Ship shape

VOGUE Australia - - VOGUE VIEWPOINT - STYLING PHILIPPA MORONEY PHO­TO­GRAPH HAN­NAH SCOTT- STEVEN­SON

It’s on the wind: sea­side el­e­gance is feel­ing de rigueur once again. Stiff uni­forms might not be an ob­vi­ous point of style in­spi­ra­tion but just look again … those bur­nished but­tons, the so-pol­ished-they’re-re­flec­tive shoes, daz­zling plim­soll whites. In our own wardrobes it’s a good touch looser – think about dif­fus­ing the reg­i­men­tal navy starch with the mel­low­ness of a warm sum­mer breeze. It’s the mood and the at­ti­tude: crisp, smart, tran­scend­ing trends but with an offhand­ed­ness that reads hot beach deck on a glo­ri­ous day. Oh, and don’t be scared to show some skin. Arms and abs ahoy! Alice Bir­rell

Left: Ralph Lau­ren top, $279, and pants, $199. Seapia swim­suit, $169. Right: Christo­pher Es­ber top, $490, and skirt, $490. Chanel sweater, worn around neck, $3,160, bag, $5,680, and scarf, in left hand, $720, from the Chanel bou­tiques.

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