Ahoy there, me hearties! There’s something in the water…
Every Spring/Summer see’s the reappearance of the popular and wearable nautical trend that has become as much a summer staple as lip gloss and sun tan lotion.
SS12 capsizes the classic nautical trend boat and gives it an aquatic-inspired soaking that we never knew it needed but find ourselves absolutely loving! What’s more, this sexy take on the trend is highly wearable, summer soft and flatters every skin tone.
(Above from left to right: Bright blue shirred shoulder top from Betty Jackson. Black, Turquoise disc detail short sleeved top from Star by Julien Macdonald and Bright blue satin wrap blouse from Roksanda Ilincic/Edition.
The new nautical is a tropical palette cleanser of emerald and azure with metallic highlights and crisp white staples. Dreamy conversational prints juxtapose colour block stripes and the shape and fit is looser and more mermaid-esque than usual.
Don’t completely do away with your tried and tested nautical favourites, these still make the perfect base for this look and will no doubt be a must-have come high summer. Instead update them for SS12 with drapes of softer shimmering shades of aqua and iridescent accessories.
(Below from left to right: Blue lainey colour block suede clutch bag from Dune, Metallic lunar bead trim clutch bag from Lunar, Dark turquoise scoop bag from Betty Jackson. Black, Evening and clutch bag from Carvela and Blue rectangular shoulder bag from Fiorelli).
To complete this look think Mermaid inspired glamour rather than tousled beach babe and keep hair neatly groomed and make-up polished. Shop our beauty department for a new season cosmetics update here.
The beauty of this trend is that it can so easily be dressed up or pared down to suit. The jewel-like tones of the key shades in this look are perfect for special occasions such as summer weddings (above from left to right: Molina Maxi dress from Coast, Blue panelled ‘Show stopper’ dress from Star by Julien Macdonald and Royal blue satin ruffle dress from Debenhams Collection). Similarly the deep oceanic blues make for great day wear.