Friday, January 8, 2010

Sail away...

It seems old favourite nautical fashion has once again made a comeback. The most distinctive aspect of the nautical trend is the striped, or Breton top, considered a sartorial classic since the 1930s when Coco Chanel (surprise, surprise) first elevated this humble top to serious style status, after she designed and wore it with palazzo pants (a look she copied from French sailors).

Jean Seberg, Breathless (1960)
Three decades after Coco Chanel popularised this near-the-pier look, Jean Seberg tries her hand at the Breton top in Breathless.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, L'effrontée (1985)
Pairing it with a denim mini skirt, Charlotte Gainsbourg adds an 80s twist to the classic look.

Catherine McNeil, Vogue UK January 2010 (Patrick Demarchelier)

And now the nautical trend, Breton top included, is back in all its glory, whether it be full-on sailor chic in magazines...

Dree Hemingway
...or edgy model street-style.

Thankfully, nautical is a style that is easily recreated.

What You'll Need
1. Sportsgirl top
2. Levi's skinny capri jeans
3. Harajuku Lovers slingback heels
4. Michael Kors clutch
5. Kenneth Jay Lane necklace

What are some variations on the nautical trend that you're fond of?




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Friend in Fashion said...

I absolutely love nautical - so crisp and elegant! :)

Julie Hinson said...

I love this. Stripes are the best.

Secretista said...

LOVE nautical fashion!