Style Advice of the Week

It's safe to say the ocean has long inspired fashion. One of my favorite fashion icons, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, often paid homage to her time in the Hamptons looking out to sea with her nautical-themed jewelry. Still today, shades of blue, nautical stripes and anchor graphics are at the core of just about every summer J.Crew catalog. The waters also made their mark on the runways this year, most memorably with the Chanel spring/summer 2012 show with Florence + The Machine performing “What the Water Gave Me” from a giant oyster shell. And while we might be far from any water in Bloomington, we can still make waves like this pictured Fashionista.

I found this Fashionista’s maxi dress to be quite striking because of its rich sea-blue color, similar to this aqua, one-shoulder dress. While blue has made a great impression on me this year, due to last winter’s praised cobalt trend to shades of blue nail polishes girls on campus rocked this previous spring, sometimes I forget the power of a beachy-esque blue. I was additionally impressed that she added the special touch of a knit pullover to give the impression of a maxi skirt, as reported a couple weeks ago on CollegeFashionista. Knitwear in natural shades, almost like ropes from a sailboat, can complement blues when paying tribute to the deep sea.

So don’t be afraid to go all out with the ocean theme. Wear watery blues, straw hats and whatever else brings up connotations of living seaside. We’re steadfastly approaching the middle of summer, and no color seems more appropriate than a calming shade inspired by the sea.


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