Summer is all about spending time by the water, and slowly but surely, the water’s effect drip drops its way into our style, giving us the trend everyone goes crazy for — nautical. This Fashionisto has mastered the nautical look in an understated and cool way. The key to his look is choosing quality key pieces and coordinating accessories with a nautical flair.
As many of the best preppy outfits do, this Fashionisto starts with a great pair of khakis. A good fit and color is important in these because they are the blank canvas from which you can create a whole outfit. Finding the right shade of khaki is crucial, lighter ones are better for summer and pair nicely with pastels, whereas darker tobacco or golden colors work well in the fall and winter with darker sweaters and a button-down.
This Fashionisto paired his nearly white khakis with a red striped Vineyard Vines oxford shirt, giving his look a classic, summery aesthetic. Cuffing the sleeves does double duty, lending a laid back feel to the outfit and keeping you cool. It’s all about the little tricks to stay stylish and comfortable in the Richmond summer heat.
What really locks in the nautical look are his accessories. From head to toe, this Fashionisto makes his outfit something special with awesome sea-inspired details. What stood out to me the most was his cool fishhook belt. I had never seen anything like this and thought it was a really inventive way to incorporate the nautical trend. This belt does nautical in a big, but classy, way. The key to pulling off big trend pieces like this is to make sure it is good quality because doing strong trends can come off as cheap if you don’t take great care to make sure it looks just as sharp as the rest of your outfit.
The ocean influence continues in this Fashionisto’s outfit with his Sperry Top-Siders. The dark leather and white sole screams summer by the sea and matches his belt perfectly, completing his preppy summertime look. Navy and red are the quintessential nautical colors and his vintage watch adds the perfect touch, echoing the red from his shirt and gold from the fishhook belt buckle. He finishes his outfit off with a classic pair of Ray-Ban Clubmasters, looking polished and preppy for a Richmond June day. This Fashionisto has got his look down to a hook.
Hint: You don’t have to go overboard (no pun intended) with the nautical trend. This Fashionisto went all the way with his fishhook belt and Sperry Top-Siders, but anyone can try their hand at trends by just adding a little something to their outfit. You don’t have to max out your credit card at Vineyard Vines, just try a striped oxford here or a little navy and red there. Easy!