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Nautical-inspired work outfits to bring the beach with you

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Make the right kind of waves

Get ready to set sail with this season's hottest trend... because the only waves you’ll want to be making at work this summer are of the nautical kind. Whether you work from home, in a casual office environment or are a part of the corporate world, we’ve rounded up some sailor-friendly outfits for everyone.

Business casual, boat style

Just because you’re stuck in an office all day doesn’t mean you can’t let your mind drift off to sea. For the girl who still likes to dress up for work but isn’t required to sport a fancy pantsuit or dress, this cool nautical outfit is the perfect fit. Ensure smooth sailing by pairing an easy, breezy navy-and-white striped boatneck top with towering 5-inch heels and figure-flattering black skinny jeans with a bit of sheen. Anchor your outfit with a boat-friendly knotted-up bracelet and a navy canvas carryall that’s sure to hold all your personal and work essentials. The best part about this maritime look is that it seamlessly transitions from day to night, so if a happy hour happens to pop up, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll be on board.

Nautical Work Outfit

J Brand The Maria High-Rise Coated Skinny Jeans (Net-a-porter.com, $225); Guess Leena Shoe (Heels.com, $100); Square Knot Bracelet (Newportstyle.net, $58); MICHAEL Michael Kors Marina Large Gathered Tote (Macys.com, $248); LAmade 3/4 Sleeve Boatneck Top (Lamadeclothing.com, $56)

Sailor chic corporate attire

When it comes to your work wardrobe, it’s time to shape up or ship out. There’s no need to miss the boat on nautical-inspired office attire this summer simply because you’re a slave to the corporate world. Instead, test the waters at work in a sophisticated double-breasted sailor blazer thrown on over the top of a fab, fitted navy lace dress. Accessorize with some smart metallic gold pumps, a faux leather anchor watch and a chic black-and-white striped bag to show your boss you’ve really learned the ropes of nautical style. After all, who said business professional had to be boring?

Business Professional Nautical Style

Scotch & Soda Sailor Blazer (Scotch-soda.com, $205); ASOS Lace Top Bardot Pencil Dress (ASOS.com, $31); Truth or Dare By Madonna Halette Gold Heels (Heels.com, $90); Anchors Away Watch (Shopsosie.com, $32); Gracie Striped Tote (Zappos.com, $135)

Work-from-home nautical wear

Get out of your PJs and make a splash in your home office this summer by stepping up your style game with some laid-back, chic nautical wear. Feel the breeze on your stems and keep it cozy at the same time in a pair of red-hot, high-waisted shorts styled with the perfect go-with-the-flow white top. Dress up your T-shirt with an elegant monkey’s fist sailor’s knot necklace. Add a gorgeous 12-karat gold-plated ring to match and slip into some comfy canvas espadrille flats to complete the beachy vibe. Have a lunch meeting with a client? No worries. Simply switch out your shorts for some red trousers, tuck in your tee and tie together the look with a skinny brown belt. Ah, all in a day’s work.

Nautical Work From Home Outfit

Forever 21 Sail Away Matelot Shorts (Forever21.com, $12); LAmade Drop Shoulder Tee (Lamadeclothing.com, $52); Tory Burch Beacher Canvas Espadrille Flat (Bergdorfgoodman.com, $125); C. Wonder Monkey's Fist Rope Necklace (Cwonder.com, $88); Henri Bendel Ray-Ban Aviator Metal Mirrored Sunglasses (Henribendel.com, $170); Kate Spade New York Sailor's Knot Ring (Katespade.com, $48)

Nautical hair, don’t care

Nautical Hair

No maritime work outfit is truly complete without beach bombshell hair, matey. So if you’re fishing for compliments, why not try a fishtail braid instead? It’s effortlessly glam and bound to get you noticed around the office by both your boss and your colleagues. Really want to blow your competition out of the water? Pair a posh nautical ensemble with beautifully bouncy beach waves for a look that screams sophisticated seaside chic. Last but not least, channel your inner sailor girl with a haute halo braid that’s dressy yet carefree all at once.

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