What I Wore: White before Memorial Day

I never bought into the “no white before memorial day” or “no white after labor day” tried-and-true rules. As soon as warm weather hits, I am perfectly comfortable wearing white shorts, dresses, and jeans! They match everything, they always feel fresh and put-together, and they fit perfectly into my nautical obsession. A few days ago I met a friend for some shopping and general gallivanting, I wore the following:

Generally speaking, the fourth of July colors of white, red, and blue always look great together. They’re so all-American and summery! The denim is a pinch too long since I also like to be able to wear it with my wedges.

Outfit:

Shoes: Express Satin Pointed Toe Flat in Bonfire  Express Satin Pointed Toe Flat in Bonfire

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Scarf: J.Crew Factory Lightweight Long Scarf in belvedere red

j.Crew factory scarf in belvedere red

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White Denim pants: Talbots Slimming Jeans in white

Talbots slimming jeans in white

Navy and white blouse: Factory Printed Scoopneck Button Blouse

J.Crew Factory printed scoopneck button blouseHere are several cute alternatives for the blouse:

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What is your favorite way to wear white denim? How do you feel about keeping white on a strict summer schedule? Tell me what you think, and check out other nautical looks on my “Nautical Necessities” pinterest board!

What I Wore: My Week of Nautical Nonsense Continues

As the weather warms and the highlights begin to appear in my hair (thank goodness), my love of nautical nonsense is growing. Energized by my experiment yesterday, I decided to post a few other nautical outfits I have stashed away in my closet!

1. Talbots does nautical: white jeans and a navy striped top; navy blazer optional:

Talbots Sequin Stripe Tee, Talbots Slimming Colored Jeans in White, Talbots peep-toe sling-back espadrilles (summer 2012)

Talbots Sequin Stripe Tee, Talbots Slimming Colored Jeans in White, Talbots peep-toe sling-back espadrilles (summer 2012, similar here)

I didn’t realize until I posted that photo that every piece I’m wearing comes from Talbots, but it is one of the best stores to find classic preppy staples. Once again, I apologize for the poor quality of the photo.

And in this shot: a well-cut blazer and poor camerawork!

And in this shot: a well-cut blazer and poor camerawork!

2. Prime colors play well together

I wore the following outfit on the first warm day of the season, and it was wonderful. I rolled the windows down and drove with one of my closest friends to our nearest yogurt shop. I was happily delirious from the combination of sunshine and sugar!

The dress was a Calvin Klein on Clearance, the purse I snagged at Forever 21, the shoes are the same ones worn above!

The dress is Calvin Klein – no longer available, Forever 21 bag, Express flats

I also added an over-sized white blazer with rolled up sleeves for some extra warmth since it was breezy outside.

 

The white blazer is from Talbots- summer 2012

The white blazer is from Talbots- summer 2012

From another angle

From another angle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The white blazer and dress are no longer available- so here are a few similar pieces:

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Essential Striped Dress at Forever21- originally $22.80, Calvin Klein Cap sleeve striped mini-dress with belt at Piperlime – $89, Gap Printed Sateen Sweetheart Dress-originally $69.95, H&M Jacket in natural white– $39.95 in stores

What are your favorite nautically inspired looks and pieces? Let me know in the comments section, and check out our pinterest board for more ideas!

My Nautical Obsession

By just about anyone’s standards, I have a problem. I am OBSESSED with everything nautical; every starfish necklace, every striped tee with an anchor design, and every bright red accessory. Why? Because a nautical style is more than just a look, it brings to mind sandy beaches, lobster bakes, the smell of the salt air and the soft rush of an ocean tide. I’ve been very lucky to spend large chunks of my life breathing in crisp ocean air and feeling the sea breeze, and I have always loved history, tradition, and fashion. For me, and so many others, the nautical look combines happy memories and beautiful minimalist sensibility.  It is emblematic of a rich cultural heritage that will never go out of style.

Not convinced? Well allow me to persuade you, because one of the best reasons to try the nautical look this summer is that it is so darned economical! It looks lux, but just invest in a few basic pieces (most of which you can carry into your fall and winter wardrobe) and you are set for the summer. Allow me to demonstrate…

THe 12 items you can use to create 7 unique nautical looks

I was able to create a week’s worth of outfits from the following: two tops, one blazer, two bottoms, one dress, two pairs of shoes, and several accessories. Altogether there are 12 pieces which could fit in a single carry-on bag. Voila!

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Although some of the pieces pinned in the gallery are fairly expensive ($90 for a T-shirt, even one from J.Crew, strikes me as a little unreasonable), I have compiled a list of both the original pieces and affordable alternatives from top to bottom, left to right: KORS Michael Kors Vivian espadrille wedges from Zappos (Talbots, DSW, Old Navy), Kate Spade New York Grove Court Tenley Bag at Piperlime (Nordstrom, DSW), Start with the Basics Circle Scarf at Modcloth (Gap), Olivia Strap Belt at Forever New (Banana Republic, Forever 21), Factory printed blouson tankdress at J. Crew Factory (Piperlime, Delia’s, Forever 21), Saint James® for J.Crew three-quarter sleeve tee (Forever 21), MICHAEL Michael Kors Mid-Rise skinny jeans in green at Harvey Nichols (The Limited, Gap), J. Crew Navy Stretch-wool twill blazer at net-a-porter (Banana Republic, The Limited), Sperry Top-Sider Audrey Slip-on Boat shoe in light peanut (Famous Footwear), Perfect chambray ex-boyfriend shirt in harvest wash at Madewell (Old Navy, Gap), J. Crew Bubble necklace – the green is now out of stock (J. Crew Factory, Etsy, Etsy), Jack Wills Hollingworth Chino in Vintage white (Talbots, Express).

Have you tried the nautical look? What’s your most beloved or versatile piece? Let me know in the comments section!

For more great nautical items I’m lusting after and outfit inspiration, check out my nautical board on Pinterest! Also, feel free to visit me on polyvore to dissect my nautical outfits piece by piece!.