Style Spy: How to Pull Off Nautical-Inspired Pieces

Add some stripes, boat shoes and sea-centric jewelry to your wardrobe.

Nautical-inspired fashion is timeless. A love of the sea finds its way into our wardrobes with classic blue-and-white striped clothing that pairs perfectly with darling jewelry and casual kicks. 


Don’t know how to tie a bowline? Not to worry. These tops have you covered. •• White + Warren combed-cotton shoulder-tie top, $121; combed-cotton side-tie bateauneck, $143; Aquamarine at 114, 114 Second St., Lewes, 644-4550

This suit’s sporty silhouette will look great on the beach or the boat. •• Swim Systems Skipper Gypsy high-neck top, $70, and matching boy shorts, $72; Body Double Swimwear, 1010 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 537-1444

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Dress up a classic blue-and-white striped dress with distinctive baubles.  BB Dakota Aditya stripe dress, $98; Octopus pendant necklace by Mary DeMarco (also available in starfish and mermaid designs), $48-$78; and Classic Hardware Red Anchor necklace, $55; Bloom, 165 E. Main St., Newark, 454-7266; 1725 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 510-4990

This darling outfit is perfect for cocktails at sunset and don’t forget a straw hat while relaxing at the pool.  Fifteen Twenty tie-front off-the-shoulder top, $165; matching stripe shorts, $110; Hat Stuff packable beach hat, $20; Twila Farrell Distinctive Clothing & Accessories, 122 Second St., Lewes, 645-7007

This all-American boat shoe gets a stylish upgrade. And don’t forget to protect your eyes with a polished pair of aviators.  Sperry Dunefish Crosshatch boat shoes (available in navy, taupe and coral), $90; Ray-Ban Signet sunglasses, $170; Macy’s, 501 Christiana Mall Road, Newark

The Breton striped shirt may be the original fisherman’s shirt, but there’s nothing wrong with adding your own spin.  Splendid lace up stripe top/chambray, $98; Wooden Ships anchor raglan cotton sweater, $114; Deanna’s & Piccolino,113 Second St., Lewes, 644-1112

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