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The pendulum of my sartorial choices swings constantly between two extremes: city scape and sea side. Living in a coastal town far from the city isn’t exactly conducive to satisfying my inner fashion girl who yearns for edgy, modern, minimalist statement pieces in head-to-toe black. Though no matter which city I am in the world, I always pay homage to my upbringing by the sea speaking to memories of sunsets shared with friends, salty hair and sunkissed skin, follow my tips below to give your style a sea change to amalgamate the best of both worlds.

One look at my Instagram account and you’d be forgiven for thinking I literally live on the sand, which is almost the case. My front door isn’t far from the shore,  every day I’m home I make sure to spend time in the ocean, and majority of the time my hair is wet and sandy.  But the moment I step foot in the city, out come the pointy YSL boots, and structured blazers to drape over my shoulders a la fashun editors the world over. Keep scrolling to give your style a sea change to amalgamate the best of both worlds.

white palazzo pants sea side summer styleWhite palazzo pants: The Fifth, Sights, Tenery, C&M

A laid back lifestyle by the sea calls for a silhouette of the same description. Think relaxed fits, styles that float as you walk and project an effortless  “I just threw this on” vibe. Floaty skirts, palazzo pants, oversized buttondowns and romantic blouses with lots of fabric can all be paired back with your inner-city faves. Think a floaty skirt paired with  edgy patent leather pointy boots and a silk cami.

white blouse shirt cotton button down oversized style shopping buy fashionWhite oversized button-down: Glassons, Nicholas, ASOS

Fabric is key to nailing this look, as it’s all in the subtle details. Textured fabrics like linen, cotton and denim reign supreme at the beach so why not pair some bad-ass leather biker pants with an oversized white linen blouse, a feminine cotton embroidered dress with fierce lace up stilettoes, or denim shorts with a black blazer and boots.

 gold fine jewels shark tooth ocean summerFine gold jewellery: Melissa Joy Manning, Free People, By Charlotte, Dogeared

If your wardrobe mainly comprises of all black and you don’t see that changing any time soon, then accessories is where you get to unleash your inner mermaid. Think shark tooth gold necklaces, cowrie shell earrings, delicate anklets, raffia clutches, and pile on the ear embellishments.

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To truly nail your sea-side sartorial escape, mimic the colours most prominent at the beach. White sands, blue seas, grey skies, black rocks and green palm leaves should be communicated in muted, moody tones.

surf hair beach salt sea spray miann scanlan tousled summer texture style naturalTexturising spray: Phil Smith, Bumble & Bumble

But if all else fails, dab on some highlighter cream, grab yourself some salt-spray and go for I just came out of the surf tousled beach hair.

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