It’s August, and normally at this time of year, I am sitting on a beach in my home province, Prince Edward Island, listening to the waves crash against the shore and feeling perfectly happy and relaxed. This summer, I decided to stay in Alberta for my summer vacation and did not make the long trip home. While I have been thoroughly enjoying all that Edmonton and the surrounding area has to offer at this time of year (especially the heat!), I have been homesick for red cliffs, white sand and deep blue ocean.
Maybe it’s because I am an Islander at heart and I am at my most happy when I have the salt wind blowing through my hair, but one of my favourite looks during the summer months is anything nautical. Navy and white, stripes of all kinds, and hints of red that make the nautical theme really pop are some of the classic staples I love to wear in the warmer months. Stripes are the first thing most people equate with the nautical look, and it likely evokes images of boat shoes and J. Crew or Land’s End catalogues, but there are plenty of ways to jazz the nautical look up, beyond white shorts and a striped shirt (which don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love!). I have a couple of striped dress options that I love for the summer – one is classic navy and white, while the other features navy and mint green stripes, an interesting take on the nautical look that I love. I was immediately drawn to it when I first saw the dress last summer. I own far too many navy and white striped sweaters and shirts than any one person should, and I pair them with everything from crsip white shorts and my favourite cut offs on warmer days, to dark skinny jeans or my favourite flares for cooler days and nights. But one of my favourite outfits from this summer takes that classic nautical look and turns it upside down, with stripes on the bottom and a dark solid colour on top. I think it is a refreshing and elegant take on the traditional nautical features and the shorts, which I found at Zara, are one of the most comfortable and yet slightly dressy pairs I’ve ever found. I’ve been on the search for the perfect navy blazer I could pair with them, which along with some classic nude heels, would make for a chic warm weather work outfit (you know, if I wasn’t on vacation!).
For more nautical outfit inspiration, check out my Instagram page, which features some of the combinations I mentioned above. And if you ever have the chance to visit the East coast of Canada, make sure you visit Prince Edward Island. Even if the nautical look isn’t your thing, the endless beaches, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, friendly people, and amazing food are something everyone can enjoy. And now it’s time for a good cup of tea and to look at more pictures of home.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,
Shorts – Zara | Sleeveless Shirt – RW & Co. | Sandals – Tory Burch | Bag – Louis Vuitton | Watch – Michael Kors | Bracelets & Necklace – J. Crew | Sunglasses – Roots