Style Guide: Nautical Details


Ahoy, ladies! It’s Anna here from Fash Boulevard bringing you my favorite summer trend. While most of our summer plans may not include impromptu yacht chartered cocktail parties, we shouldn’t allow this minor detail to hold us back from infusing a “preppy sailor” vibe into our wardrobe. Thanks to the growing popularity of designer resort collections, nautical details—from anchor-appliqués to sailboat motifs—have trickled into the Spring/Summer collections of almost everyone’s favorite designers. With a few key pieces, this all-American seafaring style can easily be incorporated into your everyday ensembles. If you can’t find the perfect nautical pieces you’ve been on the hunt for all summer, today’s style guide will point you in the right direction.

There are plenty of ways you can show off this trend with pieces that are already in your wardrobe. From horizontal stripes to red, to white and blue color combinations, here are a few style ideas that will insure smooth sailing through this summer’s nautical craze…

Anchors Away


top – Joie, shorts – Kohl’s, flats – ShoeMint, hat – Gap (sold out)


It’s time to drop your anchors, ladies. The summer’s hottest appliqué has made its mark. Navigating through the season with this playful print is the easiest way to achieve a preppy sailor ensemble. Here are a few of my favorite picks…


t-shirt – Shopbop, ring – ILY Couture, handbag – Zappos, earrings – ModCloth, pants – ShopBop

Line Leader


top – Paper Crown, blazer – RACHEL Rachel Roy, skirt – Alice + Olivia, necklace – Loft, handbag – Olivia + Joy, heels – LC Lauren Conrad


Crisp clean lines are key to achieving a classic Americana look. Stocking your closet with stripes will leave your wardrobe awash in endless nautical possibilities.


skirt – Robert Rodriguez, travel tote – MICHAEL Michael Kors, blouse – Joie, flats – J. Crew, dress – ModCloth

Set Sail


sweater – Joie, skirt – (sold out), heels – ShoeMint, chain cuff – Forever 21, anchor bracelets – Pop of Chic


Sail through new style territories with an adorable sailboat motif. Integrating this picturesque print into your warm weather wardrobe is a great way to exude nautical flair.


skirt – Modcloth, dress – Rachel Roy, sweater – Band of Outsiders, tank – ModCloth, scarf – Modcloth

Will you be sailing through summer with these nautical details?

P.S. I’m so excited to share my new site redesign. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out here!

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Categories: Anna James, Style Guide, Wear
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  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I’ve always loved the nautical look. I have a blue and white striped shirt from NY&Co. that is my go-to for creating this kind of style.


  • Mac

    Ah I LOVE the preppy nautical look! I am so happy you featured so many pieces for it! I will definitely have to do some shopping – and thanks for the ideas on how to pair the pieces together!
    Xo Mac

  • Katelin Absher

    I love these outfits!! Ive always loved the nautical look, I don’t think it will ever go out of style!!

  • Ashley

    I love the anchor scarf and ring. I also love this theme, though I sometimes prefer the more playful navy, white and pink stripes! :)

  • Ana Sofia

    I like nautical details…especially the red, white and blue color combination.


  • WhitneyB

    I want everything on this page! Everything!

  • Emma Acomb

    <3 nautical!

  • Kelby Peachey

    I love these. I think also adding in black and white polka dots to your stripes adds a different flare, but still keeps with the classic American look.

    Great post Anna James!


  • Bekah C.

    Love the nautical look! Such classic “”American”” styling. Love it.

  • Dana Massey

    Love love love the nautical look! I hope it sticks around longer than just this summer.

  • Dana Ivy

    I’m definitely digging this trend! Love that Michael Kors striped sweater!

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    Great tip! Thanks for sharing :)


    Adding pink would be a great twist to the nautical look! Love the idea.

  • Harmony

    Here in California we are over nautical the minute the 4th of July is over. Its always just been a holiday seasonal style.

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    I am completely obsessed with ANYTHING nautical!! Love all of these looks, so adorable!


  • T Girl

    Love all these looks, Anna. The first and last are so adorable.

  • Renuka

    love all the outfits! stripes are definitely a staple for me this summer.

    and your site re-design looks great, Anna :)

  • BerryBloomxo

    Love the Red, White and Blue nautical theme! Skirts look so pretty paired with a blazer!

    I also made a Red/White/Blue fashion lookbook on my blog – which was perfect for the fourth of july.

  • Taanjaa

    I love your out Anna and the arm candy is beautiful!

  • Taanjaa

    I love your outfit Anna and the arm candy looks beautiful!

  • Jen

    I am really loving the nautical trend and stripes trend. The gold skirt is so pretty!

  • Kara Viggiano

    I definitely love everything about this! I absolutely love anchors and anything nautical! Best email yet! I loved that it is so easy to incorporate the nautical theme into any wardrobe.

  • Tanisha

    i love the scarves but where i live its so humid during the summer that you don’t want to layer up even while sailing. But definitely something I will look into for the spring time.

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  • Raven Locks

    You always know how to do it, Anna :) I love your looks! These nautical ones are adorable.

    xo Azu

  • TStrahlendberg

    Hilarious and SO not what I need. Already bought pretty much only white, red and blue pieces this summer and this will NOT keep me from doing it.

    Is it bad to simply love the combination of colors, diversity that it offers and the feeling of a rough breeze with you at all times…?

    THANK YOU for sharing this :) I already thought I am the only one that loves those looks!

  • Deanne Castro

    Very inspiring post! Love the nautical theme!

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  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    I absolutely love a good nautical outfit. It will always been a classic summer look! White and navy with a pop of red just can’t go wrong :)

  • Nikki

    I love the nautical look and absolutely adore stripes.

  • brittni bostwick

    so say im on a website that uses a different currency…like its not in US dollars how do you know how much something is in US dollars and can you still purchase items from there? and if so how?

  • maddy t

    The nautical look will never go out of style.. Timeless looks.

  • John

    Love the nautical look! Check out this stylish knot handkerchief:



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