It occurred to me last year, when putting the outfit together for this post by the seaside,
that somehow I’ve gone through years of vintage fashion loving without owning things that are particularly nautical. That outfit was the closest I could get at the time and although even less than a year later I think I could take a better stab at it, the fact remains I love the seaside and my wardrobe just does not reflect this fact adequately. Isn’t that a crying shame?
Thankfully, repro brands are on it this year with seaside-inspired pieces. In fact, there’s altogether too much choice as a result. Usually I wouldn’t complain, but please someone tell me how I can afford all these pretties…?
1. Collectif – Adele Dress (coming soon)
Certain brands have always done nautical well – Collectif and Hell Bunny are two of my favourites and they really don’t disappoint this year. In fact, there are four variations of dress 3 – you can also get it in a pencil, mini or jumpsuit version! Skirt 5 uses a pattern on several of their pieces this spring/summer too, but I particularly love the side button details on the swing skirt. I have to say though, the tie straps on the dresses (not pictured here) are also lovely touches. As for Collectif, the print on dress 1 isn’t that dissimilar to Hell Bunny’s, but with lovely details like the ruched bust. I love skirt 2 for its brilliant simplicity – I like my navy Lindy Bop circle skirt, but I tend to like pieces with more to them than this and the buttons on Collectif’s skirt really push my, er, buttons. It fully undoes, so it really would be perfect beachwear. As for Emily and Fin – those prints on 4 and 6! 4 isn’t easy to see and it’s probably the least ‘nautical’ here, as the criss-crosses are actually tiny swimmers! So unique and I adore the neckline and again, the buttons. Just worked out I’ve got a thing for buttons on clothes. Fun fact for you: B is scared of buttons. I can tell you he doesn’t share my love for any of the aforementioned.
I just love me a stunning separate and the beauties here are just some I would love to get my hands on. House of Foxy have got some fab tops this season and are particularly nailing nautical – I really, really love top 2 in particular. I think it’s the way the direction of the stripes follow the bust and the sweetheart neckline. Hell Bunny’s tie bardot top (6) is definitely joining my closet at some point this year – I just can’t decide if I like the blue or red colourway more! Or the striped versions, or the hawaiian print versions… For about £15 you really can’t go too far wrong with it. Special mention for Freddie of Pinewood’s marvellously authentic top 7 and more cute button details, which are also a charming feature of Unique Vintage’s sailor shorts (4). There’s quite a few pairs of sailor slack’s around but what I really love about 1 here is that they aren’t mega wide like a lot of them. For the shorties like me, they’re going to be much less swamping (that’s a word). As I’m really into my new Atomic Swag tee, (yeah, you’ll see it here some time soon – or sooner if you check out my Instagram
) I couldn’t resist this cheeky print from Mischief Made – casual pin-up at its finest.
Oh, the endless amazing sea-themed accessories you can get your hands on! It was such a challenge picking favourites from all of the choice out there and really I just had to draw the line somewhere because I was getting exhausted from photoshopping them all together. Could you get a more perfect themed headscarf than this vintage lovely from Chronically Vintage (1)? How well would it go with the Bow and Crossbones yacht brooch (5)?! If boats aren’t your thing, perhaps sea creatures are? I love anything with a lobster or crab on as they remind me so much of my trips to the Norfolk coast where I always hanker after some fresh seafood – Cromer crab is pretty famous in England. I did already order the lobster necklace, but unfortunately it got lost in the post so now I’m waiting for a replacement (and I found out they may not have more red chain till nearer May, just in case anyone wants to order) – in time for wearing to the Lobster & Crab festival I’m hoping to get to in May 😉 Seahorses are another favourite, but then who can resist them? Bow and Crossbones have so many fab colours and styles of their seahorse jewellery, but I love the sparkly gold for reminding me of sandy beaches.
Seen any seaside pretties I’ve missed? There’s a dress I haven’t featured here, but that’s because it’s coming in my next outfit post. So check back on Thursday for my first, full-on nautical outfit! It’s a beauty…