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Let’s Get Nautical – 4th of July Style

27 Jun

Ah, the Fourth of July! It’s that early summer holiday we spend cooking out with family, relaxing by the pool or better yet, in a boat on the lake celebrating with friends. If you’re lucky enough to have a huge lakefront with a sandy beach and extravagant fireworks display as we do in Chicago, that’s about as good as it gets. But wherever you may live in America, it’s the perfect day to express your patriotism and wear a little red, white and blue. The key to pulling this off without looking like Old Glory is to add subtle touches of color in just the right amount. Nautical-style clothing provides a great base for a sophisticated, classic look. Nautical fashion trends have been on the uptick for the past few years and are still afloat. Bold stripes are a huge trend this year and the 4th of July is one of those days when wearing stripes fits perfectly. Navy and white broad stripes with a small red or gold accessory (bracelet, necklace, clutch) really tap into the Fourth of July vibe. If you are invited to a fabulous lakeside soiree or boat bash this 4th of July, will you dress the part and include some nautical accessories? Here are a few ideas, accessories and fashion pieces that might lend inspiration.


Gold anchor nautical necklace by adorn512

Nautical Boyleg Sailor Maillot

Nautical Striped Boyleg Suit by Asos

nautical navy nail polish

Nautical Nails


navy striped shift dress

Navy striped shift dress:


Brass whale nautical bracelet.


Anchor strap flats:


Alloy apparel nautical striped tote.


J crew factory navy anchor mini skirt.

gold star midi rings knuckle rings

Gold star midi rings adorn512.

We found so many great pieces. Which nautical accessory or piece of clothing is your favorite? Do you have any 4th of July fashion ideas to share? Please leave us a note in the comments. We would love to hear from you!







Arm Parties: Then and Now

11 Jun

The stacked bracelet trend has been building for the past few years. I have to admit, it’s taken a while for me to embrace it fully. Lately I find myself enjoying the opportunity to adorn my forearms in different colors and textures.  Last night an image of Madonna circa 1984 flashed through my mind and it made me think about how this trend started in the first place. The style of the 80′s certainly was unique in many ways. I can’t remember another modern era where such an eclectic mixture of colors and textures converged: blacks and neons, rubber, lace and feathers, masculine and feminine, Warhol meets Mozart. However, the black and chain metal arm parties of the 80′s still were not as much fun as the ones today.

It seems were in a new age of bracelet embracement. We’re seeing large-faced watches layered with chunky mixed-metal bracelets along with leather, woven nylon cord bracelets and neon brights. When it comes to arm parties, no one is excluded. Everyone is invited. Maybe this is a political statement disguised as trendy fashion? So, if you’re feeling it, feel free to mix white leather, colorful glass beads, rose gold, copper spikes, sterling silver cuffs and a vintage brass name bracelet. You can create your own little fashion microcosm where diversity reigns. It’s a beautiful thing.

Check out our gallery of arm parties, then & now. Tell us which ones you like best and what kinds of bracelets you like to mix.

madonna arm party cyndi-lauper-arm-party


neon arm party bracelets

Chunky, eclectic neons for an industrial sized party.

Great mixture of textiles, cool and stylish.

Great mixture of textiles, cool and stylish. I love the chunky turquoise rings!

Southwestern party. Organic materials and earthy tones.

Southwestern party. Organic materials and earthy tones.


Invite some love to the party.  Adorn512 Love bracelets.


Adorn512 Taupe and gold shimmer cuff.

three color stretch sparkle bracelets

Adorn512 Tri-color “bling” bracelets.

vintage gold locket bracelet

Adorn512 Vintage gold locket bracelet.

beaded sparkle wrap bracelet

Adorn512 Beaded sparkle wrap bracelet. A party in itself.


Adorn512 Brass retro name bracelet. Circa 1978.