For today’s post, I’m participating with Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style in their monthly “Good Buy, Good Bye” post. As you can see, the theme is nautical. When you think of a nautical look, what comes to mind?
First, of course, is the sea. Sailors, boats, and crisp whites and blues.
So, how does this appear in fashion?
What is a Nautical Look?
In fashion, almost any combination of white and blue, and a touch of red, too!
Here are some nautical elements in clothing:
- Stripes–tees, dresses, pants
- Neckerchief–worn by many laborers, including sailors
- White Pieces–in crisp, clean white
- Wide Leg Pants–as in “sailor” pants
- Dark Navy–in pants, shoes, blazers (like the ship’s captain)
- Touches of Red–in neckerchiefs, tops, or accessories
- Boat Shoes–or any shoes with soft soles
- Wide Collar Blouses–often with a tie at the neck (Think: Shirley Temple)
I know that is also our American color palette for patriotic holidays, but it just seems nautical to me, and today, many fashionistas style nautical with all three colors.
A former petite colleague of mine was a nautical devotee. Absolutely everything she wore was in red, white, and blue or some combination of the three. Everything was of the very best quality and she looked so put together. She decorated her home in the same color theme with classic nautical accents and it totally worked for her!!
Honestly, it’s a color combination that most anyone can wear to create a crisp, clean, and classic look.
This is my take of a nautical-styled outfit in a super casual style for summer.
The Nautical Locale
Where to take photos for this post? Why at a marina, of course! So, my professional photographer (my husband!) and I headed to Dana Point Harbor, a short distance from our house. If boats and water don’t set the theme for a nautical post, I don’t know what does! While there, we went ahead and had lunch on this bright, sunny day.
My Nautical Style
As our weather is warming up, at last, I went for a super casual look and feel. Cut-offs and a tee are my go-to summer style, so I gave it a little nautical style.
High Rise Denim Shorts (4 washes, Women’s and Women’s Plus)
There are lots of denim shorts are there, and these button-front ones are my current favorite. They are from Target–you know, that designer store we are all loving these days! Lol! I like the slightly longer length and wider leg–this works on almost any body type. You can cuff or uncuff the hem.
This is a cute, inexpensive nautical tee I picked up at TJ Maxx. And you know it’s nautical ’cause of the big anchor on the front!! Haha! A graphic tee like this is always fun and I like the saying, “Life Is Good.” (It turns out that Life Is Good is a company that makes all manner of boat and sea apparel!)
For that cool coastal air, I almost always carry a light jacket. This is an older one in seersucker. Adding a striped anything adds to the nautical feel of this casual outfit.
Another way to add nautical flair is in your shoes. Like these cute red striped sneakers! These are by Jack Rogers, who makes nice shoes and are super affordable. They are described as “seersucker” but aren’t an authentic tight-and-loose warp, but they do mimic that fabric! (See the post, Seersucker: The Perfect Summer Fabric to learn more about this fabric.)
Any boat lover knows that the shoes you wear on a boat are critical. No city shoes with dark soles! Typically, boat shoes or sneakers are the shoes of choice.
Be sure to watch for all the nautical looks and styles in Shelbee’s and Nancy’s posts!