule fabric series they released in June! Wear it in August… for the #POPSonACK where comfy fashions are always in style as you sit on the sand and watch the fireworks! Rock it in September .. and pair the Kelsey Maxi with one of the EK signature cashmere sweaters and sport this piece for a September date night!


3. Bamboo Tote

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Ellie Kai’s founder Liz designed this as the go-to tote for bringing on the ferry with all of your day-trip essentials. It’s a woven rattan with bamboo handles and striped lining … and you can add some fun leather tassel key chains to customize your own flair! Take it in August … from the beach to the BoHo to the Brewery… The perfect summer carry-all! Rock It In September… after your bamboo tote is retired from beach bag status, it becomes ideal for weekend trips to the farmers market back in the city.


4. Silk Maxi

This EK stunner is gorgeous on and has intricate details in the straps that are woven up the bodice. A great “wow” dress for events on the island! Wear It In August… to the Summer Groove on August 20th as it makes a statement and is easy to dance in! Rock It In September… as your go-to fall wedding attire, as the silk maxi is perfect for special occasions, packs well and pairs well with a delicate wrap or pashmina.


5. Palazzo Pants

Super soft and chic, you’ll never want to take these palazzo pants off! This haute style has been a serious favorite in the EK showroom on ACK and it’s no wonder why… they’re just as comfortable as they are fashionable and you can dress them up or down, depending on your mood for the day! Wear them in August… while lounging on the wicker couches at Galley Beach… throw your bathing suit in your bamboo tote and toss a white tank over for a chic island style look. Rock them in September… and style these pants into the fall with light weight crew neck sweaters and wear them to a casually cool weekend brunch with your girlfriends.


6. Cape Dress

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Preppy and peppy, this short and sweet number is inspired by and named for the EK hometown. Make the Cape Dress your very own with the unique customizations that you can make … from choosing solids or stripes and using a contrasting zipper color for the style statement that runs down the bACK! BONUS: head over to the EK showroom so you can see which style and zipper combo you’d choose! Where it this August… to a dinner out at the bar at the Nautilus and let the bACK of the dress do the talking! Where it in September... and pair the Cape Dress with a contrasting blazer and neutral heels to wear this piece that can easily go from coffee to cocktails.


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Find all these looks and so much more at the Ellie Kai Showroom on Old South Wharf. And showcase how you rock your Ellie Kai by using the hashtag: #MyEllieKai .

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