18 New Not-So-Preppy Takes on Nautical Style
Nautical has a reputation for being overly preppy, but we’re here to tell you to forget everything you know about seaside-inspired style, because there are plenty of ways to channel your inner mariner without looking like you’re headed to the yacht club. Keeping nautical style feeling fresh and chic is all about embracing unexpected hues (think: cobalt blue instead of navy, rich burgundy for red, etc.), of-the-moment silhouettes and, of course, a few fashion-forward accessories. Don’t believe us? Here’s the proof.
1. Studio NY Tank Jumpsuit ($210): A seaside staple in the pre-war period, onesies have certainly evolved over the years. This sustainable design plays off that classic piece and pairs perfectly with menswear-inspired flats.
2. Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer Katrin Necklace ($225): Meet the chic cousin of the standard rope bracelet — the mixed-media rope collar. The enamel knot packs a major punch, making this minimalist bauble feel anything but ordinary.
3. Zara Crop Top ($30): A nod to a traditional striped sailor top, this cropped number has a subtle ’70s flair with a smattering of colorful stripes.
4. River Island Dark Blue Wash Denim Culottes ($76): Culottes continue to reign supreme, and this denim interpretation channels some serious nautical vibes. To really go all out, pair it up with a flowy striped top, flatforms and a silk scarf tied neatly around the neck.
5. Urban Outfitters Silky Square Scarf ($14): When paired with stripes, scarves have undeniable seafaring appeal. But since we’re all about reinterpreting nautical style, we say toss it on with some of-the-moment flares, an oversized cable knit and sassy ankle booties.
6. Swear Diana 2 Loafers ($225): Nothing says nautical quite like a pair of boat shoes, but you won’t find any Sperrys here. This platform number takes the classic stepper and gives it a major face lift, with a sleek leather upper and an eye-catching wood-inspired sole.
7. River Island Blue Strip Wrap Front Shirt ($68): Whether layering it over jeans or tailored ankle trousers, this wrap front top makes any ensemble feel instantly chic. Add on a few understated gold accessories and you’re good to go.
8. Mango Double-Breasted Wool Coat ($190): Skip the peacoat this fall and opt instead for an oversized, double-breasted number that’s fit for a captain.
9. The Fifth Label Constellation Bodycon Dress ($80): A sleek midi silhouette and strategically laid panels give this striped number a modern edge.
10. Topshop Cropped Palazzo Pants ($105): Sailor pants with a glam ’70s flair, these cabernet-colored palazzos need a spot in your nine-to-five rotation.
11. Miansai Rose Gold Screw Ring ($105): Anchors? No thanks. We’re all about those shackles. This rose gold ring has a rugged vibe and offers a more substantial alternative to dainty knuckle rings.
12. Madewell Sleeveless Tunic Sweater ($72): We love a good fisherman’s sweater, but this trimmed version is the ultimate layering piece.
13. Pieces Multi Stripe Skinny Scarf ($14): Skinny scarves are always appropriate, and this boho number puts a trend-right twist on the standard silk scarf. Even when worn with a few Brenton stripes, the result is fresh rather than overly prep.
14. Harlyn Parkway V-Neck ($98): Bold blue and green stripes have us dreaming of the colorful flags dotting a sailboat’s mast. This is one piece we’ll be whipping out when we’re having major summer withdrawals.
15. H&M Sleeveless Turtleneck Tank Top ($10): Sailor stripes step up their game with a sleeveless turtleneck silhouette that makes the ideal mate for everything from button-front skirts to wide-leg pants.
16. Silence + Noise Stand Up Beanie ($24): Chunky knit beanies have fisherman written all over them, and honestly we can’t get enough. This go-to topper packs both utility and style.
18. Zara Cropped Trousers ($50): White trousers are an essential component to any seaside ensemble, and the onset of fall doesn’t mean they should get banished to the back of the closet. For the new season, embrace heavier fabrics and trendy cropped silhouettes, then style with snazzy ankle boots. Our personal faves? Suede and python.
Are you a fan of nautical style? How would you put a modern twist on the age-old aesthetic? Tell us in the comments!