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Saint James for Coach Spring/Summer 2013: Nautical Meets New York!

Iconic French brand Saint James has teamed up with Coach to create a Spring/Summer 2013 collection of clothing, accessories, and handbags, all ready to put you in the sailing mood! Even if you think you haven’t heard of Saint James before, chances are you’re already familiar – they’re known for originating the Breton striped crewneck sweater we modern fashionistas all known and love, beyond its original purpose as fisherman’s wear! The result of the collaboration is a preppy-chic, youthful yet classic array of bags and beachwear, perfect for hitting the Hamptons this summer. Prices range from $88 for a beach towel (ouch) to $498 for a leather-detailed beach tote… but the up-side is that the nautical trend shows no signs of stopping, so these summer-festive pieces can likely serve as seasonal go-tos for years to come!

Pictured above: Saint James Colorblock Panama Hat, Saint James Drawstring Top, Saint James Tote, Saint James Legacy Weekend Tote, and Saint James Bikini.

- Alexandra Gambardella

Elizabeth & James Summer 2011 Jewelry Takes to the Sea!

While they’ve always managed to be relevant in pop culture, not to mention a successful and business-savvy power duo, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen have come a long way since their days as Michelle Tanner! From Full House to full-blown fashion icons, the twins have matured to create consistently covetable and cutting-edge pieces as co-designers of fashion label Elizabeth & James. Aside from finely-crafted sequin cardigans and perfectly tailored boyfriend blazers, E&J also creates coordinating jewelry that manages to be elegant yet infused with plenty of character and whimsy, and the Summer 2011 sea-inspired collection is no exception! Forget striped tees and coral beading — these accessories take the nautical inspiration to the literal level with sterling silver necklaces in the shape of crab claws and anchors, sea urchin cocktail rings, and twisty enamel bangles in the shape of actual coral, and cute stud earrings in various shell-inspired shapes. The jewelry is delicate and subtle but doesn’t skimp on quirkiness, and adds just the right amount of summer festivity to your outfit without overshadowing your wardrobe!

- Alex Gambardella

Trendy Monochromatic Striped Hoodie

This Soft little French terrycloth hoodie is perfect to finish off any outfit.  With tiny black and white stripes it is a great piece to pull together any black and white combo.  And did we mention that a monochromatic combination of blacks, whites and greys is very trendy at the moment?

Black and white had always been one of my favorite color go-togethers … and especially with a dash of red.  Remember that even a little hoodie can go from sporty to dressy, depending on what else you choose to wear underneath.   Cotton Hoodie in nautical stripes is $62 from Madewell.com.

From our friends at Mommie911

Nautical Revival – Sail Away Dress from O’Neill


Could the nautical look be coming back yet again?  Well yes, it is, but believe it or not, it’s slightly different this time around.  Rather than plain stripes with rope accents, this season’s nautical offerings seem to have branched off into two distinct directions: very subtle and understated, or turbo-nautical.

This dress, admittedly, is in the latter category, but I had to have it anyway, even though historically I have no love for the nautical look.  It’s a strappy “sail away” dress from O’Neill, and I’ll admit that when I bought it, I specifically had the beach in mind.  I’m not sure if I’d be brave enough to wear this on a city street in March, but who knows – maybe by the time May rolls around, everyone will be wearing stuff like this, and it won’t seem so outlandish anymore.

Wear It Now & Later: Breton Stripes

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Breton stripes are a classic look that can be worn throughout the seasons. While it’s still chilly, tuck a a striped top into black skinny jeans and add a blazer (for a pop of color try a bright red belt or heels). In the summer, pair it with shorts or capris.

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Image credits: Balmain Fall 2009 R TW, style.com; DKNY Pre-Fall 2010, style.com; Lookbook.nu user Patricia D; actress Audrey Tatou in “Coco before Chanel”; Kate Moss on marieclaire.co.uk; The Sartorialist.

From our friends at StyleBakery

Strategize to Accessorize – Ruffled Striped Nautical Scarf

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I don't usually tackle only one item in a post, but this ruffled, nautical striped scarf was just so cute, I had to give it special priority. I'm a scarf addict – not so much because they're pretty or cute or beautiful – although obviously they can be all those things! – but because they're utilitarian. I can be covered nearly from  head to toe, and if my neck is bare, I'll be freezing! So I had a vast collection of scarves that not only accessorize to make an adorable outfit, but also keep me warm and toasty.

I particularly love this scarf because it's a bit more spring-y. Let's face it – spring doesn't always mean warmth, but on colder nights you don't want to look like you're bundled up for a blizzard! This scarf incorporates one of my favorite things about spring and summer – the nautical look – with a fresh, girly look. You could easily throw this on with a white t-shirt and jeans and look seasonably fresh!