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Growing up at the Jersey shore, I knew a lot of sailors. No, not men in uniform. Recreational sailors. Lots of my childhood friends belonged to “River Rats,” a sailing club. My best friend’s father was the “Boats and Travel Editor” at Sports Afield magazine (nice gig!), but I never did learn the difference between port and starboard. What I did pick up was a love of nautical-inspired style. Anything that has to do with the sea speaks to me.
I have always loved a sailor pant. With or without the double-row of buttons on the front or the lace-up detail on the back, wide leg trousers in neutral colors and simple fabrics such as cotton, linen, or denim are a timeless classic.
Breton-striped T-shirts and Fisherman’s Sweaters
The same goes for a Breton-striped T-shirt or fisherman’s sweater. If you don’t already have one of these, you should buy one now. They are always chic, at any age.
Peacoats are the perfect weekend jacket. They can also be translated into finer fabrics for work or even casual evening wear.
Last, but not least, I am mad for maritime-style accessories. A bracelet based on a sailor’s knot, an oversize scarf in a nautical stripe and, most especially, espadrilles. They are comfortable, practical, and never go out of style.
Shop it (from left): Balenciaga scarf, $465; barneys.com. Tory Burch espadrilles, $135; toryburch.com. Kate Spade New York bracelet, $78; neimanmarcus.com. Elizabeth and James handbag, $545; shopbop.com.
Keep a sharp lookout for these as you set your spring shopping course!
Runway inspiration (at top): Sonia Rykiel spring/summer 2015