Come spring, you can always count on the nautical trend to be spotted on and off the runways, either in a more literal translation, or in one of its many subtle interpretations. While it never seems to grow old, the nautical trend is bound to experience change and progress, and this seasons it went far and beyond the standard Breton stripes of blue and white, gaining a fresh and nontraditional perspective.

As a distinct spring 2013 fashion trend, nautical is accompanied by less obvious colour patterns and combinations. So in order to sport this year’s rendition of the marine direction you’ll have to retain its essence and approach the trend from a subtle angle, injecting the stripes and motifs with new nuances.

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Beyond breton: S/S '13
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Nautical looks on the runway at Michael Kors S/S ’13

Nautical fashion trend for women

By taking a closer look at women’s apparel this season, you will notice that all the obvious nautical elements left the scene, leaving place to a fresh and arresting approach that still feels much like the classic, while at the same time appearing more modern, thus more relevant.

Key elements for spring

  • A bright new color palette that now includes pink, orange, black, yellow and green
  • A full spectrum of bold stripes including thick, thin, horizontal, vertical and more combinations of the four
  • Complementary prints and patterns fused with the classic stripes
  • Both lightweight, relaxed silhouettes and crisp, clean, elegant ones


Nautical looks on the runway at Dolce & Gabanna S/S ’13, Issey Miyake S/S ’13 and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti S/S ’13

How to wear the nautical trend for spring 2013

In terms of looks, this season the trend exceeded the holiday, laid-back spirit that is often associated with the nautical theme only to grow bigger and more solid. Now the signature elements can be sported with the same ease regardless if we’re talking spring breaks, office hours or glamorous nights out. Here’s how to wear the trend this season:

Nautical swimwear

Keeping close to the sea subtext, the nautical trend works great when teamed with modern pieces of swimwear. Either featuring bold horizontal stripes in equally bold color combos (think green and red) or the classic light blue and white ones, a sleek, one-piece sillouethe with sharp cut-outs, or a vintage inspired one, the nautical swimsuit remains a staple all throughout the spring and summer of 2013.


Nautical looks on the runway at Michael Kors S/S ’13, Tommy Hilfiger S/S ’13 and Lisa Blue S/S ’13

At work

Being able to sport nautical chic behind the desk, even if we’re referring to a subtle, less obvious rendering, offers you all the more reasons to invest in the trend. This season seek for light button-downs that you can easily style with masculine inspired blazer and trousers, pencil skirts to wear with light, colorful tops and pumps, or pantsuit in warm colors featuring unique pattern combinations.


Nautical looks on the runway at Paul&Joe S/S ’13, J.Crew S/S ’13 and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti S/S ’13

Off-duty hours

A casual outfit looks best when associated with the nautical trend. Sport the garments with ease during spring and summer by seeking sheer, flowy fabrics and relaxed, feminine silhouettes. Style your looks with a statement pair of earrings for a sophisticated approach, or a circular pair of sunglasses for a clean and comfortable one. Add any elements that will make the outfit your own style.


Nautical looks on the runway at Dolce & Gabbana S/S ’13, PPQ S/S ’13 and Sportmax S/S ’13

At night

This season, the elegant nautical stripes turned into full on gowns on the runway. Make your glamorous statement by sporting a refined, floor length dress for a remarkable ladylike appearance, or accent the naughty notes by wearing a sleeveless mirror-paneled cocktail dress colored in a fabulous emerald green. No matter the road you take, the results can be equally extraordinary.


Nautical looks on the runway at Oscar de la Renta S/S ’13 and Jonathan Saunders S/S ’13

Mix & match

Clashing stripe patterns and various prints this season seems to be another cool take on the nautical trend that’s allowing you to wear it in a totally unique and unconventional way. So if a head to toe stripe look isn’t exactly your thing and you’re tired of blocking the patterns with a solid color, try mixing and matching them with other prints, or with other stripe patterns (thick & thin, horizontal and vertical).


Nautical looks on the runway at Dolce & Gabbana S/S ’13, Moschino S/S ’13 and Michael Kors S/S ’13

Nautical fashion trend for men

The nautical trend for men is also getting a subtle makeover for spring, appearing less literal, more moderate and more modern instead. Either represented by a display of men’s stripes in different colors and sizes, or holding onto the dark navy and double breasted suits, the trend is slowly becoming less apparent.

Key elements for spring

  • A fresh color palette of tan, black, brown and red that steers away from the classic blue and white combo
  • Relaxed tailoring, as well as slim fitted silhouettes
  • A full display of stripes including thick, thin, horizontal, vertical ones
  • Juxtapositions of prints, patterns and colors
  • White and navy double breasted tailored pieces


Nautical looks at Dolce & Gabbana S/S ’13 men’s, Jean Paul Gaultier S/S ’13 men’s and Tommy Hilfiger S/S ’13 men’s

How to wear the nautical trend for spring 2013

This season, you can go from looking casual to looking sharp in no time with the help of the nautical trend. If you care to introduce the trend to your wardrobe this spring, rest assured that whichever your style, the new take on stripes and marine elements will fit right in.

Casual

Perfect for the long days of summer, for hours spent wondering through the city, casual meetings and running errands, the nautical elements will help redefine your laid-back outfits this spring. With the accent inevitably falling on stripes do seek for reimagined summer staples much like loose t-shirts, fitted pants, knitted cardigans and sleeveless tops.


Nautical looks at Acne S/S ’13 men’s, Daniele Alessrini S/S ’13 men’s and Tommy Hilfiger S/S ’13 men’s

Sharp

Don’t avoid making the most out of the nautical trend for the more special occasions that require a polished, perfectly put together outfit. If you don’t trust the stripes for being enough, you can always opt for elegant shades of navy, double breasted blazers and smart turtlenecks. Style your look with a tie, a cool bag (either a folio, or an oversized man bag) and oxford shoes.


Nautical looks at Michael Kors S/S ’13 men’s, Dior Homme S/S ’13 men’s and Tommy Hilfiger S/S ’13 men’s

Edgy

There’s no reason why the nautical trend can’t be turned into an edgy statement this spring. For a tough overall effect, throw some leather into the combination or replace your classic biker jacket with a black and white, stripped version that looks equally cool. Trust some unexpected head accessories and sunglasses to add the finishing touches.


Nautical looks at Acne S/S ’13 men’s, Jean Paul Gaultier S/S ’13 men’s and Tommy Hilfiger S/S ’13 men’s

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