Nautical Inspiration

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When Coco Chanel donned a striped Breton sailor T back in 1917, little did she know she would ignite a trend for nautical themed fashions that would remain popular almost a century later.

This season, once again, there is a tidal wave of blue and white horizontal stripes, blanketing everything from T-shirts to bags and shoes. And that other yachting colour combo – red, white and blue – is also making its way ashore.

Perhaps it’s the graphic simplicity of those bold lines that make it such a popular and enduring trend. It’s very easy to wear and the look has an air of freshness.

If you’re lucky to be booked for a cruise on the high seas this month or heading to a warm and sunny destination, these pieces make for easy packing and offers a strikingly chic look.Striped Shoes, $19, Joe Fresh 

Michael Michael Kors Dress, $195, Holt Renfrew

Knit Stripe Tote, $54, Gap

Gold Button Cropped Trousers, $50, Zara

Slip Knot Tee, $27, Gap

Nautical Tote Bag, $130, Marshalls

Anchor Bandeau Tankini Top, $24 and Anchor Bikini Bottom, $14, both Joe Fresh


Striped Linen Blend Dress, $40, Old Navy

Mesh Knit Sweater, $33, Old Navy

Maxi Dress, $40, Old Navy

Linen Blazer, $45, Old Navy

Tory Burch Clemente Long Caftan, $525, Holt Renfrew

Hooded swim cover up, $29, Joe Fresh