We’ve seen these stripes time and time again, and they never seem to fade. From Coco Chanel’s nautical collection in 1917 to the nautical pieces in Banana Republic’s 2012 summer line, the nautical theme is timeless. The famous navy and white striped shirts, like the one this Fashionista is wearing, are actually properly termed Breton shirts, and they made their first debut in the mid 1850s, so they’ve survived over 150 years of fashion. These stripes are on jackets, sweater, dresses, tops, swimwear, and more. Designers have taken this nautical theme to a new level this summer.
The most important part of wearing nautical pieces, including, but not limited to Breton shirts, is making sure that you don’t actually look like a sailor. Wearing nautical on top and bottom is one of the easiest errors that can be made. In order to avoid this mishap, pair your Breton shirt with a pair of trousers or a pair of solid-colored shorts. The first of which adds a classic look to your outfit and the latter makes it perfect for the beach or a fair. This Fashionista paired her Breton shorts with flowy shorts, adding a girly and flirtatious touch to her outfit. You can also pair a Breton shirt or tank with a flowery skirt and a pair of metallic heels, a perfect combo for a date.
With nautical, you can stay classic and timeless, pairing it with solid colors, or mix it up by pairing it with other prints and colors. Whichever you choose, just make you sure to not go overboard with the stripes and anchors. They’re the perfect look for summer, Michael Kors recently tweeted: “Summer Essential: Nautical stripes. No wardrobe is complete without them”, and I can’t help but agree.