How to rock nautical chic.

Summer is just around the corner so it's time to think nautical. Ever since fashion designer Coco Chanel pioneered women's wear back in 1917, when she introduced the Breton stripe into her nautical collection, navy-inspired fashion has remained a chic and effortless way to dress.

Sailor style is a perennial favourite among the fashion pack, who know the power of a good stripe.

Channelling the nautical look is simple to achieve. Throw on some eye-catching stripes, mix it up with some navy and white, add a dash of red, and voila! It's easy to earn your stripes with a bit of know-how. Here's my nautical list to help get you inspired.

Show off your true colours with this striking look from World. The striped Petit Palace jacket is boldly teamed with the bright Serpentine dress and the result is poptastic!


She will truly wear the pants with these amazing striped Much Ado About Cuffing pants from Trelise Cooper. The bell-bottom style is on-trend right now and captures spring's nautical mood.

I'm a big fan of the midi as a summer staple and this pale blue Sextant dress from Karen Walker really rocks my boat. It's a modern take on a classic design and requires minimal accessorising - just add a stylish pair of sunglasses and get ready to sail away.

Keep it easy and breezy with a simple striped shirtdress.

I love Kate Sylvester's Giorgiana dress, a classic piece that gets a chic update.

Adopt this as your fail-safe, new-season wardrobe go-to.

Push the boat out in an all-over striped look with Shen's cropped, striped jacket and high-waisted pant. The vertical stripes are flattering because they help elongate the body.

Navy always looks chic and sophisticated. If you want to highlight a toned midriff, go for Witchery's sexy bandeau top and cropped pant. Sailor style never looked so good.

Get above board with this strapless jumpsuit from Country Road. It's a perfect choice for the beach or you can dress it up with some glam accessories for a laid-back evening soiree.


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Slip on Kathryn Wilson's cute and preppy Lou loafers and hit the deck in comfort and style.

Bring back femininity with a bright-red lippy. I adore Clinique's Pop colour + primer all-in-one lippy for the most perfect red pout.

Nautical accents add to the overall charm. Take your style and grab it by the bootstraps with Karen Walker's Anchor Filigree Ship Wheel Necklace.

"Seas" the day in Minkpink's Kiss Kiss sunglasses. These racy red sunnies are bound to get you noticed.

So why not keep your wardrobe shipshape and Bristol fashion this season with the nautical trend? It's an updated version of a classic that never dates. Anchors away!

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