Surfer/Aquatic themes have had moments on the runway the past couple of seasons. Riccardo Tisci designed a surfer inspired collection for Givenchy Spring 2012. Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the lightness of the sea for Chanel, while Sarah Burton went the opposite route, getting inspiration from the hardness of mollusks and crustaceans for McQueen’s Spring 2012.
Not a full aquatic theme, but always one to use innovative textiles is Nicolas Ghesqui├¿re. At his last collection for Balenciaga, he sent down looks made of neoprene. So for this post, I thought it would be appropriate, as well as fun, to style the J Brand Scuba Jeans in Odyssey. They are a pair that I always found unique and innovative. When have you heard of a pair of neoprene jeans before? They really should get more notice than they do. You can see the looks that I came up with below.
For this look, I wanted to do something that was grunge inspired, but still looks presentable. Which is an oxymoron, but I think I achieved that. I paired the pants with a Bottega Veneta lace t shirt and beanie, T by Alexander Wang long sleeve, Jimmy Choo pumps, and finished the look off with some cuffs by Herv├® Van Der Straeten. The look of an oversized shirt always needs some type of jewelry on the wrists in my opinion. I think wearing these cuffs worn over the long sleeve will give a certain chicness to the look without overwhelming the overall vibe of it.
I took inspiration from what I know best for this look, California. Black bottoms with a gunmetal colored shirt and tan shoes is my favorite combination of all time. It can easily go from day to night by just switching out the accessories or adding a jacket. I paired the Scuba jeans with a shirt and scarf by Golden Goose, then finished the look off with a pair of nude suede pumps by Jimmy Choo. Even though the shirt has a brooch, I found it needed something more to help pull it together. A scarf, I find, has that quality to just do that. You can throw it on and you will instantly look ready for anything from a meeting to a night out.
I wanted to go super casual with this look to show the pant’s versatility. Something that you can wear for a day to the farmer’s market or flea shopping. I paired them with a 3.1 Phillip t shirt, and Lanvin flats. I didn’t want to go the usual route of monochrome because I think I covered that with the look before. I also find a pink shirt is a piece that every girl should own. It reads just as much as a neutral, as a tan or white. To keep the look from being too plain, I added the Saint Laurent cuff. I wanted an accessory that wasn’t too stark against the pink, and silver did just that, so the gold adds warmth to the overall look without making it look too dressy.