Outfit: Classic Nautical Style


My blue hair makes me feel like a mermaid and has inspired so many sea-related accessory and clothing acquisitions!
Mermaid necklace? Check! Sea horse novelty purse? So there. Crabby key chain? Yes, please! Dorothy Perkins satisfied a number of my nautical cravings with the classic pieces I'm wearing today. With all of the mermaid and nautical vibes going on it was inevitable to take the whole theme-look to a harbor. I do live on an island after all; I love that it's never too far to drive to the ocean. The jeans and sweater are also one of my more practical spring ensembles; light enough to enjoy the sun, but warm enough to not be shivering with every breeze!
I know I talked about this a few posts ago, but with jeans on my legs it's still on my mind: denim trends. As I said then retailers are predicting and hoping for an end of the skinny jean and a rise of wide leg trousers; culottes are supposedly very hip this spring. I'm not really anti-wide leg denim and flares, but I have been wondering: would Audrey Hepburn wear them? I've actually been Googling "Audrey Hepburn culottes" and other equally silly things to try to see if that ever-so-classic-and-cliche icon could be seen in any and so far there's nothing. (When we think of Audrey's style we do focus on what she was wearing at her peak in the 50s and 60s. Trends then were for a slim cut/fitted trouser, so in some ways it's silly to expect to find her in a style anomalous to the period she lived in. However, Katharine Hepburn also made films through the 50s and 60s and while on camera she was seen in nipped waist dresses, off camera she loved to lounge in wide leg trousers. So I think the case can be made that it was also a personal style preference that kept Audrey in the slim trousers.) To me it seems that you can say what you will about trends, but there is such a thing as classic style, timeless pieces that will look good now and in ten years. And I'm not convinced culottes age well! While I might stray a bit from those classic looks with blue hair and the odd novelty purse, I do find it incredibly inspiring. A.H. probably wouldn't rock my ripped jeans, but other than that little detail this outfit is right out of her (or Brigitte Bardot's) playbook. At the end of the day, a striped sweater and great pair of jeans really will never go out of style...

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11 comments:

  1. Your necklace is so cute, I love the mermaid
    xo
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  2. I adore this outfit. Those shoes! That necklace! xo

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  3. Braids they are very well! What beautiful your shoes, and the sea!

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  4. I love that you're playing with nautical pieces and emphasizing your mermaid hair, which is absolutely gorgeous by the way. I definitely get what you mean about culottes and wide leg trousers. I know they're trendy, but I'd rather invest in something I know I will want to wear over and over again for years to come.

    -Helen
    Sweet Helen Grace

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  5. You make a really interesting point about the staying power of some of the trends that we're seeing. I personally quite like culottes, because they're airy and comfortable and look kind of like a skirt without the risk of showing my underwear when I'm riding my bike, but I take your point. I feel like the fashion industry is trying to convince women skinny jeans are "over" just to get them to buy something else, frankly! They're a very flattering look in just about any woman, so there's a reason they've stuck around so long.
    I love your nautical look here. You look just like a mermaid with the blue hair.
    Zella Maybe

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  6. Such a pretty outfit !! ♥ Matches so well with your mermaid hair :)

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  7. Loving the outfit and pictures!

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  8. Beautiful photos! I love the outfit, specially the necklace and the bag!
    xo

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  9. Hi, Rebecca! So maybe Audrey wouldn't wear culottes, but Elsa Schiaparelli sure did, in the late 20's! And she wasn't very tall! I just did a quick search through pinterest, and I found culottes going back to the late 20's, early 30's, popping up in the 40's and being wide spread in the 50's. I do believe culottes -as many other trends - are something that pops up into fashion once in a while, I remember wearing culottes in the 80's, only we called them something other than culottes in Portugal, I remember wearing a culotte type of shorts in the late 90's and now they seem to be back again. Obviously, when one does not like to see ones' self in something, one should not wear it, but culottes definetely age well, they have been fashionably around for quite a while! ;) I'm sure gonna hop on that one bandwagon, since - despite being 157cm tall - I rather like seeing myself in them!
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  10. Love the outfit. When I was younger my father would take me sailing so what you are wearing brings back some very sweet memories. Just curious how come you did not wear a pair of navy or black keds?

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  11. @Anonymous, I don't own a pair of keds. Just working with the shoes I have and since I wasn't actually on a boat, these flats matched and were comfortable.

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