Nautica’s modern take on preppy clothes

VERSATILE EXPRESSIONS Nautica reintroduces its classic nautical outfits with trendy silhouettes and bold prints

For a brand known for laid-back nautical looks and preppy clothes, Nautica has been slowly changing the perception of nautical clothing into something more street-friendly. Ever since its collaborative collection with American rapper Lil Yachty, classic prep and traditional nautical outfits have been updated with trendy silhouettes and bold prints. And this conception rings true in its California-inspired spring and summer 2018 collection, which offers versatile nautical clothes that are effortless and sophisticated.

For the spring collection, the American brand is heavily inspired by the coastline of California—in particular, its sandy beaches, vast mountains and tranquil deserts. This influence is seen through the all-over microprints, which takes the form of signal flags, geometric shapes, sea creatures and florals. Aside from maritime graphics, collages of words like “Sea Watching” and “Yachting Club” also form bold expression on shorts, crew neck sweaters and polos.

Speaking of which, polos and sweaters— the two classic preppy style staples—are paired with performance-style items for preppy-meets-sportswear outfits. This includes pairing them with lightweight joggers, hoodies and sweat-shorts.

Nautica’s summer 2018 sportswear range showcased further progression into sports and streetwear. A prime element in this collection is the use of new color palettes, like the green Bali Bliss or the striking Guava Punch. Similar to what it does with its spring offerings, Nautica goes full-on logo mode, marking items with their signature stroke to create a vibrant ensemble.

Nautica also looks to the key trends of this spring and summer, displaying vivid color blockings that is seen on shorts, polos and tank tops. There is also an abundance of tropical-print resort shirts—another must-have item for this spring and summer.

Finally, Nautica’s spring and summer collection is elegantly capped with chilly summer night looks. Here, outerwear makes a strong case, such as the technical vests or the reversible crewneck sweatshirt, which, in terms of style, definitely goes a long way in creating a memorable look, either at on the seas or in the city.