Summer style ahoy as nautical fashions set sail
OUR fashion budgets may have run on to the recessionary rocks – but a nautical theme could turn out to be our fashion salvation this season.
The mix-and-match versatility of playing around with navy, white and red separates was evident at the Marks & Spencer springsummer 2010 collection show held in their Grafton Street store last night.
A handful of sailor stalwarts, such as white cropped trousers (€24), navy and white jacket (€67) and a striped marine tunic (€35) a la Stella McCartney worked well with affordable basics, including plimsolls (€20), admiral caps (€13) and leggings (€13) to generate an impressive number of outfit combinations.
Take the Jedward jacket, for example. There's no getting away from John and Edward's signature look of tailored blazer with trimmed lapels and pockets. Chic landlubbers will appreciate the price – and the cute blazer, with small vertical stripes and classy navy trim, or the chunky black and cream one with horizontal stripes, cost €67 each.
This was one collection that didn't run into stormy waters and the cruise story showstopper was a navy striped knit dress with short cardigan – very French and very reminiscent of designer Sonia Rykiel's vibe, but with a combined high street tag of €80.
There were raised eyebrows at the affordable prices, with €13 for shorts with roll-ups and €35 for 24/7 jeggings.
But star of the night was the hot pink, dayto- night, bodycon dress, which has a real sense of Victoria Beckham/Roland Mouret structure to it plus elements of Herve Leger bandage-effect corsetry across the tummy – all for just €54.
Weekend staples are easy-to-wear parka jackets in navy and coffee, and a grey version in faux leather (€80). Spice up your wardrobe for spring breaks away with a short, quilted puffa jacket in sharp lime (€80) and a machine-washable silk dress in burnt orange with black elasticated belt, for €60.
For sheer value and impact, it's hard to beat the short, black Limited Collection dress with native American style beading across the neckline. Very cute – and it costs less than €50. Roll on the sunshine.