Monday, February 23, 2009

All Aboard

Nautical inspiration was one of my favorite motifs on the spring runways. To achieve this look, go for horizontal stripes, a color palette of red, white and navy, gold accents, braided or rope details and anything else that reminds you of a sailor. Though it can be fun to go over-the-top with a theme, you can pick a single nautical element to avoid looking costumey. Try wearing horizontal stripes in an unexpected springy color.

This cute mod mini dress can really stand alone, so I usually keep accessories simple when I wear it. The scarf adds a hint of contrasting color and sailor charm. The tights and boots keep it appropriate for chilly weather.

Dress/shirt: Vintage, Plato's Closet, $4
Boots: Urban Outiftters, $10
Scarf: Vintage, gift

This casual look definitely doesn't take the theme too far. High-waisted wide-leg jeans have a sailor vibe, the gray and white striped top with gold buttons is subtly nautical and the red belt adds a pop of color.

Shirt: Target, $10
Jeans: Urban Outfitters, $10
Belt: Arizona Trading Company, $8
Shoes: alice + olivia for Payless, sample from work
Scarf: Vintage, gift

A nautical look doesn't have to be super casual. This slightly dressy look features go-to stripes and a satiny skirt in an unexpected golden color.

Shirt/dress: H&M, $28
Skirt: Forever21, $14
Shoes: alice + olivia for Payless, sample from work
Rope belt: Self made
Scarf: Vintage, gift

On the Runway: D&G Spring 2009 RTW. Image source:

On the Runway: Michael Kors Spring 2009 RTW. Image source:


Unknown said...


I am a new reader of your blog and really like the way you put together your outfits. Specially the way you incorporate all the bright colors in your daily wear. Just adore this golden skirt, and it looks so rich, cant believe its from forever21.

Kansas Couture said...

Thank you for reading! I'm definitely a fan of bright colors, and I have a feeling I'm going to wear even more this spring. That golden skirt was a good find. Every once in awhile Forever21 surprises me with a really great piece.