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Red, White & You! 5 Tips to Achieve the Classic Nautical Look

Did you ever notice that season after season, nautical stripes have true stylish staying power? Perhaps it’s because ‘sea’ is in the word ‘season,’ but as you already know, you don’t have to live by the bay to dress like a sailor.

Red, white, blue and gold is all you need in your closet to pull together a classic nautical inspired look. You can pair stripes and solids, polka dots and chains, or create you’re own year round ‘4th of July’ ensemble. I have a few “Nautical Style Tips” I’ll share below. Please feel free to hop aboard and mention your own tips as well because this post is departing its port now… 😉

1. From Alcatraz to Atlantic City ~ ‘Nautical’ is a trend that spans the country and the world. Some of my favorite staple pieces are striped tops that can be layered or worn alone. They can be big stripes, or small, horizontal or vertical. Try on different styles and see what are most flattering.

2. Everyone Can Wear Red ~ It’s a bold statement on my part, but I often hear women say “I can’t wear red, it’s not a good color for me.” Women can still try red details like lipstick, nail polish, bracelets, stripes or how about red pants? Bright denim is everywhere these days.
3. ‘I love Goooold!’~ After the Austin Powers overload this weekend, the truth is Goldmember was onto something. My favorite piece of jewelry is this gold Michael Kors watch, but you can also add gold chains, rings or bracelets to any nautical outfit.
‘Sittin’ by the Dock of the Bay’ ~ Because everyone needs a daily 15 min. break in the sun to take a deep breath and forget about your schedule, stress, etc. (Photo location near the Port of San Francisco)
4. Ch Ch Ch Changes ~ I’ve been popping my collar in dress shirts & chambray tops recently for a new look Also, don’t be afraid to layer necklaces with casual outfits. Lately, I’ve been wearing so much Stella & Dot jewelry (like this long Libby Layering Necklace) I decided to partner with them and join their stylists.
Details by Dale
Red & white tank ~ F21 (recent), red pants ~ H&M, pearl bundled necklace & shades~F21, wedges ~ GUESS, chambray top ~ MiH, watch ~ Michael Kors, Bracelet~ H&M, Nail polish ~ Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, purse ~Dimoti, Photo credit (Mr. Ryan Hu)


5. Part of the reason any nautical inspired outfit adds a level of simplicity is because you can re-wear clothes you already have like denim & layering striped tops! I wore these red pants in my “Peplum & Polka Dot” post and that chambray top a few weeks ago as the top for my “Canadian Tuxedo” post. Plus, I love that both men & women can get in on this trend and boat shoes are everywhere this spring. So, check out your wardrobe for stripes, denim and gold, then simply add a pair of red pants.
Do you love wearing red, white & blue or is “Nautical” just not your style?
(Sidenote) I know I could Google it, but what does this quote mean? ~”Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky at morning, sailors warning.”
P.S. Thank you for all the support on my blog & I have a Summer Giveaway and special announcement coming soon…Also, Special thanks to the team at The City Supply Co. for helping with my blog’s design work recently.

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  1. Monse Fuentes says:

    amazing look!

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  2. GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle says:

    Nautical stripes is such a classic look. No wonder it comes back season after season. Very nice outfit dear.
    Seattle Beauty and Fashion Blog

  3. sonia de macedo says:

    I always love reading your fashion tips! :o) I am in love with those pants and the image of you taking a break by the dock is gorgeous! That quote I’m not sure, maybe has something to do with fishing? Don’t fisherman go out to sea after dusk? I don’t know but I guess if they do it could refer to that!

    Have a beautiful day!

  4. Hi Dale,

    “Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky at morning, sailors warning.”

    To answer your question…it’s for fisherman, which you may know…it means the difference between good catches and bad.

    Red sky at night, sailors delight.
    When we see a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.

    Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.
    A red sunrise reflects the dust particles of a system that has just passed from the west. This indicates that a storm system may be moving to the east. If the morning sky is a deep fiery red, it means a high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain is on its way.

