3 Summer Styling Ideas Courtesy of Grace Kelly

3 Summer Styling Ideas Courtesy of Grace Kelly

I ask you: could there be a more compelling reason to watch a movie than the combined presence of Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, and the South of France? There isn't. Aside from the glamour it oozes, To Catch a Thief is an ideal movie to revisit as one plots one's summer wardrobe. Grace does it all: she lounges on the beach, enjoys a picnic along the Riviera, takes a dip in the Mediterranean, attends a masquerade ball, and floats in evening wear, providing us with a sartorial blueprint regardless of whatever activities our summer may bring. 

Here are three summer styling ideas from this cinematic feast for the eyes. 

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1. Wrap a light silk chiffon scarf around your neck

Ideally, do this on a day with a light breeze, or even better, in a convertible as Ms. Kelly did. The wind will inevitably hit, providing instant drama, and you didn't even have to lift a finger. It will move freely (see the second image), just go with it. 

 

2. Don't hesitate to coordinate your beach attire

Perhaps because the beach tends to be synonymous with fewer clothes, it can be overlooked in the style department. Grace puts us back on track with the reminder that there's ample room for statement making at the beach. Take, for example, her coordinated yellow swimsuit on yellow skirt on yellow bandana on yellow blanket look. And the hat and the wicker basket match too. 

© Paramount

© Paramount

 

3. Why stop at the neck with the silk chiffon?

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Take a lesson from Grace in advanced silk chiffon styling and drape a larger piece of silk chiffon asymmetrically across your body or hang it from a shoulder, or do whatever you please really. It wafts as you do, and we all know wafting is really where it's at. 

Let me know what you end up trying. 

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