By Amy Tsai
Tides are forever turning in the ebb and flow that is fashion, but one classic trend always seems to stay afloat, buoyed to our hearts, continually making waves, as ubiquitous as a lighthouse by the shore. Duh, we’re talking about the nautical trend! Last year’s resort collections predicted yet another rise in nautical details for Spring 2016…not that they’d ever really go away.
But lucky for us non-catwalkers, the nautical look is as easy as it is iconic. And the great thing is you don’t need an actual yacht party invite to look like you belong in the video for “I’m On A Boat.” Today we’ve compiled some tips, along with a few looks, to show you how to do this nautical thing right. (As if we’d ever steer you wrong!) So let’s just jump right in, shall we?
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First things first, the basics. The three easiest ways to dress nautical? One, stripe right: Just put on stripes and you’re halfway to nauti land. Two, salute the flag: Wearing red, white, and navy takes you the rest of the way. And three, hit print: You can also go in a more literal direction with whimsical patterns like ropes, anchors, boats, and even lobsters!
The nautical trend evolved from 19th-century French naval uniforms, so you’ll find yourself in shipshape if you just emulate the seafarer at the helm of it all – the captain! A modified blazer (really anything with lapels), especially one with gold coat of arms buttons, will give you the sophisticated look of a worldly traveler…without the scraggly beard!
But you don’t have to limit yourself to the captain’s closet. ‘Cause we all know from Fleet Week that sailors dress pretty fly themselves, with those signature white and blue tie-front uniforms. You can follow suit with a pussy bow blouse, a scarf fashioned like an ascot, or a dress with knotted ties around the neck, sleeves, or waist.
Maritime Merry Time
If you’re worried about falling overboard into costume territory, we say just go with a romper. The cool, carefree one-piece (“romp” is in its name!) epitomizes that easy, sea-breezy beach vibe, and to really evoke the nautical element choose one with rope detailing, a flowy silhouette, or a vacation-ready halter. Accessorize accordingly, and you’ll be saying “Ahoy!” in no time.