Spring Trend Alert: Nauticals Now!

How to score this ship-shape style for every body type.
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Spring Trend Alert: Nauticals Now!

How to score this ship-shape style for every body type.

-Erin Donnelly

Kate Moss

Pop a couple of Dramamine and throw on a life vest—this season, fashion is hitting the high seas.  Chanel kicked off the revival of this style and of course everybody followed!  Look how chic Kate Moss is in a simple striped top and red jacket. But is the nautical trend right for your body type, or should you steer clear? We’ve rounded up some top selections that will work for every shape and size, with tips on how to get the look just right. Read on for smooth style sailing!

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Horizontal stripes can add volume (as in, the illusion of bigger boobs!) to a petite frame. If you’re aiming to look taller, vertical or diagonal stripes are your best bet as they draw the eye up and down, not across. Dressing in one color (such as navy or cream) will also help you visually lengthen your frame. Add colorful accessories like a red clutch for example, for contrast. Nautical images such as anchors or  chain-link are fun, but you should stick to smaller vertical-style prints that won’t overwhelm your frame. And be careful with sailor-style pants, as the high waist can split your frame in two.


Forever 21 Nautical striped jacket ($19.80, forever21.com). This jacket’s vertical navy stripes and cropped length are perfect making a petite frame look longer. Wear it over a navy sundress that hits the knee.

J. Crew

J.Crew Super 120s Andre Dress ($188, jcrew.com). Speaking of navy dresses, this lengthening V-neck wrap dress is a slam-dunk for petite gals. Add a nautical accessory, like a striped clutch or espadrilles to amp up the sea-faring look.


Motel chain-print Emily dress ($30.44, asos.com). A diagonal chainlink print and  empire-waist make this dress a smart and not to mention sexy choice.  Adding dark tights will enhance the lengthening effect.

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