Living in a coastal city and being summer time is almost synonymous with dressing nautical style. This style can get a little kitschy and I wanted to put a look together with subtle touches to make it wearable even if you are not on the coast. There are some certain details I like to highlight when dressing this cool and relaxed style called nautical that is the topic of today’s post.
Stripes are the first detail I think of when I go nautical. Images of striped beach towels and cabanas always come to mind. This can be achieved through so many things such as the textile on a skirt, dress, top, pants, jacket, or shorts or print on a handbag or canvas shoe. I love my blue and white stripe knit skirt with a tie at the waist and how it evokes that nautical feel.
KNOTS & ROPE
Knots themselves, like the tie on my skirt are another detail to look for. They are reminiscent of sailors knots when boats get tied to a dock and can provide a flirty detail on clothing and accessories without being frilly. My necklace plays into this as well being that the top portion of it is a soft ivory rope.
Mesh and textured sheer fabrics are another way to introduce nautical vibes into your look. I included this detail via a white tee with a geometric lace panel at the shoulders in my outfit. Netting has always been a part of fisherman’s and shore life, so why not add this to give a nod to it.
A bucket bag can be worn with so many styles and are a very classic, timeless piece. They remind me of the casual, laid back feeling of living near the beach. Grommets and the shape of some crab cages I have seen all take a play into the nautical style.
RED, WHITE, & BLUE COLOR PALETTE
Nothing could be more recognizable to the nautical style than the red, white, & blue color palette. These Americana tones can be anything ranging from a tangerine-red to a fire engine red and a cobalt blue to a navy blue. With my white top and blue skirt, I introduced red through my lip color and toe nail polish.
BRASS & GOLD
Brass and gold are familiar sights in boating, think of brass bells gracing a beautiful yacht. Metals can be incorporated in so many ways into an outfit…jewelry and hardware on belts, handbags, and shoes. A rope and metal necklace along with a set of gold bangles was just enough to complete my nautical outfit.
- White Lace Tee: Old Navy via Poshmark
- Tidelines Skirt: Anthropologie via Poshmark
- Bucket Handbag: Charming Charlie
- Metal & Rope Necklace: Anthropologie via Poshmark
- Curved Bracelet Trio: Lane Bryant
- Wedges: Payless Shoe Source
Today’s Postivity Note
Appreciate life as it happens. Moments will soon pass and you will wish you had treasured them more.