Ahoy Mate!

18 Dec

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Yves Cousteau

The wet weather from earlier this week is long gone, but I’m still dressing like I belong on a boat. Not that I need a few rainy days as an excuse; being a long time beach-worshipper, I love the nautical trend more than your average girl. I often have to stop myself from buying another striped top, and navy blue is by far my favorite neutral. I also love bows, which bring to mind a prettified and less functioning sailor’s knot. My recently-purchased Sydney Striped Dress from French Connection covers all three of these requirements, and I cannot wait for my first opportunity to wear it.

Veering away from the traditional navy blue and striped look, sometimes a bright pattern is enough to evoke that beachy feeling. I even named my dog Milly after designer Michelle Smith’s line of feminine prints and popping colors, perfect for a day spent relaxing by the water. Her dresses instantly transport me to some beach, somewhere.

Milly (the dog) loves my stripes.

Milly (the designer) offers the perfect print for a spring day.

As always, accessories play a big role in nautical-themed ensembles. First, there are shoes. If you’re going for a comfortable and casual look, your best bet is a pair of Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes. I own four pairs (with the most recent pair being bought at a bait shop – thanks, Dad), and I’m already eyeing a new pair for next spring.  However, if you want to sass it up a bit, red shoes are the perfect accent for an outfit otherwise anchored in navy blue. While I’m still in the market for the perfect pair of red pumps (suggestions welcome!), I practically live in my Tory Burch red quilted flats.

Handbags have also jumped on board with the out-to-sea trend.  This Diane von Furstenberg Striped Sara Tote is begging me to fill her up with a beach towel and some fashion magazines. For something a bit subtler and more appropriate for everyday, I like Rebecca Minkoff’s Teal Alligator Morning After Bag. The sea foam green pairs nicely with navy blue and adds a bit of spunk to your outfit.

couldn't have said it better myself

Even during the months of sweater weather and dreary days, my closet offers me the perfect escape, with my nautical pieces reminding me of sunny skies, the smell of sunscreen and sand between my toes.


One Response to “Ahoy Mate!”


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