Coastal Chic: On-Trend Looks From Your Closet

“Coastal Chic” is the fashion world’s label for the beach-y colorways of blues, creams and tans, interpreted in casual mix/match separates.  I peeked around in my closet and found several pieces that fit that description – and I’m betting you could do the same.

Here’s the look featured in magazines and online …


And here are the pieces I already own that can be easily coordinated for this trending look …

Most of them are just basics: light wash and off-white jeans, chambray shirt and off-white jean jacket, various tanks and tee shirts and a couple of summer cardigans.  It’s the combinations that make this grouping so much fun!

I tracked down a small selection of scarves to link the various color combos.  The top two are  cotton-blend  bandanas  from  our SHOP  inventory – ideal for warmer weather:

Let’s start mixing and matching with the skirt and surplice (mock-wrap) dressed-up tee in a blue fern print jersey that I purchased at  Gorgeous Fabrics when I was in Boston presenting an ASG workshop.  Those pieces weren’t technically in my closet, but were cut out and waiting in my sewing room. Love how the 2 pieces combine as a casual dress, and then work independently with jeans and other existing garments:

Of course the solid pieces mix into many more combinations.  Here are just a few:

Blush and aqua-green pieces add variety to the traditional blue + cream color scheme to keep things a bit more interesting.  The tan sweater is a new addition – picking up on the string knit trend in a way that should carry into Fall and not look dated next Spring and beyond.

I have two more items “in the works” using fabrics and patterns I already own.  You can read about those HERE.  And then check back in a week or so to see the finished items.




About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.

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