Now Voyager, Sail Thou Forth: The nautical trend gets a fresh perspective
The nautical trend is as much of a summer essential as crisp, sweet slices of watermelon, the simple, drippy deliciousness of an ice-lolly, and the joy of finally breaking out your prettiest dishes for al fresco entertaining.
But while nautical accessories, Breton stripes and sailor pants are perennial faves, we love the thought of the classic trend getting a fresh new re-imagining. Think classic preppy pieces infused with crisp ocean spray, tumbling waves and a hint of urban energy for an adventurous, contemporary feel.
Read on and sail onwards, to discover more.
We have to admit having more than a mild addiction to the timeless simplicity of classic navy stripes – but if you’re hankering for something beyond your favourite Breton tee this summer, look towards luxurious natural fabrics like silk instead. Ideal for keeping you cool through sunny days and balmy nights, a striped silk dress is a cleverly refined way to re-invent the look.
We love the effortless ease of this silk and cotton striped dress from COS – with a gently relaxed fit, it feels like it would be an ultra-flattering dream of an outfit.
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While the nautical look often channels a boyish, sailor vibe, this summer, try giving it a softer and more feminine feel. Soft, light and comfortable fabrics feel sensuous, while added details give a sweet touch of charm to the trend.
Look for pretty eyelet fabrics, cut-out patterns and a coquettish cropped shoulder. The Bardot is a gorgeous and flattering silhouette that’s perfect for summer – show off a hint of collar bone with a soft linen top, pared with sweeping, wide sailor trousers.
Bringing the nautical look to a more subtle and sophisticated level, Giorgio Armani re-wrote the trend with a smattering of gentle layers, softly soothing fabrics and elegant cuts, inspiring a look that exudes the ease of a calm, summer sea.
Work your favourite striped tees with relaxed trousers in light-as-air fabrics, or try the billowing shapes of an oversized shirt dress in crisp, bold white.
Sometimes all you need is the right accessory to hint at a trend subtly – and a piece of driftwood is the perfect way to bring a little of that wild and dreamy seascape to your everyday outfit.
Our Kio wooden pendant necklace combines the simplest of ingredients – white cotton thread with a light piece of driftwood, naturally sculpted by the elements. Wear it over the sleekest of black summer dresses for a minimalistic hint of the sea.
How will you channel the ocean this summer? Share your favourite nautical trends and inspirations with us!