You will NOT believe how many compliments I received for this nautical boho look. Check out my beach maxi dress photo-shoot which is SO EASY to recreate!
Here I am with more travel fashion! This photo shoot is from the gorgeous Holloways Beach which is like a five-minute drive from Cairns, Australia. For this beach look, I wanted to create a boho-chic outfit, something relaxed and chilled-out, vacation or weekend-fashion of sorts.
Plus, I once more had a reason to create an outfit around my turquoise Jimmy Choo handbag using unusual combinations. So I chose a nautical theme, to go with the sea colors. That’s why I love this outfit so much, it seems like a mix of polished yet boho.
How I Created this Nautical Boho Look
I paired unisex square Oakley Jupiter mirror sunglasses with navy and white frame to match my dress and give it a cool, polished look that balances the boho look’s contrast with the handbag. For jewelry, I chose a bunch of bracelets and rings. The bracelets are a mix of beads and semi-precious stones to match the colors, navy, turquoise, white.
My maxi-dress is basically two long strips of fabric attached to a skirt, that I can tie myself the way I want. So it creates endless possibilities. I tied it in a cross-backless halter-type thingie with a belt!
I styled the hair very simply in a side fishtail braid, loosely tied at the sides and back, and with an asymmetric poof. Plus the wind at the beach was blowing everything away, making it messier than it was already!
I also wore my signature statement necklace. I made this myself with cherry-colored pearls, blue Swarovski beads and pink Indian-agate beads. It is inspired by 80’s jewelry trends, specifically Madonna’s entangled multiple chain necklaces. Other references are subtle, with the differently sized beads, mix of different ornaments and the unevenly hanging chains and beads, it creates the illusion of many different chains and necklaces entangled. I call this necklace Muddlona (muddled Madonna) because it is unorderly.
For the makeup, I wanted to create a glam evening look, with fresh-looking skin and a sculpted face. The lipcolor matches the necklace and the eyes are kepy falsie-free but well-defined, with navy, turquoise and pink smokey eye-shadow.
I was wearing:
Navy and white striped nautical maxi dress: Chicwish
Handbag: Jimmy Choo
Mirrored Square Sunglasses: Jupiter by Oakley
Necklace: Shilpish (self-made)
Bracelets: (navy) Diva, Australia, (white) Forever New, (turquoise) local store, Rome, Greece
Leaf statement ring: Catch Me, New Delhi
Flat strappy shoes: Charles & Keith
Eye-Shadow: Knight Divine, M.A.C. and Something Blue, Body Shop
Lipliner: Candy Rose, Dior
Lipstick: Pink in the Afternoon, Revlon
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]