summertime blues

While blue seems to be the favorite color of a significant fraction of the population, it’s one of those colors I often overlook when picking out clothes and accessories. I do like teal and turquoise, which is to say I like my blue with green in it.

When I notice holes like this in my wardrobe (there is also almost no red in my possession, I noticed recently) I like to think about them – about why there might be such an omission, and whether or not I’d like to remedy it. I do abstractly like ultramarine and cornflower blues, baby and powder blues…but there is a great difference between liking a color and wanting to wear it. It’s a decided personal stamp of approval, it seems, to wear (and so, often, to purchase, to have purchased) a color.

If there was ever a time I would want to sport a true blue, summer is it.

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This saturated cornflower blue t-shirt (I know, a t-shirt. So adventurous) is now the brightest blue on hand. The part of me that wants to wear some combination of white, cream, caramel, and cognac at all times thinks it’s a bit garish but I do like it. Fashion baby steps.

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J Crew tee, Joe’s skirt, Steve Madden sandals, vintage beaded clutch, Skagen watch, Vuarnet sunglasses, 10mm pearl studs from Pearls of Joy, pearl ring from Pearl Paradise, 6mm pearl necklace* from eBay, vintage amethyst bracelet. On the lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite. On the nails: Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Wanna Have Fun polish (a really bright, pretty coral).

*I’ve been wanting a choker length pearl necklace in a small pearl size for a long time, basically because of the costumes in movies like Dangerous Liasons, Valmont, and anything set in 18th century France, in which they are often worn by young, unmarried women to great effect. I like how they ever so gently mold to the curvature of the throat, the 6mm size youthful and understated.

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into: sunglasses

 

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Utterly failed to keep myself out of this shot.

Sunglasses aren’t a summer-only accessory for me. Eyes need protection from the sun year-round, and I’m always carting at least one pair around. Here’s the current rotation:

1. Vuarnet square aviators

2. Vuarnet retro cat-eyes (wearing here)

French brand Vuarnet uses high performance glass mineral lenses (albeit in kind of cheap-feeling injected nylon frames), which can be selected for a bunch of different light contexts. The lenses really are incredible, protecting the eyes without compromising visibility whatsoever. These pleasant brown-toned lenses kind of make the world look like one big sepia photograph.

3. Spektre Nulla Etica Sine Aeshtetica  (wearing here – and all over)

An Italian brand using advanced polymer lenses. This was the ideal mix of orange mirror lenses and a tortoiseshell wayfarer-style frame – which was exactly what I was looking for. These are not cheap, but they don’t feel or look cheap, either.

4. Ray-Ban aviators (wearing here)

Another Italian brand, though a global one for a long time now. Love these gold frames and warm brown lenses (this frame is available with orange mirror lenses, too, though, and I keep going back to stare at them…think about them…though I do not need them…), which seem like sunglasses a baby lion would wear. Aviators aren’t for everyone but they are one of my favorite silhouettes, especially the more trapezoidal ones (as opposed to a teardrop/triangle). Imposing and somehow serious.

I investigated but could not find this one incredible pair of aviators from Italian brand Breil Milano (when it comes to quality sunglasses, Italy evidently has a gift). Some discontinued model…isn’t it always the way.