The nautical theme is an easy look for men to achieve and has proven to be a fashion staple. It is based upon blue and white combinations such as striped t-shirts and blazers, chinos, shorts, deck shoes and espadrilles which suggest an ocean going lifestyle. It is further enhanced by a few items of men's jewelry such as anchor themed cufflinks or a ship's wheel pendant which contribute to the naval theme.
This theme appears time and time again. It undergoes many incarnations but nevertheless, is still a firm favourite with both men and women. There is something about the combination of blue and white or red and white which looks cool, crisp and modern. Try pairing a blue and white striped Breton fisherman's jersey with crisp white trousers and a pair of navy deck shoes for the 'have-yacht' look. Or why not wear a pair of heavyweight chinos with a thick, cable knit sweater and boots for the returning seafarer look. The aim is to mix and match stripes and bold colours. Blue and white are timeless favourites but try blending red and blue together and add a touch of white if you want to look patriotic as well.
Jolly jack tar
Men like the cool, lightweight fabrics and easy, relaxed fit. Choose a pair of three quarter length navy blue cotton chinos and a striped t-shirt to look cool and summery: or a pair of straight leg jeans, crisp white shirt and navy blazer if you want to cut a dash amongst the gin and tonic set. There is the option to wear a navy military cut jacket with brass buttons and decoration for a smarter, classier look. Avoid wearing it with a peaked cap though unless you are a member of the Royal Navy.
Women also enjoy the clean lines and bold colour combinations. Anything striped will do such as t-shirts, blouses, tops and jackets. Choose jackets with nautical decoration such as anchors or rope work. Mix together stripes with plain colours, for example a blue and white striped cardigan over a red vest top and white, wide legged trousers. Or combine a pair of navy and white shorts with a brass buttoned cardigan and espadrilles.
Keeping it ship shape
The key to this look is fresh, clean and simple. Avoid fussy decorations or over-layering. Blend sailor stripes with yacht club glamour or add brass buttons to a navy suit for a nautical twist. Your choices range from deckhand through to French Riviera style depending upon your mood. A word of warning: avoid the pirate look unless you are going to a fancy dress party.