Ahoy! Nautical Look Is Chic For Spring

In store windows and magazines, the look of the season comes from the high seas. Navy and white, the classic sailor colors, are showing up all over spring fashions in a range of looks from nautical to preppy.

To showcase some of the best ways to use navy, Suze Yalof Schwartz, executive fashion editor-at-large of Glamour magazine, joined The Early Show for this week's Chic on a Shoestring. She said, "Navy is the strongest color of the season," but warned that "you don't want to look like you just popped off the boat."

This morning she brought three different looks — and a wide range of price tags, from steals to splurges.


Look No. 1: Wrap Dress
The wrap dress with sailor knots and zigzags is really fresh for the season. Thick chain necklaces are also a big story — they work well at the office and for going out at night.

Steal:
Jones NY, $89

Splurge:
DVF, $326

What's the difference? The fabric. The DVF is 100-percent silk versus rayon in the cheaper look.

Look No. 2: Sailor Pants
Wide-legged white sailor pants are one of the hottest items for spring. Pair them with a cropped navy sailor blazer for some extra flair. For a real pop, add a red necklace.

Steal:
Tank: Banana Republic, $34
Jacket: French Connection, $178
Pants: Necessary Objects, $79

TOTAL: $291

Splurge:
Tank: YAYA, $89
Jacket: DKNY, $345
Pants: Ralph Lauren, $398

TOTAL: $832

What's the difference? The Ralph Lauren pants are made of a higher-quality cotton.

Look No. 3: Navy Skirt

Mixing patterns is not always easy to do, but for a fresh, sophisticated look, try pairing a navy bold-printed skirt with a striped sailor sweater.

Steal:
Sweater: H&M, $24.90
Skirt: 4th and Towne, $68

TOTAL: $92.90

Splurge:
Sweater: Burberry, $245
Skirt: Lafayette, $498

TOTAL: $743

What's the difference? The Burberry sweater has button detailing and is made of higher-quality material. The skirt has more complex patterns and better structure.
  • Polly Leider

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