One of my favorite trends for summer is adding nautical-inspired pieces to your favorite looks. The classic color scheme of red, white and navy enhances any outfit with a touch of easy elegance, while evoking the feeling of summer and walking down the boardwalk.

This week’s Fashionista takes hints from nautical trends while infusing her own personal style to create a breezy and fashionable summer look. For example, she takes the traditional navy and white color scheme and updates it by swapping navy for a fresh cobalt blue. A rope belt is the perfect accessory for her swingy striped dress. It certainly brings to mind that nautical feeling, while also cinching the dress to give it more shape. This Fashionista chose the ultimate boating shoes, Sperry Top-Siders to complete this nautical look. She adds an armful of bracelets for an extra touch of her personality in this look.

Another great thing about outfits with nautical notes is that they can easily take you from occasion to occasion. For example, this Fashionista can wear her outfit for a casual stroll on the boardwalk during the day and then swap her flats for wedges to create a dressier look for evening.

Creating a nautical-inspired look is a perfect way to experiment with mixing patterns, like stripes and polka-dots. Add high-waisted silhouettes to bring a little retro into your summer look.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Sometimes all you need for the perfect summer look is a cute dress, a belt and your favorite pair of shoes.”