Friday, January 9, 2009

Nautical but Nice

Get your sea legs, darlings, because nautically inspired fashions are coming in waves! Think chic stripes, patriotic tones, rope detailing, and sailor silhouettes. Hint: Err on the side of glamour and ladylike elegance rather than cutesy kitsch.

Right: image courtesy Fellow Fashionista Mr. Style of Where the Lights End
Left: D&G
Vivienne Westwood, via Other runway photos courtesy except where noted.
Stella McCartney conch minidress
Versace shell suit
Sailboat bandeau bikini, at
A look from – note how the classic navy blazer and white pants combo is given a cheeky twist with a rope belt.
J. Brand Shoreman Sailor Jean, at
Dear Creatures Vashti blouse, at
Stella McCartney sweater, at
Twinkle Backgammon tunic, at
DSM Originals tee at
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania scoop striped top; this and next 7 at
See by Chloé bow appliqué top
Diane von Furstenberg scarf print dress
Thread Social wool bouclé sweater dress
See by Chloé sweater dress
TIBI bateau neck knit frock with pleated skirt
Stella McCartney sailboat print dress
Chloé striped sleeveless dress
Bottega Veneta, Chanel and YSL totes, featured on
Balenciaga giant rope duffle at
Kate Spade Nagshead Kei clear PVC tote, at
Stella McCartney textured red tote, at
Recycled Sail messenger bag, at – such a cool concept!
Missoni striped belt, at
Juicy Couture nautical heart charm, at
Striped lace detail bra, at
Stella McCartney platform sandal, at – CC loves!
Giuseppe Zanotti lacquer red cork platform pump, at
Prada platform ankle wrap sandal; this and next pair at
Moschino Cheap & Chic sketched Maryjane pump
Forever 21 striped scarf
Last Look: Shell House in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, via
Get nautical!


Nia said...

this post made my week!
i've been nautical obsessed for years now! LOVE it!
i'm glad it's coming back.
where is that bra from? I MUST have it!

Couture Carrie said...

So glad to hear it, Antonia! That bra is from Forever 21!


Anonymous said...

Not a big fan of this trend ( or the colors, it makes too much France's flag xD )... but I love some photos... like Anna and her nautique-lingerie, or the house... amazing !

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Never get sick...SEA sick of nautically inspired fashion...still so clean & fresh!
Thank you CC! said...

I love nautical style. I have red-white striped huge handbag and some nautical blue, white and red things... And and sailor accesories and jewellery...

Great post!

Have a great day and xoxo: Janet

Anonymous said...

oo i love nautical themed prints! yay!

MizzJ said...

Love this trend, it's perennially crisp and simultaneously squeaky clean with a hint of cheekiness. That shell house is crazy lol, but I would totally wear that Stella dress - a totally mellow take on the nautical trend.

Angela said...

ah how darling. i do like nautical theme styles, esp wide horizontal strip prints.

Siljesfashion said...

I will take those white Prada shoes! I have never been a fan of this trend, so I prefer the colors seperately.

Unknown said...

i do not believe nautical ever goes out of style! loves it.

Lisa said...

The shell house made me grin ear-to-ear. So whimsical!

Marian said...

what delish post! that sheel house in Mexico is amazing. I want to move and live there CC!!
also this trend is a classic.its so riviera chic,so jane birkin. Love Stella Mccartney's interpretation of it through the conch dress,so its nautical but not in an obvious way.
the F21 bra is great too and need the prada ankle pumps in my life!!!

Terence Sambo said...

wow i love nautical collections are like my ideal stuff :o) i really love canvas totes too :o)

great post CC love u babes 4eva


I can almost feel a salty air and the murmur of the sea. Want to be on the seashore with my blue and white stripes sweater. xoxox, MG.

Jadore-Fashion said...

This post just make me this summer and beach--just can't wait!! hvae nice weekend dear xoxo

Anna-Maria said...

great collage !
thanks a lot for your comment and for visiting my site !

best regards

Allison said...

How fabulous!!

I love the nautical theme - and you're right, it is so important to dress more elegantly than to be kitschy! :)
I am obsessing over that DVF sailboat print sheath, and the bathing suit with the sailboats is just adorable!

La Belette Rouge said...

Nautical makes me seasick. I am jumping ship and leave this trend to the other mateys who are on board with this trend.;-)

My Castle in Spain said...

Mmmm...would love to see my boyfriend in one of those striped blazers !

and me...i could have the rest and leisurely lounge in this amazing shell house !

Anonymous said...

nautical themed clothing is so classic. reminds me a bit of popeye meets pinup girl :). i love the bikini miranda kerr is wearing!

La C.

MJ. said...

Ohhh yesss!!
I love nautical t-shirts and dresses!
I need to find a nice swimsuit though!

Great finde a ti tb!;)

leeselooks said...

stella stella.
pure perfection.

i think nautical is always crazy cool.
it almost has a feeling of resort + island getaway.
so dreamy... sailing on a 5 million dollar yacht ;)

happy weekend beauty


Penny said...

i love the nautical trend. i can't wait for summer!

Sara Morante said...

Happy new year, Carrie! This is definitely my style; i still remember those navy anchors embroidered in my white shirt, when i was little.. Great post!

Bibbi-Jeanette said...

