To say that the nautical trend isn’t exactly new is probably an understatement. Sneaking into the fashion world virtually each spring and transitioning into every summer, the seaside-inspired trend inspires Fashionistas worldwide to expose their inner prep. That’s right, Fashionistas, the word prep is no longer solely associated with graphic Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirts and way-too-small polos.
Seasoned Fashionistas who have decked themselves out in the nautical trend through countless summers have begun restyling the trend, taking looks from Navy to cruise-ready. Pairing pieces in the selective nautical palette (think white, blue and red), fashion leaders are evoking luxurious style through nautical-inspired prints and bold, vacation-ready accessories. This Fashionista shows us how to incorporate the seaside vibe into summer outfits without looking over-the-top sailor.
Screaming stripes, stripes and more stripes, the trend can sometimes prove tricky, as geometrically lined prints are difficult for some to wear. But fear not, Fashionistas, when done properly, stripes can quickly enhance a simple summer outfit. Pairing a classic white tank with vertically striped skinnies, today’s Fashionista exemplifies ritzy yacht style. Incorporating the nautical palette, the blue and white seersucker-like printed skinnies prove an alternative way to incorporate stripes into a nautical summer look, without opting for the usual blouses, tanks and dresses. For more statement making, yacht-inspired bottoms that practically exclaim, “I’m on a boat,” try J.Crew’s Café Capris in the Ratti Regata print.
Embellishing the look with none other than a classic anchor pendant necklace, this Fashionista simultaneously showcases the versatility of a floppy hat, notably one of the most difficult accessories to pull off. Floppy hats work double duty for the Fashionista, blocking damaging sunrays while adding instant fabulous flair. To complete the look, this Fashionista chose gladiator-inspired sandals, adorned in shell-resembling beaded detail.
Less daring Fashionistas can test out the waters with bold nail art. Try essie’s Naughty Nautical summer 2013 polish collection, coming in shades like “Rock The boat” and “Full Steam Ahead”. Described by the line’s founder and creative director Essie Weingarten as, “The perfect wardrobe for any journey,” the polishes undoubtedly express nautical spirit on a smaller scale.
Chic and clean, the nautical trend is one for any silhouette and proves a reliable and versatile look for summery temperatures anywhere. Whether rocking the trend aboard a summer cruise or invoking your inner nautical prep in between classes, seaside-inspired pieces add an instant nautical fix to any outfit.