You may not be an hour’s drive from the Hamptons this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock an East Coast-inspired nautical look! With hints of navy and white and simple, structured pieces, the nautical look is a timeless American favorite and a classic summer standby. Though the typical nautical ensemble includes high-waisted shorts and solid polo shirts, this fashion season takes the sailor look a step further with bold colors and chunky accessories.
I stumbled upon this preppy Fashionista while she sipped an iced latte at a trendy coffee shop downtown. With her white-hot skinnies and striped peplum blouse, she looked patriotic, breezy and ready to set sail! She paired her striped blouse with a dainty yet dramatic jeweled cuff bracelet, which perfectly references the popular color blocking trend while still balancing her sailor-savvy style. She topped it all of with a chic pair of aviators and a neutral, slouchy Marc Jacobs bag.
White denim and khakis are the preferred bottoms when it comes to anything nautical — primary colors and horizontal stripes are much more noticeable (and appreciated) when they can bounce off of a blank canvas. Navy, red, Kelly green and yellow are all nautical-friendly accent choices, but don’t be afraid to incorporate some neons or pastels into your look. Take it to the next level with a bright pair of Top-Siders or an oxford-style shirtdress — just be careful not to over do it (think Charlotte York, not Popeye).
Whatever your location, a sailor-inspired ensemble makes for the perfect summer get-up. Let your inner prep make a cameo appearance and nonchalantly strut your stuff at your next backyard barbeque or shopping trip. All aboard for a nautical summer!