One of my favorite trends that comes around every Summer is the nautical trend. Always chic and always fresh, this trend never really goes out of style and is appropriate for many occasions. However, it's one of those styles that can easily go from trendy to tacky, so here are a few tips on how to embrace the nautical trend without looking like a sailor.
CHOOSE TWO COLORS
Typical nautical colors include navy, red and white. These colors can look nice together if you're working with solid colors, but when you incorporate typical nautical patterns like stripes or polka dots, adding a pop of red to a navy and white outfit (except maybe for a red lip or nail) can makes you look too shabby and not chic enough.
STICK WITH BROWN LEATHER
Black leather is great, but not for summer and therefore, not great if you're trying for a nautical look. The best option is a rich caramel colored leather. It goes insanely well with white, navy or red and grounds the whole outfit. Neutral leather may also work, but often gives more of a monochromatic feel which can wash out the outfit.
I know there's a lot of nautically themed jewelry out there currently, but if you're trying to keep it nautically chic it's best to stay away. Keep the anchors, ship wheels and starfishes out of this look and stick with simple clean jewelry.
I have been lusting after these nude Valentino kitten heels ever since I laid eyes one them a couple seasons ago. The studs, the comfy heel height and the multiple color combinations available make these perfect for dressing up an outfit that requires city walking! The best part? They also come in a super sexy 4 inch!
After seeing this image of Olivia Palermo, I decided I liked patterned jeans. Well...her patterned jeans. Seeing as most of them have either a 90s grunge flower pattern reminiscent of your grandmother's sofa or an unflattering hippies' tied-die pattern, I kept my distance from this particular trend for a while. However, seeing it in a more flattering pattern and styled more classically made me want to give it a try for myself. If you're in doubt as to how to style the trend, just keep in mind that black or white are always good pairings or try to wear a color pulled from the pattern up top. If you want to be a bit more daring, try color blocking by choosing a color opposite the main jean color in the color wheel or even a complimentary patterned shirt seeing as pattern on pattern is a hot trend for spring.
“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” - Helen Keller
Daylight savings time was last weekend and boy did it brighten up my spirits! As much as I love the winter quiet with it's gleaming white snow and and crisp fresh air, I am so much happier in the Summer. The days that go on forever, the warm weather that permits cute summer dresses and sexy sandals, music festivals, dining al fresco and long evening walks are all the things I look forward to living in the city during Summer. When spring starts to peak through the long winter (I live in Canada...it lasts forever!), I instantly get filled with hope and happiness because I know soon I will be able to trade in my boots, heavy coats and thick sweaters in lieu of flowy skirts, light cardigans and pretty shoes that I know won't get ruined by the salty roads. Bliss!