Hip Nautical

Nay sayers be damned – you can and you should adopt a nautical horizontal stripe this season.

You can wear stripes

A navy/white double breasted blazer (above) by Reiss is beautiful, but it might be too bold for those still concerned with adding too much emphasis to their mid-section.

You can achieve a similar nautical look by layering – try a breezy oversized stripe t-shirt under a solid white or navy blazer.

I like this navy/white option (styled with casually rolled sleeve) from Reiss paired with a Top Shop tee (they ship to Canada!):

Even if you don’t see the appeal in a tailored option, there are plenty of choices:

A tie dye option nods to the horizontal stripe seen earlier, but it gets an update with rich navy blue and bright-meets-dulled white. Nothing could be simpler than this one piece look – even tied at the waist, it is flow-y and suitable for most body types. Loosely fit with an open scoop neckline, Reiss’ tie dye dress offers a breathable garment that could be tossed in a beach tote without hesitation – throw over your swimsuit and hit the beach.

The trend has really been covered by every design market, from sexy silhouettes, to conscious-of-your-curves craftmanship, but it would not be complete without some accessories. Much like everything I have shown you today, the emphasis is on ease of use/wear. Monocle Magazine (Monocle) teamed with Bill Amberg to create canvas bags (see above) that offer just that. Clean lines meet solid colours & leather patches – an accent accessory that won’t veer away from your already established simplicity.

As far as I am concerned, if you want to aim for casual elegance and sophistication, there are ways to achieve it this summer. Nautical need not be interpreted in a ‘geriatric meets Carnival Cruise Lines’ way – simple stripes have never seemed more youthful and modern.

Bottom line: You’ll see more of the sun, because you won’t be trapped in front of the mirror and isn’t it about time you enjoyed your summer?

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