Nautical style is huge this summer, yet you don’t have to set sail to make a splash. This fun and polished look works just as well in a woman’s wardrobe as it does in a man’s and can be effortlessly pulled off at any age.
Originally made popular in the 1920s, the nautical trend continues to show up on the runway and in various collections for comfortable, yet fashion-forward everyday wear.
Synonymous with European sophistication, the classic look works beautifully with denim as well as khaki, adding elegance to an otherwise casual outfit. The key to wearing nautical-inspired couture without looking like you’re headed to a costume party, is keeping it simple.
Here are a few tips to looking chic without going overboard.
When you are trying a new look for the first time, you may get the impression that to pull it off it has to feel like work. However, that is just not the case with this trend. In fact, simplicity is key to making the most out of this style!
Start by using just one strong detail and keep the pattern to only one piece of clothing. For example, if you choose a nautical striped coat, then wear white or denim to go with it. Having just one trendy piece and the rest neutral helps amplify the detail and keep it appealing.
Also, by keeping the look simple you’ll find that the pieces can be mixed with a variety of others. Try a striped blazer or shirt with dark washed denim or white pants.
Just because it is nautical doesn’t mean the look has to stay in the confines of navy and white. You can certainly spice things up by integrating a variety of hues such as gold, red, or turquoise. Adding color keeps the style fresh and fierce.
Keep it Cool
One reason the nautical theme works so well in the summertime is because it is mainly printed on cotton, linen or seersucker fabrics to help wick away the heat. For an even cooler daytime look, ditch the denim shorts and consider wearing high-waisted white or black shorts with a nautical-inspired top.
Wear Your Stripes Right
Anyone can look good in stripes. Seriously! Just stick to figure-flattering diagonal or vertical stripes and avoid extra-large horizontal strips that lay flat and draw attention to the areas you rather hide.
Easily adding nautical-inspired jewelry and accessories can turn an otherwise boring outfit into one that will catch everyone’s eye. Think scarves, rope necklaces and bracelets, and anchor charms and earrings. People will be lining the pier just to get a glimpse of you!
Every year nautical-inspired fashions grace the runways and each summer the style just gets hotter! Best of all, this timeless trend has yet to go out of style. Whatever you add to your wardrobe this year will most likely still be in fashion next summer.
Want to find out what other fashions are making a comeback? Check out the wackiest trends from the 80s and 90s!
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