One of my all-time favourite and timeless trends is the nautical trend. Remember Jackie Onassis walking down the jetty off her fabulous boat wearing those sailor pants, oversized sunglasses and her head wrapped in a scarf? Or Bridget Bardot with those gorgeous long blonde locks and navy and white striped jumper (and little else)?
This season it’s back in vogue and, mixed with the preppy trend, there are many different ways to work it. So that’s the perspective I’m to take. Working it, for work.
A corporate wardrobe doesn’t have to be made up of black, black and more black. Whilst definitely important pieces to own you to need to mix some personality into the mix.
The nautical stripe shirt:
Simple, chic and flattering this is one shirt that can be used for so many different occasions. Worn with denim shorts, a trouser or a pencil skirt adds sophistication to any outfit ensemble. This worn with white jeans talks to the nautical trend in a big way in for a stylish off-duty nautical look. Having a rotation of great shirts makes dressing really easy. Mix them up depending on the fabric, textures and patterns. They are an easy option in terms of getting dressing right. Every day. And roll the sleeves up to show off a bit of wrist. It softens this tailored look.
The navy split skirt:
For me navy has fast been becoming the new black, a softer, sophisticated option. A below the knee pencil skirt with a split offers a subtle point of difference (and sexiness) as you walk. The split isn’t too high but it’s high enough to create an eye-catching thigh splitting appeal.
Why not play up to the nautical theme in its entirety? A red heel does this perfectly. Accessories are such a fabulous way to express your personal style and adds a bit of individuality to an outfit. If your work environment is a little more conservative go for a pump instead (a burgundy tone is a wonderful option this season).
Gold jewellery is always a fun option for an accessory. Nothing says “in the navy” more than those heavenly gold and brass buttons. Work in some gold hardware to your look.
The nautical trend is wearable for everyone, this is just one of many different ways you can dress for work, rest and play. Create your own take on this trend, it’s here to stay.