Your nautical color palette should consist of crisp neutrals, like navy and white, and bright accents of red, yellow, and orange. The contrast between colors is highlighted by crisp patterns, such as bold stripes or a graphic design of anchors or sailboats. The goal is to create an outfit that feels as fresh as a stiff ocean breeze.
It may be too cold to break out your entire nautical wardrobe right now, but you can start by layering your striped tees with cardigans in the nautical color palette. As the temps rise (or if you take a mid-winter vacation to somewhere sunny and warm), you can swap out your wool scarf for a striped cotton ones and add your skirts and dresses into the rotation.
The great thing about nautical-inspired pieces is that they make a big impact without requiring a lot of effort. For example, a pair of tailored navy and trousers and a white oxford shirt is a rather boring look. But add a yellow cardigan and a navy and white striped scarf and you suddenly have an outfit.
Need more ideas before you create your own nautical outfit? Check out my nautical style Pinterest board below for inspiration and outfits.
It's February which means that stores are now carrying their pre-spring collections and it is time to break out your favorite nautical pieces! Whether you prefer a subtle nod to maritime style with navy and white stripes or you want to go all out with anchor-patterned pieces, this is a great way to break up the late winter fashion blues.
After a cold and snowy couple months, we enjoyed a taste of warm weather this week in Chicago. However, it will still be awhile before we can break out the shorts and sandals. During the slow transition from winter to spring, I embrace nautical fashion because you can combine the spirit of warm weather without losing much-needed layers.
But most importantly, I could feel great in these clothes as a set because each individual piece was within my comfort zone and was comfortable to wear. That also means that I can take each part of this outfit and wear it many other ways in settings that might not be suited to a stripe-on-stripe look. It's a lot easier to try something outside the box when you don't have to commit to always doing it that way. What fun color palettes or patterns have you experimented with this season?