Wear a boatneck top
A striped boatneck top is the perfect nautical piece to anchor your wardrobe for spring. You can wear a boatneck tee or sweater with your favorite dark wash jeans, high-waisted white linen pants or a flirty red skirt. You can stick with the classic navy and white color scheme or consider this red and ocean blue striped top from Macy's for a colorful updated look.
Find the perfect sailor dress
For a daytime date, wear an adorable sailor-inspired dress. ModCloth.com offers a selection of nautical dresses you'll adore. One of our favorites is the Vixen Voyage Dress, priced at just $60. This spring dress features a portrait collar, removable red neck sash and gleaming goldtone buttons. Add a pair of white sandals and simple jewelry to finish off this outfit with understated style.
Get into boat shoes
Many designers have put a modern spin on the classic boat shoe by adding a heel. An affordable option is the BC Footwear "Milkshake" boat shoe pictured here. Available in red, white or yellow, these nautical shoes have the traditional boat shoe lacing and a 2 1/2-inch bright white wedge heel. Snag these shoes at Nordstrom for just $70.
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Sport a blue blazer
A navy blue blazer with gold buttons is a fantastic choice for the office. For work, a sailor-inspired blazer can be partnered with a pencil skirt, flat front trousers or silk cropped pants. A fitted blue blazer is a timeless piece that you can wear year after year. The fitted gold-buttoned military blazer from Chic Star is a sensational bargain at just $20. Forever 21 also offers some nautical-inspired blazers and cardigans at low discount prices.
Do it with details
If you still aren't sure about the nautical trend, you don't need to dive in head first. Chunky gold jewelry, rope belts, wayfarer sunglasses and striped handbags are fantastic ways to gently ease into the nautical theme. This nautical charm bracelet ($125 from Bergdorf Goodman) will put a maritime touch on any outfit.
Don't make it a costume
If you dress head-to-toe in nautical attire, you'll look like you are heading to a costume party. Don't overdo it -- get into this spring trend subtly. Pair a striped top with a pair of skinny white jeans, experiment with shell jewelry or carry a nautical-inspired tote as your everyday bag. If you want to splurge a little, we love this Milly nautical tote. The coral nylon and navy leather come together beautifully with its golden hardware. This splurge-worthy bag is priced at $325 and available at Neiman Marcus.
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