You always pick out something I like! This time it's the shell-dress from Vivienne Westwood.
Thank you for the inspiration :)

robin ann mcintosh said...

FINALLY! I have a nautical top from years ago that I have yet to pull out of a dusty bottom drawer.


Molly said...

the stella sweater and the moschino pumps are gorgeous!
i love your posts, always so pretty :)
molly xx

Daniela Valdez said...

Oh I love it! Always clean and clasic!

Oh yeah CC, today's Friday, the clutch must go out to partaaay! lol!


Nautical always seems to come back with a bang this time every year and I love,love,love that about this trend. :]

thanks, CC!

Frieda l'écuyère said...

Mmmmmmmh, it's smells summer, here !

Tricia said...

happy to see nautical, i love a sailor!

Frankie said...

LOVE nautical! Great selection of photos, you have such a great eye! x

Unknown said...

Yummy eye candy on your blog!!

I have to have that Balenciaga.

Nicole Linette said...

Nautical is sooo amazing... clean, preppy, and fit for the high seas!


T said...

Nautical is such a classic. And so chic!

Camille said...

It's so funny, the nautical look comes back every spring, without fail. But it is a classic! I love the whites and knotted, thick ropes that are incorporated into styles.

Seeker said...

Nautical is so spring... I think it will be always a trend.


Guapóloga said...

I love the blue/white and red/white stripes combination, even if they are too classic for others, is a sure bet for the nautical look.

Feliz año!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

Cast the lines! Raise the sails! Dramine taken! Cute nautical outfits! Let's hit the sea!

WendyB said...

I love the Moschino scribble shoes.

Annie Spandex said...

Sooo classic!

KC said...

Love the scarf print dress! just fabulous!


Meg said...

I love the printed dresses! So pretty.

Amelia said...

I love nautical inspiration. I wanted a sailor dress so much last summer. The See by Chloe top is perfect.

Missa said...

Great post! Lovin the D&G sparkley tank and the Stella McCartney sailboat dress!

Baybay Mama said...

I love the nautica look but I have never tried to pull it off. I can't do tiny blue and white stripes or the sailor thing but I love it when girls can!

jaleh behtash said...

nautical is SO GOOD when done tastefully. i'm glad to see it coming back :)

peaitlreiecnia said...

brilliant post!

and thank you so much for your lovely commment

i've added your sweet blog to my links

Fashion Moment said...

This style always make me happy, and in one second remind me on sea, beach and some past year. ;)
I love Vivienne Westwood Anglomania top, Balenciaga bag, and these two swim suit.
Welcome back, Nautical!


Sharon S said...

Hi there-I adore this trend, I remember it being in and out when I was a girl!! The Stella McCartney dress is soo gorgeous!

Nemerae said...

OMG I want a house like that!! *.*
I absolutely love the Stella McCartney conch minidress and the one with boats! :)
I used to love t-shits with stripes in blue and white but as I see them every summer, now I find them very boring...
Oh, and I love shells, I have a bag with that silohuette!

Taylor said...

i love the nautical theme, but i think some people take it a little too far. i love the dolce and gabana one :)

Anonymous said...

i'm in love with all these clothes. that cute little sailory look is so going to come in style.

Make Do Style said...

I love nautical - every year without fail!!

Hek said...

The nautic stuff is so classic, reat fro spring.

Rachel Follett said...

That house is way cool. I had to repost it on my dwellings and decor blogI provided a link back to you. Thank you for the great post!

Anonymous said...

Yes, George is! :)

I love this I call sailor look. I want the top on the 10th picture.

But I have a question, do you want to exchange links? (a)

Alecca Rox said...

ungaro branch heel shoes. I want them badly! Very inspiring post, I am happy mine nudged u back into knitting! Still working on that scarf here: knit, purl, knit...:) Will be posting updates.

Annabel Wendt (LoveMore) said...

how did i miss this post?
i have ALWAYS and will forever be, a huge nautical fan! my mum drilled it into me since i was little...and i have never looked away from it! so much beauty in this post! love it.
and on the LEGS topic - i am sure your legs are smoking hot miss CC!!!
xxx LM

The Fashion Pinko said...

that shell house is THE SHIT

Anonymous said...

You will not believe this, but I actually passed by that same house years ago!
I used to go to Mexico often because of my Dad (airplane pilot), and we once went scuba diving in Isla Mujeres and then we drove around the island in a golf caddy and took pictures of THAT SAME HOUSE for my aunt who's an architect.
Gosh, what a coincidence!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

♥♥CLAiiR3TH3ROCK3R♥♥ said...

luv luv luv!

Unknown said...

Oooh I love that intarsia sweater and stripy belt, where is the belt from? Would be a great add to my nautical collection of anchors etc.

Unknown said...

What a site for wide eyes! I just sort of stumbled on it. I was wondering if you have any info on the shell house you have on here, never seen anything like it, and as it happens i'm writing a paper on surrealism, fashion and shells...any info greatly appreciated. thanks for such a contribution to the art form that is fashion.

Couture Carrie said...

Hi Natalie! Thanks for your comment! Fashion is totally wrapped up with shells right now! Just check out the recent Dolce & Gabbana and Stella McCartney collections...

I don't know much about the Shell House other than its locale, in Isal Mujeres, Mexico. You might search Architectural Digest online!