By Kristen Castillo

March 11, 2013 4 min read

Your warm-weather wardrobe is likely to include lots of stripes, anchors, knots and rope accents. This popular nautical style, which is trendy for both men and women, is pretty and preppy.

Fashion expert and personal stylist Lindsay Weiner of Style Me ASAP says the look is easy to wear and takes inspiration "from boating, yachting and all things water-related, and these pastimes are ubiquitous with warm weather and leisurely fun."

Adriana John of Tout le Monde Style calls the nautical look a "classic" and notes she spots the trend often.

"Nautical fashion creates a neat and tidy look when worn with anything else," she says. "Worn-out jeans with a nautical top look much more fancy than ones worn with a T-shirt. Nautical-style clothing is very comfortable without looking frumpy and demands attention while still looking feminine."

*Seafaring Style

"The nautical trend isn't sailing away any time soon," says celebrity style expert Jene Luciani, explaining that designers -- including Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger -- "all showed nautical accents for spring."

Look for fashions in traditional boating colors like red, blue and white, with accents in brights like yellow and orange.

"Nautical stripes are the easiest way to rock the trend," says Sara Cooper, a fashion and wardrobe stylist who suggests "a simple striped tee" paired with denim shorts or a high-waisted leather skirt. "If you're a bit more adventurous, you can try pairing a striped bandage skirt with a button-down blouse."

Stripes are the seafaring standard, but the look is often accentuated by accents that include anchors, starfish, sand dollars and steering wheels.

Accessorize your look with a variety of nautical accents. Wear striped flip-flops, sandals or casual sneakers to add nautical flair to your wardrobe. Carry a classic ocean-inspired tote bag, and wear nautical jewelry, including bracelets and necklaces made from vintage ship parts. Other jewelry options include leather and rope bracelets featuring fishhooks and necklaces and earrings made of sea glass.

Weiner encourages her clients to "focus on a few basic aspects of the look."

"Finish off the look with buttons, especially those in gold and pieces with rope and knot details, to successfully wear this popular seasonal trend," she says.

Don't forget to wear red lipstick and bold nails, including nail polish in bold blue.

*Wearing the Trend

Nautical fashion is trendy, with celebrities like Katie Holmes, Gwen Stefani, Eva Longoria, Rachel Bilson and Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge.

"Taylor Swift has been spotted wearing this trend multiple times. It suits her image so well," says Natasha Franzen, online stylist for Lonnys. "Beyonce was also recently spotted in an anchor sweater and navy shorts."

*Style and Savings

You don't have to be a celebrity to afford nautical fashions. You can buy seafaring fashions at both discount retailers and high-end stores, as well as online at sites such as Etsy.

"The great thing about this trend is that you can achieve it without having to buy a whole new closet," says Franzen. "You can use pieces you already have in a new way, such as combining a navy-and-white-striped top with a red blazer.

"You could also purchase just one definitive piece to then mix and match, such as said striped top or an anchor-adorned item. This way, you won't have to spend more than your budget and can get the most bang for your buck."

Like many fashion trends, nautical style looks best when not overdone. Wear only one or two nautical looks -- like a red-and-white-striped shirt and navy wedge sandals -- at one time. Make sure your clothing and accessories are appropriate, not overpowering. The end result? A nautical style that's clean, classic and fun.

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