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Into the blue
10:40am Thursday 21st June 2012 in Fashion
THE weather may have been wet, wet, wet recently but don't let that put you off summer's standout aquatic trend.
From shimmering fish scale prints to aquamarine colours, this season belongs to the underwater world. Think starfish, coral, seashells and vibrant fish aplenty.
The spring/summer catwalks were full of sea-inspired prints, ranging from exotic fish at Mary Katrantzou, shells and coral at Holly Fulton and iridescent mother-of-pearl shimmer at Chanel.
Our scaly friends may not seem like the most obvious fashion inspiration but don't be afraid to take the plunge...
Channel your best mermaid impression and go fishing for inspiration on the high street.
:: FISH FROCK
Photographic style prints are hot this summer and Primark's under-the-sea dress looks like a magical snapshot with an underwater camera, £17 (0118 960 6300).
:: SCALY CHIC
For a subtle nod to the underwater world try The Rodnik Band's fish scale print jacket, £160, which features a sea-inspired scallop print design (www.asos.com).
:: STAR ATTRACTION
For statement jewellery, dive for buried treasure with Guess's Starfish necklace, £175, with dazzling aqua crystals worth splashing out on (0160 467 8940).
:: MAKE WAVES
Echo the aquamarine colours of the sea with Damsel in a Dress's Pucci-esque Santorini pleated maxi skirt, £139 (020 7697 2735/www.damselinadress.co.uk).
:: UNDERWATER LOVE
Whether it's ocean, pool or sunlounger, make a splash this summer in Matalan's Under the Sea print bandeau bikini top, £6, and briefs, £5 (0845 330 3330/www.matalan.co.uk).
:: SHELL TOP
For a stylish shape, you can't beat a shell top, but Next goes one step further with seashell-inspired embellishment on this scallop vest, £45 (www.next.co.uk).
:: MAXI-MUM SEALIFE
Hit the beach in Marisota's Sea Shells print maxi dress, £60, featuring coral, shells and starfish all on an oceanic blue backdrop (www.marisota.co.uk).
:: IN THE SWIM
Water babes should look for a swimming costume that will make them feel at one with the ocean, like the shimmering blues of LS Schmidt's one piece, £85 (www.peterhahn.co.uk).
:: SEASHELL CHIC
Print queen designer Olivia Rubin has used deep blue sea references for her collaboration with Dorothy Perkins, like this gold shell stretch cuff, £12.50 (0844 984 0261/www.dorothyperkins.com).
:: AQUARIUM ADVENTURE
No need to put on your diving equipment to experience the tropical delights of Tee And Cake's Fish Tank print tee, £25 (www.topshop.com).
GET THE LOOK
Nude shoes were 'the' accessory of the Jubilee royal party. Eugenie and Beatrice both shopped for theirs at Kurt Geiger wearing Eden, £75, and Elliot, £195, courts (www.kurtgeiger.com).
BUY IT NOW
Think Fifties, think pin-up. Ms Curves, aka Kelly Brook, has launched her first clothing collection for New Look. Taking inspiration from her favourite decade, expect kitsch prints, feminine colours and waist-cinching silhouettes. Prices start from £14.99, available online and in 100 selected stores. Kelly Brook for New Look models in the picture some of her new range - Orange poppy print shorts, £22.99; bustier top, £24.99; floral padlock bow bag, £24.99 and print peep toe court shoes, £24.99 (0844 499 6690/www.newlook.com).
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