BLOG: Summer in Door County: Celebrate the Season of Style!

Oh the places you will go in Door County. With the summer season comes dizzying array of things to see and do, places to see and be seen. Why not do it all in style?

What to wear? Over the years, I‘ve learned a few lessons about what is really “Door County Casual.” And what is not.

So, we’ll take a look at appropriate garb for many Door County occasions, with some expert help from local apparel retailers.

A wedding, whether it’s casual outdoors or country club formal.  An evening at the theater. Dinner at the supper club or the local tavern. Gallery browsing. Festival days and nights. We will cover it all. As to what you might want to be covered in.

Festivals happen in Door County all year round, and in summer they’re at a fever pitch. You can listen to music, stroll through an art fair, watch fireworks, and find plenty of treats to eat and drink. So pick a festive outfit! And be comfortable. And look cute.

From the Trails End Clothing Company in Fish Creek, these two outfits will take you to the festival scene with elan all summer long. Layers provide versatility and comfort for Door County’s oft changing weather.

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Wongee dress, $68.  Will leather purse, $295
Camper shoes, $135

TrailsEndClothingStore_Door County_2Elan sweater, $68. Hudson jeans, $198. Nicole shoes, $68.
Will leather bag, $295. C’est Moi tank, $26. Sunglasses, $18.

With so many delightful restaurants to choose from, it’s no wonder that a dinner date is a popular Door County activity. You can dine outdoors and indoors, choose white tablecloth elegance or a burger at the bar, and enjoy locally grown ingredients at many eateries. A feast awaits!

The Blacksmith Clothing Co. of Egg Harbor dressed our date night couple, Emilie and Pat, for a casual fish fry night, and for a romantic upscale dinner.

BlacksmithClothingCo_DinnerDate_DoorCountyOn Emilie: Desigual top, on sale, $53. Liverpool jeans, $79.
Fly London shoes, $172. New York necklace, $40.  On Pat: All Light hoodie, $44.

BlacksmithClothingCo_DinnerDate_DoorCounty_2On Emilie: Desigual dress, $118. Busola shoes, $99.
New York necklace, $45. New York bracelets, $12 each.

Summer is a joyful wedding season in Door County. Couples from all over the country plan their nuptials in the County to enjoy scenic locales and one-of-a-kind venues.

From pig roasts to elaborate sit down dinners, a wedding that suits the couple’s personality and style can be created in Door County.

We asked the Patricia Shoppe in Egg Harbor to create outfits for two types of weddings: a dressy country club/hotel event, and a more casual garden/barn celebration.

PatriciaShoppe_WeddingGuestApparel_DoorCountyLeota “Ilana” dress, $144. Miz Mooz shoes, $129.
Handmade jewelry by artist Laura Tanner necklace, $108.

PatriciaShoppe_WeddingGuestApparel_DoorCounty_2Effies Heart rose dress, $104. Miz Mooz leather shoes, $129.
Handmade necklace by Door County artist Marybeth Mead, $89.

Notice the same shoes go to the fancy wedding and the casual one.  Proving once again that a girl can never go wrong with a cute pair of red pumps!

When it comes to the performing arts, Door County has a stellar lineup of first class offerings. Musicals, plays, and concerts; comedy and drama. Take your pick, they’re all here.

For a night at the theater, Wilkins and Olander put together outfits for an outdoor event, and a more dressed up indoor outing.

First, Jenna is ready for an outdoor performance:

OutdoorTheaterApparel_DoorCountyLibra high/low blues top, $62.  Tribal pull on skinny jeans, $78.  Sanule braided wedge sandal, $45.
Brighton demi cross body bag, $195. Takobia large text hoop earrings, $26.  Pandora charm bracelets.

Next, Jenna dresses up a bit for an indoor evening at the theater:

IndoorTheaterApparel_DoorCountyAryeh ¾ sleeve print dress, $68. Vera Bradley triple zip hipster, $88.
Bernie Mev “Claire” woven heel, $26. Pandora charm bracelets.

Shopping!  Gallery hopping!  No doubt about it, folks come to Door County to take in the abundance of unique shops and distinctive art galleries.

The Patricia Shoppe has the outfits to take you through a day of poking through these treasures.

GalleryHopping_Apparel_DoorCountyMystree maxi dress, $70. Vegan leather tote, $102.  Sandal, $39.
AN jeans made in the USA, $92. Benares tunic, $158.

GalleryHopping_Apparel_DoorCounty_2Jewelry designer Juliet necklace, $178. Mellie Bianco clutch, $58.

Truth be told, if you follow our daughter Casey’s mantra: “Just wear a cute top and jeans” can take you almost anywhere in Door County. But perhaps these ideas will inspire you to explore more ways to arrive in style this summer!

Buy local! The shops listed in this blog only skim the surface when it comes to clothing stores in Door County. See for yourself, visit