How to Style the Nautical Trend Without Going Overboard
By Kelly Mosser
When executed correctly, the nautical trend can make for a classic, sophisticated look that’s delightfully preppy. Using the right colors, patterns, and textures is crucial if you want to avoid looking like Popeye the Sailor Man. Here are four tips to nailing the look, without going overboard.
First, build a palette of seaworthy colors. Poppy red, navy blue, and white are a must. This combination always looks sharp together, and can be supplemented with pops of neutral golds, blacks, or beiges. Take care not to wear too rich a red hue, due to the risk of confusing a chic nautical style with an unattractive, American flag-inspired, costume-ish mess.
The nautical trend allows for great freedom when it comes to experimenting with patterns. Stripes are always a safe bet, and should be worn in either black or navy blue for a crisp look. Red stripes are reminiscent of pirates, and are an advised ‘don’t.’ Also try incorporating other classic patterns in navy or black, and even mix with stripes for a super-trendy look.
It’s important not to be too literal when it comes to this summer’s trend. Subtly suggestive pieces such as a gold chain-link necklace or a rope bracelet convey exactly the right amount of seafaring fashion. Look for understated gold buttons and boat necklines that can enhance an outfit’s sophistication. Large or repeating anchors and t-shirts that say “Ahoy” or other relevant boating phrases are just too much.
Boat shoes and ballet flats add the perfect finishing touch on a nautical outfit. Opt for a neutral nude flat or a metallic slip on to make a classic outfit more current. A chunky heeled sandal is the perfect place to introduce another accent color to an outfit. Patent leather yellow looks fresh with an outfit of navy and white.
Even if you never set foot on the dock this summer, you’ll make a splash with your wardrobe choices. Though it’s ultra-trendy this season, the nautical look is one that will likely never fade out completely.