Unlike the 1940s when nautical style in fashion was a sign of patriotism and support of the military at the time of WWII, modern seafarer inspired look is a sign of good taste and elegance. Take a cue from sailors and naval officers for standout pieces and add a touch of French Riviera style from the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly to create a perfect sophisticated classic look, with a few modern twists.
Set aside sailor collared dresses that look more like a costume for a themed party and instead opt for a modern alternative in navy, white and stripes. A boat neck would be a bonus. Style with a contemporary version of a mariner’s neck tie – a silk scarf, lace-up flats and a straw boater for an effortless chic ashore.
Bell Bottoms & Marinières
Classic sailor pants with a mock flap-front, adorned with polished brass buttons, teamed up with a timeless marinière are an epitome of nautical style. Add a maritime inspired accessory – like the rope earrings or an anchor pin – and the top shoe of the holiday season – the slide – and you get a smart modern city look. Coco Chanel would be proud.
Does your summer not match up with it’s definition? Not to worry, nautical style for chilly summer days is here: get inspired by the fisherman’s classic pieces: the cap and the sweater. The defining moment is the cable pattern on the knit and utilitarian style of the wool cap.
Crisp white shirt and sharp tailoring is the key to updated luxe military look. Add jewellery and accessories circa 1960 and become a true embodiment of the classic nautical chic.
by Olga Permyakova
Cover Photo: Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger