Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My Nautical Spring '18

This is a cute and practical fashion layout.  I built it around a White House Black Market 3/4-SLEEVE STRIPED KNIT TOP.  It fits better than any others I have and has a feminine flair that provides a great nautical look. It’s origin - The Breton striped shirt, typically characterized as a cotton top with blue sailor-like stripes. The style was introduced in 1858 as the uniform for the French navy.  Historically the original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon Bonaparte’s victories and the distinctive stripes made it easier to spot wayward sailors who had fallen overboard.  Fashion with purpose. 

It was popularized by Coco Channel when the iconic designer was so inspired by the sailors’ uniform that she incorporated the stripes into her 1917 nautical collection.  As far as basics go, the Breton striped shirt is as necessary as a black blazer or a pair of dark-wash skinny jeans, The allure of the Breton stripe shirt lies in its versatility. It looks great with most everything from very dressy solid blue or white palazzo pants to jeans or shorts.  Plus, it has been in style for several yeas now - a keeper. 

Above I have pared it with Talbots’, “High-Waist Wide-Leg Sailor Pant”.  They come in both white and navy, with contrasting side buttons.  It took several tries in the store to get the right size and length but once on and properly fit, they are great.  What I like is the fact, they are high waisted and plain in the front. Any shirt or blouse will lay flat across the front. Second, they are side-closure; in this case buttons. This allows for a great feminine form-fitting back and front.  This is where getting the proper size is important. 

The shorts are Lilly Pulitzer White Buttercup Shorts.  I love the hem that has a scallop look and over the years come in a variety or length for 5" to 3" (short-shorts).  The cut on these  do a beautiful job to enhance the back look.  Shown here is the Lilly 4" Dahlia Shorts in navy. You can see the cute hem better.   

The shoes take the outfit for casual to dressy. The cork open toe wedge pumps would work great for any outdoor event and will peek beautifully out of either the white or blue version or the pants. The Sam Edelman Hazel Stripe Pumps are this season and are elegant.  The Tory Burch Minnie flats are almost as comfortable as "no shoes" and can be found in many variations and colors. 

The white leather purse is Cole Haan, which is sold out. I watched this purse for a year on-line and purchased for 75% off; patience.  The Sunglasses are Tiffany & Co. and always look great.     

Enjoy this season-after-season essential.

Coco Chanel drew inspiration for her 1917
nautical collection from the French sailors.
The striped top she designed
 was designed to be worn with flared trousers.

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