Nautical style warning: Navigate carefully
Stripes, rope are anchors aweigh for this season's fashionable look
$19.95, H&M, hm.com (Bill Hogan, Chicago Tribune / May 13, 2010)
Breeze into any clothing store, and you'll see that nautical fashion is everywhere.
You frugal Navy types might try cutting a hunk of clothesline rope to hold up your trousers and add a nautical touch. Google "sailors knots," and tie up your bargain belt with a bit of DIY authenticity. It's a cinch.
Not too crafty? Go shopping for something a little more elaborate (and expensive) like the rope belt shown here.
Matey, beware: You don't want to look like a refugee from "Gilligan's Island." Avoid that curse by sticking to one — or two at most —nautical touches. Go especially easy on the stripes: One striped item per outfit, please. Too much of this good thing turns your outfit costumey.
Steer clear of lots of anchor jewelry paired with sailor bell bottoms, a Navy blazer with commodore buttons and a jaunty skipper cap. Sailor overload is fine for our paper doll, but if you dolled yourself up like this you'd look silly, not chic. Nautical head to toe is a definite no-no! Save that for a campy showing of "South Pacific" on a hot summer's night. Then, there's no such thing as too much sailor.
In a situation like that, it's impossible to go overboard.
Check out my nautical fashion picks here.