How to Wear the Nautical Look
Updated: Jun 7
While some fashion trends come and go, others linger and are retold time and time again. Every year, the nautical look resurfaces in a somewhat reinvented way. It's a look that stylishly captures leisure-- the true essence of summer.
Even when incorporated into new fashion trends, seafaring style remains cool and chic. One of my favorite ways to wear the trend this season is in a nautical-striped romper. It's effortless and comfortable while also looking perfectly polished.
Be on the lookout for striped cold shoulder tops and dresses, which are also getting the nautical treatment this season.
I've always loved the navy and white colors, light knits and naval-inspired detailing that come with the nautical trend. I tried to incorporate all of those elements into this outfit in a fresh way.
Although this post features my look of the month, it also doubles as a look for less. Can you believe the price of this romper was only $16.99? I nabbed it at my local T.J. Maxx and the great news is: the same exact one is currently for sale on their website. Do not let this one get away ladies!
It's made by Mimi Chica and has an elastic waist, ruffle hem and relaxed fit. There is also a front snap closure at the bottom of the v-neck. The vertical stripes add a modern maritime feel in a slimming way.
The key to wearing stripes is all based on the cut and shape of the garment. When in doubt, stick with more figure-flattering vertical or diagonal stripes.
My obsession with sun hats is no secret, and I adore the vacation-themed script sun hats that are trending this season. It's such a fun way to add interest to just about any summer outfit.
The straw color and black script make this hat neutral enough to match with countless looks, from swimsuits to maxi dresses. A scripted "Bonjour" motto lends a playful touch to the brim. I priced out a few scripted hats at several department stores that were going for $200 or more. While I loved the look, I wasn't ready to splurge that much cash. However, I found a similar style at T.J. Maxx for $12.99. Score!
While I don't see one currently for sale on T.J. Maxx's website, you may be able to find this hat at your local store. If not, below is a link to a similar hat you can purchase on Amazon.
I completed the outfit with a studded leather clutch to add a little edginess to the look. However, a straw clutch would also work really well with this outfit.
Another accessory I have to point out, is the anchor bracelet I stacked with a few other of my favorite pieces. If you're not quite ready to set sail in a full nautical ensemble, accessorizing with anchor motifs is a great way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe. From handbags to jewelry, there are plenty of options.
My anchor bracelet was a Valentine's gift from my mom-- she found it in a new downtown Dunedin boutique called Roxy K. I always love perusing locally owned shops because I often find the most unique items there. Of course, in this case, it was my mom who discovered this bracelet. She has such a great eye for finding one-of-a-kind items. I already know that this bracelet will be a favorite piece of mine for years to come.
One of my biggest tips for accessorizing is simple: choose pieces that bring you joy. For me, anchors have such a symbolic meaning. Enjoyable boating days come to mind, but more than that, it's a reminder of the calm amidst the storm, a secure and steadfast strength. Whenever I glance down at my wrist, this bracelet reminds me of beautiful seaside days and of course, the special lady who gifted it to me: my anchor, my mom.
As always, thanks for reading! Let me know what other spring and summer styles you'd like to see featured. I love hearing from y'all.