Navigating Nauticals

A New York Love Affair :: Stripes

Not that I ever need a reason to rock some nautical stripes, but hanging out by the water on America’s birthday is as good an excuse as ever!

Nautical style has been a part of our culture for well over a century, and really evokes a powerful blend of sporty elegance. At it’s core, its simple: white + navy (preferably in the form of stripes). But if you’re looking to ‘splash’ (see what I did there) a little more excitement onto your look, try using a few of these tips:

rA New York Love Affair :: Stripes

Sweater: Banana Republic (similar) | Short: Gap (similar) | Hat: street vendor (love this) | Bag: Elaine Turner | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot | Shoes: Toms

 

A New York Love Affair :: Stripes

A New York Love Affair :: Stripes

  1. Add a pop of color. Red is the natural first choice, so why not mix it up with an unexpected accent like yellow, orange or turquoise?
  2. Throw in a contrasting pattern. Whether it’s in the form of a scarf or a bag, try complimenting your nautical stripes with another print. I’m partial to polka dots, but you also shouldn’t be afraid to double down on the stripes (like I did in today’s look).
  3. Anchors away! Literally. Put them away. We get that your look is maritime-inspired, but the huge anchor across your chest is overkill. Keep the anchor motifs modest and understated. Maybe try incorporating them with a dainty bracelet or small print.

A New York Love Affair :: Stripes

A New York Love Affair :: Stripes

A New York Love Affair :: Stripes

Remember – you don’t need to be seaside to wear your naval-inspired outfit. This all-American look fares just as well on land, and can be worn in any season.

Shop more of my favorite nautical pieces here:

Anchors away!

xoxoelenamichelle-200

16 Comments

  • Reply July 23, 2015

    Darcy

    This is gorgeous! Love the stripes and where these pictures were taken!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  • Reply July 23, 2015

    Samantha

    Love this! I love the idea of adding a different color. I never thought about it but yes, red is my first thought! haha

  • Reply July 23, 2015

    Hannah Shanae

    Love this whole outfit and you look gorgeous as always. :)

    Hannah Shanae
    hannahshanae.com

  • Reply July 27, 2015

    Emily A

    LOVE the nautical look with a red lip! My favorite!

  • Reply July 28, 2015

    Ivette

    I LOVE the nautical look! It’s so cute with your straw hat and beach bag!!

    xo Ivette

  • Reply July 29, 2015

    Brenda

    You are always so chic and cool!!! You look so adorable in this shoot – love all the happy smiles!

    xoxo
    Brenda
    À LA PLAGE style

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