All aboard! Get seaworthy with the latest maritime trend. Straight off the ocean and onto the fashion pages of catalogues and glossy mags, this look is fresh and fabulous. It cannot be said that the nautical look is a new style, but it certainly is a popular one that keeps rearing its head in the land of fashion.
Back in the mid 1800’s, Queen Vic propagated this stripy style borrowed from French seamen, when she dressed the then Prince of Wales in a teeny sailor suit. The aaah-factor was astounding and style icon, Princess Diana and the Dutchess of York followed (ahem!) suit and donned their page boys in the same style ensemble. It was truly only when Coco Chanel took the navy, white and red onto the catwalk that the fashion peaked and became extensively accessible.
This classic trend is incredibly versatile and can be styled for virtually any occasion. It is possible, with a little know-how, to get a nautical number to look chic, subtle, fun or even elegant, depending on the required look.
For simple sailor style, pair navy micro shorts or skinny jeans with a striped top or tee. A thin red belt or hairband and red flat pumps will add the touch of rouge that rounds off this modest yet marvellous look. Add a splash of colour to take it up a notch to laidback elegance a la Kate Moss by adding a contrasting red jacket.
A more sophisticated look can easily be acquired by adding gilded accessories to the overall ensemble....