    When I lived in NC and visited Topsail Island, I would hear this saying from the folks on the pier…

    As for the Nautical look…Yes. I do like. I recently purchased 4 new striped tanks from my visit to NC…ironic. I love the looks. I purchased blue and white. Black and White. Gray and White and one with three colors…I should do a post with one of them…You’ll be my inspiration. Great post as always. Lovely pictures. BTW…love that you use items that are affordable for those of us on a budget…F21 and H&M are great.


    • Wow Lola, I’m so impressed you knew all of that. I had no idea that’s what it meant, I figured it had something to do with the ocean being choppy. 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to explain and your 4 striped tops will be perfect for NC. Can’t wait to see them, and affordable is always nice for all of us on a budget 🙂


  5. Veronica says:

    Perfect look Dale =]

    I love wearing red and white together, but i dont think I actually ever added blue as well. I should give the full nautical look a go!

    Great post as always xox


  6. Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams says:

    LOVE nautical… I wouldn’t mind wearing it all year long. Super cute girlfriend!

  7. I love that you chose to wear nude shoes with the red pants! You look great and I love this look and have actually never worn it yet, because I don’t have red pants. Love your chambray top with this look! xx


  8. Kaitlin says:

    you are amazing. I love this post so much. and you pull off the nautical look so perfectly.

    xo kaitlin

  9. Very nice!

  10. I adore the red pants – they are so flatering 🙂

  11. Love the nautical look!! great tips Dale! and great location for your pictures too!

  12. Wil Harris says:

    These are some wonderful tips! You look so effortlessly chic. Love the popping of, the layering of your necklaces, and your gold MK watch!

  13. the creation of beauty is art. says:

    I adore this look, and nautical inspired looks in general. They are so classic!

  14. Berty Morales says:

    Love, love your outfit! I am obssesed with nautical looks…xoxox

  15. We think alike, Dale! I bought bright coral chinos and a striped top last weekend 🙂

  16. I’d never think to associate “red” with “nautical”, but you make it work. 😀

  17. Adiel Cloud says:

    I’m right there with ya. Everyone time someone says “Stripes are in this season” I wonder when they were ever out. 😉 Cute outfit!

  18. The Fashionable ESQ says:

    Hi! This is a really cute idea for a post. I’m actually one of those women who ‘can’t wear red’ but I’ve really started trying! I have red denim, like yours and I love it with stripes. Love nautical!!

    The Fashionable ESQ

  19. Carlota del Río says:

    Gracias por seguirme.
    ¡Me ha encantado tu blog; me quedo!
    Besitos guapa.


  20. Kinia ... Poland says:
  21. That's My Mama says:

    Love this look. The stripes look so basic yet polished! Very pretty Dale 🙂

  22. Eloquent English says:

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to sport this look this weekend! xoxo A-

  23. The nautical look is a classic and so chic. I like your GOLD pieces and especially the layering necklace!


  24. Everything is so beautiful, I am in love with your bag xx

  25. I really love this look! I’ve been hugely into stripes lately. I also really like the bracelets!


  26. TheUrbanUmbrella says:

    I am a huge fan of the nautical look! You look gorgeous! <3

    The Urban Umbrella


  27. Karolina says:

    Beautiful combination! xo

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  29. Mary Ann says:

    Ooo, I love these red pants, especially with the striped top! The nautical inspired look is super cute on you. Also, I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog – the prize is a cute pair of silver earrings. Check it out here! 😉

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  31. Giovanna says:

    Cute post! Loving your necklaces!


  32. LifeStyle Journal says:

    I love the outfit!!!
    Very stylish and smart! And I like your red denim pants, look amazing on you!
    I love to wear red clothing as well!
    Have a nice day!

  33. Very chic! You ought to be in Vogue or IN Style!

  34. Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) says:

    hey dale! i love nautical. it’s always instyle. some go a little “overboard” with it. lol i love how you paired it with nude sandals. you always look great girl! love it. have a great memorial weekend. i’ll be gone for another week.

  35. Sophie Elizabeth says:

    Love this outfit, the red and gold accessories look great together.


  36. Amanda {feast.fashion.faves} says:

    oh SO nautical chic!! I really would love to visit the Hamptons in this amazing look!

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  37. theM.A.D.creationist says:

    Love the look!!!


    Kisses from Italy


  38. Montana says:

    I love the red nautical style! It is so chic, you always have it right!

    Treasure State


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