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L.A. Confidential says, blue is the summer of color. (Credit: L.A. Confidential)

Dear Pennies and Pens,

When the first day of summer hit Southern California in June, the deep blue sea sparkled under a Tiffany’s blue sky—the juxtaposition of color was like seeing a sapphire stone in the classic jewelry box.

Taking in the scene while riding seaside along the Pacific Coast Highway, cobalt, azure, cerulean sparkles sailed by the window seat.

Blue is the summer of color.

In L.A., what New Yorkers would identify as remnants of summer occur year round—sunshine, surf, sandals. But Angelenos spot summer when the streets start to look like a runway fit for Fashion Week.

For reasons unknown, summer in California is when the best dressed get dressed. This year, from Rodeo Drive to Sunset Boulevard, the streets are lined with crisp nautical-inspired stripes and bright blue motifs.

Here are three tips on how to wear the shade well this season, straight from the confidential files in Tinsel Town:

  • Pop with blue prints. Zig-zag stripes, blended hues, and tie-dyed oceanic palettes should accent your summer wardrobe. How? Try tie-dyed jean shorts, a nautical-inspired clutch, and bright blue cat-eyed sunglasses.
  • Allow Independence Day festivities to inspire you this week—mix deep blue with reds and white. How? Try a white-collared blouse with navy blue blazer and red boyfriend shorts or red harem pants, then accent with gold accessories.
  • Go cool with your blue by turning it into a metallic. How? Grab a shiny, sleek metallic blue bag for your night out or a little blue dress.

And there it is. The Fashion & Style of the Pen…Chosen by Pen…Reported by L.A. Confidential.