Sophisticated nautical dressing that is 100% kitch-free!

Sophisticated nautical dressing that is 100% kitch-free!


Red cocktail dress

Retro dress

The Sailor Shorts Red
$77 –

Fiorelli nautical bag
$73 –

Olivia Burton dial watch
$110 –

Wide brim hat
$60 –


I must admit… I am often the Queen of Kitch. Dancing hippo or lobster patterns from Lilly Pulitzer and preppy pink whale emblazoned items from Vinyard Vines are some of my specialties!

Of course, no theme is more kitchy than “nautical.” From old fashioned anchors, to traditional sealife, kitch is king (or queen, as the case may be!).

This summer, however, I find I am more attracted to a slightly more sophisticated version of the nautical theme. Above, I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite looks including stripes, white trim, and  lots of gold buttons.

Will you go nautical this summer?

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

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