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May 10, 2012  | by: Latonya Darrisaw

YSL nautical trends from Spring 2012

What better way to celebrate vacations and summer getaways than through nautical-inspired clothing? It’s really simple to tap into your inner sailor (just try not to look like Popeye or Gilligan). All you need are a few basic staples to give an instantly classic nod to life on the high seas. Here are some celebrities spotted in all things nautical who you can easily copy to get your summer started. Are you ready to hop aboard with one of the hottest trends this season? Well, ahoy, fashionistas!

Taylor Swift goes nautical in Los Angeles

Taylor Swift showed off the easiest way to approach the nautical trend. It’s all about stripes and the basic colors red, blue, and white.  Taylor wore a Chinti and Parker striped tee, Lauren Merkin saddlebag and an Anthropologie headband. She mixed in a bit of gold and yellow to accent the ensemble. This look can easily go from daytime to night by throwing on a navy blazer and gold or navy platform pumps.

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

In these three designs, Kate Middleton continues to show her loyalty to Alexander McQueen with some maritime flare. She embodies the nautical trend by wearing big gold buttons, navy and white colors, and even a sailoresque tie in the third look. For a more casual style, the coat can be paired with tailored trousers or denim.

Kelly Ripa in Dries Van Noten

Kelly Ripa was all about stripes in this bandage style Dries Van Noten striped skirt, navy tank, black Tod’s Helmut bag and Bottega Veneta brown sandals. She looked so sophisticated here, and the way she coordinated the navy with the black and white stripes was flawless. For a more flirty, contemporary style, try a full or circle skirt with ballet flats or sandals.

Pippa Middleton in Markus Lupfer

Proving that nautical-inspired clothing doesn’t have to work just for summer, Pippa Middleton shows how to transition the trend into chillier months. While the blazer would have been more stylish in navy or red, Pippa still looked gorgeous in a Markus Lupfer dress and Zara boots. Pippa’s ensemble proves that when opting for stripes, it’s best to stick to one striped piece and keep everything else simple.

Katie Holmes in a striped Madewell tee

One major way to celebrate the nautical theme is by wearing white pants, whether wide-leg trousers or jeans. Katie Holmes looked amazing and ready for summer in white 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans, a Madewell striped tee, Rag & Bone “Newbury” booties and Giorgia Armani sunglasses. To really up the style ante, try ballet flats in white or navy with a gold buckle.

Kate Moss exhibits nautical chic

Kate Moss really got into the trend with this red and navy blazer, skinny jeans, and black ballet flats.  From head-to-toe this look could work on anyone any size.  For a more dressier look, nix the jeans and opt for white wide-leg trousers with nautical-inspired details.

Alexa Chung in Wren

Style icon Alexa Chung gets sporty in a Wren striped sweater in both looks, Levi shorts, and Chanel boots. She goes for a more edgy, punk style here with the boots, but the sweater could work with denim or a maxi skirt for a more subtle style.

Taylor Swift in a striped Ipanema dress

Taylor Swift pulled off the trend so well she deserved a second look in a different style.  Last month, the singer opted for a simple, chic navy and white Ipanema dress with beautiful lines. The red Frye slingback heels and Lauren Merkin saddlebag really form a cohesive, perfectly styled look.

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