Ocean-inspired styles

May 6, 2011 at 7:58 p.m. ET

The mere mention of summer conjures up images of soft sand beaches, sparkling turquoise water and bright blue skies -- the inspiration behind our latest crop of summer style finds. From breezy sundresses to statement accessories, check out our picks for effortless, ocean-inspired fashion in various shades of seaside blues.

Ocean themed fashion

Teal, aquamarine, sea breeze, oh my! Our favorite looks of the moment all seem to come in varying shades of ocean blue. Take a look at a few current must-haves.

1Flirty fedora

Fredflare.com, $28

Add an instant pop of eye-catching color to your summer outfit with this stylish straw fedora in a fun, get-noticed shade of blue. Just looking at this hat will make you think "beach" -- plan on wearing it with everything from denim cutoffs to barely-there bikinis.

2Timeless timepiece

Moxsie.com, $40

Just try not to smile as you look down at this simple watch in a breathtaking shade of blue. Sure, your phone may have eliminated the need to wear a watch, but it's still an undervalued accessory -- especially in an ocean-inspired hue.

3Crystal ring

Nordstrom, $42

Add a playful element to your summer style with this sparkling ring topped with a jewel-encrusted blowfish. You'll be reeled in hook, line and sinker by the almost-animated look of the crystal-studded fish.

4Lightweight wrap dress

Shopruche.com, $39

Look effortlessly elegant in this teal wrap dress with V-neck and ruffled cap sleeves. Pair with black or gold accessories to complement the appealing ocean-inspired shade.

4Nautical heels

Zappos Couture, $91

Imagine yourself sailing away in these adorable, nautical-inspired Juicy Couture wedge sandals in a regal shade of blue with striped design on top. You'll look great lounging by the pool or sipping summer cocktails on the deck.

6Tie-dye tunic

Top Shop, $55

Cover up your swimsuit in this breezy blue and white tie-dye print tunic. It's perfect for a pool party when paired with strappy sandals and a straw hat or for lounging on the beach with a good book and a margarita.

7Canvas carryall

Rugby, $70

Store all your summer essentials in this rugged, vintage-inspired Ralph Lauren bag in nautical blue and white stripes. It's sturdy enough to carry everything you need for a day of running errands, yet stylish enough to become your go-to summer tote.

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