May 03, 2008

Do I Look Too Much Like a Sailor Girl?

Nautical inspired clothes (read: anything that is navy and white, and possibly red,) has been a must-have for the past few summers. A TimesOnline article suggests that the nautical look is so favoured because nautical clothes represent a highlife, (presumingly of a life that involves many luxurious holidays, yachts, beaches and seaside houses,) that most of us can't afford but do aspire for. This season, the runway collections offers the starry nautical look (see Chanel,) knit dresses and the 70's look.

The usual, nautical-inspired look is basically a striped top with jeans/ shorts.
A question that's been nagging me every time I see a nautical-looking item is this: Would it make me look like I'm dressed in a sailor costume? I don't mind looking a bit cutsy or too navy and white, but I really don't want to look like I'm some fashion victim who's literally dressed like a sailor.
Take this sailor-like outfit Blair is wearing: Leighton looks great in it, and Blair can totally pull it off, but that's because she's a tv character with a strong sense of style. I'm not sure it would translate well in real life.
Take these two tops from Top Shop. The top on the right is just too sailor-looking for me. And I've actually tried on the top on the left, but it kind of made me look like a 12 year old. I might be aiming to look young, but I am not aiming to look like a kid.
When I first saw this dress I thought it was cute but was way too sailor-looking and kiddy for me. But the more I stare at it, the more I want it! It's so cute and I love the details -the collar and the buttons. Alas, now that I want to buy is, it's sold out on asos.com. I totally regret not ordering it when I first saw it now!
As usual, Urban Outfitters provides some ideas on how to wear the nautical look in a young and stylish way: The key is to wear one nautical item, and the rest should be a bit plainer, or a add a splash of colourful to make it look like a chic and modern outfit. Match them with 'in' accessories, like long, charm necklaces (-no anchor charms though!) or sandals (-love the tan-coloured ones on the right).
So question: Is this APC sailor dress too sailor-looking? And is it too kiddy looking? It looks cute on the model, but then everything looks ok in catalogues. Would it look really boring?

Image credits: www.apc.fr, www.urbanoutfitters.com, www.topshop.com, http://city-celeb.org, www.asos.com

15 Comments:

Anonymous Jackie said...

I think that the APC dress is definitely not too sailor looking..but at the same time I would not buy it, just because it seems like such a waste of money. it is, after all, a pretty plain looking dress. i absolutely ADORE that nautical asos.com dress though! especially that little bow detail on the back. what a shame they ran out..

5/03/2008 3:21 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

i like the sailor outfit on leighton but the driving gloves are a bit much, no? sailor look is great, as long as you don't take it too far. my opinion...

5/03/2008 5:07 AM  
Blogger American Made Jewelry said...

The asos striped dress is really classic, but the belt is out of place. It looks like a desperate attempt to get in on the belt around the waist look that is up and coming, especially with the new Sex in the City Movie coming out with exactly that fashion trend, again. It's been done so many times, it's boring. The dress by itself is fabulous.

5/03/2008 6:25 AM  
Blogger Blogger said...

I like the sailor look as well.

Nikki
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5/03/2008 8:45 AM  
Anonymous ally said...

i don't like the nautical look but it looks fantastic when done right. how could not mention cassie from skins and her sailor top in your post??

i love the APC dress.

5/03/2008 1:43 PM  
Anonymous savvy gal said...

it's cute to wear the sailor look, but it's important to not over do it. It's cute when one is 5 to do the total sailor look.

5/03/2008 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really love that stripped asos dress as well...the belt is cute, it makes the outfit more casual. I feel your pain, Harrods Girl.

Unfortunately, the last asos dress, is not as nice...It's not too sailor-like, but it does resembles a school uniform.

5/03/2008 5:38 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

i really really like the stripy asos dress, though i share your concern that such bold, sailorish items can be a little hard to wear.

last season i bought a stripy tshirt dress from GAP that was casual enough for me to feel comfortable, wearing a stripy dress.

last summer, before the nautical trend became really big this past couple of seasons - especially high street-wise, i bought a gorgeous, chunkyish gold necklace, with an anchor charm, from a cute boutique in Portugal. it is in no way tacky like sooo many of the ones available at the moment. i've had so many compliments on it, i'm so glad i bought it!
i love stripes!

5/04/2008 3:32 AM  
Anonymous Americanmadejewelry said...

Gracie, your anchor necklace sounds fabulous! I think the Nautical look is like every other look - been around for soooooo long. These styles come and go. It's how you wear the style that really matters, and how old you are as well. I think wearing a wide belt (or any belt) around the waist when there is a big bow there already, is overkill. But then I am probably older than most of you commenting here. The Nautical look is a classic, chic look that I love to wear. And Gracie, I would love to see a picture of your necklace!

5/04/2008 3:55 AM  
Blogger Knikki said...

Probably one of my worst and first fashion memories from when I was a child came from the nautical look. My mom wanted me to wear this navy blue, horizontal striped t-shirt, with a white boat right in the middle and some navy blue shorts and I cried and cried and cried and cried and cried and screamed and screamed and scream for her not to make me wear it.

Idk what it was that made me cry so much. I remember hating the color navy blue and just not being comfortable in that look. This was when I was 5.

Talbots had a huge thing with the nautical looks when I first started working there. I mean red, white, and blue were EVERYWHERE and the calors were just so sailor-like. I don't like it at all.

5/04/2008 6:07 AM  
Anonymous Carl said...

Good Job! :)

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Blogger Eric said...

I really like the nautical look, and many of these dresses are adorable. I would totally wear Blaire's dress.

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Anonymous lana said...

I totally agree with Ally. Cassie from skins is the perfect example of nautical in that stunning shirt of hers. I've been looking for one everywhere. It's just so damn cute!

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