Nautical stripes will always be in style but we love a retro take on the look. Silhouettes and details from the thirties conjure images of the French Riviera. From Rachel Comey's knit high waist shorts to D&G's loose ribbon-tie tank, the look is laid back but pulled together.
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When Rubin Singer did a full on nautical collection in New York for his Spring 2009 show we admit we thought it was a little too much cruise collection not quite enough spring/summer. But after seeing D&G's delightful diffusion line take on naughty and gnarly nautical we might have to soften the stance on cruise as summer collection attire. Who are we to stand on ceremony, cruise is just summer in a different hemisphere anyway right?
While it may homogenize merchandising a bit we were tickled by stripes (a trend report of ours in New York) on everything from dresses and capris to full on bathing robes. Add to that a few jaunty little high waisted trousers (who cares if its been done to death already?) and some pert camisoles and we might just convince ourselves that we need to get on the Dolce and Gabanna yacht.
Sailor pants are such fun. They're a quick and casual way to look nautical and fresh and what's not to love about those adorable buttons? These J Brand Shoreman Sailor Pant ($217) are adorable but ahoy mate expensive! Let's see if we can find the look on the cheap . . .
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A pair of perfect navy blue sailor pants miraculously made their way into my life recently and have inspired me to bring out my inner sailor-ette, full force. The nautical trend has long been a part of fashion history — hello, Jean Paul Gaultier — but these perfect pants make me want to come sail away, and Shopbop's nautical selection is allowing me to do just that. Won't you join me on my proverbial ship by incorporating anchors, stripes (a la 3.1 Phillip Lim's resort line, left), and brass buttons into your closet? Is that an "aye aye Fab" I hear?!
While Gabrielle Union's infectious smile draws me in, her nautical navy and white Laila Azhar dress keeps me there. The Summer season calls for sailing and sailing calls for a nautical outfit. Whether or not you partake in the water games, wear yourself a nautical navy and white ensemble because it's refined and refreshing. If a nighttime activity sounds more up your stream than daytime sailing, follow Gabrielle and pick a polished nautical outfit that will look appropriate on land, when the sun goes down.
Summer is nearing so it's not so surprising you all have nautical styles on the brain. This week's Fab finds all made it obvious that you need a vacation involving yachts . . . large, Jay Z-style yachts!