Un the sunny beach of the Côte d’Azur, one striped t-shirt, a scarf tied on the head. We could summarize in these few elements themarine aesthetics, the typically French style that every summer confirms itself as an evergreen trend. Thanks to a charm with few equals, simple, elegant and easy to wear garments, and the undeniable charm that icons like Brigitte Bardot still exercise today. Here’s how to bring the navy style this summer.
The origins of the marine trend
The absolute protagonist of this style is the striped t-shirt. Born in 1858 as part of the uniform of the French navy, it will be Coco Chanel, in 1917, to transform it for the first time into a fashionable garment. 21 blue lines on a white background, boat neckline and many icons ready to sanction the ten-year success of this garment. With Brigitte Bardot the Breton striped shirt becomes synonymous with the sweet life of Saint-Tropez, while Audrey Hepburnon the screen and during the holidays in Capri, makes it a symbol of innate elegance.
From the beginning of the twentieth century to today, the marine shirt has been interpreted and revisited by dozens of designers, first of all Jean-Paul Gaultier, which has made marine aesthetics one of the cornerstones of its universe. And if Coco Chanel recommended wearing Breton stripes combined with palazzo trousers, today the navy style follows far fewer rules.
Navy style on the catwalk
For the Spring-Summer 2022, the marine style remains a primary source of inspiration, albeit with unprecedented renovations and devices. Among the interpreters of the trend could not miss Chanelwho brought Bardot’s Côte d’Azur to the catwalk through thin-striped flared skirts, one-piece swimsuits and an enviable joie de vivre. From his side, Emporio Armani has focused on the more sporty and technical aspect of the trend, making the Breton t-shirt casual and chic.
From Balmain the marine aesthetic take on a much bolder and sexier aura while da Etro discovers a boho side, for a carefree summer. Schiaparelli has made Breton stripes extravagant and fun, proposing them in a maxi version with a thousand colors. Zadig & Voltaireon the other hand, it keeps the original soul of this trend intact, interpreted on a comfortable and cheeky dress.
Beyond the striped shirt
You don’t live on Breton shirts alone. The nautical stylein fact, it is also characterized by other elements. Double-breasted blazers, high-waisted flared jeans, sailor collars on dresses and T-shirts, nude ballet flats, wooden clogs and raffia bags make up the perfect navy wardrobe. The color scheme of the trend revolves around blue, white and red – like the French flag – declined on soft silhouettes, which recall the relaxation typical of summer holidays.
What makes the difference is the details they accessories. Colored scarves tied around the neck or on the head, large dark sunglasses like the stars of the cinema, golden buttons on jackets and jeans, discreet and elegant jewels, leather slippers.
The marine style confirms itself as a timeless evergreen, perfect for enjoying every summer to the fullest.
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