The nautical trend will be sailing into the spring collections. This is great news for all of you trend followers with a budget. I have some great tips on "becoming a sailor" without the large $$$. The Navy men and women are not the only ones who can look fabulous in nautical attire. I will refer back to my blog on buttons for this post. If you have a great jacket, vest, pair of pants or shorts that might need a little TLC...grab some nautical themed buttons to steam things up a bit. When it comes to the pants or shorts (flat front will work best), make two vertical rows of three buttons on the front of the pant (example to the right.) As far as jacket or vest, it is probably best to go with the previously made button holes...just to keep it simple. Rope accents are extremely fashionable within the nautical trend as well. You can use them as a belt, an accent on shoes or handbags, or jewelry. Another cute idea is to take advantage of some patches. Use your local army navy store to grab some sailor style patches for your cute skinny jeans or that amazing blue jean vest that you have had since 8th grade. Blue, red, yellow, and white are the colors to gravitate towards when trying to acquire the "seaman" or "sea woman" look. Stripes are also a plus, unfortunately they can also be a negative for some of us so be careful as to the placement of said stripes. Horizontal stripes are not forgiving. Here is a little hint on how to accommodate these dreadful horizontal stripes without looking 10 sizes bigger. Grab a striped scarf and use it as a belt, hair accessory, or SURPRISE...a scarf. Jewelry, shoes, and handbags can also be a great opportunity to give your outfit that nautical flare that it may need. Forever 21 is a great store to purchase some cute jewelry at WOW prices. Also remember that statement pieces-necklaces, earrings, bracelets-are hitting the runways hard. Another hint coming...find your self a broach of an anchor and pin it on your shirt or even your layered necklace (I will look for one and let your guys know soon.) To spice the pin up a bit (if needed), go to your local craft store and pick up some rhinestones to glue on your broach. Believe it or not, this can make a simple piece become the "it" factor of your entire ensemble.
There are even really cute items for your sassy pups!
Enjoy the wonderful world of fashion trends!