STYLE GURU STYLE: Fifty Shades of Blue

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I’m typically not the one to wear blues. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone with this outfit. However I do love the monochromatic palette that Richard Nicoll displays in his fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection. Most of his looks consist of the same shade of blue throughout each piece which differs a little in my look.

I think Nicoll chose to stay consistent with these blues to show off his use of different textures and tailoring. After looking at many of his other collections, he does have prints. That’s what I love most about this collection and why it caught my eye; there’s so much detail without any prints. I tried to follow Nicoll’s “sober and extravagant” look by not wearing any prints — just colors.

I was inspired by Nicoll’s use of detail in my choice of these silk turquoise shorts. On the sides of the shorts are ruffle corners which add detail without taking away from the outfit as a whole. I paired the shorts with a simple royal blue tank top to create duality between the shorts and the top as Nicoll does in his collection. I relate well to his use of duality in his collections between feminine and masculine, or uptight and wild because this is something I like to do in my own style as well. I decided not to wear any statement jewelry to keep full focus on the outfit just as Nicoll did in his looks. I also felt the royal blue top was a bold enough color that a simple gold chain wouldn’t take away from the look. To finish my outfit, I wore brown and gold gladiator sandals for a more summer-like feel as the inspiration comes from a fall collection. Of course I did switch it up a little bit by pairing together two different shades in my outfit. Hopefully with my next Richard Nicoll inspired outfit, I can keep going out of my comfort zone and go completely monochrome!

Get My Look: 1. A pair of textured blue shorts. 2. A simple light blue tank. 3. Brown and gold gladiator sandals.

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