Here’s a tip to get your wardrobe in ship-shape this summer. Try adding a touch of nautical for a sporty, youthful look. Here’s how to dress for smooth sailing ahead.
Add An Accent
If you want to dip a toe into this style, or secretly wonder if it’s right for you, ease into the look with nautical-themed accessories. Try anchor-shaped stud earrings, a watch with a starfish motif, or a necklace made from rope. Even a fedora with an anchor on the brim or a scarf printed with ships could be a way to sneak some seaside style into your look!
Know The Colors
Nautical style is as much about outright embellishment, like ropes and anchors, as it is about a specific color palette: Navy, red, beige, and of course, crisp, clean white. These colors automatically bring to mind fresh breezes, flapping sails and a sporty lifestyle. Create an outfit in these colors and you’re on course to look nautical inspired.
Think Shape And Structure
Nautical style is very, very preppy- meaning that structured shapes are a key part of the look. Dress pants should be razor-sharp and slim cut, but can be cuffed for a more casual look. Tops are often striped. Boatnecks are popular and make sure the fit is slim, not baggy.
Play With Prints
Crisp navy and white stripes are an essential part of the nautical style. But don’t worry, stripes are more wearable than you might think! The key? Keep them away from the area you’re self-conscious of. That means if you have a large bottom half you’re better to stay away from a striped skirt, but you could wear a striped top with a solid navy skirt. Another option if you are worried about stripes making you look wide? Reach for a striped tote, or sandals to get the same nautical vibe.
Don’t Go Overboard!
To keep your look from being costume-like, don’t have more than 3 or 4 nautical-themed elements in your look. That kind of matchy- matchy perfection is aging. If you’re at a loss of what to pair with a nautical style, just choose chic and structured pieces from the color palette listed above.
Do you like the new nautical inspired look? Let me know in the comments below.