Rock the Boat with 8 Nautical Looks

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Rock the Boat with 8 Nautical Looks
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Take your style savvy full steam ahead with the nautical trend. Get creative with stripes, navy details and all things seaworthy by gaining inspiration from Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs and other designers. We'll show you how to rig a sophisticated, head-turning outfit you can wear all summer long. Anchors aweigh!

All Hands on Deck
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All Hands on Deck

Be a beacon of sailor style with stripes, anchor embroidery and textured patterns for a head-to-toe nautical look. Wear stripes with a rope belt, but keep them simple like the runway look here from the Clements Ribeiro Fashion Show. Shorts give the outfit a youthful look, while the rough tweed adds sophistication.

Tie Off the Stern
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Tie Off the Stern

Bows and ties are reminiscent of a boat's rigging and the old-time luxury of a captain's cabin -- flaunt these details in sheer blouses with red, white or blue. This Marc by Marc Jacob's look has a hint of the trend, without going overboard. Wear high-waist slacks, a similar color combination and a bow detail at the neck to make your own nautical outfit for work.

In the Navy
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In the Navy

In 1917, women enlisted in the Navy, wearing dark blue uniforms in the winter and white uniforms in the summer. The uniforms were tailored to embrace the civilian trend of the time, with the formal nature of the men's uniform. Mimic the elegance of the blue and white inform theme with blazers and pants. Have fun with modern trimmings like buttons and graphic tops as shown in this look by Chanel.

Salute the Admiral
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Salute the Admiral

Master this more eclectic look by combining a feminine dress with the structure and masculine lines of a Navy-like leather jacket. Buckles or toggles are a fun embellishment for jackets and coats, giving them more character. Never feel like you must wear red, white and blue -- you can mix it up like the purple Dior dress and Navy jacket paired above.

Toe the Line
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Toe the Line

Let espadrilles with rope ties be your first mate this summer. Replace those average sandals for this nautical option with flair. Choose neutral colors so they match everything in your wardrobe and make sure the ties hold together well -- ties that slip make walking in wedges a challenge. These white espadrilles from the Dior Ready to Wear collection are ideal for any outfit, day or night.

Button Up, Skipper!
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Button Up, Skipper!

Make outfits pop with parallel rows of buttons. Incorporate cute, delicate prints with bold striped accessories and feminine blouses like this look from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Whether you wear rows of buttons on shorts, skirts and pants -- they also work on tops, jackets and handbags. Rise above the ranks with oversize buttons or brightly colored options that coordinate with dark blue and red.

Sail Away with Stripes
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Sail Away with Stripes

Surrender to stripes in bold textures! Play up varying widths and angles of the stripes in print and within fabrics. The black and cream stripes in this Burberry pencil skirt look fab with the hard textures of the blouse details and snakeskin shoes. Go with simple accessories to maintain the simplicity of this trend, while playing up the organic shapes and colors of the top and shoes.

Know the Ropes
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Know the Ropes

For those who want to add an edge to their seaworthy attire, use braiding to look like ropes and pile them in a stack on the crown of your head. The folds of the braid and angle in which you wrap them will give the effect of the ropes used to tie off a ship. This hairstyle is trendy and practical for summer. Stowaway the look for your next formal event, too. It's first-rate, mate.

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