With the spring weather shifting into summer in the blink of an eye, I saw it fit to get nautical and kick the new season off right. In past years, I dressed in nautical inspired ways because I thought it looked cute and it was what I saw others doing. Now that I am truly identifying with my personal style I didn’t seem to fit the cookie cutter look most nautical themes portray. I felt; however, that I couldn’t just take this look off the menu for summer, but rather cater it to a style that reflects me. Nautical fashion is a summer staple that is here to stay, from navy and white, to anchors and boat shoes, it’s a great go-to when the warm weather hits. Play up an old classic to give it a modern twist with some edge. Add your personality and finishing touches and you’ll be ready to tackle the sweltering heat of the summer months without playing a game of “bitch stole my look” with a Sperry mannequin.
1) Distressed Pieces- wearing distressed clothing is and easy way to add an edge to any outfit. Keep the color scheme in line with the old classic, reds, blues, and white, and add some visual interest with different textures, shapes, and styles. This year crochet is a big trend for the warmer months, it will be great for adding an unexpected texture. Fringe is also a good choice for making a bold statement while remaining within the nautical color palette.
2)Mixed Metals- For many years mixing silver and gold was a major faux pas. Some still shy away from it, but it’s definitely on the rise. It gives any classic look a splash of modernity. Look for statement necklaces and bracelets that will provide some depth to your outfit. The best part about metals is that they are neutral and can be paired with so many different things, so you will be able to wear these pieces many, many more times.
3) Finishing Touches- Nothing says edgy like some studs and a dark lip. Put away your anchor accessories and opt for some with rocker-chic studs. Doing so will also add to the mixed metals effect. Try a pair of gladiator sandals for a masculine but still elevated edge. Lastly, throw it back to the grunge era with a dark red lip color to add the final touches to your look.
The nautical style is a staple for summer and will be around for many years. Try experimenting with different variations of the style and cater it to your own personal taste. You don’t have to shy away from a look because you don’t fit the cookie-cutter image of it. Get creative and improve upon the catalog look while remaining true to yourself.
My Outfit Details:
3 places I would wear this look:
1. Summer Cookout (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.)
2. On a boat
3. Walking around a harbor-side town/city