The very thought of sporting nautical prints gets me oh-so-excited. I am convinced that in my past life, I was an affluent sailor, somewhere off the Atlantic Coast of the USA, and it’s all because of my affinity for nautical style. I cannot begin to count the number of clothes in my wardrobe that feature varying combinations of white, grey and navy blue. In the past year, a lot of my favourite brands have been releasing shorts and shirts in tiny nautical prints – anchors, reef knots, lighthouses, sailboats, steering wheels and more.
I stepped into Nautica’s store at Infinity Mall, Malad, recently to stock up on some nautical style for the remainder of the year. I found the store to be a veritable treasure trove of nautical style – good, old fashioned American sailing culture comes alive through clothes, accessories, shoes and even the cologne.
And because you can’t do nautical style without an uber-cool pair of boat shoes, I instantly picked up this pair of classic brown leather boat shoes to go with my look.
I also picked out this shirt with the quintessential motif of nautical prints – the anchor.
Then I chose something else that perfectly characterises nautical style – stripes. I have written endlessly on my blog about my vast collection of navy and white nautical stripes. Today, I decided to go one step forward and add some colour. Here’s what I picked as my interpretation of nautical stripes.
And remember, a nautical look requires you to be spiffy, smart and impeccably groomed. The look just demands it. So you can’t possibly show up at a chic Sunday brunch, in a summer shirt, linen shorts and boat shoes, with messy hair and a shoddy watch. Make sure you are accessorised with the right watch and, of course your favourite pair of sunnies. And in case you are wondering, boat shoes are NEVER worn with socks, NOT even the ankle socks!
There you go, gents! A few of my pics from my latest visit to the Nautica store in Mumbai. Stay cool and stay stylish!