Fashion trend: Nautical

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Fashion trend: Nautical

Nautical has always been a trend that stays close by. Merely wearing stripes gives you the nautical edge, but summer brings with it stronger maritime themes...

Summer makes us feel like basking on the beach and strolling along the cobbles at dusk, and what better way to do this than douse in the nautical trend? Escaping that winter chill gives you the chance to work this classic look. Appropriate for every situation you can possibly imagine, the nautical style is timeless and that can mean only one thing in terms of fashion; affordable investments! Grabbing a few nautical themed pieces for your wardrobe will last you years and never go out of trend...

You may already have a few choice items lurking at the back of your wardrobe just waiting for you to swap the winter woolies for summer garments but what are the do’s and don’ts for the 2012 nautical trend?

Whether it’s spots, tribal or nautical, reemerging trends aren’t unfamiliar. They say fashion recycles itself. But each cycle, the trend needs a revamping so what’s new?

Paris fashion week featured a mix of nautical and tropicana. This unusual mix is what’s giving the maritime feeling a high-fashioned edge and remains to be the best way to give your nautical items a breath of fresh air. Think a quirky sailor hat tipped to the side with a vibrant playsuit. Hints and splashes of nautical items can turn your plain jane outfits into something out of the ordinary. Experimenting is the name of the game and mixing and matching existing garments is a great and affordable way to express the nautical style in your own quirky way. 

If you’re looking to inject some nautical themed garments into your wardrobe but don’t know where to start, try looking for the perfect top. A simple striped t-shirt can be teamed with anything and everything from shorts for beachwear to a blazer and smart jeans for the perfect summer smart casual look. Then add a little bit extra with your accessories. There are plenty of bags, sandals, shoes and jewelry out on the high street that cater for your nautical needs.

The nautical trend is quite a sophisticated look but spicing it up is easy. A classy striped jacket or anchor themed jewelry might be all you need but for va-va-voom, there are a couple of simple steps.

Nautical is more than just stripes. Postbox reds, scarf prints and cream summer dresses all complement the nautical look perfectly whilst making it your own. And although we love experimenting with our style here at the A Brand New You HQ, there are a few rules and regulations you should be considering when putting together your own nautical look...

Wearing stripes

When thinking nautical, it’s only a matter of time before you come across the stripes. Despite the hostility surrounding them, they can be one of the most flattering styles out there, if you know what you’re doing! 

Nautical stripes are all to do with colours. Often navy and white (sometimes with a splash of red thrown in), it is solely the colour that makes the stripes seem maritime and there are so many styles out there. This means you can invest in tops, shorts, trousers, dress and skirts in a width and fitting to suit you rather than forcing an unflattering trend upon your figure. 

Generally speaking, thinner stripes suit most frames with thicker ones usually perfect for athletic and slim figures. Also think about adding texture and varying width. A thick leather waist belt will distract the eye from your stomach whilst long pendants or a decorative scarf will elongate your torso. 

The preppy look

If you’re not the one for clean cut style, nautical is a hard trend to pull off. Nautical is best kept simple and unfazed, even when you’re adding some edge. This doesn’t mean you can’t think outside the box. Decorative scarf prints are a fantastic and unusual trend hit this spring/summer and make for an interesting combination teamed with a navy blazer. Navy, white and red are nautical colours but cream, yellows, purples and oranges complement these perfectly. Just small splashes of unexpected colour could be all your look needs.

Don’t forget the other trends this season. Tribal is a no-go but floral prints and romantic styles can also complement the nautical look. Chiffon fabrics and elaborate collars are big and a simple cream blouse looks fabulous with a rope style necklace or striped bow. 

The nautical look is a timeless classic but that doesn’t mean you need to regurgitate the same looks. Simply revive old items or updating your wardrobe with a few key pieces is all you need to perfect the nautical look and make it truly original. 

Inspiration block? Pinterest have a nautical fashion board free to browse at your disposal! Check out accessory ideas, colour themes and where to shop for the best items. 

For more fashion tips, advice and trends for sumer 2012, take a look at our fashion section.

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