How One Vogue Editor Styles a Week’s Worth of Nautical Fashion

How One Vogue Editor Styles a Week’s Worth of Nautical Fashion

Every summer for the last eight years, I’ve spent at least two glorious weeks on a tiny island off Maine called Northeast Harbor. Surrounded by the deep blue Atlantic ocean and the beautiful Acadia National Park, summer days are spent at the tennis courts, on the hiking trails, or out for a boat ride; nights are enjoyed on neighbor’s porches for cocktail parties, or as Mainers like to call them, ‘Porch Breakers.’ There’s something about being by the sea in the summer that, for me, sparks serious sartorial inspiration, especially when it comes to nautical fashion. From sweet sailor shorts to strappy espadrille sandals and crisp linens, I like to mix maritime-inspired pieces in with my usual vacation wardrobe essentials–think straw tote bags, all-in-one-outfit dresses, and if you know me, then you know I will always have a crop top or two packed away.

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My first few days in Maine this summer were spent working from home. This meant that I had to dress appropriately for my post-work activities. I started strong on day one with a Matthew Bruch linen halter top paired with a plaid skirt. I styled the look with my go-to pair of summer sandals, Castañer’s wedge espadrilles, and tortoiseshell sunglasses from The Attico x Linda Farrow. Charo Ruiz Ibiza’s embroidered corset and skirt had me sitting on the dock, watching the boats pass by. To keep the look on-point, I completed the look in a pair trendy fisherman sandals. Maine days are usually very active and full of activity. So on day three, I went to work in my tennis whites provided by Alo Yoga. A pair of vintage red sailor shorts were the centerpiece of my outfit on day four–small details include anchors printed on the buttons. And finally, on day five, I dressed up to attend a dear friend’s wedding celebration with the help of Johanna Ortiz and Bottega Veneta.

Below are the five nautical-inspired outfits that I wore during my week spent on a tiny Maine island. A special place deserves a special wardrobe.

Day 1

Matthew Bruch’s linen top is a staple in my summer wardrobe. I’m such a fan of its flattering silhouette that I have the tiny top in an array of colors. This cream color is perfect for summer, so I paired it with a plaid ladylike skirt. Wedge espadrilles are naturally nautical and this pair by Castañer is like a dressed-up version of a boat shoe. I finished the look with tortoiseshell sunglasses from Linda Farrow x The Attico.

Matthew Bruch tie halter crop top

Tory Burch Veronica plaid colorblock Skirt

Castañer Carina 60 canvas wedge espadrilles

The Attico & Linda Farrow Mini Marfa rectangular tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses

Day 2 

Charo Ruiz Ibiza, a brand I just discovered, is something I love. I love their frilly, feminine frocks, and matching sets such as this embroidered corset and midi skirt. I paired this look with a pair brown fisherman shoes for an evening on the water watching the sailboats pass. I couldn’t resist sticking to the theme. To keep my belongings safe from the elements, I used a Staud shoulder bag with a rope-detailed strap.

Charo Ruiz Ibiza Tessa embroidered corset crop top

Charo Ruiz Ibiza Gina broderie anglaise cotton-blend midi skirt

Max Muxun closed-toe flat sandals

Day 3

Alo Yoga’s tennis whites allowed me to hit the courts on Day Three. ‘Charmed’Tennis dress and Superga shoes. I carried my racket to the court in a green and white tennis bag, and for aprés play, I cozied up in a retro athletic attire-inspired sweater by Tory Burch. Tip: New England summers can cool down significantly when the sun sets, so bring some cashmere.

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Tory Burch cashmere vintage tennis sweater

Superga 2750 Cotu sneakers

Tory Burch convertible stripe Tennis Tote

Day 4

I really leaned into nautical fashion with this pair of vintage red sailor shorts from the ’80s. I paired it with a crop top from Cult Gaia to keep the look fresh. I continued the maritime look with a pair espadrilles, similar to these embroidered sandals made by Charo Ruiz Ibiza. The whole look is complete with a red Prada bag.

Cropped cutout top in linen-blend from Cult Gaia Soraya

A Slice of Vintage Shop red shorts for sailors

Charo Ruiz Ibiza + Castañer Gea broderie anglaise cotton espadrilles

Prada Cleo brushed Leather Hobo Bag

Day 5

The last day of my week in Maine lined up with a dear friend’s wedding celebration. I knew that I wanted a floral gown to keep the theme going when I was in a botanical park. Johanna Ortiz had a lobster red maxi with a flattering high collar. For shoes, I wore Bottega Veneta’s stretch leather sandals in a mauvy brown. (If you’re wondering, these heels definitely came off for the dancing portion of the evening.) I accessorized with gold hoops from Laura Lombardi and a raffia tote like this one from Chloé.

Johanna Ortiz Shell Shadows floral print stretch cotton maxi dress

Bottega Veneta square-toe sandals

Chloé Marcie raffia and leather tote bag

Laura Lombardi Spira gold-tone hoop earrings

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