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Ask BB: What to Wear to a Nautical-Theme Party

I have a Nautical theme party coming up and i have no idea what to wear. —@Msaby via Twitter

I hardly know my port from my starboard but I still love all-things-nautical. Think sailor stripes, anchors, navy, red, white and gold, with some rope and boat shoes thrown in for good measure. For your party, have fun with these classic nautical motifs. It doesn't have to (and probably shouldn't) be too literal.

Here are some celebrity outfits to inspire you:

Left: Pippa Middleton's blue blazer and white jeans (seen here) looks like a yacht-worthy outfit to me. I wouldn't really know, but that's what I imagine a stylish sailor might don.

Middle: Eva Longoria's long sleeve stripe top and white shorts (seen here) are so nautical-glam. Her sexy heels make the look more fashionista, less fisherman.

Right: Rachel Bilson's bright red skirt, striped top and navy blazer (seen here) gives a nod to nautical style without treading into costume territory. Totally chic.

Here are 3 outfit ideas using affordable items that will help you get a nautical party look this summer (click on any item for details):

Look 1: Striped maxi dress + red platform sandals + floppy hat + anchor necklace

Look 2: Striped top + red shorts + rope sandals + anchor necklace

Look 3: Nautical dress + straw clutch + gold sandals + fab shades

What would YOU wear to a nautical theme party? xoBB

I love the 2nd outfit - would be great for July 4th too - unfortunately not quite budget enough for me...
#1 danielle on 2011-06-14 14:42 (Reply)
Great selections!
#2 sohoaccessories (Homepage) on 2011-06-14 15:07 (Reply)
That dress in the third outfit is adorable — too bad it's out of stock!
#3 Nikki F. on 2011-06-14 15:23 (Reply)
Sorry about that! As Gail mentioned, Modcloth has a lot of cute options, like this one ($45):

#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2011-06-14 16:02 (Reply)
Forever 21 has alot of striped tops!Also try Modcloth and NastyGal online!
#4 Gail on 2011-06-14 15:26 (Reply)
I love Pippa's outfit! I have pants similar to those and now I'm going to be on the look out for a nice blazer like that!
#5 Val Fox (Homepage) on 2011-06-14 15:28 (Reply)
Thanks for the tip Gail - will try that! :^)
#6 danielle on 2011-06-14 15:35 (Reply)
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