Summer and water go together like...well, like the best of things. Nautical themes are always a sure-fire way to create a fun, summery look, be it with your own clothing, your kids' style, or even your home or patio decor. Here are a few tips to set sail to your nautical style this season.
1) For your look: Go with simple, classic colors in linen or cotton. A white or navy bottom always pairs nicely with a stripped boat shirt, tank, or blouse. Add bright colored sandals in red, or stick with classic espadrilles, wedges or boat shoes. Sneakers like keds or converse look great too, when sporting this look. Aviator shades, some bright watermelon or strawberry red polish or lipstick, a large canvass tote, and a classy sun hat complete the style.
2) For the kids: Kids look cute in almost anything, let's face it. But dressing them up sailor-style is pretty adorable if you have a reason for it! Jeans or a jean skirt pair nicely with a sailor top, or simple polo shirt. Chino shorts or preppy Bermudas also work perfectly. Try a colorful bandana or straw hat to protect them from the sun, if you cannot find the real deal captain's hat. And look for a cute preppy belt or consider making one with a simple piece of rope to tie the whole look together.
3) For the patio party: Blues, whites and reds are the colors mostly used. You can decorate a table with a large blue cloth, then use simple red or navy plates and fold your napkins on top to look like sails. I love either plain white or stripped. Both remind me of boats on a beautiful day. If that's tricky, or if they might blow over, get some simple white nautical robe and make boat ties around the napkins with a simple sailor knot. You can also use this rope to decorate around vases or tie bouquets or balloons for an extra festive flair. To continue the theme through the meal, you can use toothpicks to make little sailing-flag inspired nametags, and you can do the same with straws to serve with drinks. You can use wooden spoons that look like paddles when serving dips, and arrange your cupcakes or a platter of fruit into a fun fish or life-saver shape, for example. Craft stores sell seashells by the bagful, and these can be used as added beachy decorations around your table or place settings, or placed in large glass hurricane lanterns that hold candles.
Do you ever go for a nautical look? How do you create it?
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