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Nautical themes sail into fall and spring. By Marjon Carlos


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From left: Spring looks from Lover, Burfitt, and Lover.


Maybe it's the turbulent times of late that are calling us back to some tried-and-true fashion classics—ages-old trends that seamlessly mesh with whatever look we happen to be wanting or working. And this time around, we've taken a shine to all the nautical stripes cruising in and out of collections big and small.

Like a siren-song to timeless style (yes, we're kind of longing for a crisp and carefree Jackie roaming the Riviera with Valentino), stripes this season and next are showing up on traditional boat-neck T-shirts and mini-dresses, but also totes and uptown bags, ruffled blouses, and chunky cardigans. Wide or super-skinny, these deep-blue banners recall that simple Americana feel that just seems right for the times. Of course, played up with decadent platforms or voluminous trousers doesn't really hurt either.

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Above: Spring looks from Jen Kao.


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Above, from left: Steven Alan Gathered Sweater, $295, available at Steven Alan; A.P.C. Sailor Pullover, $270, available at A.P.C.


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Above, from left: Obesity & Speed T-dress, $132, available at Oak; Built By Wendy Pippi Stripe Singlet, $135, available at Built By Wendy.


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Above, from left: Kalare Sweater Dress, $88, available at Urban Outfitters; Mer Gainsbourg Sailor Top, $319, available at Le Train Bleu.


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Clockwise, from left: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Stripe Bow Top, $136, available at Tobi; ; A.P.C. Striped Knit Cap, $70, available at A.P.C.; Lizzie Fortunato Wheel Necklace, $295, available at Satine; American Apparel Pocket Frock, $41, available at American Apparel.

Nautical themes sail into fall and spring.