Monday, February 15, 2010

In True Sailor Fashion

This past year i have just fallen for sailor inspired fashion (and especially the dresses, of course)

There is something so romantic and adventurous about the image of life on the sea reflected in a navy jacket with brass buttons, a crisp white sailor collar and the classic nautical stripe. The Sailor uniform has been inspiring fashion trends for over 150 years and has influenced designers such as CoCo Chanel, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, Luella Bartley, Givenchy and Dior to name just a few.
From the famed sailor collar to bell bottoms, garments traditionally worn at sea have been adapted througout history to create new fashions, identities and statements. How incredible that a fashion idea that began as workwear and an essential for affluent victorian children has now permeated catwalks. below i have included some of my favorite sailor inspiration. as well as my favorite nautical etsy finds.

Zooey Deschanel in Dear Creatures

Elin J. on Lookbook

And on Etsy... (buy them up today!)

clockwise from top left
Nautical Heels from silkstocking
1960's Mini Dress by Sacaton June
Navy and Cream Dress by Nobletown Vintage
Sea Shanty Sweater by 19Vintageclothing
Navy Wiggle Dress by Lethilogica
German Sailboat Pin by Gypsystrinkets
stay posted because this is nautical week on the adelaide's blog :)
thanks for reading,


  1. aww, yay! this is wonderful! i'm such a sailor girl as you know. thanks for including my pic with so many wonderful looks!

  2. oh, btw I just got a 40s sailor dress in the mail today, hehe!

  3. what a lovely post! thanks for including my dress! you found such wonderful inspiration!

  4. If only I could afford Dear Creatures *sigh* Great post & fantastic clothes!

  5. I can't think of nautical dresses without picturing Shirley Temple in one.

  6. man, zooey looks good in anything! she's so gorgeous!