Photography- Melanie Duerkopp Photography
About four years ago, I was living in New England and would go on daily runs to the beach. I would pass through the adorable beach town that consisted of my favorite cheese shop and a few adorable boutiques. Believe it or not, I was actually not always this comfortable wearing my nautical best. I was nervous to really embrace my inner prep. While I have always had a love for a classic stripe, my love of nautical fashion was really fostered over those few years of living in Connecticut. Before I went full force I started with smaller pieces. An anchor necklace here, a pair of striped heels there. I am such a sucker for a reason to "dress the part" that living in New England just gave me a constant excuse to dress like I was about to go yachting at any given moment. I mean, wouldn't you agree that you wouldn't want to be in a situation where you could have been wearing your seaside best and you weren't prepared?! Exactly. If you need further proof, you should check out my instagram account or my Pinterest page. I am constantly inspired by nautical fashion and it is reflected in my daily life. It's borderline obsession, but I like to think of it as a healthy one. And it started with stepping out of my comfort zone and really giving something new a chance.
Since I'm fully aware that not everyone likes to dress like a modern day version of The Love Boat, here is an outfit that is more subtle in it's nautical influence. This is an excellent way to take a trend that you may be nervous to try in full effect. If there is ever a fad you are unsure of but it intrigues you, try to find subtle ways to try it. The key way to owning your personal style is to be influenced by your surroundings while still staying true to yourself. Dabble in it before you go full force. Then you will know if it's really something you want invest in and make a part of your wardrobe. While I am sure you will see lots of bold blue and white prints and boat shoes on this blog, if that seems too much for you, here are a few ways you can add a little nautical flair.
What is a trend you have been wanting to try but something has been holding you back? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section on the blog. Now is the time to go for it! This weekend I want you to challenge yourself and wear something that might be slightly out of your comfort zone. You will totally surprise yourself and enjoy it. Let's say you have been really wanting to rock some neon but are worried it's too young. By wearing a statement earring and a black dress you can add a little bit of pop without glowing in the dark. Take this nautical inspiration and run with it. I'd love to see what you wear! Use the hash tag #headoverheelswithstyle and share the love.
Pencil Skirt - J Crew, Button Down - Gap, Red Heels - Banana Republic, Bangles - Stella and Dot, Watch - Michael Kors