Summer is wonderful because of the longer days, better weather, and of course, the opportunity to put your best nautical looks to work in summer 2011. Summer fashion is all about dressing for the weather and bringing the color back in to your wardrobe. Dressing in nautical inspired fashions is one great way to do both.
Stripes are a must if you want to go nautical for the summer of 2011. Most nautical fashions utilize navy blue and white stripes or red and white stripes. Look for tanks, tees, blouses, cardigans, and dresses in these patterns. Consider these pieces: Nautical Knit Tunic (Forever 21, $17.80), Pleated Strip Tank (Ann Taylor Loft, $36.50), or Nautical by Nature Dress (ModCloth, $47.99).
To outfit your lower half, look for pieces in neutral colors, likes whites and khakis, with clean, crisp lines. Linen trousers and sailor shorts and pants are perfect for seaside style. Consider these pieces: Milly Natural Sailor Shorts (Stylebop.com, $160.00) or Fisher Stretch Sailor Pant (Ralph Lauren, $99.50).
For the added nautical touch, look for pieces with quintessential nautical icons like the anchor, the sailboat, and the ship steering wheel. These images can be found on anything from graphic tees to jewelry. Consider these pieces: Silver Nautical Anchor Necklace (What’s About Town, $24.77), Orientation Week Tee in Thursday (ModCloth, $32.99), or Anchor Necklace (Forever 21, $5.80).
Don’t forget about your feet when dressing nautical for the summer! Boat shoes are a sensible and stylish choice for a more active outfit. For a fancier feel, espadrilles are this summer’s sandal of choice. Consider these: Bandolino Dyani (Piperlime, $69.00) or Women's Bluefish 2-Eye Boat Shoe (Sperry Top-Sider, $79.00).
Whether you are seaside or landlocked, you can still look great in this year’s summer fashions and the nautical look is both fun and easy to achieve!