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Nautical looks for spring

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Fun sailor-inspired fashions

Cruise into spring with a contemporary nautical trend. Crisp, clean seaworthy fashions will instantly transport you to Cape Cod. Find your unique nautical style with a fun mix of these maritime style tips.

1Nautical themeStart with a fun sailor dress

White on navy, or navy on white… you decide. The sailor dress is not just for little girls! Look for a flattering shirtwaist-style cut in a solid color with a bold contrasting trim (the big bow is optional?). Or make it modern with a shift-style dress that's dressy and casual at the same time. Pair your sailor dress with sandals or espadrilles for instant chic.

2Add a fitted blazer

Sail into style with a classic navy blue jacket. A fitted blazer adds a naval look to just about everything – from pencil skirts to flat-front slacks to silk cropped pants. Or try a cropped collarless jacket for more contemporary style. For a truly nautical look, choose a blazer with bold gold buttons.

3Wear a boatneck top

Anchor your spring wardrobe with the classic boatneck top. Wide horizontal stripes in patriotic colors pack a seafaring punch and look great with your favorite dark jeans, a flirty red skirt or sophisticated white linen slacks. Boatneck styles are available in tees, tanks, three-quarter-sleeve tops and even dresses!

4Kick it up with boat shoes

Forget the old-fashioned dockside flats. Look for boat shoes with wedge heels, traditional lacing and fun new colors. And opt for canvas over leather for a fresh, seaside look. Wedge boat shoes look fab with cropped pants.

5Add maritime details…

Make any outfit a little more nautical with marine accessories. Rope belts, chunky shell jewelry, striped handbags, woven visors or wayfarer sunglasses lend classy naval appeal.

Style expert Valerie Mayen shares her tips for rocking the nautical trend >>

6… but don't go overboard

The nautical trend is bold, so navigate carefully. Dressing head-to-toe in sailor attire will look less like fashion and more like a costume. Choose one key nautical piece or accessorize an otherwise simple outfit with fun nautical accessories -- but don't sink your style by doing both!

Get more ideas for experimenting with nautical styles this spring! >>

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