The combination of nude shoes and patterned skirts has always proved to be successful during the summertime for all Fashionistas, young and old. However, like any fashion formula, this recipe need not be followed to a T. Just like the jeans-and-t-shirt uniform, statement pieces are versatile: Fashionistas can this ensemble to the supermarket or to a five-star restaurant, depending on the selection and styling.
Following this fashion-forward thinking, this week’s CollegeFashionista directs the nude shoe and patterned skirt reference toward a nautical theme for a day on the boat. A fitted white T-shirt matches with her blue A-line miniskirt. The scalloped edge and swirled embroidered design make the skirt a significant standout piece. The swirls vaguely remind you of waves and the sea; the skirt is a dressed-up alternative to shorts, yet also remains casual when paired with the simple top. A shirt dress can also allude to tomboy style while still giving off a dressed-up feel; this Equipment dress would be perfect belted and paired with nude shoes for Day Two on the boat.
This Fashionista capitalizes on her casual, boat-inspired ensemble by wearing her perfectly worn Sperry topsiders like these. While, if going out to dinner, this Fashionista would have most likely worn sandals or flats, the Sperrys add a surprising dash of Tomboy-esque attitude for a daytime look. They are nude, so they also help to lengthen the leg—yet they also drive the nautical theme home. After all, boat shoes are summertime staples, no matter if you plan to board a sailboat or not.
Hint: Sperrys come in all colors and designs. While this Fashionista opts for the classic pair, other CollegeFashionistas can also adopt a more attention-grabbing boat shoe alternative, like this leather metallic pair, a white-sequined pair with blue piping, or a blue gingham-printed pair.