Style Muse: The Life Aquatic

Style Muse- The Life AquaticI’m a lifelong fan of Wes Anderson and his colorful, quirky films. One of my favorites (it’s impossible to pick a favorite) is The Life Aquatic. For today’s Style Muse post I am channeling inspiration from the uniforms in the movie to  create an outfit for everyday life.

I paired this blue dress with a red hat I already had in my closet. Red hats are a great way to spice up a boring outfit with a pop of color. Plus I don’t know about you, but if I see someone wearing a red hat, I ALWAYS think of The Life Aquatic. It’s just so iconic.

Here are some fun finds of the nautical variety (some are on super sale)—

Nautical themed wearsThis is probably the easiest style to mix and match. Nautical stuff is fun and catchy without being super kitschy, and you can mix it with simple pieces like denim, chambray or a white t-shirt. 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9

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This look is so easy to create that you might already have all the ingredients hiding in your closet at home. It makes me smile to pay a little homage to one of my favorite directors with my outfit. So fun! But honestly, other than the color combination, it’s not even remotely costume-y. I’d wear this anywhere. What’s your favorite Wes Anderson film? xx. Elsie

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Color Pop of The Signature Collection

  • This is so lovely. I can’t wait for the next movie inspired style post.

  • Love this! What a fun idea! And this outfit is super cute!


  • Love the red beanie. I have been completely obsessed with beanies ☺.


  • Love me some Wes Anderson! Royal Tenenbaums is a classic, but I really thought Grand Budapest Hotel was phenomenal and beautifully done.

  • Super cute!
    Just to give props where props are due: The red hat/blue shirt combo was in homage to the red beanie and blue shirt that Jacque Cousteau, the most awesome advocate of the oceans, used to frequently wear.


  • I’m loving those red stripes shoes!


  • oh my gosh, this post is so cute. it makes me want to find a blue wall somewhere and take tons of pics!


  • hahhahahha. I didn’t notice initially but that is so funny. and weird. it is all I can see now when I look at that photo.

  • Red hat ALWAYS = Steve Zissou in my book! And red and white stripes? Helloooo Waldo!

    <3 Haley @

  • Oh my goodness this is one of my favorite movies!

    I want everything here!!! 😀

  • So cute! My style muse is definitely Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom. Love everything about her and that film.


  • friends of mine just had a wes anderson themed baby shower, and so many of us came dressed like members from team zizzou. it was so great 🙂

  • Oh I love this Elsie! I literally just bought myself a blue jacket and crocheted myself a Steve Zissou hat this last weekend. This winter is all about channeling Wes Anderson characters for me… Love his colour palettes, the symmetry, everything about his films!

  • Moonrise Kingdom all the way, but then again I’m a massive muster yellow fan so not surprising! Love love love your dress Elsie <3

  • I just watched all of Wes Anderson’s movies! My favorite is The Darjeeling Limited closely followed by Life Aquatic. I loved this post!

  • Lovely outfit.
    Do you know this inspiration for the movie comes from the outfit worn by a French explorer named Jacques Cousteau??
    You can google his name and see pics of him at sea in the ouftit 🙂

  • Nice dresses 🙂
    But… what happend to Bill’s arm in the first pic? 😀

  • I love your sun glasses and your dress too. I think I’ll wear a blue dress and a red beanie today too, thanks for inspiration 😀

  • Ha! Fantastic post.

    Lindsay |

  • Ah, I love Wes Anderson films!! I do have a soft spot for The Royal Tenenbaums, though 🙂

  • OMG I just found this website…and this post just made it official…I’m in love. Wes Anderson movies are the best kind of inspiration. I want to go through and read all your posts now. 😀

  • I hate this movie. For real, and I don’t use that word freely. HA!! But, if you ever find yourself in St. Augustine, FL, you must check out Cousteau’s Waffle and Milkshake Bar. It’s Life Aquatic themed, and the food is amazing!!!

  • Oh, I’m loving these style muse posts! Please do an Audrey Hepburn one! <3

  • Hey Elsie! Love this style! Where are your sunglasses from?

    xoxo Chelsey

  • Love Style Muse posts! Love the vibrant look and beautiful, creative photos as always!


  • I literally squealed when I saw this! I adore The Life Aquatic! My husband and I are big Wes fans! We even named our dog Klaus after the Klaus in this movie and wrote “B-Squad” on his tags! Lol! This is definitely my favorite!

  • I absolutely love this!!! So creative Glitter Boots & Champagne Flutes

  • Hahaha! Such a funny style inspiration. You sure do make it look cute though 😉
    Juli xx

  • Suuuuper cute, especially loving the blue dress with embroidery (might pull out my red Toms with that inspired by your red hat!). Loving the style inspiration post!

  • #5 is my fave! Great look all around 🙂

    Janine Maral

  • My favorite Wes Anderson film(s) will always be a tie between the Royal Tenenbaums (a classic) and the Darjeeling Limited (simply beautiful)
    I love your blue dress!

  • Love your dress and how you styled it!

  • This is so great! I went to a waffle and milkshake bar yesterday that is ‘The Life Aquatic’ themed, you even get a discount if you wear a red beanie. What a fun coincidence 🙂

  • Oh I love this! Very inspiring, Els. Love this new feature.


  • I like this quirky style muse post! Looks like I have another film I need to add to my ‘Must Watch’ list.

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Love that pop of red! It goes so well with your hair color!


  • Oh Wes Anderson! Such great movies, I loved his last one, The grand Budapest Hotel, every frame is a work of art!

    Nice outfit, I am going to find something like it!

  • Aw so cute! Love Wes Anderson and the stripe top! I don’t know if I could pick just one Wes Anderson flick though – too hard!


  • I absolutely love this color! And that dress looks amazing 🙂

  • Cute outfit! I really love the pop of color, and I’d love to start pairing my outfits with hats!

    Jessica // LipsAndTrips

  • The Royal Tenebaums is one of my favorite films of all time. So many good one-liners. Pagoda, Eli Cash, the warm tones of the film, Anjelica Huston…I could go on and on. The first time I saw it, I was 11-12. It was on tv and I was fascinated. Junior and Senior year of high school, I watched it nearly everyday (bought the Criterion with my first barista paycheck). Still own it, still love it. My bf and I go back and forth quoting it a lot.

    Haha, sorry for the word vomit, but I feel very strongly about Wes Anderson films.

  • This is wicked cute and super fun!

    Warm Regards,

  • Cute! Also love the Life Aquatic Studio Sessions album that Seu Jorge did for the film, all acoustic Bowie songs.

  • Yes to Steve Zissou vibes! I was just thinking about this movie today! Love this so much!
    xx Lane

  • Great styling idea!! I love Wes Anderson films too! I think my favourite one is the Fantastic Mr. Fox! It was really impressive visually even though it was animated! And the story was so sweet!

  • love this! I am not a huge fan of red (generally) but I think this is something I could do. 🙂

  • All of them!!! But if I could be any of his characters it would be Margo from the royal tenenbaums or Angelica houstons character in Darjeeling unlimited…or….

  • Thanks for the super fun and creative post. I always go back to the first Wes Anderson film I saw as my favorite- Rushmore. All his films are brilliantly quote worthy.

  • This is really fun, keep it comin’ with the movie inspired style muse posts! Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom is my fashion inspiration most days.

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