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{Fashion Trends} Classic Nautical Stripes

Christian Dior© Runway - Spring 2011
The Nautical Fashion Trend is one which makes an appearance almost every Spring!

Spring 2011 sees stripes with an unsurprising nautical dominance once again. The fashion trend appeared on both the resort & cruise runways as well as the spring 2011 runways in New York, Paris and Milan. 

The nautical trend encompasses the traditional horizontal stripes as well as sailor looks such as white caps and boating jackets.  

Although the nautical trend had a bit more heft in 2010, it is still an extremely relevant fashion trend; which features classic pieces such as the horizontal navy and white striped shirt.
2010 was all about Military Fashion, focusing mainly on Army & Air Force style, meaning the Navy pieces hardy got noticed.  Since the military trend, in general, is winding down it leaves room for nautically inclined apparel pieces. Don't think of this trend as strictly a nautical military trend, rather it's the classic navy and white color palette, worn as dominant stripes.  

Striped summer dress snapped in Sydney by Vanessa Jackman

While navy and white stripes are a must for this Classic Nautical trend (though black and white works too), the real key to this year's take on nautical stripes is that they dominate the outfit. Stripes can dominate an outfit in everything from hats to killer mini-dresses this year. 

The return of bell bottoms,  a style which originated with the sailor pants of the US Navy, represent the perfect opportunity for creating nautical ensembles. And of course a striped top with flares is a combination that also lends itself to a perfectly "70's inspired" look.

Striped top and flared jeans at Fidelity Denim SS11

While this year's navy and white striped fashion trend isn't a true take on navy inspired fashion, it's likely to appeal to those who are into the nautical aesthetic. If you're after some inspiration look to Anja Rubik's sailor photo shoot from the June 2010 issue of Vogue Korea.

These Chanel stripes take on an adorable Parisienne look and we love it ~ thank you Coco! Our friends at Daily Vitamin Sea shared a lovely article about Coco Chanel and the French Sailor Shirt  last year.

We also fell in love with this lovely Armani outfit which was shot for Vogue Korea.  There is just something about being dressed to the 'nines' for a sailboat ride!

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  1. Another great post. I can never get enough of the stripes or military look. It is timeless. I really like the direction of your blog lately, I think you do such a great job encompassing so much of the beachy lifestyle.

  2. I loooove stripes! Great post..., will link to it in my upcoming coastal news (weekend).

  3. Oh, and thanks, Marie, for the link to Daily Vitamin Sea... although I abandoned that blog (two blogs is just one too many, haha).

  4. zip-ed-e-doo-dah!!! Stripe it rich!
    becky (at beachsnaps)

  5. I've always liked the prominent striped shirts :) Gotta love nautical fashion.

  6. My son plays basketball for the Newport Harbor SAILORS high a striped nautical shirt is in my closet! Now I feel very fashionable!
    Mary Ann


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