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Summer Fashion Inspiration: Boho/Nautical ‘Pirate Style’


Pirate ship sail

Summer is the perfect time to have a little adventure in your life and switch up your style, using unexpected sources as inspiration. While the phrase “pirate style” may bring to mind tacky, over-the-top costumes or Cara Maria from MTV’s The Challenge, the aesthetic we’re talking about today is all about combining summer’s boho and nautical trends for a fun, adventurous look.

Don’t believe it’s possible to go “pirate-inspired” without looking costumey? Read on; we’ll prove it.

Boho/Nautical Style Tips:

  • As we stated earlier, you don’t want to go all costumey when getting dressed in the morning… it’s really all about those subtle hints of inspiration. (Think a hint of lace, a stripe or two, a skull-embellished ring or a headscarf… and not necessarily all at once.)
  • Combining these two trends is easy when you utilize accessories – why not mix a studded ankle bootie with a lace top, or add a handful of bangles to an otherwise preppy striped ensemble? So long as you keep the proportions in balance, you’ll look fashion-forward and unique, not over-the-top.
  • Crocheted tops and denim cutoffs are the easiest ways to start off with this type of look. Layer on some bangles and necklaces and you’re good to go!

Outfit 1:

Pirate-inspired outfit 1: Lace shorts, flowy tank, striped bangles, wedges, skull ring
Shirt, Shoes, Shorts, Bracelets, Ring

This first outfit is flirty, mixing boho basics with edgy accessories. Find some black lace shorts and pair them with a flowy white tank. Add some killer wedges and some striped bangles (along with a pirate-inspired ring) and you’re set for a night out on the town.

Outfit 2:

Pirate-inspired outfit 2: Red striped tank, white jeans, metallic sandals, skull necklace, gold bangles
Shirt, Pants, Sandals, Bangles, Headband, Necklace

Find a cool nautical striped tank (preferably in red or navy blue) and pair it with some white skinnies to keep it light for spring. Add some gold sandals and pile on the gold bangles to get that boho look. Finally, the skull necklace is a great conversation piece to add to your collection!

Outfit 3:

Pirate-inspired outfit 3: Black bandage skirt, studded tanks, skull booties, skull ring
Skirt, Bra/top, Tank, Shoes, Ring

This last look is the edgiest of the three and perfect for a night out! Red, black, white, and gold form a classic color combination that channels the nautical trend. For edge, pair a black bandage skirt with a studded bra-let and a flowy red tank top. Add a skull ring and some skull wedges to finish the ensemble. (Although they’re super spendy at $100, I LOVE these wedges and couldn’t resist!)

Your thoughts?

Do you like to mix trends to create new looks? What do you think of “pirate-inspired” nautical boho? Let me know if you would try this look or if it’s too overboard for you.

Posted on on May 28, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , ,

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22 Responses to “Summer Fashion Inspiration: Boho/Nautical ‘Pirate Style’”

  1. 1
    May 28th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Those shorts in outfit 1 are breath taking!! Must purchase right now.

  2. 2
    May 28th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I’m in love with the first one!

  3. 3
    May 28th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    super awesome. the first one is classic/fem, the second is fun and casual, and the third is sexy and edgy. great job :)

  4. 4
    May 28th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    This was an awesome article! Can you do one for Victorian inspired fashion? It’s so classy, but it can be costumey (but I’ll take any excuse to dress like a Victorian!!). Or how about an ancient Egyptian inspired outfit!!!!

  5. 5
    May 28th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I love the first one! Especially love the shorts and ring

  6. 6
    May 28th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    The first outfit is to DIE for!

  7. 7
    May 28th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I’m always into nautical look I find it cute. I love every detail of the combos. How it was mixed and matched makes a pretty package.

  8. 8
    May 28th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I would really like to see Victorian inspired outfits, that’s a really good idea!

  9. 9
    May 28th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Love this post and the Victorian and ancient Egyptian ideas!

  10. 10
    May 29th, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I am impressed with the first outfit, most likely something I would wear out or resuse the pieces over again. :)

  11. 11
    May 29th, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Maybe a little too costume-y for my taste but still some really cute pieces! I love both the Victorian and Egyptian ideas!

  12. 12
    May 29th, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I love it!! Especially the first outfit, I just have to find similar pieces in Adelaide…

  13. 13
    May 29th, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Great outfits! Pity it’s heading into winter here on the other side of the world…

  14. 14
    May 29th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Yesterday I wore button down shirt, dark pants and brown high boots, so my groupmates called me pirat *lol*

  15. 15
    May 29th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    hows the third outfit NOT over-the-top?

  16. 16
    May 29th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I like nautical and even Victorian but the skulls are too much for me.

  17. 17
    May 29th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    personally i find these looks kind of tacky, the second one is the most wearable the others look too costume-y for me :( but it’s a cute idea for a post!

  18. 18
    May 29th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Love the idea of this look! I would so wear something like this, it’s adorable and spunky. Great post!

  19. 19
    May 29th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I am loving this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 20
    May 29th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I Am Adoring The First Outfit! Except I Would Substitute The Wedges For Something A Bit More Daytime Appropriate (I Am Also 5’10”) And The Skull (Even Though It’s The Theme) Is A Bit Too Much For Me. I Think It Just Adds A Sort Of Tackiness…But Otherwise Well Done! Victorian And Egyptian Ideas=I Love And You Need To Do Right Now!

  21. 21
    May 29th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I never usually comment on posts but I have to say this is the best outfit inspiration post I’ve seen! I love every single item in every outfit. The first is my favorite! Im buying those shorts!

  22. 22
    June 13th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    The first one is so cute, oh my god.

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