Shades of Blue

We’re a little bit less than a month away from the official start of summer, but it’s not too early to start shopping for your summer wardrobe! With every new season comes a handful of new trends, and one of the major trends for summer 2017 is the color blue! Pantone’s color trend report actually features three different shades of it, and you’re probably seeing all kinds of blue everywhere you look! Today, I’m going to be showing you how I’ve styled these shades of blue five different ways: quirky, simple, chic, bohemian, and groovy. There’s a little something for everyone!

 
 

First up, I had to showcase this quirky little 1950s blue, green, and purple striped wiggle dress. Can we just take a minute to appreciate this silhouette…? I mean, come on! I’m getting major Joan Holloway vibes here – sexy and sophisticated. If you want to feel like an absolute vixen, just put this on and let it hug you in all the right places. The sexiness of this dress doesn’t come from a low cut neckline or a super short hem but from its gorgeous hourglass shape.

 

This next look is simple but very flattering and its breathable linen material makes it perfect for the warmer weather! I’ve maintained the classic simplicity by pairing it with a coordinating strand of blue pearls, and the whole ensemble would be made complete with a staple pair of nude heels. Great for attending a summer wedding, or even just a Saturday brunch!

 
 

Moving right along, this little blue ensemble is très chic. First of all, you can never go wrong with a shift dress. Add some floral appliqué detailing and you’ve really got a winner on your hands! Second, there’s just something about adding a pair of white gloves to an outfit that instantly takes it to the next level. Lastly, nothing says “chic” quite like a classic strand of pearls. Put it all together and voila! It’s a foolproof formula for a perfect outfit!


 
 

For a more bohemian take on the “shades of blue” trend, try this ’70s blue floral print prairie dress on for size! The dainty lace detailing on the cuffs as well as the high collar make for just the right balance of coolness and femininity. I kept the accessories simple (but still super cool) with this gold baby cherub chain that can be worn extra long or doubled up as seen here. Add some knee-high brown leather boots to complete this breezy bohemian outfit and you’ll be on-trend all summer long!

 
 

Last but not least, let’s get groovy! This ’70s disco ensemble is a super fun interpretation of the head-to-toe blue trend. A good floral print is always spring/summer appropriate so this blue and purple floral print disco shirt would make a great addition to your wardrobe this season. In keeping, of course, with our blue motif, I brought in these airy blue linen pants with the most fabulous embroidery inserts at the ankles – definitely my favorite part of this look, and such a cute alternative to jeans! I highlighted the darker blue from the blouse by adding a coordinating beaded necklace, and I’d say all this look needs is a killer pair of platform sandals to pull it all together!

So whether your style is classic and simple or a little on the funkier side, we’ve got all the pieces you need to stay fashion-forward (even though those pieces are from the past) with a little extra vintage character and personality!

LOOK ONE:

  • 1950s blue, green, and purple striped wiggle dress, XS, $45
  • 1960s double strand purple beaded necklace, $10

LOOK TWO:

  • 1950s light blue linen shift dress, XS, $55
  • 1960s blue faux pearls, $12

LOOK THREE:

  • 1970s light blue shift dress with floral appliqué detailing, M, $38
  • 1960s tiny faux pearls, $14
  • 1960s white scalloped edge gloves, $16

LOOK FOUR:

  • 1970s blue floral prairie style dress, XS, $43
  • 1980s long gold baby cherub chain necklace, $14

LOOK FIVE:

  • 1970s blue and purple floral blouse, XS, $18
  • 1970s blue wide leg pants with periwinkle leg embroidery inserts at ankles, XS/S, $33
  • 1970s smoky blue beads, $7