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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

$19.90

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

$79.95

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

$165

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

$26.94

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

$43.95

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

$35.45

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

$55

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

$68

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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