Fashion Trends: Nautical


The nautical trend: crisp, clean lines. Navy. Stripes. Anchor necklaces. It’s a trend that comes back every few years, and never really seems to go away completely. We love it – at least in moderation. A striped tee or bag can look great but it’s important to remember that sailor suits are for little kids and fancy dress parties, so it’s lucky that many of the nautical pieces available right now will let you give a nod to the trend without looking like Popeye.

What do you think of the nautical trend? Do you love it as much as we do, or would you rather throw it overboard?

Clothes: Stripe t-shirt, Warehouse;  anchor necklace, DollyDagger; rope belt pencil skirt, Topshop; Half-Sugar heels, LuLus; Large Cozy shoulder bag, Pagliei; Striped Anchor sweater, Forever 21


  • February 17, 2008


    I’m SICK of the nautical trend. It’s been taken WAY too big by commercial brands, and it should be dead and over. Nautical first showed up in Spring 06, and it was cute, yes. But now it’s so horribly rampant that it’s like being at a costume party 24/7.

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  • February 18, 2008


    Love it, but I’m hoping to eventually find something a bit less stripy and more retro to channel it (no pun intended…). We larger girls really can’t be doing the stripes!

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  • February 18, 2008


    Ug! Nautical (and animal print) trends should be made illegal. Here in the Midwest..When I think of nautical, I envision “clearance rack” at the end of the season.

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    • February 18, 2010


      allthough nautical is ridiculous in the midwest for northeaterners who live by the ocean it totally in, combine the ocean that we love (well most of us) and a cute retro trend and we have the perfect outfit you can wear allmost anywhere

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  • August 18, 2008


    I like it. oh and I disagree with the person who said larger woman can’t wear stripes. I’m a larger woman and have loads of strip t.shirts.

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  • January 14, 2010


    its great. classic. simple. layer it [with a jacket or sweater] to minimize a less flattering effect if you’re on the bigger side.

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    • March 9, 2010


      I agree its nautical trend is classic.I most impotantly like the nautical stripes combined with floral prints selling at the selfridges.I suppose larger women can try it as it would take away all teh attention that you would otherwise get from the stripe.

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  • March 24, 2010


    I am love, love, loving that nautical is being seen again in stores, but I can’t find an anchor pendant to save my life! I’ve worn a white gold anchor charm for years and even have an anchor tattoo (but I won’t say where ; ) ), so the fact that I can once again find some excellently cute striped dresses and bags in stores in awesome, but someone please help me out with finding a good size pendant with a long chain. I recently got an awesome dress from Old Navy to wear for my birthday dinner and can’t find the perfect pendant to set it off.

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  • May 12, 2010


    I love the Nautical look. It is crisp, clean, classy, and makes a striped Target tee look high-end. I agree that the sailor look can be overdone, but it has been around for forever (way before ’06.) It’s outlived the “trend” status.

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  • October 24, 2010


    I love nautical. Even the sailor collars. Of course, I am a fan of lolita fashion, which incorporates ruffles, frills, and over-the-top epicness into each of their cupcake-shaped dresses, so, yeah. ^^” It stands out in a crowd! …I’m off topic. I shall fix it. I like nautical lolita dresses.

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