Summer Style Inspiration: Postcard from Portofino

Summer Style Inspiration: Postcard from Portofino

Every once in a while, a reminder descends from the ether suggesting that good style isn't all that complicated. It might even be simple; formulaic. Enter Christy Turlington in a Portofino spread photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue in December, 1992. High on calf-length dresses in timeless cuts, simple espadrilles, and a selection of easy accessories, the shoot captures the simple joy of dressing for summer.

Let's take a closer look, shall we? 

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Exhibit A: let's marvel at this practically romantic ensemble. Chic enough to channel 50s elegance, and yet functional enough for grape harvesting on a step ladder. The accessories up the style game, considerably. Flat espadrilles, a wrap around hat, and a summer basket for grape transportation tie the whole look together. 

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Exhibit B: A full skirt cut at mid calf worn with a striped bateau top. Every element of this look is classic from the red to the stripes to the cut and tailoring, meaning, a look like this will never get old. Two questions: (1) does summer style get more effortless; and (2) why am I not wearing this right now?

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Exhibit C: We delve deeper into the land of the mid-calf dress with this pink buttoned number in a slim line silhouette. A wide brim hat and heeled espadrilles finish off this look. 1950s, 1990s, or today? The classic design elements here are timeless. 

The inspiration doesn't stop there. 

Why not try a bandana and bold earrings? Or match the pattern on your dress to your tablecloth?

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Or take a polka dot ensemble for a spin? Especially if you're in possession of a complimentary polka dot detailed handbag?

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When it's time for a swim, why not throw on a pair of bold earrings and match your swimsuit to your handbag? You only live once, after all. 

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 Which brings me to my summer style takeaways from this shoot: 

— mid calf length is perenially chic

— stripes, dots, and gingham will always be fun and effortless patterns for summer

—espadrilles are the season's most genius footwear 

—earrings and sunglasses (worn together!) can go a long way in enhancing a look's style factor

—the joy of the moment is what summer is all about; if a dress helps us to feel more present, more deeply connected to our experience, well how very wonderful

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All images: Arthur Elgort for Vogue. December, 1992.

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