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I remember growing up in the Philippines and watching Danny Kaye dance his way out of mayhem, enjoying the kibitzing between Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, and devouring the complete collection of original Nancy Drew books in hardback, specially shipped from the U.S.
Before we’d even immigrated to this country, then, I already had some pretty distinct – albeit dated – notions of what America was all about.
Imagine my chagrin when we moved here and I didn’t get the welcome wagon, the poodle skirts or the apple pie. It was the 80s so I was inundated instead with Pacman, Rocky III, and MTV. Not only was it a culture shock, it was an era shock as well.
I’ve obviously survived my trauma none the worse for wear but I do admit to still having a soft spot for all things vintage. (Remind me to tell you about my year of wearing nothing but authentic 50s dresses purchased via eBay.) And nothing screams vintage to me more than nautical outfits.
Okay, that might be stretching a bit, but you can’t deny that dressing like a fashionable sailor has been around for decades, as shown here, here and here. It never goes out of style. So when Old Navy (Heh. Navy. Get it?) pulls out their summer repertoire of striped pieces, you know I’m getting me some.
I no longer believe that horizontal stripes make me look wide. Had I still swallowed that baloney, I wouldn’t even have tried this dress on, much less have purchased it. Horizontal stripes aren’t the enemy. You just have to know how to work with them. It’s really all about fit, cut, fabric and attitude. This dress hits all the right notes in all those categories. I feel slim, modest, cool and sassy, all at the same time.
For accessories, I chose a long cobalt necklace (blue, anyone?) and strappy wedges. Both pieces go a long way in keeping the outfit current without competing overtly with the nautical vibe. It’s actually quite a versatile dress if you think on it. As I’ve styled it, it’s very proper and work-appropriate, especially for a casual Friday. But throw on a pair of white thong sandals, a floral scarf and a floppy hat and the dress would be perfect for a 4th of July party.
And you, my friends? Do you do nautical? How do you style your stripes?
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