Jul 8, 2011

Summer Stripes

By Belinda Romano

Whether you're looking forward to some time by the beach or have a few BBQ's on the agenda, show your stripes this Memorial Day, Fourth of July - and throughout the summer! - with a nautical chic look. Get instant seaside appeal with a navy-stripe tank and crisp white pieces like sailor shorts or linen pants. Accessorize with pin-up-girl-approved accessories and, of course, don't forget to keep the sun out of your pretty eyes with a cool pair of summer shades. Check out this slideshow to be inspired by all things nautical and stock up your wardrobe for summer!

Striped Racerback Tank


Nothing says "nautical" better than a classic navy striped top. Keep things cool and relaxed with a raceback tank, like this one, paired with some crisp white capris or your favorite pair of cuffed denim shorts.

Steve Madden Fraid Espadrille Wedge Sandals


How about a sexy pair or sandals to go with your ensemble? Incorporate a stylish pair of white espadrille wedges like these; the crisp white canvas with frayed edges and big brass buckle will lend you the perfect nautical chic look.

AE Striped Bikini

Show your stripes under the sun with a nautical-inspired swimsuit and hit the waves for some cool-down time. String Halter, $14.95 and String Bikini Bottom, $14.95, American Eagle Outfitters.

Milly Nautical Bangle Set


Add some shine to your sailor-chic getup with a set of assorted bracelets like these nautical rope-inspired bangles. The combination of red, white, blue and brass makes this bangle set the perfect summer holiday accessory!

Stretch Cotton Sailor Shorts


Hello, Sailor! Sail the crystal seas this summer with a pair of fitted sailor shorts like these from Express. The front button detailing and crisp white fabric make the perfect complement to a striped tank and comfy flats.

TOMS 'Classic' Navy Canvas Slip-On


For those walks along the boardwalk or strolling on the yacht deck, a pair of comfortable canvas flats are a must. Slip into a pair of TOMS, the shoe that gives back, and be comfortably stylish.

Betmar Nautical Cap


Complete your nautical look and salute the summer skies with a captain-inspired head-piece like this chic white nautical cap by Betmar. Wear it with a navy striped top, denim cut-offs and canvas flats.

Ralph Lauren Blue


Looking for the perfect summer fragrance? Lighten things up with a lush floral like Ralph Lauren's Blue. This cool and lush fragrance has lotus flower, tuberose and musk key notes that are reminsicent of clear blue skies and sunkissed waters.

Halogen® 'Large' Round Frame Sunglasses


Lastly, no summer outfit is complete without a pair of larger-than-life shades. Try rocking a pair of large round frames, al la Jackie O, for a retro patriotic vibe.

  • Summer Stripes
  • Striped Racerback Tank
  • Steve Madden Fraid Espadrille Wedge Sandals
  • AE Striped Bikini
  • Milly Nautical Bangle Set
  • Stretch Cotton Sailor Shorts
  • TOMS 'Classic' Navy Canvas Slip-On
  • Betmar Nautical Cap
  • Ralph Lauren Blue
  • Halogen® 'Large' Round Frame Sunglasses
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