August, with its balmy weather and perpetual sunshine, is a time for lounging around on deck chairs, taking cruises with a glass of Prosecco in hand and wearing a lot of navy and white. The nautical trend has been around for many seasons, but it has made a powerful resurgence on the runways this spring and summer, with models in the Chanel and Paul Smith shows rocking cruise-ready looks with breezy, crisp fabrics and blue and white accents. The fashion industry has done away with the conspicuous symbols of the nautical trend such as sailor hats and gold nautical buttons, but has instead adopted subtle details such as sky blue tones and fine pinstripes. During the summer, it’s easy to get stuck in a business-formal rut during your internships and jobs, but the weekend is a time to go on cruise control in all aspects of your life—including style.

This Fashionista knows how to take it easy in her casual outfit with subtle nautical details. Her white sleeveless blouse from Zara may seem simple on first glance, but incorporates fine navy piping along the edges to accentuate its silhouette and construction. Her crisp, cotton shorts from Forever 21 features minuscule cutouts near the hem, and are made from a near-black navy fabric that offer a striking contrast to the white top. Her Steve Madden sandals have thick leather straps that evoke an effortless Scandinavian sensibility, but are delicate enough for any vacation occasion. Finally, she adds both polish and edge to her ensemble with two pearl earrings on each ear, which gives her an air of sophistication without detracting from her youthfulness. This Fashionista is ready to set sail. 

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “With a navy and white outfit, I feel like I’m at the beach even when I’m at the office!”