Last month, I posted an aviator-inspired Polyvore set; and spoke of the merits of military-inspired outfits that do not draw their style solely from the army. My aforementioned Aviator Chic post was well-received, so for the past few weeks I have been looking forward to posting its nautical equivalent. And here it is- instead of being designed after historical RAF uniforms, this outfit is inspired by the uniforms of Soviet submariners.
Monki stripe tank top/ McQ by Alexander McQueen jacket / Carven pocket pants / Givenchy high heel ankle booties / Osprey London genuine leather handbag / Roberto Cavalli snake coil bracelet / Accessorize jewellery / Wallis gold tone ring / Minuet Petite faux fur hat / OPI navy nail polish
First of all, Soviet submariners are a fascinating source of inspiration for an outfit! The intrigue and secrecy of submarines is coupled with the intrigue surrounding the Soviet Union, and that adds a whole new layer of interest to the classic yet distinctive style of Soviet Navy uniforms. The base of this outfit is comprised of the dark blue blazer- a combination of classic and sculptural, modern style- and the wide leg pants, which are both appropriate for a naval outfit. A beautiful telnyashka is very authentic; as these instantly recognizable striped shirts were worn by sailors, paratroopers, and marines in the Soviet Armed Forces. Glamorous touches are a must for an outfit of Russian inspiration, and are seen in the luxurious jewellery, stunning boots, and deep red crocodile handbag. “Russian Navy” nail polish from OPI and a fur hat finish off this unique look, which brings together the best of historical Soviet naval touches and contemporary Russian allure.