Guide to Nautical Fashion

Fashion loves nautical and this season is no exception and as a seafaring nation we are very good at embracing the trend. Whether you are an offshore merry maid or more of a wave watching soul this is an all embracing trend that looks as good on the beach as it does on the high street.

The base colours of the Nautical look are our very own patriotic red, white and blue. After last years back-to-back celebrations we have plenty in our wardrobes that can be upcycled, recycled or given a new lease of life this season. These traditional hues can be accented and accentuated by matching pieces in similar tones, for example team navy with turquoise or powder blue. Red also works well in a clashy mismatch way with pink and orange.  Add an injection of zesty lemon or lime green to add an edge to the classic colour mix this will give your ‘Hello Sailor’ look an eye catching new dimension – not to mention crossing into the hot brights trend for Spring Summer.

Patterns, in particular seaside stripes are synonymous with an afternoon’s stroll along the prom or perhaps a day sailing across The Solent. The catwalks were awash with stripes so it will be easy to find the ones that suit you best, from bold wide stripes to lazy days deckchair ones.  If you want to give your look an altogether softer feel, think of the blossoming hedgerows that you find on the narrow lanes down to those sandy coves, dotted with pinks, purples, yellows and fern greens with a hint of sea blue in the distance. After all a ditsy floral print scarf will keep you warm in the sea breeze.

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Trends in footwear are really working in favour of nautical fashions, with boat shoes making a huge comeback in both men’s and women’s wear. The practical and traditional brands hold their own against some of the colourful adaptions you can see on ballerina and moccasin styles. Canvas deck shoes are also super popular, the classic navy with white lace up is always the leader amongst all the fabulous sweetshop sugary tones that are now available. Those deckchair stripes work really well in flip flops and espadrilles, taking the trend into an altogether more dressier territory. In severe weather conditions (something we are not adverse to in ‘Ole Blighty) wellies are a must and widely available, even in red white and blue!

Remember, accessories are the fun bit, it’s here than you can add a waterfall of colour with a scarf or some sparkle with bold statement – jewels fresh from a pirates hoard.  Your bag should have plenty of space for a good holiday read, lip gloss, big sunglasses and any other paraphernalia you need for an afternoon taking it easy on the beach.

Ahoy there! Need and outfit maker in a minute? To keep it relaxed and casual go for some of the ‘must have’ rolled up chinos in sand or soft blue, keep cosy in a classic knit white or navy, T’s should be stripy to be authentic and soft well worn, lived in and loved denim (skinny crops or Bermuda shorts as it gets warmer) team with a pair of simple boats shoes and don’t forget waterproof why not make a splash with a sunny, bright yellow!

It’s one of the best trends to see and be seen in summer after summer, we are an Island nation and because we do love to be beside the seaside!

Fiona is a regular blogger for Shoon – a leading UK retailer of quality, comfortable footwear including leading brands such as Paul Green Shoes and Ugg Boots. From the West Country, Fiona has gone from buyer to blogger, penning all the things she loves about trends, travels and life in general. 

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