Trend Alert: Ahoy, Ladies!
March 9, 2007
Swarthy seafaring sailors, romantic Gatsby-era yachting, and â€” of course â€” the lure of sea inspire springâ€™s nautical trend. But donâ€™t confuse ocean-inspired with beachy. Weâ€™re not talking about sarongs and sherbet colors and, basically, anything youâ€™d wear while sipping an umbrella drink. Think more functional: rope detailing on belts and shoes, water-friendly canvas for totes, pants, and shorts, and lots of button detailing. High waists and boxy shapes are also reminiscent of sailorsâ€™ garb, as are stripes. Lots and lots of wide, horizontal stripes.
As far as colors go, anything youâ€™d see from the upper deck of a fabulous yacht is a good bet. Crisp sailorsâ€™ white, navy blue, black, the breezy light blue of a tranquil sky and the harsh red of a sunset all show up in maritime fashion. For a few starter pieces, try Forever 21â€™s sailor tunic ($13.80), complete with front buttons and those ubiquitous horizontal stripes, and Ocean Liner trousers from Anthropologie ($98), wide-legged and perfect for shooting the breeze. J.Crewâ€™s cropped white raffia jacket ($298) is perfect to throw on after the sun sets and, for warmer days, Parameterâ€™s navy button-front sailor shorts ($105) will have you swabbing the decks in style. As for accessories, Gapâ€™s khaki espadrilles with rope detailing ($38) and MICHAEL Michael Korsâ€™ preppy red-and-black striped Montauk tote ($218) are great seafaring options. Try not to get too themey with the look (itâ€™s easy to do); Fred Flareâ€™s enamel anchors necklace ($12) adds just the right touch of life on the high waters to any outfit.